jackwright Posted 22 October , 2013 Share Posted 22 October , 2013 Back in 2009, some forum members kindly provided me with some useful information to enable further follow-up of my own grandfather's WW1 war service. I am now trying to find out anything I can about the WW1 service of my wife's grandfather, Frederick John Williams of Gravesend, Kent and am very hopeful that forum members might be able to help me again. Until recently, the only clue that I had that Frederick John had served in WW1 was an old family photo showing him in uniform (see attached photo). Frederick is the older chap with the moustache, second from the right in the group of 4. Unfortunately we had no supporting information from the family about whether Frederick served in WW1 or not (or even before WW1) and my searches of the ancestry and national archives service and medal data records had also turned up a blank so far. Then, a number of weeks back I found the army service record for Frederick's eldest son who served with the 2nd battalion, Royal West Kent Regiment and was unfortunately killed duing the Mesopotamia campaign in November, 1916. In this service document it records that the personal property of the deceased is to be returned to his father, Private F J Williams NO: 22558 at the known family home in Gravesend. So, this, I think gives me pretty conclusive proof that Frederick John was a serving soldier by this point. However, unfortunately my latest searches using this army number and name combination are also turning up a blank. Frederick was born in 1864 so he would already have been 50 years old when the war started in 1914. I have therefore assumed that conscription would not have applied to him even during the later war years and that he may even have lied about his age to join up? Given all the above, the key point that I am hoping forum members can help me with is in identifying Frederick's regiment from the cap badge he is wearing in the photo. Although the photo quality is poor, I am hopeful that the badge is sufficiently distinctive that some of the expert members on this forum might be able to suggest where I can next concentrate my follow-up around a particular regiment's records? Given Frederick's home location, I have assumed a more local regiment and given his age I have assumed that home and not overseas service would have been more likely. However, all this is pure guess work and I'd be very grateful to any forum members who can make any other suggestions or provide any clues. my thanks jack wright Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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