Author Topic: Driver Joseph Sparkes, RFA, puzzle  (Read 509 times)

Offline MaxD

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Re: Driver Joseph Sparkes, RFA, puzzle
« Reply #18 on: Tuesday 11 December 18 16:30 GMT (UK) »
Agree two different men and the one who died was the RFA/East Lancs man.  Agree with Cathy that he was the son of Alice Pearson became Bolshaw became Sparks.  Effects register entry confirms mother and four siblings.

Theory one:  Could 1336/39052 (who is the only one who died) have been a regular serving pre-war with the TF battery and later transferring to East Lancs with a regular number?  He had 4 years 5 months service for gratuity when he died so joined late 1913.

Theory two:  the Dec 1917 casualty report reference to Widnes suggest Joseph Sparkes born 1896 Widnes to Thomas and Jane with family living in Warrington Road Widnes 1911 and a tad nearer to Garston that the first Joseph whose connections all seem to be much nearer the west of Liverpool rather than the south. Perhaps the man with the Garston connection is 685984 and the death of 1336/39052 was wrongly thought to have been him.

Given the lack of positve evidence on both I wouldn't die in a ditch about any of this.  Feel free to ignore the therorising.


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