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World War One / The Leicestershire Regiment
« on: Saturday 16 March 13 14:26 GMT (UK)  »
Hi Everyone

I have in my possession  'Soldiers Died in the Great War 1914-19 Part 22 The Leicestershire Regiment'.

If anyone wants me to look up for anyone that may be in the pages then please ask and I'll try to provide the info for you.

They are list by Battalion then the names in surname order which includes: where born, where enlisted, soldier number, rank, died or died of wounds, killed or killed in action, where died and date of death


Armed Forces / Leicestershire Regiment Soldier
« on: Monday 25 April 11 13:45 BST (UK)  »
Hi folks

I'm not usually stumped but this one has really got me and I'm wondering if anyone here can point me in the right direction or even find what i'm looking for.

The problem is not someone from my family but a name, regiment and number in the back of our family bible, who was he?

My grandad Harry McRobie married Jane Kemp in Melton Mowbray in 1917, the bible came from my grandma's family the Kemps.  It was presented to Edward Kemp in 1903 by the Sir Richard Raynes Charity for good conduct.  Grandad was in the Leicestershire Regiment during WW1 and I know joined up when the call to arms was made in 1914 and amazingly he survived without being gassed, wounded or shell shocked in fact without even a scratch.  I know he ended up being sent to India when the war finished for a short while but then came home and was discharged.

The problem:
I have an inscripton in the back of the bible that has baffled me, I'm trying to find out who the man was whose name is there so I can do research on him but I'm hitting a brick wall.

The inscriptions say:

Pte J Palmer
7234 A Coy
3rd Batt Leic Regt
Edale Derbyshire

Steneill Camp
July 3rd 1906

Edale Derbyshire

No 7234
A Coy
3rd Batt Leic Regt
Edale Derbysire
June 11th

I know Edale in Derbyshire and there was a training camp there before the war, but who was this Pte J Palmer?  He may of known and been in the army with Edward Kemp I don't know as I have no record of him being in the army or WW1, the entries are too early for my grandad as he didn't join until 1914.

I searched for J Palmer as a WW1 casualty - nothing, Chelsea Pensioner records draw a blank, WW1 medal cards draw another blank.

Any suggestions or can anyone find him for me to start me off.


Leicestershire / Loughborough Electoral Register 1959-60
« on: Sunday 30 January 11 13:29 GMT (UK)  »
Hi folks

Just dipping a toe in the water to see what your reaction is, as part of searching for a relative Iris Sheldon b: 1925 at Long Eaton, Derbyshire that I believe maybe married in Loughborough in 1949 to a Nelson Varney, I have been scanning the above Electoral Roll which is now out of copyright. (The 50 year rule)

I have scanned the pages with a handheld scanner and I'm using OCR software to first put it into an Excel spreadsheet and then a SQL database so its fully searchable.

This will be completed by the end of February, would anyone be interested on here in wanting me to search for recent relatives and telling your where they were living during the years 1959-1960.  There are some really interesting and unusual surnames that I have so far come across.

The only other info available is:

The Elector is a Service Voter.
The Elector is NOT entitled to vote in respect of that entry at Parliamentary Elections.
The Elector is NOT entitled to vote in respect of that entry at Elections of County Councillors.
The Elector is NOT entitled to vote in respect of that entry at Elections of Rural District Council.
The Elector will be entitled to vote only at Elections held after 1st October, 1959.
The Electors liability for service as Juror.


Nottinghamshire / Unfortunate Surnames
« on: Thursday 06 January 11 02:29 GMT (UK)  »
Hi there

Those of us who have been doing this for more than a year have more than likely at some point had the urge to wander a few graveyards in the hope of finding a family plot with a stone clarifying the info we have.  And I like most have done this a couple of times in Beeston, Arnold and Long Eaton and discovered lost graves and relatives.

Last September after running the New Forest Marathon in Hampshire, a few days later I had organised a day trip with the agreement of my other half. This was to look for the widow of Thomas Sheldon (my Great, Great, Great, Great Uncle), Elizabeth Sheldon and her daughter Elizabeth Margaret who died in Blackawton, Devon in 1883 and 1914 respectively.

During my hunt through the graveyard I came across this memorial and just had to photograph it, sorry but I had to laugh at the unfortunate surname.  I just thought I'd share this with you all.


Armed Forces / RAF Flying Units Lookup
« on: Friday 19 November 10 00:05 GMT (UK)  »
Hi folks

I have recently purchased a book from the Leicestershire Libraries for 50p titled 'Flying Units of the RAF' which gives details of the ancestry, formation and disbandment of ALL flying units from 1912.

If you would like details of any RAF flying unit then please leave a request and I will look it up for you.


World War Two / Sherwood Foresters help
« on: Thursday 18 November 10 19:58 GMT (UK)  »
Hi folks

Was wondering if you folks can point me in the right direction of where and how to obtain info about my Great Uncle who until today I only knew roughly when he was born.

My family on my paternal side have been a nightmare to research as my great grandmother was a bigamist and any info the family held was either destroyed or deliberately lost by my granparents.  Furthermore no contact was made with any great aunts and great uncles so I never knew they existed until I managed to break down a few brick walls.

With this in mind I've received today a copy document from the Society of Genealogists called 'Clerical Classes - Reconstruction' of George Sheldon when he joined the civil service on 05/04/1948.  This details  that he served in the army from 25/08/1920 to 15/12/1945 of which from 25/08/1920 to 09/06/1921 was deemed as reduced service because he was under 18 years old.  It also states he passed his Army 1st Class Education Certificate in March 1936 held at Dera Ismail Khan and his rank was S/Sergeant no 4763718 Sherwood Foresters. It doesn't state which Battalion he was in but I would like to find out as much as I can about him and what he did.

Any help or suggestions would be appreciated.

Australia / Thomas SHELDON
« on: Saturday 03 July 10 17:19 BST (UK)  »
Hi there

I am researching a family member who I am certain travelled in the passenger ship Minerva from London, took unassisted passage to Victoria and arrived at Geelong in May 1853.  His name is Thomas Sheldon born in Woolwich, London in 1826 and was discharged out of the Royal Regiment of Artillery on 13th January 1852 through being unfit for service with the rank of Corporal.

I'm trying to find out what happened to him as it may be that he travelled to seek his fortune in the gold fields after it was discovered in 1851.  I know there was a Typhoid outbreak at Buckland Valley in 1854 which killed over 1,000 people and the Eureka Uprising happened at Ballerat in 1854 and I just hope he didn't die as a result of being involved in either.

I have a big interest in his fate after reaching Australia as his father who was my Great, Great, Great Uncle fought at the Battle of Waterloo in 1815 in the Royal Horse and Foot Artillery as a Gunner/Driver. He actually lived until he was 80, was a Chelsea Pensioner and is buried in Nottingham, England.

Armed Forces / Crimea War Lookup request
« on: Monday 08 February 10 00:01 GMT (UK)  »
Hi Lime

Could you do me a favour and look up 1450 Pte Chas Fredericks, he may of served in the 4th Light Dragoons although I'm not certain but have been told he was taken prisoner and was entitled to the Alma, Balaklava and Sebastapol clasps.

cheers in advance

Armed Forces / Waterloo Medal Roll
« on: Saturday 12 December 09 11:33 GMT (UK)  »
Hi there

First posting on this particular board so I'm hoping help and advice can be forthcomming.

My ancestor Thomas Sheldon was at the Battle of Waterloo in 1815, here are his details from his discharge papers I received from the NA at Kew:

Gunner Thomas Sheldon born in the Parish of Beeston in the County of Nottingham by Trade a Hosier Attested for the Royal Regiment of Artillery at Boston in the County of Lincoln on the 17th August 1811, at the age of Sixteen Years
FIRST SERVICE. After the Age of 18 Years, which he is entitled to reckon up to 13th October 1840 is Twenty nine Years One Hundred and Five days.

Regiment or Corps: Horse Artillery
Rank: Driver from 16 August 1811 To 15th August 1813, Underage
Rank: Driver and Gunner from 1st July 1813 to 13th October 1840, 27years 105 days

1st Served: At the Battle of Waterloo - 3 Years & 6 Months France - the remainder in England & Ireland.
2nd Disability: Chronic Rheumatism
3rd Character: The Regimental Board is of the opinion that his character is "Exemplary"

He was the Driver to the Director General of the Hospital at Woolwich, a Captain Webb in the 1841 Census.  In 1851 he was still the driver for a retired Director General Catain Webb, in 1861 he was back in Arnold, Nottingham as a Chelsea Pensioner.

Now for my request: on the muster rolls taken after the battle I have him but the name looks like 'Shelder' and I think this is also the case in the medal roll so could someone look this up to confirm.  If this is the case its possible his medal when issued could have the name spelt wrong or be correct, I'm unsure.
I'm also on a quest to try to track down this medal if its appeared in medal collections anywhere with a view to aquire it, any advice where to look would be helpful.  I'm going to look at it possibly going with his widow down to the Devon area after his death as she went to live with her daughter, but there's a possibility it was sold at some point to get cash for his funeral as they were silver.  I'm keeping an eye on Ebay as you never know its a long shot but it could suddenly appear.

Mike Sheldon

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