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World War One / Re: 1/6th Essex Regiment War Diary - National Archives
« on: Thursday 07 March 19 08:13 GMT (UK)  »
I believe that the war diaries are now available on Ancestry and your local library will almost certainly have a subscription - so it should be possible for you to look at both diaries to see which one is the relevant one.


Lanarkshire / Re: WW1 soldiers from Hamilton, Lanarkshire, Scotland
« on: Monday 11 February 19 08:24 GMT (UK)  »
Local newspapers published lists of men from their town who enlisted, especially in the early part of the war. They usually also continued to publish details of local men who were wounded or decorated. I think that the Hamilton local paper was the "Hamilton Advertiser" which may be covered by the online British Newspaper archive or the newspapers on the Find My Past website. Both of those are pay sites, but local libraries often have subscriptions.

Another route is to search the military records on both Ancestry and Find My Past using just the keyword "Hamilton" - there will be a lot to go through, but you will find the records that survive of men who enlisted at Hamilton.


World War One / Re: No medals
« on: Sunday 06 January 19 10:37 GMT (UK)  »
It is possible that he was a home posting throughout - medals were only given to men who served overseas in a theatre of war - not everybody did. His army record should confirm this, if the relevant page has survived.


Lancashire / Re: Lancashire Cotton Famine Book
« on: Friday 04 January 19 08:55 GMT (UK)  »
An excellent history of the cotton famine is: "The Hungry Mills" by Norman Longmate [ISBN 0 8511 1427] 

Well worth a read if you can get hold of a copy - your local library should be able to get hold of one.


Handwriting Deciphering & Recognition / Re: Depicting Dawson WW1 Service Record
« on: Sunday 16 December 18 09:59 GMT (UK)  »
He was in France on 10-5-19

He was "Located*" as serving with 39 POW Company on 7/8/19 and then rejoined the other Company on 2/9/19. He was then at the Dispersal Camp at Peselhock before returning to the UK.

*in this context I believe that it means that a query had been raised as to his whereabouts and, after enquiries, he was located at 39 POW Company. It was usually the pay office who wished to know.


Handwriting Deciphering & Recognition / Re: Depicting WW1 Service Record
« on: Friday 14 December 18 09:00 GMT (UK)  »

Slight alteration to Mckha489's post for No2 sheet - I read it as follows:

a1810 details             Posted Details       France 10-5-19
R 5/19
39 P of W Coy*          Located                          7/8/19
388 P of W Coy          Rejoined                       2/9/19    B213

O/C [officer commanding]  No. 2 Records       To Class Z             UK  13.2.20

The POW Companies were, I believe, units of the R.D.C. which guarded Germen POWs at the various camps in the UK

Class "Z" Army Reserve was where men who were discharged were allocated - just in case the war began again, Nov. 11th was only an cease fire until the Peace Treaty was signed.


World War One / Re: Military service history
« on: Saturday 03 November 18 10:27 GMT (UK)  »
More than 60% of WW1 service records were lost to enemy action n the 1940 Blitz, the ones that remained, fire and water damaged, are now available via Ancestry. You have both his service numbers, and his regiment, so it's just a question of finding a match to any documents/record that may have survived.

It's possible that the local paper of the time may have carried information on him when he won his medal. Your local library should have access to newspapers online [either British Newspaper Archive or via Find My Past] - which are searchable by name and date - worth a try.


World War One / Re: Military service history
« on: Saturday 03 November 18 09:47 GMT (UK)  »

To answer your specific questions - the first 4 digit number was his original territorial regiment enlistment number - in 1916 these were replaced with the six digit number.

Dismb = disembodied - the term used for demobilisation of men who had previous Territorial Army service - he would have been "embodied" in August 1914 on the outbreak of the war


Armed Forces / Re: Wounded reports WW1
« on: Thursday 05 July 18 14:36 BST (UK)  »
Casualty lists generally just list name rank and number - this is no exception - I got it from an online pay site - there may be more information if you can find a local newspaper report. Your local library should have access to the British Newspaper collection which is name searchable - now you have an approximate date to search you might get lucky.


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