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World War One / Re: Machine Gun Corps: record query
« on: Wednesday 12 November 14 16:57 GMT (UK)  »
Bristol Record Office said there's no Absent Voters List for Bristol.

World War One / Re: Machine Gun Corps: record query
« on: Sunday 09 November 14 23:33 GMT (UK)  »
Ahhhh that's the big question!

Have tried and sadly failed to find his regiment despite extensive searching for variants of his name and initials (RCBC GIBBS) ......  also unsuccessful with finding his service record and assume it's been destroyed.

Will check with Bristol Record Office to see if there is an Absent Voters List in the hope it will contain details.

thanks for your help

World War One / Re: Machine Gun Corps: record query
« on: Sunday 09 November 14 20:47 GMT (UK)  »
Have a read of this, it may help to explain somewhat.


thanks for the link which is helpful in that it contains references to the MGC in India and adds more detail to the little I know about Bert.

 Any ideas about the other questions raised are also welcome, thank you. 

World War One / Re: Machine Gun Corps: record query
« on: Sunday 09 November 14 20:18 GMT (UK)  »
45457 Driver B. Gibbs, MGC,  appears on a list of wounded and sick men in hospital in Colaba, India in August 1918. Link to document on FindMyPast:

thank you so much! I've searched endlessly on and off for the past year or so, on Ancestry and FindMyPast, and found nothing other than his medal record. I didn't realise it was possible to search for a service number on either site - your help is much appreciated. It's been a brick wall for a couple of years!

The link to India is both intriguing and pertinent: some time ago I posted a photo on here for a sister of his and wondered why she might have been in India; the photograph was stamped:

FB or J.B. STEWART & Son

and someone kindly linked me to this site which explained Stewart was based in the garrison town of Poona, India.

Looking at the link on FindMyPast you kindly provided raises more questions! Have spent the afternoon searching for further information,  any advice about how to research/answer the following will be appreciated:
-  Bert was a member of the Persian Gulf Expeditionary Force? Google doesn't seem to have any info for the PGEF
- what did a DVR (driver?) do in the Machine Gun Corps
- M.G.Cps.Dtls: is this an abbreviation for Machine Gun Corps Details?
- NYD: presume this is a reference to why he was hospitalised? Other patients have 'NYD. Mental' against their names
- when/where was the MGC stationed in India?

thanks again :)

World War One / Machine Gun Corps: record query
« on: Saturday 08 November 14 20:21 GMT (UK)  »

Found this medal record on Ancestry for Private Reginald Bert Colston GIBBS (45457) aka RCBC GIBBS, of Bristol, who was in the Machine Gun Corps. His service record was probably destroyed and I'm unable to identify any other information online using his service number. 

Just wondering if there's anything I can infer from the record shown that would assist me?

- e.g. are the pencil marks under the columns "Theatres of war in which served" abbreviations for locations
- is 2842.B. in the top right hand corner of any significance
- is there any significance that the remarks column is empty for his record

A few members have posted about the Absent Voters List - is one available for Bristol?

Thanks in advance for any assistance

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Have the gravestones in St Margaret of Antioch Church, Corsley, and Whitbourne Baptist Chapel ever been transcribed and are these available anywhere please?

Looking for gravestones of EYRES/EYERS/AYRES/AYERS or COLLINS in either place, during 18th or 19th century

thank you

thank you, and for the very useful calendar link!

I wasn't sure about the Baptised date because some of the birth dates listed for baptisms in May 1802 appear to show months after May! eg November 1802

Incidentally will post this as a separate topic, just wondered if you know of anything available for Bermondsey,London, area similar to Bristol's Know Your Place (where you can look for free at maps for different eras)


Handwriting Deciphering & Recognition / Re: 1802 Bermondsey parish register query
« on: Saturday 28 July 12 21:27 BST (UK)  »
so there were 16 baptisms on 2 May?!

Handwriting Deciphering & Recognition / 1802 Bermondsey parish register query
« on: Saturday 28 July 12 13:09 BST (UK)  »
Please can anyone help identify what the second column in this extract from the 1802 parish register of St Mary Magdalene, Bermondsey, refers to?

The column heading looks like "Bap." and underneath is a list of single digits.

thank you!

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