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World War Two / Re: Army in India WW2
« on: Tuesday 13 June 17 14:27 BST (UK)  »
if your dad got to India in 1944, I would suggest that he was perhaps already too late for Kohima. By the time he wouild have processed through the system, Kohima may well have finished as it was over by 22 june but started in mid March as the Japanese crossed the Chindwin then and advanced on Kohima by 4th April. Before this Kohima was a leave camp and no doubt after it would have served as a staging camp. Kohima was in India

World War Two / Re: 14th army in Burma
« on: Tuesday 13 June 17 14:21 BST (UK)  »
ALL of the troops at Kohima were in the 14th Army. there were about 6 Indian regiments included in a total of about 22,000

The Burma Star assoc will only be able to give you his regiment and when he joined. you should try the Kohima Museum in York. The curator there is a great guy and very helpful....oh...wait a minute...that's ME!

World War Two / Re: Any Info On The 1st Gloucester Regiment Please!?
« on: Tuesday 13 June 17 14:14 BST (UK)  »
The 1st Glosters didn't fight at Kohima. I thought that they were part of the troops captured in 42. the 10th Bn were Chindits - I think

Family History Beginners Board / Re: from Kent to Kohima anybody read or got
« on: Tuesday 13 June 17 14:12 BST (UK)  »
I have a copy of the book what specifically do you want to know although I guess that will have found it by now

Australia Lookups completed / Re: Thomas Albert McGRATH/Nellie HAZELHURST
« on: Saturday 26 April 14 16:10 BST (UK)  »
Hi Michael
Thank you for this message. I was indeed in touch with your sister some years ago and she gave me some family details but then her email address went down and I couldn't get in touch again. Her married name was Helen Stevens or something like that. I was gutted that I couldn't get back in touch.

My uncle and his son are both named Thomas Albert after your granddad. They also carry the name McGrath.
Our great granddad is the same man which makes us 2nd cousins except that our great grandmas were different. James McGrath was my grandad and yours was his half brother.
If you are interested in further contact, please email me at  (*)

Bob Cook

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Antrim / Re: living in Belfast in the 1800's
« on: Wednesday 04 January 12 17:09 GMT (UK)  »
My first hint of relatives from Belfast is about 1850 but they start to increase from 1875 - present day so that would be my target. Most of my ancestors were illiterate and unskilled so they would have been on hard living in a hard living area

Antrim / living in Belfast in the 1800's
« on: Wednesday 04 January 12 15:19 GMT (UK)  »
Hi forum,
I am trying to write a narritive on my family history and although I have plenty of details about BMD's etc. I am very short on the other stuff such as how much did food cost what as the average wage for a labourer what about schools etc.

Can anyone help me there



Cavan / Charters or Chartus
« on: Wednesday 26 October 11 22:24 BST (UK)  »
Hi, I am looking for details on a John Charters who was born about 1853. I have this from his death cert in 1927 which gives his age as 74. His wife was Annie Fenner and I found a reference to a marriage of John Chartus - a pensioner - and annie Fenner of Barrack Hill in Cavan in 1888 (I think) Family oral history has John Charters as a soldier for about 19 years but I cannot find any detail on him apart from this marriage reference. His wife Annie was considerably younger than him being born about 1868 as evidenced from her death cert.

Can anyone out there help with this. He is my brick wall as well as being my great granddad.


Antrim / Street Directories - O'Hara
« on: Friday 23 April 10 07:14 BST (UK)  »
I am still trying to plot a course through history for the O'Hara's of the Bakery in Belfast. I have had a measure of success with the SD's of PRONI and Mary Lennon Wylie.

I still would like some gaps filled (wouldn't we all!)

The specifics are Thomas, James & William James O'Hara in Sd's from 1902 - 1909 incl and after 1911. They are all listed as being Bakers of course
 I have a gap from 1877 - 1884 as well and a Sarah or sarah Jane O'Hara from 1870 - 1875.

Thanks in advance


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