Tuesday, 23 December 2014
Cross referencing this gives us a little more information, but also throws into question my assumption that Grandad was initially in the KSLI before being transferred to the Devonshires. I have factored all this into his entry.
Thursday, 20 November 2014
Thanks to the newly launched Herefordshire History website, I have found some important information on my Grandad's military service which confirms the fact that he was conscripted no earlier than 1st September 1917.
I have also discovered where he was working at the time, and what his job was, and have edited his page (see the right hand panel) accordingly!
Monday, 13 October 2014
I have updated the page dedicated to my great uncle John Lee Price.
Thanks to the Government Probate office's website, I have obtained a copy of his will, which gives us more information on which regiment he was serving in during 1918.
I have also found mention of him in a newspaper article from 1924, which reveals that his wooden grave marker was among 90 that were brought to England and erected at Cheltenham Cemetery for the dedication ceremony of the Cross of Sacrifice.
In a way then, John finally returned home.
Monday, 6 October 2014
A very small, but nonetheless interesting update. After trawling through old copies of the Hereford Mercury I have discovered that my great uncle Alfred Hill attested under the Derby Scheme, and is listed in the paper as such.
Monday, 1 September 2014
After downloading the war diary of the 7th Brigade from the National Archives, I've found a map of their section of the Battle of the Sambre, 4-8th November 1918, which shows the dispositions of the battalions (including the 9th Devonshires).
Comparing this with the 9th Devonshires' war diary gives us a better idea of their part in the battle, so I've put a copy up on to Grandad's page.
Monday, 18 August 2014
I've updated the page for my great uncle John Lee Price today, after discovering a reference to him being wounded in a 1917 copy of the Gloucester Journal.
This gives us a clue as to where could have been during that time, and the battle it is possible he was wounded in.
If my theory is correct, then this proves that some details in his medal roll are wrong. A visit to the Soldiers of Gloucestershire Museum and a chat to their very helpful archivist has further strengthened my belief in this.
Friday, 1 August 2014
Thanks to the National Archives I now have a copy of the diary of 5th Duke of Cornwall's Light Infantry for 1918-19.
Assuming I'm right in believing that grandad joined this battalion in 1919, this enables me to get a picture of his duties during his stint in the Army of Occupation.
I have updated his page accordingly - http://myfamilyww1.blogspot.co.uk/p/walter-th.html
Monday, 21 July 2014
Sadly my grandfather was somewhat estranged from his sister and her family and I knew very little about them, so I am grateful to Alfred's granddaughters Val and Tricia for their help!
Wednesday, 18 June 2014
I discovered an archive newspaper clipping from findmypast.com, which lists my great uncle John Lee Price as being wounded in 1917. I now need to look at the other Gloucestershire Regiment soldiers who are also listed and find out where, when and in which battalion they were wounded. Hopefully this will help clear up the mystery of whether John was ever in the 8th battalion, as listed in his medal roll.
I am also researching another great uncle (by marriage) Alfred Hill. Luckily his service record survives, but I would still like to get an idea of where the regiments he served in were during his time. However to do this Imhave to wait fr some of the diaries to be digitised by the National Archives and also get a look at some held by the Royal Engineers museum, which is quite a long way away.
One more avenue of enquiry is the Western Front Association, which is digitising thousands of WW1 pension records. I have sent in a request form for some of my relatives to be searched for, but it will take them some time.
So although this blog hasn't been updated for a while, I'm still here researching!
Thursday, 27 March 2014
Wednesday, 26 March 2014
I've downloaded the war diary for the 9th Gloucestershires for a period between September and October 1915, when they first landed in France. This gives us a clue as to John's movements during this time, and I've amended his information accordingly.
Friday, 28 February 2014
A new page up today, highlighting the family connection to Australia in the shape of William Thomas Clark, husband of my great aunt, Lily Jones (who he met during the Great War).
You can read about his, ultimately tragic, history by clicking the link to the right.
Monday, 10 February 2014
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Wednesday, 22 January 2014
Wednesday, 15 January 2014
Tuesday, 14 January 2014
Monday, 13 January 2014
Friday, 10 January 2014
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