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Wigtownshire / Re: Photography: Ivy Place Burial Ground
« on: Monday 12 November 12 09:31 GMT (UK)  »
Hi Sarndra, 

I`ve checked my Stranraer MIs and the surname Lees(e) is not included for Ivy Place, although several stones are illegible or only semi-legible.


Sussex / Re: Chownes Mead, Cuckfield
« on: Friday 07 September 12 20:24 BST (UK)  »

Midlothian / Re: Michael Ireland burial
« on: Sunday 22 July 12 09:22 BST (UK)  »
Always good to hear of someone striking back against oppression and winning ;D

Midlothian / Re: Michael Ireland burial
« on: Tuesday 17 July 12 09:24 BST (UK)  »
Thanks TempleDrysdale,  though I haven`t come across a Margaret.

Armed Forces / Re: WWI Intelligence Corps
« on: Friday 29 June 12 20:13 BST (UK)  »
Yep, you're right. Do wish I had BBC type resources though :P

World War One / Re: Long Long Trail/Great War Forum
« on: Tuesday 26 June 12 16:20 BST (UK)  »
Just posted my query  - thanks to ainslie and JDS1949 for your help ;D

World War One / Long Long Trail/Great War Forum
« on: Tuesday 26 June 12 14:44 BST (UK)  »
Oh dear can anyone help me ??? ???  I've registered with the Great War Forum but am "not allowed" to reply to any post or make a new post.  Isn't registering the same as becoming a member?  Could some kind person explain what I'm doing wrong please!! :( :'(

Armed Forces / Re: WWI Intelligence Corps - LATEST
« on: Monday 25 June 12 16:58 BST (UK)  »
I have today received Bertrand Stevenson's NI file. Although it's still not clear why he was awarded the OBE there are a couple of possible clues.

His particular forte was counter-intelligence work, he spoke good German and French and had some knowledge of Dutch and modern Greek reading/writing. In a Foreign Office "Report on the activities of the Commission for the Government etc of Upper Silesia" dated c1923 he is referred to as Controller of Railways at Kattowitz (German spelling of Katowice, Poland) and that his efforts in "the delicate situation at Gleiwitz turned the scale".  I don't know what this refers to, possibly the plebiscite in 1919 (Wikipedia link below) as the only mention I've found by googling is in relation to Auschwitz in WW2.

In a letter he wrote to the War Office in 1940 offering his services (apparently declined) he says he was a General Staff Officer both overseas and on Imperial General Staff [to the Rhine Army] and that in WWI he had devised a "novel and revolutionary method of enciphering messages which is rapid and simple and eliminates entirely the possibility of errors in transmission"  and "By the application of technical devices at present used for other purposes....devised a simple scheme.........the use of which would render interception totally impossible".

So maybe it was this encryption method that earned him his OBE?  ::)

A William Plant was baptised 29 July 1804 in Salehurst, St Mary the Virgin. Parents Richard and Charlotte, but the following Sept there is a burial for William Plant "a soldier's child".

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