ProudRelative Posted 28 October , 2013 Share Posted 28 October , 2013 I would be so grateful for your assistance, please, in finding out more about two of my relatives who served in the First World War, as follows: The first of these was my grandfather, Pte Joseph Silverston/Silverstone, whose medals I have inherited and whose Regimental Number appears to have been GS-75212, Royal Fusiliers. I have a photograph of him in his uniform and also a signed photograph of a nurse called JM Whitaker who looked after him in Belfast after he was wounded in the trenches in France, I believe. I believe that my grandfather may have been a machine gunner and that he was wounded by both bullet and shrapnel and gas in the trenches, resulting in his being transferred to Belfast to recover. Was it common practice to be sent to Belfast, as he lived in Manchester when he enlisted? He was a very gentle man and never spoke of his experiences. My understanding is that the War Records that relate to his service may have been lost in a fire? The second family member who served was my Great-Uncle, Cpl Samuel George Strauss. I inherited a box of material that includes his Certificate of Demobilisation, which shows that he enlisted on 7/12/15 & was transferred to the Army Reserve list on 23/2/19. His Regimental Number was 205093 & he was a Cpl in the Tanks Corps. I can recall him saying that he was in the Royal Machine Gun Corps, before this became the Royal Tank Corps. When he was in his eighties, he moved to East Anglia from Manchester and I remember him saying that the only time he had been to this part of the world previously had been during the Great War, when he was testing tanks in Thetford Forest. (He claimed that he had managed to hit every tree that stood there!) I have a number of black and white pictures of men standing beside their tanks, one which has the serial number 2846 painted on the side and another type of tank which has A303 painted on the side of it. There are pictures of buses and ambulances and ones of men embarking/disembarking from a ship, as well as pictures of what appears to be a large airship (?zeppelin) over a town. Are these of any interest to anyone? I remember both of these relatives with great fondness and I would like to discover more about this time in their lives, which they never spoke of. I cannot imagine what hardships they had to face in serving King & Country but I remember sitting at my grandfather's knee and seeing the wounds that still caused him discomfort 50 years later, which he made light of and kept quiet about. This inquiry is made out of respect for them and their generation. Any information would be very much appreciated, please. Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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