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Paul Reed

I recently changed my Avatar (photo left) to show my Great Uncle, Dan Boyles.

Dan was a regular who joined from the TF in 1912, and served on the Western Front from August 1914 until the end of the war with the 2nd, 1st and 11th Essex Regiment. He also served at Gallipoli in 1915. He was wounded three times (Plugstreet January 1915, Krithia July 1915, Beaumont Hamel 1st July 1916), and was gassed at Bourlon Wood in 1917. After recovering from the gas, he served in an Agricultural Coy of the Labour Corps, doing the job he had done in civvie street. He went back to the Essex Regiment in 1919, and served until the late 1920s.

I knew him as a kid, and grew up on my Nan's stories of him; in many ways Uncle Dan was the genesis of my interest in the Great War.

This photo was taken in France in 1918; despite being in the LC he continued to produly wear his Essex Regiment badge!

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burlington

Itv really would be nice to have KNOWN relatives!

WW2 babies and all that :ph34r:

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dycer

Father

Charles C Souness, Big Drummer,Royal Scots,(not sure which Battalion) on his way to France when the Armistice declared.

Uncles

582 ,Pte John Souness, 8th Royal Scots, DofW 29/01/1915 ,Buried Sailly-Sur-La-Lys Churchyard.

325002, Sjt George S Souness, 8th Royal Scots, KIA 22/03/1918, Commemorated Arras Memorial.

George

p.s. Before you comment I must be well into old-age I was a WW2 after-thought!

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Mark Hone

Grandfather:

Horace Butler, fitter in Royal Flying Corps

Great-Uncles:

Private John Hone, 1st Royal Warwicks KIA 24th October 1918

(His brother Jim Hone was in the same battalion and survived)

Private Cyril Evans, 10th Royal Welsh Fusiliers, KIA 13th November 1916

(His brother George Evans was gassed during the war, but I do not know his service details)

Cousins

Able Seaman Albert McKee, Royal Navy killed on HMS 'Amphion' 6th August 1914, one of the first British servicemen to die in the Great War.

His brother Corporal Matthew McKey, 14th Royal Warwicks (1st Birmingham Pals) KIA 11th October 1917

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Dee

Grandfather (father's side):

Percy William Smith - Pte CH19128 - RMLI

Enlisted 1914 in Bristol, joined HMS Duncan in 1915 from Chatham & went to Athens (landed at Lipso Island) & fought against the Greeks with France, embarked for France in 1917 to join 2nd RM Bn & later 1st RM Bn, survived the war, had Fire Watch duties during WW2 (not sure if in Homeguard), died late 1950's.

Great Great Uncle (mother's side):

George Worthington - Pte 24432 - 15th Bn Sherwood Foresters

No service records yet, KIA date 28.03.18 listed on Pozieres memorial, fought with his four brothers all in same regiment (names not yet properly known but one I have been informed was a POW) and was brother in law to:

Great Grandfather (mother's side):

William Flint - Service no unknown - 1st Garrison Bn, Lincolnshire Regiment

Not sure of enlisting date but stationed in India, invalided to Darjeeling and brought home on hospital ship Karoola in 1916 arriving back in blighty in 1917. Had previously enlisted for a whopping 95 days in Grenadier Guards from 1904 to 1905.

Just found another possible Great Uncle (father's side & Percy William's brother):

Harry Smith - completely unknown would have been aged between 20-24 and was KIA, only just made aware through geneaology research.

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Ski

One that i know of, my Great-Grandfather:-

302321 Cpl, Albert John Wallace Maull, 1st/8th Battalion, The Manchester Regiment.

Enlisted 14/8/15, aged 18 years, served France and Flanders.

Ski

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Terry Carter

My nan's two older brothers.

Pte Charles Witsey, No.8470, 1st Worcesters, DOW 6/11/16 (wounded on the Somme near Geudecourt) burid in Etaples Military Cemetery.

Pte Jack Witsey, No. 203353, 1/5th South Staffs KIA 9/8/18 (Battle of the Lys) buried in Fouquieres Churchyard Extension.

My nan's first husband:-

Driver Benjamin Gibbons (Gibbins on CWGC) T/26420, RASC HT attached to 25th Quarrying Coy RE.

Died a few weeks after deomobilisation of Spanish Flu, 25/2/1919, aged 29. Buried in Yardley Cemetery, Birmingham (has CWGC headstone)

(If he had not died my nan would have not remarried my grandfather...I would not be here writing this!)

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Malcolm

My Great Uncles

Thomas James Girdwood, Private 46658, 17th Royal Scots, kia 30th September 1918 age 18, commemorated Tyne Cot.

John ( Jack ) Watson, Royal Artillery, survived Boer and Great War and went to Rhodesia,

returned and ended his days as a Chelsea pensioner.

George and Alexander Watson, Driver and Fireman killed in munition train crash 1916.

My Grandfather.

Private R Girdwood S/24973 , ex RFC No4 Sqaudron ,Lewis Gunner No 3 platoon A company

1/8th Argyle & Sutherland Highlanders 1915 - 1919

his Brother-in-Law Private John Edwards, 1/4th Gordon Highlanders, became a policeman in Montrose.

I had the good fortune to know both.

My paternal Grandfather, Robert Ritchie Fergusson, built munitions factories for the Ministry.

My father's oldest brother

William Ritchie Fergusson, Canadian forces WW1 and WW2.

My wife's Great Uncles

James Young Duncan, Private 76150, A Company 17th Sherwood Forresters (Notts & Derby Regt)

ex Royal Engineers, kia 31st July 1917 age 25, commemorated Menin Gate

Alick John Baker, Private 370, 16th Battalion AIF, kia 2nd May 1915 buried Quinns Post Gallipoli.

Aye

Malcolm

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christine liava'a

Among the immediate families of my grandparents;

7 out of 8 Sinel brothers

Surname SINEL

Given Name Arthur Harold

Category Second Reserves

Last NZ Address Belvue 32 Princes St Auckland

Occupation Shipping Clerk

Classification B

Surname SINEL

Given Name Edwin John

Category Nominal Roll Vol. 3

Regimental Number 12/2315

Rank Corporal

Next of Kin Title Mrs B M

Next of Kin Surname SINEL

Next of Kin Relationship Wife

Next of Kin Address 28 Coyle Street Edendale Auckland

Comment Ex Samoan Advance and 4th Reinforcements

Roll Roll 52

Page Page 14

Occupation Clerk

Surname SINEL

Given Name Hellier Godfrey

Category Nominal Roll Vol. 2

Regimental Number 17830

Rank Sergeant

Next of Kin Title Mrs

Next of Kin Surname SINEL

Next of Kin Relationship Mother

Next of Kin Address 3 Peel Street Grey Lynn Auckland

Roll Roll 37

Page Page 1

Occupation Electrician

Surname SINEL

Given Name Kenneth

Category Nominal Roll Vol. 2

Regimental Number 18862

Rank Private

Next of Kin Title Thomas Edward

Next of Kin Surname SINEL

Next of Kin Relationship Father

Next of Kin Address 3 Peel Street Grey Lynn Auckland

Roll Roll 37

Page Page 6

Occupation Printer

Surname SINEL

Given Name Philip Matheson

Category Nominal Roll Vol. 3

Regimental Number 33458

Rank Corporal

Next of Kin Title Mrs P M

Next of Kin Surname SINEL

Next of Kin Relationship Wife

Next of Kin Address C/- Thomas Edwin Sinel 3 Peel Street Grey Lynn

Auckland

Roll Roll 52

Page Page 14

Occupation Jeweller

Surname SINEL

Given Name Roy (my grandfather)

Category Nominal Rolls Vol 4

Regimental Number 18061

Rank 2nd Lieut

Next of Kin Title Mrs H

Next of Kin Surname SINEL

Next of Kin Relationship Wife

Next of Kin Address 65 Ellice Street Wellington

Roll Roll 90

Page Page 7

Occupation Accountant

Surname SINEL

Given Name Wilfred Courtney

Category Nominal Roll Vol. 3

Regimental Number 12/293

Rank Major

Next of Kin Title T E

Next of Kin Surname SINEL

Next of Kin Relationship Father

Next of Kin Address 5 Queens Wharf Auckland

Comment Ex Main Body

Roll Roll 52

Page Page 3

Occupation Clerk

and a nephew

Surname SINEL

Given Name Clarence

Category Nominal Roll Vol. 3

Regimental Number 50432

Rank Gunner

Next of Kin Title Mrs Beata Mary

Next of Kin Surname SINEL

Next of Kin Relationship Mother

Next of Kin Address 28 Coyle Street Edendale Auckland

Roll Roll 70

Page Page 23

Occupation Warehouseman

That was my mother's side

On my father's side;

Surname CASHMORE

Given Name Frank Percy (my grandfather)

Category Second Reserves

Last NZ Address New North Rd Morningside Auckland

Occupation Carpenter

Classification D

Surname CASHMORE

Given Name Frederick Richard (his cousin)

Category Nominal Roll Vol. 2

Regimental Number 26/725

Rank Corporal

Next of Kin Title A

Next of Kin Surname CASHMORE

Next of Kin Relationship Father

Next of Kin Address 106 Long Lane Blackheath Staffordshire England

Roll Roll 24

Page Page 32

Occupation Grocer

possibly some other Cashmores in England.

(my grandmother's brothers)

Surname EDMONDS

Given Name Sidney A

Category First Reserves

Last NZ Address Asquith Avenue Mount Albert

Occupation Labourer

Recruiting District Auckland

Surname EDMONDS

Given Name Percy Reginald

Category Nominal Roll Vol. 2

Regimental Number 12995

Rank Rifleman

Next of Kin Title Mrs

Next of Kin Surname EDMONDS

Next of Kin Relationship Mother

Next of Kin Address Asquith Avenue Mount Albert Auckland

Roll Roll 31

Page Page 23

Occupation Bricklayer

other Edmonds from her extended family ( She was a gt granddaughter of an early missionary, and all his children seemed to have about 10 children each and so on- it's a huge family!)

All returned alive!

The most "Successful" was Wilfred Courtney Sinel, who won a DSO and C de G

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christine liava'a

Wilfred Courtney Sinel, early in the war

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christine liava'a

and his final dress uniform, now owned by some militaria buff, who won't sell it back to the family!

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Stuart Lawton

Here's the ones I know of so far

My father's side

My Grandfather

Herbert Lawton - Pte 23635 Bedfordshire Regiment & 37665 64th Coy, MGC

My Grandfather's eldest brother

John William Lawton - Pte 23636 Bedfordshire Regiment & 37666 64th Coy, MGC - DOW 14/9/1917

My Grandfather's cousins

Ernest Frederick Hackman - Sgt 17660 6th Bn, Bedfordshire Regiment

Arthur Walter Hunt - Gunner 151091 "D" Battery, 150th Bde, Royal Field Artillery - KIA 25/6/1918

Arthur Henry Lawton - Pte 31196 Bedfordshire Regiment & 64243 214th Coy & 18th Bn, MGC

Ernest Samuel Lawton - Pte 2219 1/4th Bn, Seaforth Highlanders - KIA 9/5/1915

My Grandmother's brothers

Nathan Arthur Green - Sgt L/12854 3rd Bn, Middlesex Regiment - KIA 6/4/1918

Walter Ernest Green - Pte 5442 8th Bn, East Surrey Regiment - KIA 1/7/1916

William Green - Royal Navy ? Pte 56099 24th Infantry Labour Coy, The Queen's (Royal West Surrey Regiment) & Pte 78771 132nd Coy & 338th (HS) Works Coy, Labour Corps

My Grandmother's brother in laws

Walter Robert Compton - Pte 33837 Cheshire Regiment & 120622 Labour Corps

Arthur A Langdale - Pte R/13618 Kings Royal Rifle Corps

Harry Frederick William Lodge - Pte 20976 Bedfordshire Regiment & 201185 1/4th Bn, Essex Regiment - Died 10/11/1918

My Uncle's eldest brother

Arthur Henry Lancaster - Pte 200832 1/5th Bn, Bedfordshire Regiment - KIA 29/11/1917

My mother's side

My Great grandfathers

Henry Lee Bass - Pte 59998 1st Bn, King's Royal Rifle Corps

Henry Joseph Gough - Stoker 8292 HMA Submarine AE-1, Royal Australian Navy (RN 204767 on loan) - KIA 14/9/1914

My Grandfather's uncle

Sidney Egbert Eastoe - Wheeler L/4596 "A" Battery, 173rd Brigade, Royal Field Artillery - KIA 21/3/1918

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Will O'Brien

My list is very short

My Great Uncle Harry Ingram

a.k.a William Henry Kenney Pte 11055 Royal Scots Fusiliers

who died of wounds on the 6th February 1916.

and his younger brother my Grandfather William Ingram

who served for a very short time with the Royal Navy at the age of 15 but was discharged during his training when my Great Grandmother informed the authorities of his true age. She did this because she didn't want to lose another son.

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KILTY

And my contribution:

Grandfather - Sgt John Ion 1/7th Bn Gordon Highlanders enlisted 26/5/1915, also served during the Boer War with the 35th Bn Westmorland & Cumberland Imperial Yeomanry enlisted 15/1/1902. And WW2 the 3rd Bn Cumberland (Carlisle) Home Guard enlisted 12/6/1941, being granted the Honorary Rank of Captain on the 31/12/ 1945.

Great Uncle - Rifleman William Ion 13th Bn Rifle Brigade, K.I.A. on the 28/7/1917,

Grandads beloved brother.

Father - Sapper William Ion 292nd Army Field Company 46th North Staffs Division

Royal Engineers enlisted 5/3/1940. Prisoner of War 29/4/1941 - 2/6/1945.

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Richard Osgood

Ok Here's mine!

Grandfather (fathers side)

ran away from school to fight with the Bucks Yeomanry in Boer War, then was working in Australia (on railways) at start of WW1. Enlisted in Perth into artillery

22430 Driver Walter Osgood 23rd Howitzer F.A.B. (24th January 1916)

then 3rd D.A.C. (7th Aug 1916)

then 8th F.A.B. (15th Aug 1917)

invalided out (23rd Aug 1918)

I found all his original papers on the Australian govt webpages

Grandfather (mothers side)

Hugh Burton Simpson

Not sure - my Uncle has lots of his letters. He was an Officer in British Horse Artillery and was wounded by shrapnel in his derriere - swearing never to go rabbit shooting ever again after this experience - about all I know!

My great Aunt also lost her Fiance on the Somme, never married, always kept a photo of him.

cheers

Richard

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Matt Dixon

Lance Cpl William Edwin Griffith Thompson, 9th Lancers, died of wounds 6th November 1914, buried at Boulogne East CWGC.

Lance Cpl Arthur Thompson, 2 Bn South Wales Borderers, survived the war, killed by falling from a bus in Oxford in 1920.

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Chris_B

My Grandfather (the best slug juggler in the entire British Army) PWV 1914-1926. See my signature for those I know about. Still trying and struggling to find about my Great Uncles Frank Burge, Edwin Hall (Royal Engineers), James Frederick Brown and various cousins of my Grandfather.

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roger

My Grandfather,

29677 Pte Percy NEWSOME, 22 W Yorks, later 10546 Pte Labour Corps.

He survived the war and passed away in 1974 aged 90.

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Guest Hill 60
Great Uncles:

6946 Pte Edward Swain, 12th Bn Royal Fusiliers. Enlisted in 1914. KiA at Sanctuary Wood, Ypres on 2 February 1916. First saw action at Loos in 1915.

Buried: Menin Road South Military Cemetery, Ypres, grave I.F.11.

41652 Pte William George Swain, (last Bn served in) 2nd Bn Bedfordshire Regiment. Enlisted underage (15 years) in 1914. Wounded (shot in foot) and gassed in 1915 and sent home. Discharged when his real age came to light but recalled in 1917 and killed in action 21 March 1918. He had considered deserting but was talked out of it by his sister (my Nan) who 'escorted' him and his mate to Southall Railway Station; she was the last family member to see him alive.

Buried: Chapelle British Cemetery, Holnon, France, grave IV.A.14.

Left: Edward (Ted)

Right: William (Fat)

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rflory
My grandfather Sgt James Todd MM - 135 Siege Battery RGA who survived the war

Shinglma: You may already be aware that there is a unit history for this battery entitled the "History of th 135th Siege Battery, R. G. A." and that 65502 Bombardier James Todd (London Gazette 19 March 18) is mentioned on page 74. At the time the Battery was in the Arras Sector and was divided with two guns in a rear position just west of Maison de la Cote on the Arras - Bailleul Road and two guns in a forward position at Bailleul on the forward slope of Vimy Ridge. On 11 and 12 January 1918 the forward position was heavily shelled. "Bombardier Todd (afterwards Sergeant), the NCO in charge of Signallers, gained the Military Medal for the excellent work he did in his endeavours to keep the line through to the Rear Section."

Regards.

Dick Flory

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rflory

My uncle, PFC William Bradford Flory, served in the US Army with A Company, 311th Machine Gun Battalion, 79th Division, AEF and fought in the Meuse-Argonne campaign. Dick Flory

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rflory
Hugh Burton Simpson

Not sure - my Uncle has lots of his letters. He was an Officer in British Horse Artillery and was wounded by shrapnel in his derriere - swearing never to go rabbit shooting ever again after this experience - about all I know!

Lieutenant Hugh Burton Simpson enlisted as a Private (Service Number 2396) in K Squadron, Inns of Court Officer Training Corps on 17 December 1915. He was commissioned as a 2nd Lieutenant, Army Service Corps on 2 March 1915 and transferred as a 2nd Lieutenant to the Royal Field Artillery on 30 September 1916. He went to France and was wounded. . Promoted to Lieutenant on 30 March 1918.

Before the war he lived at 4 Richmond Road, Headlingley, Leeds

Regards. Dick Flory

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Richard Osgood
Lieutenant Hugh Burton Simpson enlisted as a Private (Service Number 2396) in K Squadron, Inns of Court Officer Training Corps on 17 December 1915. He was commissioned as a 2nd Lieutenant, Army Service Corps on 2 March 1915 and transferred as a 2nd Lieutenant to the Royal Field Artillery on 30 September 1916. He went to France and was wounded. . Promoted to Lieutenant on 30 March 1918.

Before the war he lived at 4 Richmond Road, Headlingley, Leeds

Regards. Dick Flory

Dick,

thanks so much for this information I know that my Mum will be chuffed to bits - very much appreciated! As a matter of interest this is he:

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Richard Osgood

For those interested In Australian Artillery; a photo of my grandfather Walter Osgood

all best

Richard

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Steven Wright

A great idea and a wonderful tribute....

My grandfather, Private Harold Francis Wright, Company C, 315th Engineers, 90th Division, American Expeditionary Force.

My grandfather tried enlisting twice but was denied because of "frail health" and was told that he might live five years if he gave up tobacco and alcohol. On his third try he finally bribed the enlisting officer. Then, upon getting to France he would often show his "EXEMPT" card to his pals on the front line. Although he was gassed and suffered from shell shock he lived to be 90 -- and never did give up his pipe or an ounce of bourbon a day.

SJW

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