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A SDGW entry has, on the 'Comments' line: 'Formerly 73689, R.E.A.'

What was the R.E.A.?



Sure its not a badly writen G or a mistype or print? - Royal Garrison Artillery? Royal Horse Artilley - G and H are next to each other on a QWERTY keyboard

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Thank you for your replies.

The name on the War Memorial is William Gilford.

CWGC has 15368 William Henry Gilford of the Royal Fusiliers, there is a MiC for 15368 William Gilford, Royal Fusiliers. SDGW has 15368 William Guilford, with the same general details plus the reference to R.E.A. If anyone has an 'original' version of SDGW, could they please check this entry?

Looking at the Service Records on Ancestry, there is a reference to a William Gilford of the Wath address but he was allocated a West Riding number (17266) and then appears to have absconded. However,there is a document giving his place of birth as 'Hanly, Staffordshire'.

The 1901 Census for Burslem,Staffs (just down the road from Hanley) has a William Gilbert, aged 6 and a birth in that name was registered in the June quarter of 1894.

Could someone kindly check the 1911 Census for a William Henry Gilford, born around 1896 and living in Rotherham, Yorkshire. Where was he born and with whom was he living?

In the meantime, the idea of a mistype is certainly a possibility.


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A SDGW entry has, on the 'Comments' line: 'Formerly 73689, R.E.A.'

That number belonged to a Roderick W Packer of the Royal Garrison Artillery (RGA)

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Here is the man you are after in 1911:

1911 Census

193 Doncaster Road, Wath-On-Dearne

GILFORD, Albert Edward Head Married 17 years M 37 1874 Miner Hewer Hanley Staffordshire

GILFORD, Mary Ann Wife Married F 35 1876 Hanley Staffordshire

GILFORD, Albert Edward Son Single M 16 1895 Miner Poney Driver Hanley Staffordshire

GILFORD, William Henry Son Single M 15 1896 Miner Poney Driver Hanley Staffordshire

GILFORD, Thomas Son M 14 1897 Miner Rope Turner Hanley Staffordshire

GILFORD, Elizabeth Daughter F 12 1899 School Hanley Staffordshire

GILFORD, Alice Maud Daughter F 10 1901 School Hanley Staffordshire

GILFORD, Horace Son M 7 1904 School Hanley Staffordshire

PERRY, Sarah Ann Mother In La W Widow F 61 1850 Hanley Staffordshire

PERRY, Richard Danial Brother In Law Single M 37 1874 Miner Out Of Work Hanley Staffordshire

Details match that of the man you have found in SDGW and CWGC:

Name: William GUILFORD


Initials: W

Birthplace: Hanley

Residence: Wath, Yorks

Enlisted: Mexborough

Regiment, Corps etc.: Royal Fusiliers (City of London Regiment)

Battalion etc.: 22nd Battalion.

Number: 15368

Date died: 29 April 1917

How died: Killed in action

Theatre of war: France & Flanders

Supplementary Notes: FORMERLY 73689, R.E.A.


Initials: W H

Nationality: United Kingdom

Rank: Private

Regiment/Service: Royal Fusiliers

Unit Text: 22nd Bn.

Age: 22

Date of Death: 29/04/1917

Service No: 15368

Additional information: Son of Albert and Mary Ann Gilford, of 193, Doncaster Rd., Wath-on-Dearne, Rotherham, Yorks.

Casualty Type: Commonwealth War Dead

Grave/Memorial Reference: Bay 3.


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David - what a helpful reply! Thank you very much.

Centurion and Harry - so neither RGA nor RFA. David's information has given me the lead I needed.


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OK. He was in the Royal Fusiliers and formerly REA. So, what is R.E.A.? I'm intrigued. Antony

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