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Malcolm Linham

5th Dorset War dairy

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Malcolm Linham

Pals 

 

 Does any one have the  WO95 reference for the 5th Dorsets in early 1917.

I have failed to find any reference in the National Archives, and I cam only find 1st & 6th Battalions on Ancestry .

 

Best wishes 

 

Malcolm 

 

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Malcolm Linham

Russ 

 

 That's brilliant , thank you.

What did you search on ?  I thought I tried all the obvious combinations .

 

Best wishes 

Malcolm 

 

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RussT

I find from the LLT in which Brigade and Division the Battalion was part.

 

The I start from this page on Ancestry:

 

https://search.ancestry.co.uk/search/db.aspx?dbid=60779

 

Using the drop down menus on the right, select the various infantry Brigades for the correct Division (11th in this example), and then scroll down to select the piece for the correct brigade (34th in this example) in that Division.

 

Russ

 

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Malcolm Linham

Russ

 

Thank you for the explanation, every day is a school day for someone and I've learnt something new.

 

Thank you again 

Malcolm 

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Phil Wood

An alternative route - find the diary in the TNA catalogue:

 

http://discovery.nationalarchives.gov.uk/results/r?_aq=5 battalion dorsetshire&_cr=wo 95&_dss=range&_ro=any&_st=adv

 

Note the reference - WO 95/1820/1 the Piece number is the number after WO 95/ (1820)

 

Go to Ancestry war diaries (in this case France & Flanders):

 

https://search.ancestry.co.uk/search/db.aspx?dbid=60779

 

Put the TNA Piece number (1820)  in the KEYWORD search box - and hit search.  Don't put anything in any other box.

 

First search result is the first page of the Piece.

 

If the TNA reference has a thrid part greater than 1 you may have to scroll a fair way through the Piece to find the section you are after - not a problem in this case.

 

 

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Malcolm Linham

Phil 

 

Thank you for your reply , can you explain what you actually searched at the TNA  as I searched  dors* dorsets & dorsetshire and I only got one result relating to a Yeomanry regiment , this was within the advanced search of WO/95.

 

Best wishes 

Malcolm 

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jonbem

if you search "5 battalion Dorsetshire" rather than "5th"

 

TNA tends not to use "th"

 

regards

Jon

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Malcolm Linham

Jon 

 

 Thank you, I understand where I was going wrong by just searching Dorsetshire and expecting a to get a list of all the Battalions. 

Working on the principle that the less you put in the more that you get back, TNA appears to work the other way around.

 Another lesson learned.

 

Thanks again

Malcolm 

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Phil Wood
19 hours ago, Malcolm Linham said:

Jon 

 

 Thank you, I understand where I was going wrong by just searching Dorsetshire and expecting a to get a list of all the Battalions. 

Working on the principle that the less you put in the more that you get back, TNA appears to work the other way around.

 Another lesson learned.

 

Thanks again

Malcolm 

 

Search for Dorsetshire with a filter of WO 95 and you'll get lots of battalion diaries (I hesitate to say all - there are occasional exceptions).

 

20 hours ago, Malcolm Linham said:

Phil 

 

Thank you for your reply , can you explain what you actually searched at the TNA  as I searched  dors* dorsets & dorsetshire and I only got one result relating to a Yeomanry regiment , this was within the advanced search of WO/95.

 

Best wishes 

Malcolm 

 

It is WO 95 - if you used WO/95 it won't find anything. 

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Malcolm Linham

Phil ,

 

 Thank you 

 

Best wishes 

Malcolm 

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