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Handwriting Deciphering & Recognition / Could anyone tell me the name please?
« on: Wednesday 16 December 20 17:07 GMT (UK)  »
Hi  :) could anyone tell me the top name please, I have looked and looked and eventually given up, I just know it's going to be one of those names where I say "Of course it is!!" but for the life of me cannot fathom it out.

The other two names shown, are for reference Levi Sisson and James Sisson, as always any help is greatly appreciated.

Stay safe, and best regards always

Frank  :)

World War One / Arthur Nind, Military Medal, could someone offer help please?
« on: Friday 23 October 20 12:38 BST (UK)  »
Hi, I hope you are all keeping safe and well in these strange times  :)

I am looking for information on a gentleman by the name of Arthur Nind 44275 who was awarded the Military Medal whilst serving with the Manchester Regiment in, I assume, 1917.

I don't know his place of birth but it may have been Billingshurst, I have him in the Edinburgh Gazette dated 12-3-1917 but cannot find him in the London edition, would he have been in both?

Other information I have is his Medal index Card which shows he also served in the Border Regiment 36316 and his Medal Rolls copy which confirms all of this, I also have a copy of the Medal Index Card for the award of the Military Medal.

There is also a piece in West Sussex Records on line which states he also served with the 3rd Battalion Royal Sussex Regiment until the end of 1916, this is where I got the information from regarding him coming from Billingshurst.

If anyone could add anything to this or indeed find him in the London edition of the Gazette it would be very much appreciated.

Many thanks, and please look after yourselves.


Hello, I was wondering if any kind Chatter would be able to translate this Imperial German writing?
it is on the reverse of a World War I postcard.
Many thanks for reading my request, and as always my very best regards.


Added: My apologies, it has come out on it's side.

Antrim / Seeking the Father of William Henry Ridgway Shankhill, Antrim.
« on: Thursday 09 July 20 14:05 BST (UK)  »
Hi, I hope everyone is keeping safe  :)

I am struggling to find the father of William Henry Ridgway, born about 1896, Shankhill, Antrim, Northern Ireland, and died 1st July 1916 at the battle of the Somme.

I have William Henry on the 1911 Irish census, living at home aged 15 years together with siblings Rachel and Charles Frank, and his mother, Mary Elizabeth Ridgway.
Mary Elizabeth is aged 55 years and a widow, the census also shows she was married for 30 years, I am looking for her husband and a possible marriage if possible, could anyone offer any recommendation of where to go from here? as I am struggling a bit.

Many thanks in anticipation of your kind replies, and my very best regards always.


World War One / Silver War Badge two names for one number...............
« on: Tuesday 17 December 19 18:04 GMT (UK)  »
Hi, while tracing the recipient of a Silver War Badge, numbered B84901, I have found it listed for two men:

Charles Hart
B84901   Royal Engineers   110392.

Patrick McAlinden
B84901   Royal Dublin Fusiliers   17348

I didn't think this was possible, or, am I missing something, many thanks in anticipation of your kind replies and as always my very best regards.

Frank. :)

Europe / Paul John FREI, born Zurich 1910.....Any help needed please.
« on: Thursday 14 November 19 21:31 GMT (UK)  »
Hi, I am helping a friend who is trying to find out about her Grandfathers early life.

Paul John Frei was born on the  2 August 1910 in Oerlikon, Zürich, Switzerland, his Father was Otto Frei but no details are known about his mother.

Paul was released in 1940 in England where he was held as a enemy alien during world war two and went on to change his name to Paul John Graham while serving with the British forces, marriage, children etc is mostly known.

Is anyone able to shed any light on his early life in Switzerland, he may be of German descent, my friend would love to know of his arrival in the UK and his mother, the husband of Otto.

Any help would be really appreciated and gratefully received.

Many thanks for reading my post and as always my very best regards


Hi, below is a photograph, sadly a poor one, of a name written on a box which contains a cased German,  Imperial second class Eisernes Kreuz (Iron Cross), the date is 24 / 5 / 16,  (24th of May 1916).

Would it be at all possible for anyone to read the name, I suspect it may well be the recipient, I have tried to make it out but am having no success.

Many thanks in anticipation of any kind replies, and as always my very best regards.


World War Two / Could someone help with a Navy record please.
« on: Thursday 28 March 19 12:35 GMT (UK)  »
Hello, I am trying to help a friend with a query on her Grandfathers Navy Service rtecord.

We are trying to figure out what he was involved in, there are he names of various Vessels / Shore establishments on it and the word "Copra",   "Combined Operations Pay Records & Accounts"?

What does his mean, is it possible that he was attached to the combined operation section, on a vessel / landing craft in support of Commandos or Marines, I notice that the dates he came under that heading were from 1st of June 1944 until the 31st of October 1945 and he has he "Non Substantive" rating of "A.A.3, (Anti Aircraft Rating 3rd class?)

Any help would as always be greatly received, many thanks for reading my post and as always my very best regards.

Frank  :)

Handwriting Deciphering & Recognition / Could someone help with German writing please?
« on: Wednesday 30 January 19 12:24 GMT (UK)  »
Hi, I have a postcard with a photograph of a German WWI soldier on it, it has not been posted but has some writing on the reverse, could some one be able to translate it please, I am wondering if it gives any clue as to the person on the front.

Just to add, he is not a ancestor, the postcard is one of a number I have showing soldiers from the Great War.
Any help as always would be very gratefully received.

Many thanks and, as always my very best regards.


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