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Sussex / Re: Inquest Report Surrey 1955
« on: Monday 11 June 12 15:51 BST (UK)  »
Thanks Nanny Jan. Looking at what they say access may be restricted, but will email or phone and see what they say.  :)

Sussex / Inquest Report Surrey 1955
« on: Monday 11 June 12 13:48 BST (UK)  »
Does anyone know from where I might order a copy of an inquest report of a fatal road accident in 1955?  From his death cert we know that the gentleman in question died later in Redhill County Hospital, Surrey. At time of death his residence was Crawley, Sussex.

Armed Forces / Re: WWI Intelligence Corps
« on: Friday 25 May 12 23:52 BST (UK)  »
I had wondered about whether the very nature of his work precluded anything being printed in the London Gazette, but it's helpful to have confirmation from someone whose done research along similar lines, so thanks for your comment corisande.   Another email enquiry costs nothings so I'll contact the NA again next week and see what they say. Can't give up yet! ::) ;)

Armed Forces / Re: WWI Intelligence Corps
« on: Friday 25 May 12 13:55 BST (UK)  »
No, I'm not a member of the Great War Forum - this is my first foray into researching anything to do with WWI, so if you'd post that link for me I'd be very grateful. Thanks Ady.

I tried Ednburgh Gazette too and The Times archives, I thought maybe for an obit, but nothing.  Presumably he had some knowledge of French if he was sent there in 1915, but again I have no idea how crucial language skills were at that point of time and place.

And Phil, you've cheered me up a little. The NA's paid search service says "Please tell us exactly what you are looking for before sending any money. We will write back to tell you how much our search for the information will cost. When we receive your payment we will carry out the search and, if we find the information and can make it available, we will provide it to you."

If I understand it correctly, I could ask for the cost of a photocopy of the file so at least I would have an idea of the size if not content, and as they charge 40p per A4 b/w photocopy the overall cost MIGHT not be as much as I feared.


Armed Forces / Re: WWI Intelligence Corps
« on: Friday 25 May 12 10:31 BST (UK)  »
Thank you so much for your help on this Phil, at least I now know they hold his file. 

It`s a shame there is no way of finding out how large the file is, so I could make some kind of judgement on likely cost.  Unfortunately I shall have to put my hunt on hold as getting a copy would be an expensive business.

I very much appreciate the input from everyone on this topic.  :) :)

Armed Forces / Re: WWI Intelligence Corps
« on: Thursday 24 May 12 21:34 BST (UK)  »
This is the body of their reply (I emailed them all the relevant info I have inc his service number). I`ve scoured the London Gazette 1914-1919 using name variations and/or words such as despatches/intelligence corps/honours and awards....zilch apart from the two or three entries links for which are already posted for this topic.

"Thank you for your request for an estimate for the cost of copying records from The National Archives. Our initial examination of your request shows that specific information within this document is not easily identifiable and will require further research.

There are three other ways for you to identify the material you want copied, assuming that it exists:
1. You, or someone acting on your behalf, are welcome to visit us to do the research yourself. Our staff will give you advice free of charge. For visiting details, please go to The only payment would be if you then wanted to buy copies from our Record Copying Department or use the self-service copying facilities (where available). You can also take photographs of documents using your own digital camera, under certain rules. For details of the options go to
2. You can hire an independent researcher to carry out specific or wider-ranging research for you, both at The National Archives and in other relevant archives. For details, and for a list of independent researchers who conduct research at The National Archives, go to
3. You can use our paid search service if you have a specific request, but we cannot undertake wide-ranging research. For further details and for the cost of the service, go to"

They say many files were lost in 1940 and that very few "Mentioned in Despatches" records have survived, so even if someone were to make a personal search for Bertrand's file - unless I am missing something here -  it seems to me there is no way of knowing if there is anything to find.

Phil, I've never used the NA apart from downloading Wills.  Pardon my ignorance, but are you saying that there is likely to be a service file for him that I could order via that link?  If you are experienced with navigating your way round this site I'd appreciate any help you can give.

Linda  :-\

Armed Forces / Re: WWI Intelligence Corps
« on: Thursday 24 May 12 18:01 BST (UK)  »
Update on my enquiries -

National Archives have replied, briefly they suggest that I either make a personal visit to make a search, ask a friend to search for me or pay a researcher, either professional or use their own research service. Having said that, the info they sent me says that the MoD would still hold my relative's file if he continued to serve in the Army after 1922 - which I believe is the case here.   So I've now emailed an enquiry to the Army Personal Centre in Glasgow, contact details as follows:

Army Personnel Centre, Historic Disclosures, Mailpoint 400, Kentigern House, 65
Brown Street, Glasgow, G2 8EX, tel: 0141-224-2023 and 0141-224-3303

So watch this space ::) ::) ::)

Armed Forces / Re: WWI Intelligence Corps
« on: Wednesday 23 May 12 22:08 BST (UK)  »
Phew, if it's that steep I shant bother, more's the pity. Have to wait and see.  He was in the PO Engineer in Chief's office by 1903, so you probably got that annotation right Phil.

I missed that MID abbreviation - thanks for that Ady.

Armed Forces / Re: WWI Intelligence Corps
« on: Wednesday 23 May 12 19:58 BST (UK)  »
Ady, where did you find that Mention in Dispatches?  Dare say all will be revealed when I get that file but it wont be for a few weeks yet.

I don't have any clues as to a French connection or where that name came from.  No hints in the name of his paternal grandparents. He was working at least from the age of 16, so I dont know what sort of education he might have had or where his knowledge of French may have come from.

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