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Armed Forces / Army Deserters - general info required
« on: Friday 05 October 12 11:46 BST (UK)  »
Hi all

Are there any public references of pre-WW2 Army desertions available?

Im helping a great-uncle trace one of his cousins. He recalls his mum telling him that his cousin (Alfred Neale b.1900 in Greenwich) turned up at home unexpectedly in the early 1930s  and then lost all trace of him

Suspicion is that he had deserted

Any help appreciated



Warwickshire / Trying to find Child Burial Record
« on: Sunday 16 September 12 17:41 BST (UK)  »

Not sure where this should go so thought I would start here.

I am trying to find the burial record of Arthur Foster, age 2 months on 22nd June 1931. He died in Bidford on Avon on the roadside. His parents were travellers and had been staying there, and I suspect they would have been quite poor.  I have the death certificate and the death was registered in Alcester. I have been to Warwick Record office and checked some of the obvious parish records with no luck. I have also contacted the Church in Bidford who have no record either.

Is there any chance of finding this record or I am I wasting my time ? Any help at all would be very much appreciated.



Free Photo Restoration & Date Old Photographs / Re: Focus and sharpen please?
« on: Sunday 08 July 12 17:12 BST (UK)  »
Im constantly amazed at the brilliant responses to my posts on Rootschat

Ive had a dabble with trying to tidy the pictures up but to no avail.

Thank you so much for the efforts on the photo they are fantastic!


Free Photo Restoration & Date Old Photographs / Focus and sharpen please?
« on: Monday 02 July 12 17:47 BST (UK)  »
Hi all

This blurry picture is one I would dearly loved improved... and there's lots to improve. Not sure if the blurriness can be sorted but perhaps some sharpening to define the people's faces? 

This is an entire family shot of my grandmother's mum, dad, her uncle and grandad as well as 4 of her 5 siblings. Nan is in the front in the middle and aged between 6 and 8  so this pic must be around 1924-1926

I can only guess that the eldest boy (Uncle Len) took the picture with an shaky hand - he is missing from the group ...

Any help welcome!

Thanks in advance


World War Two / 8Bn Royal Fusiliers (City of London) Anzio War Diaries
« on: Wednesday 16 May 12 21:03 BST (UK)  »
Hi there

Has anyone any experience of searching TNA for War Diaries? Ive found that my great-uncle was transferred from 7Bn Ox & Bucks early Feb 1944 while in Anzio. He was killed 18th Feb during the German offensive while serving with 8bn Fusiliers and I am searching for either his transfer papers (which made it back to HQ in June 44) or War Diaries covering 8th to 18th Feb 1944

Specific request I know, but Ive written to the Fusilier Regiment Museum and they have replied to tell me they dont hold the diaries from Jan 44 to Jun 44

My quest is to find how he came to be transferred and all stemmed from his War Grave entry as a fusilier when I know he had joined general service corps and then transferred to OBLI

Any help or guidance appreciated

World War Two / Re: Cap badges
« on: Monday 30 April 12 08:27 BST (UK)  »
Thanks so much for the replies, and the doubt in my last posting has been verified. The cap badge would be of a tank regiment as this isnt Uncle Fred, its another uncle !

Coincidentally one of his sons has been in touch and is searching out his old service memorabilia

World War Two / Re: Cap badges
« on: Saturday 28 April 12 09:41 BST (UK)  »
Thanks so much for the replies - am I right in assuming the Hussars/Guards were both WW2 Tank regiments? Mum always said my uncle was infantry ... hope this is the right uncle!

Ive got the original - just need a magnifying glass!

World War Two / Re: Cap badges
« on: Friday 27 April 12 19:28 BST (UK)  »
Here's hoping I can remember ...

World War Two / Re: Cap badges
« on: Friday 27 April 12 15:12 BST (UK)  »
here goes with my 1st attachment

It looks to have Prince of Wales feathers but he was London based

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