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I research soldiers!  If you need help tracing your British military ancestor, drop me a line. I've been researching the British Army for the last 35 years and I know where to look and what to look for. I offer a quick and cost-effective research service and turn most enquiries around within 48 hours.

It won't cost you the odds either. Research starts at just £12.

Step 1:
First of all, please send me an email. Drop a line to paulcanixon@yahoo.co.uk telling me what you need help with. If possible, please give the man's full name, regiment and regimental number (plus any other information that you think I might find helpful).

Step 2:
I will respond to your enquiry by return, giving you a cost for the service if I think I can help. If I don't think I can add anything I will tell you, but if I can find out more information, I'll be happy to pass this on.

Please note that all Second World War and post 1920 service record enquiries should be addressed straight to the MoD which still holds the records. For everything else, try me.


Paul Nixon
October 2016





108 comments:

Terry Whittaker said...

Hello Paul, I'm trying to find out anything I can about my grandfather, Thomas Whittaker who served in the Lancshire Fusiliers during WW1.
I have a copy of his Short Service attestation, in which he enlisted for the duration.
His age is 35. His Army Number is 12398, and he enlisted about 28 November 1914, and he was assigned to the 13th Bn.
If you can help me with and other information, I would be much obliged.
Terry Whittaker

Paul Nixon said...

Hello Terry, this man does have surviving papers. Have you seen them all? He was discharged in 1915. I don't know that there is anything I can help you with over and above this but do let me know if that is not the case.

Paul

Anonymous said...

Hello, could you give an example of what you're able to find out about the average soldier for your paid service? What records do you check? And can you find out about their POW history too?

Paul Nixon said...

The records I check depends on the particular task, but I will check all relevant sources. If you have a specific query please drop me a line at the address above and I'll tell you whether I can help or not.

Anonymous said...

Hi i am trying to find out about my grandfather who enlisted under age. From Ancestry.co.uk research I am assuming his service record was one of those destroyed in blitz. However I have his service numbers and am surprised to find he served in Royal Welsh Fusiliers - he came from West Yorks! Do you think there will be anything you can find out about reason for this and dates/battles he served etc? Thanks

Paul Nixon said...

Please drop me a line at the email address above, including your grandfather's regimental numbers, and I'll let you know what I can provide.

Paul

Alan Kitchen alankitchen@optusnet.com.au said...


Hi Paul,
I am researching a 4039 3rd Dragoon Man James Simpson Reid, and with this regimental number it appears that he joined just before the Boer War. Unfortunately through the Generations records on him have been fragmented/lost with his Rels in Australia and other Countries. Through old letters their appears in WWI
DEAL ? 10188 Pte J Reid RM.
I see that there is a Deal in Kent UK, but don't understand what RM stands for.

Thanking you
Alan Kitchen
Sydney Australia

Paul Nixon said...

It's a Royal Marines number, Alan, and that' what the RM stands for. There was, and still is probably, a Royal Marines barracks at Deal.

Paul

Anonymous said...

Hello Paul,
We have an inscribed silver tipped stick for A. Jacobs, who had been in the 17th Lancers, dated 1907. We have done some research into his Military history, but have no idea who he was. We would love to find out more about this soldier, and also to try and solve the mystery of how it came into my grandparents possession. Is it possible to find out where he was born/lived etc just from this little information? Many thanks for any help you can give.

Paul Nixon said...

Re A Jacobs, it would be a case of checking through medal rolls, service records and possibly army lists in the hope of finding a match on that name. Not an easy task, but I can't think of any other way that it could be done.

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Shauna said...

Hello,

I am trying to source any additional info on Edward Broderick ( also recorded as Edward George) He was a member of 2nd Batt Connaught Rangers Private 5259.

I have records of both his King & Queens medals from the Second Boer War. I also have a record of his belonging returned to his sister following his death in 1904. I also have a copy of his death certificate from India.

I wonder if there are attestation or service records pertaining to this Private that have survived or have I seen all that is possible. Look forward to hearing from you.

Paul Nixon said...

Re Edward Broderick, I don't believe a service record survives. He would have served with the 1st Battalion CR in South Africa, but was subsequently posted to the 2nd Battalion as indicated on the KSA roll). There is undoubtedly more that can be researched for him; please drop me a line: paulcanixon@yahoo.co.uk if you want to progress this.

Trevor said...

Hi Paul
A quick query. I am doing some research into 8471 L/Cpl Ernest Walker 2nd Royal Berks who was KIA on 1/7/1916. There is a militia record for a 7687 Pte Ernest Walker on FMP who transferred to the regular army. My hunch its the same man. Did men who transferred into the regular forces keep their old no or get a new one. Can you let me know Many thanks Trevor

Paul Nixon said...

He'd have been given a new number, Trevor.

Wendy Dedman said...

Hi Paul.
My husband's great uncle George Godley (service no 6392) was in the 1st Battalian Coldstream Guards. He was a reservist who was called back to the colours in 1914 and survived the retreat from Mons. In late 1915 he was seconded to Talbot house with the Rev Tubby Clayton. I have a copy of his army record and I have looked through the war record of the battalian, but I have not found any record of his secondment. Do you have any ideas of anywhere else I could look? Thank you

Stephen Paylor said...

Hello sir, looking for info on lance corporal c steele 4423 durham light infantry and in particular was he a deserter? If so its my great great grandfather and i would be interested in anything you can find on him. Thanks

Paul Nixon said...

I'm sorry, I can find nobody with that name/number combination for the DLI.

Anonymous said...

hi Paul

i am looking for details on my great grandfather John Feeney. I have his WW1 medals and can find his medal card (WO 372/7/36548) however i can find no other details of his service. Does this mean they are lost and no further details can be found?
John Feeney born 1880 Burtonwood, Lancashire. Lived in warrington. Kings Royal Rifle Corps R-8493 and Devonshire Regiment 54781.
Thanks
Helen

Paul Nixon said...

In all probability, yes, although there is much that can be gleaned from the regimental numbers so all is not completely lost. Please drop me a line via the RESEARCH tab if you would like to know more about pursuing this angle.

Frank Smith said...

Hi Paul
I am trying to find out if Lawrence Connolly RDF #22151, born Navan Co Meath, who died in France on 16th August 1916, is my Grand Uncle Lawrence Connolly born in Co Meath on 26th August 1873. It is part of family history that one of our grand uncles joined the British Army.

Paul Nixon said...

Frank, I'd need to research him. I don't have that information to hand.

Anonymous said...

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Paul Nixon said...

David, many thanks; I was pleased to be able to assist you.

Paul

Positive Inspirations said...

Hi Paul,

Interesting blog! I'm a bit puzzled about the military background of my g-great grandfather. The only information I have on him (James Law) is that he may have joined up at the Hulme Barracks (near his home). I understand that these barracks were platooned by the Royal Welsh Light (dragoons) of which James was. He was also in the Army where he served in India during a secondment to the Nagpur Railway, rifle volunteers where he made lieutenant. James was wounded (approx 1902) at Koster River, South Africa during the Second Boer War. Thanks in advance, Vanessa

Paul Nixon said...

He possibly has a summary of service in WO 76 at The National Archives. If you would like me to explore research options please follow the instructions on this page.

Anonymous said...

Hi Paul,

I am currently researching my great grandfather Private John Horrigan for a history project at my school. I discovered that he was taken as a prisoner of war at the battle of Hulluch, but am unsure of where he was taken. Would you have that record? Thanks.

Hazel said...

Hi, i'm looking for any additional information regarding my G-Grandfather Henry (Harry) Albert Parsons.

The only information I currently have is that he was in the Worcestershire Regiment 38642 ACQM Sgt and the Dorsetshire Regiment 8748 ACQM Sgt. These were gleaned from his post WW1 medal papers, his marriage certificate and his childrens baptism records, however as I can find no service records for WW1 I suspect they were unfortunately destroyed.
I also know that he served 12 years in the Dorset Regiment during the Boer war, where he was present at 2 campaigns, was wounded twice and received 2 medals, however I can find trace of him for this period. Any leads would be greatly appreciated

Paul Nixon said...

Hazel, please drop me a line. Visit the RESEARCH tab on this blog.

Paul Nixon said...

Anonymous - Re John Horrigan

Please check this website: http://grandeguerre.icrc.org/. I do not have any information on this man.

Unknown said...

Hi just found a medal that says A.S Reid A&s Highlanders 2050.Any info would be great!.

Paul Nixon said...

Alexander Reid, 9th (TF) Battalion. If you'd like me to research him more, please visit the RESEARCH tab.

Anonymous said...

Hi Paul, just done some research on my Gr,Grandfather David Flynn. Born 1875 B,ham. What was Intresting about him was he joined the Juke of Cornwalls light Infrenty in 1891 aged 16yrs old. & served in Africa. India & has king & queens clap medals. Then home in 1902 & then joined up with the Royal munster fusliers 1st garrison & died in Italy in 1918 aged 43ys of age. He was born in Birmingham Midlands. But his father was galway born. My question is would have they allowed him to join up in 1891 aged 16. Or is it possible he lied abt his age? Find

Paul Nixon said...

He could have joined as a boy from the age on 14 but it was equally possible he could have lied about his age. You wouldn't know for sure unless you had access to his attestation papers.

Karen Barker said...

I am researching Drummer William Cook 5th Battalion Yorks and Lancs Regiment gassed and died 19th December 1915. Husband of Margaret (King) married 1913 and father to Evelyn born 1914. Number 1457 I believe. If no service / pension records exist (have looked on ancestry) is there any other archive to look for further documentation and/or information/photos?? Many thanks Karen

Paul Nixon said...

Karen, not as far as I know, although there will be a medal card, medal rolls, soldiers' effects entry, Soldiers Died in The Great War entry, census returns etc that will all help you piece together more information, plus information on CWGC etc. My data would ascertain when he enlisted.

Consider setting up a one page website - or blog - where you can publish information about him and which will be picked up by search engines and could, in due course, lead people to contact you with information.

Good luck

Paul

Mike Vaughan said...

Hello, I am looking for information on Frank Aubrey Rawlings 20th L.A.S.S. Territorial Army, Royal Engineers (Light Aeroplane Squadron Searchlight Company). I think he served in the UK throughout WW1 and possibly served on searchlights at Scapa Flow. I have a lot of photographs and army postcards.
Can you help please?

Paul Nixon said...

Mike, can you drop me a line to paulcanixon@gmail.com. Do you have his regimental number on any of the cards?

Andrew MacMartin said...

Hi Paul, I hope that you can help clear something up. I recently came into possession of a Service Bible relating to James Arthur Cotterill, Regimental Number 32321. His year Of Birth was 1898 and he was aged 19 on his date of death, which was 12 Oct 1917 . James was Private in the South Staffordshire Regiment when he died. However, I can see that he was also registered as formerly Regimental Number 32420, North Staffs Regt. Is there a way to clarify this please? Best Regards Andy

Paul Nixon said...

I don't think there's any mystery here, Andy. He simply appears to have served in both regiments, transferring from one to the other.

Tony Ansell said...

Hi Paul, I am researching my Great Grandfather - 18955 Private John Ashton, West Yorkshire Regiment, who was KIA at the Bluff on 2nd March 1916 whilst seconded to the 17th Division Trench Mortars. I have a lot of info already regarding medal entitlements, etc. I am interested in discovering which Battalion he actually joined / served with but his service record is not available (destroyed). CWGC and Soldiers Died state 1st Battalion West Yorks, but I have a photo showing 1/5th battalion. Can you tell me from his number when and which battalion he joined ? He enlisted in Ripon I believe (he lived there). Best Regards, Tony

Paul Nixon said...

Tony, please drop me a line to paulcanixon@gmail.com.

Pam said...

Hi, I am trying to research my Grandfather, Thomas Richardson. He was in RFA and his number was 18681. I have him enlisting in the Territorials in 1923 number 752712. He served in RFA for 5 years 207 days. If you could add anything to this it would be much appreciated. Many Thanks Pam

Paul Nixon said...

You need to contact he MoD, Pam. Records post 1920 are not yet in the public domain. Have a look here: https://www.gov.uk/guidance/requests-for-personal-data-and-service-records

Pam said...

Hi, does that mean he (Thomas Richardson) can only be researched under his latter 1923 number? We are more interested in his earlier number 18681 for Royal Field Artillery. His service records for this period appear to be lost and my son would like to know when and where he served as he wishes to honour his memory during the centenary commemorations. Any help appreciated. Thanks Pam.

Paul Nixon said...

Pam, his earlier service records may well be with his later papers, which is why you'll need to contact the MoD. Paul

Anonymous said...

Hi Paul. I'm trying to research my great grandfather, and struggling. I have found his medal card, which states he was in 15th london regiment, 705282, 23rd London regiment, a/204954, and the ASC remounts, R/4/232361. I can't find his service record. There are no remarks and no info on which theatre of war he went. My dad says he thought he was at the Somme, but I can only assume but have no info on his transfer dates to the different regiments. Do you have any suggestions that may help me get a bit more info. He survived the war and had a 4th child, my grandfather who sadly died on the Derrycunihy on 24 June 1944. Rachel.

Paul Nixon said...

Rachel, thanks for commenting. In the absence of a service record, the next best route is to work out when he joined the different regiments by looking at when the regimental numbers would have been issued. This can be done, with patience, or by dropping me a line via the RESEARCH tab if you wanted to commission this research.

Paul

mickey leslie said...

Hi
Albert Henry Gookey (1889-1926) - 4th Middlesex Regiment Regimental Number: L/11184 (joined 1906 aged 17). We know that he became a POW and was held in Germany, is there anyway of knowing precisely which camp or camps he was held at?
Thanks, Mick Gookey
(ps see THE GOOKEY SURNAME on facebook for other research to GOOKEYs in WW1)

Paul Nixon said...

Have you checked the ICRC website? http://grandeguerre.icrc.org/

mickey leslie said...

Thanks Paul, didn't know that site existed, some great information

Paul Collins said...

Good afternoon Paul, I am researching my great granddad war history.

I was told the following:
First name(s) Selwyn
Last name Ratledge
Service number 316754, 651957
Rank Private
Corps Northumberland Fusiliers, Labour Corps
Service record Soldier Number: 316754, Rank: Private, Corps: Northumberland Fusiliers
Service record 2 Soldier Number: 651957, Rank: Private, Corps: Labour Corps
What I would like to know what battalion was he with when in service please

Paul Nixon said...


Paul

316754 looks like a TF number to me: 21st Provisional Battalion, later 35th Battalion. Also see here: http://www.longlongtrail.co.uk/army/regiments-and-corps/the-british-infantry-regiments-of-1914-1918/northumberland-fusiliers/

Paul

Paul Collins said...

Thanks for the prompt reply.

Unknown said...

Hi Paul,

I'm trying to trace my great grandfather's service;
Name - Titus Lowe
Service no. - 14606
Rank - private
Regiment - South Staffordshire

I'm afraid that's all I have. At this moment I don't even know what battalion/unit he was in.

Any assistance gratefully received.

Nick

Paul Nixon said...

He served with the 9th Bn, Nick. Pls drop me a line if you would like more assistance. See the research tab.

N Lowe said...

Thanks for the quick response.

I was thinking of approaching the South Staffs Regiment in Lichfield to see what they can provide. Do you have the potential to find out more info than they could offer?

Cheers

Nick

Paul Nixon said...

I don't know what they have, Nick, but try them first and see what they come up with. In my experience, unless the regimental museum has surviving enlistment registers, I can certainly hold my own. But see what they say.

N Lowe said...

Thanks for your help.

I may be back in touch later on for further in/research that you do.

Nick

Anonymous said...

Hi Paul I am hoping you can help me I am trying to trace as much information about my great granddad but have no family to help me. All I no is he was born in Scotland but ran away from home on numerous occasions to join the army in England. Eventually he joined the 8th Hussars as a farrier No 314829 his residence at the time of his marriage was Cavalry Barracks, Fulford road, York this was on 27 February 1926, he was 31 years old. I don't really no much else about his life before he married my great grandmother.
Regards Tracy Brook

Paul Nixon said...

Tracy, you will need to contact the MoD. Have a look here: https://www.gov.uk/guidance/requests-for-personal-data-and-service-records

Graeme Trotter said...

Hello Paul - I am doing some WW1 research on my grandfather Stanley Riccalton who was from Wallsend-on- Tyne and the only record can find for someone of that name is in the Dorsetshire regiment number 28111. Slightly puzzled as no connection with that part of the country. Is there any further information about his war record?

Paul Nixon said...

Graeme, it was not unknown for men to join county regiments which were miles away from what might be considered their local regiment - particularly with later enlistments - and so I wouldn't rule this man out. I couldn't see that a service record survives for this man though and so you'll have difficulty proving categorically that this is him.

Paul

Graeme Trotter said...

Hi Paul - OK thanks very much for your help and speedy response.

Anonymous said...

Hi I am trying to track down details for John Davis who I believed served with the 3rd Gloucester Regiment. His wife was Johanna Blanch.
I know his wife and children were born in Waterford, Ireland and this is where he married. But I have reason to believe that John was born in Bristol. I was hoping his records would confirm this and also help me to find out how he met Johanna in Ireland. Please let me know if this is something you could help with?

Paul Nixon said...

Please drop me a line and include known or approximate years of birth or dates of service. The 3rd Gloucester Regiment was the Special Reserve battalion and so he must have been living in (or within spitting distance of) the county to have served with that particular battalion. You'll appreciate that John Davis is a very common name, hence the need for as much information as you can muster.

Paul

MARK RAYNES ROBERTS said...

Dear Paul,I am trying to investigate the history of my grandfather Lt. Llewelyn Roberts, who was in the 11th Battalion of the South Wales Borderers, which I understand were formed at Brecon on 5 December 1914,
by the Welsh National Executive Committee, (David Lloyd George) and disbanded in France on 27 February 1918. Were they also part of the 38th Welsh Division formed by Prime minister David Lloyd George? I am trying to find photos of him and his battalion? I know he fought at Mametz Wood, but not much more. If you could help me in any way I would be most appreciative.
Mark

Paul Nixon said...

Matk, I believe there is a file for this man at The National Archives under reference: WO 339/23569. You can request this yourself and photograph the pages but iy you don;t have the time or inclination for this, please drop me a line: paulcanixon@gmail.com or paulcanixon@yahoo.co.uk.

David Horton said...

Dear Paul
My grandfather Charles Henry Young joined 3rd DLI on 9 Dec 1915 and was placed in Reserves (a coal moner in poor health with wife and young son). He was called up in early 1918 and went into baracks in Doncaster initially.

His regimental number was 95608, 13th battalion DLI.

His demob account was paid in 3 instalments in Jan 1919.

Is it at all possible to find out anything about his service in 1918? He never spoke of it, so there was no family information at all, other than from the documents above which have been kept for 100 years.

Thank you so much for this wonderful blog which I found by accident having long given up hope of learning anything about his war year.

David Horton
Australia

Fiona Horsnell said...

hello Paul, i am trying to find records for my great great grandfather Pryse Lloyd, he was born on 13th of august 1881 in Llananno, Radnorshire. it seems likely that he followed his brother Maurice Lloyd into the 121st royal field artillery (38th welsh) in the later part of world war one. im thinking of going to the royal welsh museum in Brecon. i have not been able to find anything yet on the available websites, please can u point me in the right direction.

Paul Nixon said...

Fiona, start with the basics and identify his medal index card and medal roll entries. Search for these on Ancestry and search for service records on Ancestry and Findmypast. The museum is unlikely to be able to help, I would have thought, and they won't hold service records which are all in WO 363 and WO 364 - assuming they survive.

Paul Nixon said...

David Horton

Thank you for your comment and your compliments. Unfortunately I could see no service reocrd and no medal information for this man (searching for him using his name and the regimental number as the search criteria). If he did serve overseas, the suggestion would be that he served with a different regimental number, but at this stage I can see nothing else for him that would help you build a better picture.

Claire Collins said...

Looking for Stephen Collins Connaught rangers and transfers to royal Irish he sign up 14-10-1914 and was discharged 31-3-1920 I think his number is 4504 any more info on him please

Paul Nixon said...

He was also 672, Royal Irish Fusiliers, Claire. It would be possible to research him more fully but a service reocrd does not appear to survive for him.

Andy Woodward said...

Hi Paul, trying to trace any additional military service information on Arthur Thomas Taylor, 2nd Battalion, Ox & Buck, reg number 8967. I know he died at battle of loos 25th Sept 1915, I also have his medal record, but that's it.

Paul Nixon said...

Hello Andy, there would undoubtedly be more information that could be researched and added here. Please drop me a line to paulcanixon@yahoo.co.uk and we can take it from there.

Unknown said...

Hi Paul

I started researching my family and I have very little information to work with. I found an old photo of my great grandfather wearing what looked like some form of military uniform. I can't find anything specific on ancestry and any searches bring up alot of records as he has a common name. What do you recommend

His name was Thomas Layman Daniels born in 1886 and residing in Hinton, Northants.

Many thanks
Dominic

Paul Nixon said...

By all means drop me a line with the photograph, Dominic and I'll see if that provides any clues. Email paulcanixon@yahoo.co.uk

Paul

John Bowen said...

I'd be grateful for any information that would help me understand the role that my maternal grandfather played in WW1. I managed to find his name and other particulars on WW1 Service Medal and Award Rolls, but little else. Here is what I have:

Name - Leslie Fotherby Dixon, born Leeds, Yorkshire 1890-03-14
Served - 1914 until 1919-03-14
Rank - Sergeant
Regiment - Household Cavalry and Cavalry of the Line
Regimental # - 260003
Sub Unit - Corps of Hussars. 1 Co of LY 226 and 301
Previous Units - 1 Co of LY Sgt 2658

John Bowen john.gordon.bowen@gmail.com

Allan e said...

Hello Paul,
I wonder if you can help me solve two puzzles about my grandfather? His name was Henry Albert Ellner and he enlisted into B Coy of the wiltshire Regiment on 30 December 1898, Regimental number 5202. He was given a section "D" discharge from the 2nd Bttn on 29 december 1915. What is a section "D"?
The second puzzle is more complicated. He was discharged from the 2nd Bttn but family stories circulating well after his death say that he spent time in India guarding Boer War prisoners. As far as I know the 2nd bttn were in South Africa at that time. Is it possible he initially joined the 1st Bttn and was transferred to the 2nd Battn around 1914?
I hope you can help.

Allan Ellner

Paul Nixon said...

Allan E

He probably signed up in 1898 for 12 years which would have meant that he would have left the army in 1910. However, he appears to have transferred to section D Army Reserve which would have given him four more years on the Reserve. It was towards the end of this service that Britain went to war meaning that he would have been recalled to the colours. He would also have had a further year added to the four years meaning that he was eligible for discharge on the 29th December 1915, exactly seventeen years to the day since he had originally joined up: 12 years + four years + one year = 17 years.

It would be possible to research his likely service during this time but that's a chargeable service; please email me if interested.

Gail Odber said...

Hello Paul, I was hoping to attach a photo of the back of a WW1 postcard I have. It has the following information:
this is fred's address and his photo
M.2./156830.Pte. Fred Harwood
603. Coy. M.T.A.I.C.
Floriana Malta
The photo is of him beside a truck
I am trying to figure out where he is from. I would like to get this picture postcard back to a member of his family. There are many Fred Harwoods.
I was thinking the M2/15 was a date but the M2 may be the corps.
So many variables!! Any help would be appreciated
Thank you in advance
Gail Odber

Paul Nixon said...

Hello Gail

Fred Harwood served in the Army Service Corps and M2/ is part of his regimental number. I can't see that a record survives for him and, as you say, there are many men with that name. You are now the custodian of the photo but if you want me to publicise it, please send me a digital copy and I'll do so - mail to paulcanixon@{gmail.com

Paul

ozviking said...

Hi Paul
I am trying to find parental details for my late husband's father Charles Aubrey Bolton. He reached the rank of Sergeant in the Nottinghamshire and Derbyshire Regiment - The Sherwood Foresters. I have his service number 1831 and Medal Index Cards Transcription from FindMyPast and National Archives.
Unfortunately there is no mention of parentage.
Is there anywhere else I can search to learn more about him and hopefully his father and mother's names?
He was very secretive possibly as a result of being injured in France and suffering shellshock or post traumatic stress disorder.
Thank you
Lene Bolton

Paul Nixon said...

Hello Lene

If you have access to findmypast it will simple be a case of checking through birth and census records to try and find him. Do you know approximately when he was born? The names of any siblings? Which part of the country he was from? All of this information will be helpful when you are searching. Also consider contacting the Westren Front Association to see if they hold pension details for him:

https://www.westernfrontassociation.com/all-about-the-wfa/wfa-news-events/pension-records.html

Paul

Joanna Bristow-Watkins said...

Hello Paul, I'm researching some relatives of ours (3 brothers, who were my husband's great uncles) who tragically all died at the Sommme within 3 weeks of each other. I can give you quite a bit we've found, though some information (from census info) is contradictory realting to date of births. I'm happy to research any possible london/home counties written records myself if you could point me in the right direction. We'd also love some photos as we have none. Two were with the Middlesex Regiment [one private one (non) commissioned officer, one reciord says Seargent one says Corporal] are commemorated on Thiepval (where my daughter is currently working as an intern for CWGC) and one at Bauomont Hamel.

1. Charles Rampton (G/9645 on Thiepval), 1st Bn Middlesex Regiment, date of death 14-08-16
Info on London War memorial
Extract from date of death 14-08-16 @ https://firstworldwaronthisday.blogspot.co.uk/2016/08/636-died-on-this-day-mon-14081916.html under Thiepval Memorial -
G/9645 Private CHARLES RAMPTON 1st Bn. Middlesex Regiment
Details on London War Memorial Website
http://www.londonwarmemorial.co.uk/view_profile.php?id=42653&limit=50&offset=0&sort=&a=Westbourne%20Park&f=First%20Name&s=Last%20Name&r=Rank&u=Unit&b=&d=Date%20Of%20Death#sthash.aku6Qree.k0hVc5ls.dpbs

Census indicates year of birth as 1883 which ties in with listed age at death of 33.

2. Thomas Rampton (SR/3564 on Thiepval), 13th Bn Middlesex Regiment, date of death 31-08-16. Listed as Serjeant
extract from date of death 31-08-16 @ https://firstworldwaronthisday.blogspot.co.uk/search?q=31%2F08%2F1916 under first Thiepval Memorial listing (245 fallen) -
SR/3564 Serjeant THOMAS RAMPTON "B" Coy. 13th Bn. Middlesex Regiment

http://www.londonwarmemorial.co.uk/view_profile.php?id=37130&limit=20&offset=0&sort=&a=Lived%2FBorn%20In&f=thomas&s=Rampton&r=Rank&u=Unit&b=&d=Date%20Of%20Death#sthash.8iP1dAux.fcIRQ5co.dpbs
Listed as Age 31 and rank as Corporal (north Kensington would be the right town of residence)

Bizarrely census shows his year of birth as 1891 which make him more like 25 years old at death

3. James Rampton (P/252 at Beaumont Hamel), 13th Bn Middlesex Regiment, date of death 31-08-16.
Extract from date of death 03-09-16 @ https://firstworldwaronthisday.blogspot.co.uk/search?q=03%2F09%2F1916 under HAMEL MILITARY CEMETERY, BEAUMONT-HAMEL (85)
P/252 Rifleman RAMPTON 16th Bn. Rifle Brigade

http://www.londonwarmemorial.co.uk/view_profile.php?id=37131&limit=20&offset=0&sort=&a=Lived%2FBorn%20In&f=james&s=Rampton&r=Rank&u=Unit&b=&d=Date%20Of%20Death#sthash.qrg0aJsg.uIg0OhzE.dpbs

No age at date of death (and we do not have a date of birth as he wasn't listed on the census showing your=ngest chld born 1897. Family folkore says he signed up underage, so may well have been born post 1897.

The London War Memorial online site gives quite a bit of information about the circumstances in which they each died.

Perhaps you can let us know whether you can help us find out mnore (and if so, what sort of information and cost estimate) or point us in the right direction to uncover military records etc. I've only found access to records after 1920 so far. Thanks Joanna x

Paul Nixon said...

Thanks for your interesting post, Joanna. Please drop me a line to paulcanixon@yahoo.co.uk and I'll get back to you. Paul

Mike Hebden said...

Hello Paul,
Great site thank you!
My Grandfather was P/2917 L/Cpl HEBDEN, Christopher. Enlisted 29/12/1915. BEF 14/04/1916 to 08/11/1918; evac'd UK 09/11/1918 with "Influenza" Class Z Reserve 25/02/1919. Shown as 20/05/1916 30 Div . and "9th Company" on 'Burnt Records'.
Interesting that you have P/2919 listed also! We have several squad photos - might even have your chap on them !!
Christopher Hebden had previous service in Scarborough Police and Monmouthshire Constabulary plus years of experience with horses, prior to joining up.
Please let me know if you'd like more details - including sight of photos.

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Paul Nixon said...

Yes please, Mike. Please drop me a line to paulcanixon@yahoo.co.uk

Rhiannon Daye said...

Hi Paul,

I am researching my Great Grandfather,

I know he was called William George Daye, he was a private in the Army Service Corps, having enlisted in 1914 his number is 195348 and I have his medals but I can't find his enlistment record, there is also a family rumour that he was a POW in the later part of the war. Can you help with my investigation?

Rhiannon Elizabeth Daye

Paul Nixon said...

Have a look at the ICRC site to see if there is a PoW record for him, Rhiannon: https://grandeguerre.icrc.org/. The medal index card and medal rolls will tell you something about his service but that's probably pretty much all you'll get.

Paul

Barry Lee said...

Hi
My great uncle died of wounds in 1918. Is it possible to find out what the wounds were and where he sustained the?. Any help on where I should start looking would be appreciated

Mary Scanlon said...

Hi Paul,
I am researching my family tree.
A relation of mine married Henry Knowland in Spring Hill, Riverstown, Cork in 1902. They lived in Cork city and had a family. His occupation was porter.
However, previously Henry married Mary Coakley in Mallow Registry Office in 1890. His occupation is described as 1st Battalion Middlesex regiment, based at Buttevant County Cork.
From researching I believe his service no is 2220.
I believe he was still married to Mary when he married Margaret as I can find no death certificate for her.

Any further information on Henry I would appreciate.

Mary Scanlon

Paul Nixon said...

Barry - probably not, unless he has a service record in WO 363 which details this OR there is a record in MH 106 (at the National Archives) OR there is a report in a local newspaper.

Paul Nixon said...

Mary - please contact me via the RESEARCH tab if you would like me to research this man.

Trench LABAND said...

Hi Paul

There wasn't a question in my tweet. I'm obviously very new to twitter and not getting on very well with the character restrictions.

I saw the photograph on my home feed and was interested enough to join the discussion.

At this stage I'm not even sure if that is an acceptable approach, i.e. jumping in on others conversations. I'm sure I will learn very quickly. Any guidance on twitter etiquette would be welcome


The Tweet made was just to make a comment on the photograph I'd seen about the cap badges. I am by know means an expert on these matters. Just makin a suggestion of the 6th rifles or Oxfordshire and Buckinghamshire Light Infantry and made a comment about the cap badge being very small so I gave it 70 to 30 percentage in favour of the Rifles.

I see by the other comments to that photograph, that the answer is well covered anyway.

I'm hoping to engage people and learn. So I hope I can pick up the twitter lingo very quickly as I don't want to annoy and turn people off.

Here's hoping I've not been too much of a pain
Nick Laband
Trench Laband Twitter

Paul Nixon said...

All understood, Nick, no problem about jumping in. Looks as though the battalion is the 11th County of London, and I have a name for the officer who was in the London Regt so it looks as though it is coming together.

Re Twitter, I think just jump in with both feet. people will follow you if they feel you have something to say - or if they feel they want to say soemthing to you.

Paul

Trench LABAND said...

Thanks for the understanding and of course I will continue to engage. Ill just work on my twitter construction.

I'm pleased you have found a name for the man. I find it exhilarating and numerous other emotions when you find out something. Doesn't even have to be a relative. Absolutely brilliant. And of course we've all learned something new re the cap badge.

The very reason why I want to get involved. I love the photos, That's why I'm researching, writing a blog about Alfred Reynolds L/5345, creating a web site, researching the 4th Battalion the Leicestershire Regiment etc. etc.; Well you know how it is.

Once again thanks
Regards
Nick

Glenn Jackson said...

Paul provided an unbelievable service.

I didn't have too much detail I could provide and even that was sketchy but after a few emails which paul was very quick to respond to in order to discuss various avenues,the information I received back surpassed my expectations. Prior enlistment info, training, regimental records, medal records, war diaries and much more. Best of all was the written file that contained his story from start to sad ending and considered conclusions. Even showing transcripts of how much his family were paid upon death were fascinating.

Many thanks for your help Paul, it's much appreciated.

Glenn Jackson

Paul Nixon said...

It was my pleasure to help you, Glenn. Many thanks for the feedback.

Paul

Michael Lindsay said...

Hi Paul,
Researching my Gt Grandfather William Lindsay B.1872 Burntisland, Fifeshire, Scotland. He was living in Edinburgh I believe when enlisting into Army although? I have no details other than a photo of him with two other soldiers. I found military records for one of the other soliders in the photo, he was in 2 Dragoons, Royal Scots Greys 2658 elisted 1884 so I'm hoping my Gt Grandfather William Lindsay was also in 2 Dragoons RSG - I cannot find anything on him althought this could be down to spelling errors or burnt documents. Do you think you would be able to trace anything even a military number. at the age of 19 he was on the 1891 census living in Edinburgh, occupation Railway Porter. He was married in Leith, Edinburgh 1898 and had first child Elizabeth in 1899.. let me know if you think you can help. Thanks Kind Regards Michael Lindsay

Neil Gibbs said...

I found Paul online and after reading others comments about how professional and thorough he is in his methodical approach to research . A few emails and following a very reasonable fee , Paul provided us with documents and a lovely very sensitive report about my great uncle Leslie Pope who served in the oxford and bucks infantry in 1918 . We now have the information we were seeking and also have the location of his resting place in Aire and plan to visit next year on what will be his and the nations centenary. Thankyou very much Paul for all your help and hope my and others reviews reassure others on their quest to research lost family who served in the Great War .

Paul Nixon said...

It was my pleasure to assist you, Neil, and thank you for taking the time to post your thanks on this blog.

Chris said...

Hi Paul
I'm researching my GT grandfather Thomas Lynch who appears on the 1911 cencus for the 2nd Battalion South Wales Borderers serving in South Africa. Do you know if his military records may have survived? Any help you may be able to give me would be greatly appreciated.

Thanks Chris.

Paul Nixon said...

There does not appear to be a surving record for this man, Chris. How old was he in 1911?

Chris said...

Hi Paul thanks for your quick reply. He was 21 born 1891 in Newport wales.

Paul Nixon said...

Ok, thanks Chris. That rules out the man of the same name I saw with Boer War service wih this regiment then. I would guess he probably enlisted in 1908 and had been in India for maybe a year when the census was taken.