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Am I asking the impossible?
« on: Tuesday 08 November 11 01:39 GMT (UK) »
I am trying to find information on an army doctor but have little more than his name to go on.

From the back of a photograph:  Dr. Col. Robinson

He was apparently in the army from 1914 until 1946 so was, I assume, a career soldier.

Bearing in mind that I am the world’s worst internet searcher is there any way to track him down?

Christine

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Re: Am I asking the impossible?
« Reply #1 on: Tuesday 08 November 11 03:27 GMT (UK) »
hi,,,do you have the photo?  is he in civilian or army attire?  if army..are there any distinguishing features,,like cap badges etc?  ;)
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« Reply #2 on: Tuesday 08 November 11 05:21 GMT (UK) »
Is he wearing a uniform in the photo? If so someone may be able to ID his regiment etc.

Do you know what the "Col" is short for? Is it his name or is it an abbreviation for Colonel?

I think promotions were noted in the London Gazette if you have access. He might get a mention there. :-\

Also I don't suppose you know where/when he was born or even where he lived?


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Re: Am I asking the impossible?
« Reply #3 on: Wednesday 09 November 11 01:20 GMT (UK) »
I'm afraid I don't have the answers to your questions.

I am doing this for a friend and I have no idea whether she has the photo or if it belongs to someone else.  Hopefully an email will provide the answer to that one.

As for Col. being short for Colonel or Colin - I wondered that too but we simply don't know.

They did used to Gazette army promotions - I have my Grandfather's from WW1 but I have tried and simply don't have enough detail to pin down the right man.  I really am rubbish at it and do tend to get some strange responses when I search for things ::)

If I get more information on the photograph I will post it.

Thanks

Christine

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« Reply #4 on: Wednesday 09 November 11 10:08 GMT (UK) »
Try the AMS museum at Keogh Bks....

http://www.ams-museum.org.uk/museum/

They have extensive archives, and as you have a name and dates you should be ok...
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« Reply #5 on: Wednesday 09 November 11 11:19 GMT (UK) »
The National Archives documents online show seven Robinsons in the RAMC who held the rank of Lieutenant-Colonel or Colonel in WW1, but without initials, the museum is probably the best source.  A long career in the RAMC would show up in successive Army Lists, which that museum might hold.

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« Reply #6 on: Wednesday 09 November 11 16:58 GMT (UK) »
The National Archives documents online show seven Robinsons in the RAMC who held the rank of Lieutenant-Colonel or Colonel in WW1, but without initials, the museum is probably the best source.  A long career in the RAMC would show up in successive Army Lists, which that museum might hold.

I'm guessing he may well have ended up as a colonel, ere it be half or full in 1946...

And yes the museum holds a full set of Army Lists, as well as int on medical officers
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« Reply #7 on: Wednesday 09 November 11 23:42 GMT (UK) »
Thanks everyone

I've had a look at the AMS museum site and will pass this to my friend so that she can contact them direct.

Still waiting to hear whether she has the photograph.

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Re: Am I asking the impossible?
« Reply #8 on: Wednesday 16 November 11 00:18 GMT (UK) »
Sorry it's taken so long.

I'm still waiting for permission to publish the whole photograph but in the meantime here is the cap badge.  Dated 1917 so I doubt that he would be a colonel at that time.

Any ideas?

Christine