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Offline Wendi

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Re: WW1 Burma???
« Reply #9 on: Sunday 30 July 06 10:28 BST (UK) »
Sadly I don't think it's Balmar Lawn.  The land around the building is too flat and there are no trees of that kind in the vicinity. 

I would go with it being England WW1.  Here is a link to Queen Alexandra's Royal Army Nursing Corps site, which (if you use the site map) has listings of the major hospitals,

http://www.qaranc.co.uk/

however often large estate houses were commandeered as hospitals too ???

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« Reply #10 on: Sunday 30 July 06 10:45 BST (UK) »
Hi,
Thanks for that Annie - I'e had a look around and like Wendi said, i don't think it was the Balmer Hospital, although buildings and suroundings do change in 80 years!  :)

The buidling itself,in my photo, it seems to me, does not look much like a hospital? Maybe it was one of these manor houses transformed during the war?
Or mayabe thats just what general militar hospitals would have looked like?

Jim

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« Reply #11 on: Sunday 30 July 06 10:58 BST (UK) »
Hi Jim
If your G/F was from Bedfordshire he may have join his local Regiment "eg" the Bedfordshire Regt, the regt had 3 units in India in WW1 1st Garrison Battn, 2nd Garrison Battn & the 3rd Garrison Battn was in India and Burma. You would need to look at the medal index cards at the National Archives to see if your G/f comes up as being with the Bedfordshire Regt.

As for the uniforms The word "Khaki" was itself derived from the Urdu for 'dusty'.  & in India there had been early & regular use of various types of lightweight clothing, including uniforms made of drab Khaki cotton.

And some of the old photos from Northern India, do look like thy were taken in Briton.

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« Reply #12 on: Sunday 30 July 06 11:29 BST (UK) »
Hi
On the medal index cards at TNA are 3 Fred Woodward in the Bedford Regt.

Fred. C. Woodward No 9695, he started in the Bedford Regt then moved to the Norfolk Regt.

Fred. Woodward  No 3058, Bedford Regt.

Fred. W. Woodward No 4002, Bedford Regt.

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« Reply #13 on: Sunday 30 July 06 11:46 BST (UK) »
Hi,
Thanks!
I think the first one could be him!

The name given on my Great Grandafthers Birth Certificate:
Frederick Charles Woodward

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« Reply #14 on: Sunday 30 July 06 11:52 BST (UK) »
Hi again,
I just had a look on TNA website at the Medal Index Cards and there are a few more possibilites:

- Frederick C Woodward - Hertfordshire Regiment, then Bedfordshire Regiment
(I know my nan was born in Hertfordshire(in a small village very close to Bedfordshire))

-Frederick Charles Woodward - Royal Field Artillary

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« Reply #15 on: Sunday 30 July 06 12:02 BST (UK) »
Hi Jim
You would have to look for his service records at TNA, see to his service in the Army, about 60 percent of the records were destoryed in the fire at Arnside Street in 1940.

The Norfolk Regt had 1 Battn in India,1st Garrison Battn.

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« Reply #16 on: Sunday 30 July 06 16:29 BST (UK) »
AHA! New Info!  :)

Just been to see an elderly relative, heres what she said:

- He served in the 'Far East'     - suppose this could include Burma?? but she siad she never heard Fred Wodward mention Burma specifically.

- He was a Sergeant and was later demoted for bascially not having the killer instinct when up against an opposing German Soldier, going Bayonet to Bayonet in the trenches.  She described it as 'His stripes were taken away'
Apparently there was a photograph of him weaing his stripes but she said 'Some Blummer had nicked it when he died.'

- He was in the Hosptial because he had malaria. - Maybe thee were special Hospitals for this???

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« Reply #17 on: Sunday 30 July 06 17:02 BST (UK) »
Oh these blooming family stories  ;D  Don't worry 'cos my Dad's Aunty Hel turned out to be Aunty Ellen  ::) 

I'm reasonably comfortable with the pic being in the UK, not just the style of building, but also the trees.

World War 1, Trenches, Bayonets = France & Flanders, prevalent illness TB, or the results of gassing.

He would have been 21 when WW1 broke out, could he have joined up and been to the Far East before WW1, got malaria, came home, got the cure & then went to France & the trenches ???

Have you got his death cert?  What did he die of?

Wendi

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SCOTT ~ Monmouthshire & Glamorgan
BUCKLEY ~ Cork & Manchester
FRANKLIN ~ Clerkenwell, London
BRADY ~ Kildare & Manchester
DERICK ~ France
FRIEND ~ Kent & Portsmouth
TYLDESLEY ~ Lancashire
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