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Re: Walter Anderson?
« Reply #9 on: Friday 11 January 19 09:00 GMT (UK) »
While Rootschatterers have indeed broken down roadblocks none of us can magic up records where they have been lost or don't come up on searches!

You have already seen that there are no records that can be him on Ancestry or FindMyPast. The only KLR Walter Anderson is the one you found who died May 1918.  A trawl of medal records at the National Archives gives the same result.  A trawl of the registers which hold records of soldiers which, because they served on after 1920, are still held by MOD came up blank on his name and date of birth.

I know I said it before but service that did not take him overseas makes a man essentially invisible, lost record and no medals.  No sign of him in the pension area either.  No sign in newspapers.

The photo certainly is a KLR man with what look like Sgt's stripes but again, as you've seen (or not seen) the records don't turn up a William Walter that fits.  He won't be the first man of whom no definitive trace can be found unfortunately.

I shall be the first with praise for a fellow member who can find him positively.

MaxD

I asked elsewhere about the completeness of the KLR database. I don't know where this was compiled from, given that the central records were destroyed as we know. If Walter did not go overseas and joined up late in the war, can I still be sure that his absence from the database means he was not in the KLR? If not, the picture could be what the family say it is.

Otherwise, there's the question of who actually is in the picture. The other side of the family was called Gamble: Walter's wife was one of 11 children of whom some served in WW1. I don't remember if I came across a sergeant Gamble - but I don't think so.

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Re: Walter Anderson?
« Reply #10 on: Friday 11 January 19 09:42 GMT (UK) »
You pinpoint another of the basic problems, the completeness (or not) of the KLR database.  The heading to a search says: The information on the database is gathered from various sources, but is not taken from soldier's service records. National Museums Liverpool does not hold service records. Further information regarding an individual's service may be available from the Public Records Office and other sources listed on this website.    It would be fair to infer that the museum would not pretend that it is complete and that a negative search just means a man is not on the database.

The database does throw up some Gamble names including one corporal.  A corporal promoted to acting sergeant would wear the stripes of a sergeant but would/should appear in official records in his substantive rank of corporal.  Have you checked the Gamble names against the family?

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Re: Walter Anderson?
« Reply #11 on: Friday 11 January 19 17:35 GMT (UK) »
I don't know the names of the Gamble family at present. However, I need to confirm one thing with you: if Walter served in the Army but didn't go overseas he would not have any medals - is that right? Also if you are saying that there's a significant chance of him being missed in the KLR database then we could be back to the family's own understanding that he was actually in this regiment and the photo was of him. Getting a bit confused here, but I'm trying! Lastly, in your experience, is it actually going to be worth writing to the NRO at Kew?

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Re: Walter Anderson?
« Reply #12 on: Friday 11 January 19 19:27 GMT (UK) »
No overseas service - no medals.

Not on the database means not on the database but not necessarily that he wasn't in the KLR.

No.  The National Archives have farmed out all they have on WW 1 soldiers to Ancestry and/or Findmypast so if he isn't on those he isn't at Kew.

http://www.nationalarchives.gov.uk/help-with-your-research/research-guides/british-army-soldiers-after-1913/

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Re: Walter Anderson?
« Reply #13 on: Sunday 13 January 19 14:36 GMT (UK) »
OK, I have a question and a request. My question is where the KLR online database came from, given that primary records were manly destroyed. What I'm thinking is if this was substantially based on medal records then it would automatically exclude those who didn't go overseas - of which there would be more than a few who were called up late in the war.

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Re: Walter Anderson?
« Reply #14 on: Sunday 13 January 19 15:12 GMT (UK) »
FindMyPast has a database called Liverpool Pals.  It has details of some 7000 men who were the original 1914 members of 17, 18, 19 and 20 Battalions.  KLR had some 50 battalions, many of which served only in UK.  The one man on the FindMyPast database is the one killed in 1918. I have no way of knowing whether this is the database you keep referring to.

Ancestry has no "KLR Database". 

With this post I shall leave you to continue with others although they may have noticed that the words please and thank you are conspicuous by their absence from your posts.  Rootschat is not a search engine powered by artificial intelligence but is populated by people who are happy to give up their time to help and expect nothing in return but the common courtesies.  Good luck.

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Re: Walter Anderson?
« Reply #15 on: Sunday 13 January 19 15:32 GMT (UK) »
Many libraries and Record Offices offer free access to Ancestry and/or FindMyPast.
Might be worth your while seeking out what is available local to you?

Can't offer more specific advice as you haven't entered a location on your profile? :-\
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Re: Walter Anderson?
« Reply #16 on: Sunday 13 January 19 16:14 GMT (UK) »
I'm certainly very grateful for all the advice given, and apologise that this wasn't expressed.
I had no idea what to expect when I joined the group. Although the problem has not been solved, I now see "how the land lies" and have a more sober assessment as to whether the answer is actually out there.
Walter's relatives don't know that much about him, although they are keen to discover whatever they can, and I've simply been trying to follow the avenues suggested to me on FB in the hope of breakthroughs similar to what I've seen elsewhere. One of the FB connections knew of a KLR expert in N America, and he helped me with my father-in-law William Anderson's record - I've no idea how - but at least we had the service number in that case.
Their younger brother Harold joined the 4th (Lancs) Howitzer Brigade of the RFA in 1911 but was invalided out in 1916 owing to a ventral hernia arising from removal of his appendix. So one way or another all three brothers were in the army and survived.
This has been quite a journey of discovery since we did not know until a couple of years ago that William Anderson had any brothers. My wife was born to him when he was 67, as all of his previous family had died - one son murdered by the Japanese in Singapore, the other dying of TB the following year, and his first wife in 1951. Having found and got in touch with descendants of both his brothers, we are still in the process of putting what we know together and trying to fill in the gaps. Harold's granddaughter and Walter's granddaughter-in-law have both studied family history and the former has a big tree on Ancestry.
Thanks again for looking at my problem. Was Walter a sergeant in the KLR? Possibly! :)