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Farrier Sgt. A.E. Bodely


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Jesse,

what other information do you have on A.E Bodely? Did he serve overseas? Anything more that you can offer may help in finding him

Jon

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Thanks for your interest, and here's what I have. No service number, but this that came out of a nurse's diary, at Gen. Hospital #13, Boulogne sur Mer. Entry for 20.12.17: "Clear starlight a.m. Just at 7:30, got word my cousin was out in the corridor-a British Sergeant! Found Ena's husband, Farrier Sgt. Bodely, on his way home on leave, with a friend. Had a few minutes with them over there, then came here to quarters for a few minutes more. They take the nine o'clock boat." In the address notes is this: "Farrier Seargt. A.E. Bodely, B.E.F., France. School Of Farriery, A.P.O.

Do you have his Service #?
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Sorry Jesse. I have tried all manner of spelling looking for his MIC. FAILED! :(

Have you tried Anc*stry as you have his wife's name?

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He may have been ALBERT EDWARD BODELY (birth registered 2nd qtr 1880 Frome Somerset) He is easily found in 1881 and 1891 census - in Leigh upon Mendip Somerset where his father is a police constable

However - can't find him in 1901 (maybe he was a regular soldier in South Africa) - and no sign of a marriage - have checked army marriages/Scotland's People and Irish Registrations on Family Search

He may be on the 1911 census - there is an Albert Edward Bodely in Stockport, Cheshire - born 1880 - with GEORGINA - same year of birth and Albert Edward born 1903. Unfortunately I've no credits to get any more details from this at the moment.

Hopefully we can track him down!!

Cheers

Sue

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Aha, Sue's found the same chap as me!

Here he is in 1901, where his surname is given as BODDY:

43 Maple St, Manchester

GRIFFITHS Georgina, Head, Widow, 61, b Newport Shropshire

GRIFFITHS Mary A, Dau, 24, Artificial Flower Maker, b Birmingham Worcestershire

GRIFFITHS Georgina, Dau, 21, Tailoress, b Wellington Shropshire

GRIFFITHS Lillian, Dau, 19, Artificial Flower Maker, b Wellington Shropshire

BODDY [sic] Albert E, Boarder, 22, Police Constable, b Leigh Somerset

ELLWOOD John, Boarder, 23, Police Constable, b Kendal Westmorland

Georgina GRIFFITHS jnr is his wife by 1911.

102 Athens St, Stockport, Cheshire

BODELY, ALBERT EDWARD HEAD MARRIED M 31 POLICE CONSTABLE LEIGH ON MENDIP BATH SOMERSETSHIRE

BODELY, GEORGINA WIFE MARRIED 9 F 31 SALOP WELLINGTON

BODELY, ALBERT EDWARD SON M 8 LANCASHIRE MANCHESTER

GRIFFITHS, GEORGINA MOTHER IN LAW WIDOW F 71 SALOP NEWPORT

but like Sue, I can't find any trace of a marriage registration, nor of anything at all in the military papers.

Adrian

EDIT: Found the marriage:

Prestwich Q3 1902 - BODELS [sic] Albert Edward to GRIFFITHS Georgiana [sic]

Georgina is GeorgiAna in her birth reg (Wellington Salop Q3 1879) and both she and her mum are GeorgiAna in the 1881 census. After that, everything says GeorgIna.

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Oh well done Adrian - I was going to start looking for mis-transcriptions later if no one else had - but had dogs to run and poultry to feed and lockup in the meantime!!

You've saved me lots of time - I'm a bit intrigued though at a PC becoming a Farrier Sergeant - would have thought that being a farrier was a pretty specialised task even then when people in general were more involved in horses than they are today

Do you know who the diary writer was Jesse?

Cheers

Sue

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A special thanks to you all! Very nice work! The Griffiths family link ties in, and I'll put up an inquiry on a Griffiths soldier when I return from the road here, and can look at the paperwork. The diary writer was Rose K. Butler, Chief Nurse of the Base #5 Harvard Unit.

any ideas?
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QUOTE: "I'm a bit intrigued though at a PC becoming a Farrier Sergeant"

Have you thought of mounted police? Greater Manchester Police may have records...

D

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Just adding the aforementioned name: Pte Albert J. Griffiths, C Coy, 12 Platoon, 3rd S. Af. Inf., BEF, France. DOB: 11/15/ ?. Going to put this name up under a new thread search, too.

any ideas?
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Aha, Sue's found the same chap as me!

Here he is in 1901, where his surname is given as BODDY:

43 Maple St, Manchester

GRIFFITHS Georgina, Head, Widow, 61, b Newport Shropshire

GRIFFITHS Mary A, Dau, 24, Artificial Flower Maker, b Birmingham Worcestershire

GRIFFITHS Georgina, Dau, 21, Tailoress, b Wellington Shropshire

GRIFFITHS Lillian, Dau, 19, Artificial Flower Maker, b Wellington Shropshire

BODDY [sic] Albert E, Boarder, 22, Police Constable, b Leigh Somerset

ELLWOOD John, Boarder, 23, Police Constable, b Kendal Westmorland

Georgina GRIFFITHS jnr is his wife by 1911.

102 Athens St, Stockport, Cheshire

BODELY, ALBERT EDWARD HEAD MARRIED M 31 POLICE CONSTABLE LEIGH ON MENDIP BATH SOMERSETSHIRE

BODELY, GEORGINA WIFE MARRIED 9 F 31 SALOP WELLINGTON

BODELY, ALBERT EDWARD SON M 8 LANCASHIRE MANCHESTER

GRIFFITHS, GEORGINA MOTHER IN LAW WIDOW F 71 SALOP NEWPORT

but like Sue, I can't find any trace of a marriage registration, nor of anything at all in the military papers.

Adrian

EDIT: Found the marriage:

Prestwich Q3 1902 - BODELS [sic] Albert Edward to GRIFFITHS Georgiana [sic]

Georgina is GeorgiAna in her birth reg (Wellington Salop Q3 1879) and both she and her mum are GeorgiAna in the 1881 census. After that, everything says GeorgIna.

The Bodely Family are from Wellow in Somerset - William Bodely (b.1811)had three sons, George who moved to Norton St. Philip, John - destination unknown and William (b. 1845) who moved to Leigh upon Mendip and became a police constable. Albert E. Bodely is most probably a descedent of the William Bodely (b.1845) who moved to Cheshire. The Norton St. Philip branch had three sons William (b.1873 in Wellow), Henry John (1875 in Norton St. Philip) and Charles (b.1978 in Norton St.Philip) Henry John Bodely was a gunner on H.M.S Princess Royal who was killed on May 31st 1916 in the battle of Jutland. Details of may be found on the Norton St.Philip War Memorial.

Signed Gordon

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