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My great Uncle in WW1
« on: Wednesday 07 November 18 18:06 GMT (UK) »
My great uncle Leonard Cook was a sapper in the Royal Engineers, he was a reservist called up 4/11/1914, he was in the retreat from the Mons, i cannot seem to find anything on him, this i found from a newspaper cutting, can anyone help please, thank you,

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Re: My great Uncle in WW1
« Reply #1 on: Wednesday 07 November 18 18:13 GMT (UK) »
I'm afraid around 70% of the service documents from WW1 were destroyed in WW2 bombing.

Both my grandfathers served WW, have documents for one but not the other.  ::)


EDIT could you give more info like where he came from as there are documents for that name on Find my Past.
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Re: My great Uncle in WW1
« Reply #2 on: Wednesday 07 November 18 18:23 GMT (UK) »
Was he 29 in 1919 and did his son die in 1917?
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Re: My great Uncle in WW1
« Reply #3 on: Wednesday 07 November 18 19:11 GMT (UK) »
Hi medpat,

Thank you for replying, Leonard was born 1895 Tylorstown  Rhondda Glamorgan,  occupation a collier at Treorchy, i was told after he came out of the Army he joined  the Navy, not sure on that either, i feel the service papers papers may have been destroyed also ,as i cannot find his brothers  all joined and all survived,
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Re: My great Uncle in WW1
« Reply #4 on: Wednesday 07 November 18 19:16 GMT (UK) »
Looks like it has been destroyed then. There could be medal card but there's very little info on that. I know it's frustrating as I have no idea what my maternal grandfather did.  >:(
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Re: My great Uncle in WW1
« Reply #5 on: Wednesday 07 November 18 19:22 GMT (UK) »
Hi medpat,

Thank you for looking, i know it is sad that there are no papers,
Jaz

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Re: My great Uncle in WW1
« Reply #6 on: Wednesday 07 November 18 20:46 GMT (UK) »
Here's the newspaper clipping
http://newspapers.library.wales/view/4615415/4615418/23/

Which Leonard Cook is he in the medal rolls/index cards? Should have the 14 Star.

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Re: My great Uncle in WW1
« Reply #7 on: Wednesday 07 November 18 22:11 GMT (UK) »
Hi jonw65,

Thank you so much for this, it is very much appreciated,
Jaz