AndyLeatherland Posted 3 January , 2011 Share Posted 3 January , 2011 Hello, I have reached a dead end researching my grandfather. His records were burnt and arent in the damaged series, and I have visited the Spalding Council Offices to try and find absent voter lists for 1918 having enquired at Lincoln Archives, but they dont appear to exist anymore for Crowland. I know from his medals and the index card that he was in Kitchener's army Eastern Division and I even have a photo taken outside the recruiting office in Peterborough. I am certain that he joined the 5th Northamptonshire Battalion, and via the Regimental Museum got a copy of the Battalion history by Geoffrey Moore. The Museum were kind enough to look out a mention of him by name, but none was found. he was a corporal who appears to have had "lance corporal/corporal" ammende on his medal index card, indicating promotion/demotion. For the records he was Thomas Ward 16041. He went on to have spells in hospital with "melancholia" in 1925 and 1940, which may or may not have been linked to his war service experiences. I don't realistically expect to find further information on this man. I was wondering if an expert out there could hazard a guess at the likelihood that he served his entire war in the 5th Northants Battalion. This was a pioneer/service battalion. There are no updates to the medal index card, but I have been advised that the card may be out of date and it is possible that he was posted all over the place. I get an understanding that manpower flowed back and forth between units. Whats the likelihood that he was static, allowing me to guess at his war service through the regimental diaries/ Many thanks Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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