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7199 Walter Brooksbank, 2nd Suffolk Regiment


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Revisiting the records of my great-uncle, 7199 Walter Brooksbank, 2nd Suffolks, and captured at Le Cateau. I have the following bit of record which I really can't read!

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Any ideas, people?

If it helps he held the following qualifications:

- Gained Swimming certificate

- Qualified stretcher bearer

- Certified to operate 15-Pounder Quick-Fire Artillery Gun

- Passed for Camel Corps Mounted Infantry duties

Steve.

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While you've got your x-ray specs on can you figure the address on the POW release form.

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The last two lines read "Nr Downham Market"

Confirmation of the POW camp would be helpful too. I am 99.9% certain on it, but a second opnion never hurts.

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Looks a bit short for that, Diane, but I wouldn't rule it out!

Steve.

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That was my thought, Diane, but I was "keeping my powder dry" :)

Any more thoughts on the regimental employment or the Downham Market address?

Steve.

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Hi Steve,

Regarding the 'regimental employment' - just a suggestion, seeing how the 'o' is written in 'for 6 months' could it be 'Regimental orderly'? I couldn't say if such a post existed though!

cheers

Steve

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Thanks Ralph and Steve.

Those do look possible....

Steve.

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Hi Steve,

I think it has something to do with Holme. If you check his Ancestry set of 13 pages, on the sheet that has his father crossed out as next of kin and his wife Ethel inserted, to the right of her name is Holme Gate House, Nr Downham Market.

I wonder if it has any connection with his service with GE, Great Eastern Railways, and is the gate house for the level crossing?

Regards,

Norman

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Thanks, Norman.

Obviously my observation skills need honing!

Do you reckon that could be Runcton Holme north of Downham Market, as that is right on the railway and seems to have a crossing there?

Steve.

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Evening Steve,

Just a fresh pair of eyes on the subject, which is what this great site is about.

Yes, I think its Runcton Holme and if you try "old-maps.co.ük" it may give you some more information.

Regards,

Norman

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