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Posted 30 August 2011 - 10:40 AM
My Great Grandad was a professional soldier, then a miner in Wales before the War. He was recalled as a reservist in 1914 and served with 1st Bn. West Yorkshire Regiment.
After the War is more of a mystery. At some point he was discharged from the Army and returned to Cardiff; he died there in April 1921, in Whitchurch Asylum (which was also a military hospital), from General Paresis of the Insane (a hideous result of tertiary syphilis). He is buried in a Commonwealth War Graves Commission grave in Cathays cemetery - the sequence of events, or possible reasons, which led to him being buried in a CWGC grave I have never been able to discover. There's a thread about it on the WFA Forum; If anyone here has any thoughts...
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Posted 07 September 2011 - 10:24 AM
I've just read your thread on the WFA Forum.
The Western Mail 9 April 1915 has a brief item, with photos, about the five "Hatterby" brothers, sons of Mrs. Smith, 15 Bute Street, Cardiff. This appears to relate to your great-grandfather's Hattersley family. According to the notes I made, Arthur (Private 1st Bn. West Yorks Regt.) was then a prisoner of war. It is a long time since I recorded this and I suggest you check the Western Mail for yourself to make sure that I got it right.
I believe his brother Horace (RMLI) was killed in action in 1917, while another brother Richard (RE) died on 9 June 1921 and is also buried in a war grave in Cardiff Cemetery.
Posted 12 September 2011 - 11:01 AM
Sorry for not replying sooner - I've been away on holiday. Thanks very much for the tip - that's fantastic. My Great Uncle (Arthur's younger son) was called Horace too; now I know who he was named after. I will definitely look up that article - do you by any chance have the article title and page no. recorded? (I live and work in Durham and won't be able to get to British Library Newspapers for a while, so I'd like to order a copy and they ask for that info).
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Posted 14 September 2011 - 02:15 PM
I've managed to dig out my original notes. In fact, the item appeared in the Western Mail on the 2nd April 1915 (not the 9th). I'm sorry but I don't have a record of the page number or title of the item. It has photos of George (1 West Yorks), Squire (KOYLI), Horace (RMLI), Arthur (1 West Yorks, POW) and Victor (York and Lancs). However, if you ring Local Studies at Cardiff Central Library (029-20382116), they may be prepared to check it out for you. Given that you have a specific date, it shouldn't be too much trouble to find, especially as there are five photos (though under the name "Hatterby"). If you offer to defray their costs they may even copy the item for you.
I hope this is of some use. Good luck.
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Grandfather Johnson worked in a pharmaceutical factory, eventually rising to foreman - not bad considering he started work before he was 14. We have his watch from Rolls & Darlington.
Grandfather Darte was a metallurgical engineer, who came out from Fraance to run a plant in Welland Ontario. Recalled to the French Army in 1914, he ended up as an interpreter at #2 Advanced Park, R.E., until frantic pleas from the company to Ottawa, and Ottawa to France got him released to go back again, since his plant was supplying almost all of the ferro-silicon used in munitions work, as well as being a leading producer of shrapnel shells.
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My Grandfather was a compositer apprentice on Fleet St prior to service in the RGA and RE and returned to the newspapers after the war, working on the Daily Telegraph until retirement. Following severe malaria the army eventually moved him from signalman work to some form of army newspaper work, as he was demobbed from the Army Printing & Stationery Depot
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