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Hello all,

I have recently put online research I have accumulated about my family history. Most of it is concentrated around the 1st war and I wanted to ask if there was any more information on any of the individuals that you could help me with please?

One question in particular is which Essex Battalion would this number place a man, 42236?

Its my first attempt at a website too so any feedback with regards how I could improve it would be appreciated too.

www.penny-family.webs.com

Thank you,

Sophie

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Sophie

I like very much:

- the book design format

- the text and images

BUT I don't like:

- the blue penny background. It is too 'in your face', the colour could cause some viewers problems and it loads, slowly, and at every page navigation the screen goes back to the background before the new page loads. Frankly, I think it is a distraction from what you are trying to achieve.

- the banner advertising is a big turn-off for me.

- Guest Books can attract porn and other unwanted entries, and can also be hacked.

Some purely technical points:

- you need meta tags. I can help you with this is you PM me.

- your visitor counter increments at every home page load or reload. THEREFORE, a visitor navigating to and from your home page would be counted any number of times. You can get over this by using something like Google Analytics or Extreme Tracking. Both free of course. Again, I can help you with this.

Hope all this is helpful. What you have created is really nice and useful. Keep at it!

Martin

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Ok, thanks very much for the feedback.

Sadly the advertisement have nothing to do with me so this cannot be changed - its part of free webs.

Thanks for the heads up with the guestbook. I am hoping to get this updated to a blog or contact page instead - I just have to get round to it.

Martin, I have emailed you with regards the meta tags and the counter.

If anyone can help with anymore information on the men's regiments, battalions, I would be most grateful.

Thank you,

Sophie

Sophie

I like very much:

- the book design format

- the text and images

BUT I don't like:

- the blue penny background. It is too 'in your face', the colour could cause some viewers problems and it loads, slowly, and at every page navigation the screen goes back to the background before the new page loads. Frankly, I think it is a distraction from what you are trying to achieve.

- the banner advertising is a big turn-off for me.

- Guest Books can attract porn and other unwanted entries, and can also be hacked.

Some purely technical points:

- you need meta tags. I can help you with this is you PM me.

- your visitor counter increments at every home page load or reload. THEREFORE, a visitor navigating to and from your home page would be counted any number of times. You can get over this by using something like Google Analytics or Extreme Tracking. Both free of course. Again, I can help you with this.

Hope all this is helpful. What you have created is really nice and useful. Keep at it!

Martin

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Hi Sophie

I like it, that book format looks very good. I love reading these sites.

Well done, will check in again to see it grow.

Ant

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Thank you Ant, I see you have a few sites of your own. I will be sure to give yours a read and take any pointers.

Best,

Sophie

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Hi Sophie

I use the same template for my website Newbattle at War and it works quite well. I would agree with the comment about the penny background, it's a bit too intrusive for me.

Regarding the advertising, I would recommend upgrading your account, not only does it get rid of the advertsing, which takes up a 1/3rd of the page, you will get much more webspace (300mb), you will soon find that as the bug bites you will run out of space rapidly.

All the best - Jhn

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Sophie,

A very good effort at your first website. I hope you take the comments above as being positive, which they are intended to be. The most important thing is that you have created the website and that will hopefully be found by others who share your interest.

Have you checked the Genes Re-united website? It is a subscription site but isn't expensive for a 6-month subscription. It helped me trace others who were interested in the same names that I was looking for in my own research.

Just one point, John Henry Penny b.1897 would have been awarded the British War Medal & Victory Medal, not the British (Empire) Medal.

Keep up the good work.

Ken

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Hello all,

Thank you all for your feedback, I have taken it all on board and have recently updated it with new information on John Henry. Ken, I have changed the medal name. Thank you for pointing it out.

I personally am happy with the design I have done so will be keeping it how it is for now. Though, this will no doubt be updated with new ideas if the page progresses.

I will see how it goes and consider upgrading but for the time being I'll be keeping it free. :)

Thank you for looking. Keep visiting as new info will be uploaded.

Sophie

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I launched my web site back in January, with no idea on how to do it. Quite a few people on this forum were extremely helpful, and it looks alot different to how it was.

Neil

It took me a while to realise why the penny :( very slow today

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Sorry, I couldn't help myself. For that behaviour I will now retire into the library with the service revolver... ahem.

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The book format is "class".

Here is my FAMILY TREE web site, which has been growing for years, as I have found new family members I did not know existed!

http://www.censol.ca/research/familytree/

That started after I was researching my paternal grandfather in the Great War, and although he is in the tree he is here as a soldier:

http://www.censol.ca/research/greatwar/

My maternal grandfather has his own site here:

http://www.censol.ca/research/worldwarone/

And to account for all the other LAUGHTON's that have shown up in the family tree that served in the war, they have blogs:

http://cefww1soldiername.blogspot.com/

As soon as you are done one, you are on to the next! Addictive - yes!!

Richard of Canada

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Very impressive Richard,

Direct and very informative.

Something you might be able to help with though, if you don't mind my asking... my Grt Grandmother was Canadian. Her maiden name was Dilley, Maud Margaret. Would that name crop up anywhere in the Canadian 1st war searches at all?

I'm barely getting to grips with the the British Archive let alone any other so would appreciate if you could help in any way.

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Meanwhile, back at the original question. 42236 Private Edward Penny was reported wounded in the War Office List of 30th May 1918. This list appears to be of men from the 10th Bn, Essex wounded on 12th April 1918. This fits with your April 1918 gassed information . In the 1918 casualty lists , gas casualties are usually reported as "wounded".

Regards

Clive

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There are 5 Dilley's with attestation papers here, no Maud Margaret - I will check the nurses:

Dilley in the Great War Attestation Papers from Canada

Sorry, not much detail here:

Canadian Nursing Sisters

There are a number of people on the CEFSG (Canadian Expeditionary Force Study Group Forum) who have researched women in the Great War and Nurses. Have you tried to post there? Was she a nurse?

I guess also the question - did she survive?

I only found one female DILLEY on the 1911 Canadian Census - her name was Elizabeth and she was 50 in 1911 so I guess not her! Any idea when Maud was in Canada and when she was not?

Birth dates or any other information?

Richard

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Clive,

thank you so very much for the information on Edward. So he was in the 10th Essex! I had only had educated guesses before so your information is concrete proof.

Thank you so very much.

Richard,

Maud wasn't in the 1st war. She came over to England when she was 14 apparently. She had an outing wiht my Grt Grandfather when he was a teenager and subsequentely had to get married, having their son four months later... ahem!

All I know is that she much have come over before 1927 (when she and Clem got married). When she arrived I do not know...

Apart from that I have no definate dob. I was wondering if she perhaps had father/brothers etc who served ? I would imagine that Dilley isn't a common name. What do you think?

Having a look at the men you found. It seems that Charles Edward Dilley is mentioned twice but with different regt numbers. Would there be a census that might show up Maud with one of the men you found?

I hope everyone doesn't mind my asking about all this information but it really does cheer one up when you all come back with such remarkable results and details.

Thank you all again.

Sophie

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There is a Maud Dilley who travelled to the UK in 1909 in the UK Incoming Passenger lists at the pay for view site Ancestry.UK. I can't tell you further details unless I go to my local library to view Ancestry Library Edition.

Annette

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This site and its members never ceases to amaze me!

Thank you so much Annette, that would be her surely? Thank you for finding a lead at the very least. I will have to wait til Wednesday when my local museum is open to see further details but its worth the wait; would you be able to send me a link to where you found her please? Thank you very very much.

Hopefully at some point in the future I will be able to repay you all with some vital information you are looking for!

I always get excited and cheerful whenever I visit this forum - the best one ever :)

Sophie

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Here is the incoming passenger list.

If you would like a bigger/better image pm me with your email and I will send it across.

mauddilley.jpg

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