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Can anyone help me track down a National Archives reference number for the War Diary of 2nd Royal Naval Brigade of the RND for the period January - July 1915. It defeated me last time I was at Kew and I'm going again soon.

Many thanks

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I'm assuming all 4 Btns (ie Hood Howe Anson and Nelson) would 'share' the one 2nd Brigade War Diary rather than have separate ones..

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I've no idea what they contain but these two War Diary files could be possibilities?...

WO95/4290 Royal Naval Division

WO95/4291 Royal Naval Division

Both cover the Royal Naval Division in Gallipoli and the Dardanelles.

Hope it helps.

Steve

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I'm assuming all 4 Btns (ie Hood Howe Anson and Nelson) would 'share' the one 2nd Brigade War Diary rather than have separate ones..

Except that Nelson was in 1st Naval Bde. as was Hood from late July 1915. Battalion and Bde diaries are usually quite separate.

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Title/Scope and Content

WO 95/4290 Royal Naval Division

WO 95/4290 Headquarters Branches and Services

WO 95/4290 General Staff 1915 Feb. - 1916 Feb.

WO 95/4290 Assistant Director Medical Services 1915 Feb. - 1916 Apr.

WO 95/4290 Assistant Director of Ordnance Services 1915 May - 1916 Feb.

WO 95/4291 Royal Naval Division

WO 95/4291 Divisional Troops: Divisional Signal Company 1915 Apr. - 1916 Feb.

WO 95/4291 Divisional Troops: 19 Mobile Veterinary Section 1915 Mar. - Apr.

WO 95/4291 1 Brigade: Headquarters 1915 May - Dec.

WO 95/4291 2 Brigade: Headquarters 1915 Aug. - Dec.

WO 95/4291 2 Brigade: Anson Battalion 1915 June - Oct.

WO 95/4291 Royal Marine Brigade: Headquarters 1915 Feb. - Aug.

WO 95/4291 Royal Marine Brigade: 9 Chatham Battalion 1915 Feb. - July

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Other that those searching the WO 95 series (I had thought that they only had the post 1916 records) I can only match:

WO 95/3114 Nelson Battalion 1916 June - 1918 Feb.

WO 95/3115 Hood Battalion 1918 Aug; 1919 Jan-Apr

WO 95/3111 Howe Battalion 1916 May - 1918 Feb.

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Hello

ADM 137/3063 Anson Battalion 1916 June-1919 Feb

ADM 137/3064 Hood Battalion 1916 June-1918 July; 1918 Sept-Dec

ADM 137/3065 Howe Battalion 1916 May-1918 Feb

ADM 137/3065 Nelson Battalion 1916 July-1918 Feb

Ron

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Many thanks for all these references some of which I looked through last time I was at Kew.

I conclude that for the period in which I'm interested (February - July 1915) sources are neither continuous nor hugely detailed in information from the individual Btns (Hood Howe Anson Nelson).

viz:

WO 95/4290 General Staff 1915 Feb. - 1916 Feb.

WO 95/4290 Assistant Director Medical Services 1915 Feb. - 1916 Apr.

WO 95/4290 Assistant Director of Ordnance Services 1915 May - 1916 Feb.

WO 95/4291 Royal Naval Division

WO 95/4291 Divisional Troops: Divisional Signal Company 1915 Apr. - 1916 Feb.

WO 95/4291 Divisional Troops: 19 Mobile Veterinary Section 1915 Mar. - Apr.

WO 95/4291 2 Brigade: Anson Battalion 1915 June - Oct.

Unless anyone comes up with other references, I think this string has run its course.

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Hello, I am a new member, joined yesterday, after searching for info on the Anson Battalion. I am researching for a friend on Able Seaman GEORGE WOODMAN KP/508, Anson Bn. R.N. Div., Royal Naval Volunteer Reserve who died age 28 on 03 May 1915. I struggled to find any thing on them prior to June 1915 but I did manage to track down a document from an Eyewitness who catalogues some of the events from 26th April to end May 1915, basically covering the landings and the subsequant actions. Its in the Natrional Archives CATALOGUE REF.: CAB 45/261.

Its from 1922 and a gent called Sholto Fitzgerald Newman. 4 pages of detail on which platoon was where on what date, etc. Lots of references to all the officers in the Battalion too. Its the best record I can find on this particular Enagagement for the Anson battalion. Hope it helps

Regards

Dean

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Welcome to the forum Dean

Have you read Douglas Jerrold's The Royal Naval Division?

Do you have copies of Able Seaman GEORGE WOODMAN's service cards?

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Thanks for the welcome.

Yes I managed to get his service cards from the Archives but am still trying to ID his platoon so I can see which beach he landed on initially, etc. He died of wounds on the SS Canada on the 3rd so I am guessing he was involved in the support to the French around De Tott's Battery and the Eski Hissarlik engagement.

Appreciate the book reference. I'll look it up and have a peruse.

Cheers

Dean

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...trying to ID his platoon so I can see which beach he landed on initially, etc. He died of wounds on the SS Canada on the 3rd so I am guessing he was involved in the support to the French around De Tott's Battery and the Eski Hissarlik engagement.

I think you will be extremely lucky to find evidence of which platoon of Anson Bn he served in but his RND Record Card may indicate which company he was in (his ship's book number should show this). This will enable you to dtermine which of four platoons he could have been in ('A' Coy Platoons 1-4........'D' Coy Platoons 13-16). 'D' Coy No 13 Platoon, were emarked in the 'River Clyde' under Sub Lt Tisdall VC.

He was wounded on 2 May, which was when the Ansons were called forward to support the French during the big Turkish attack on 1/2 May, so I think your guess is correct.

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