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Annette Burgoyne

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24 minutes ago, Brownie said:

Hello, wondering if anyone can help me find info on a relative of mine, William Thomas Page, my great-uncle. According to his MIC, he was a private in the 7th Bttn KSLI. His regimental number was 14609. He was killed on the Somme on 14/7/1916. He is commemorated on the Thiepval memorial. He was born in Much Wenlock and worked or lived in Wroxeter. That’s about as much as I know, so if anyone has more info that would be great. I don’t have a photo of him, so a picture of him or his unit would be brilliant.

Thanks,

Phil

 

He attested at Ironbridge on or around the 24th September 1914.  This was a recruitment surge prompted by newspaper/propaganda reports of the 'Rape of Belgium'. He went overseas and joined the B.E.F. with the main body of the Battalion on the 28th September 1915.

 

There were 147 men killed in the attack on the 14th July , 278 wounded (16 of whom subsequently died), the action is recorded as the Battle of Bazentin Ridge

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Battle_of_Bazentin_Ridge

 

Ken

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His will exists. Note this may just be a few scribbled notes in his paybook. Downloadable from here

He was admitted to 51 Field Ambulance on 8/3/16 suffering from Trench Feet. They moved him on to the 17th Casualty Clearing Station. To learn more about what the 7th did whilst he was with them you can read the War Diary on ancestry or download it from

https://discovery.nationalarchives.gov.uk/details/r/C7352075

His widow Emily (nee Francis) received a pension. She seemed to move to Lancs and the back of his medal card suggests she re-married and became a Mrs Rowley living in Burnley. WTP and Emily married in Much Wenlock on 16/2/15

Probably the W Page on the plaque here https://www.warmemorialsonline.org.uk/memorial/249831/

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There is a Pension widows card for Emily as well on fold3, adds nothing significant to what we already know. Gives another address in Lancs.

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Mark, WTP’s will has arrived. As you say, just a scribbled note really, but it does give his home address at the time, which I hadn’t got so that’s a plus.

Also, the local newspaper, the Wellington Journal, carried pictures in their 22nd Dec 1917 issue, of men from Shropshire killed in the War. His name is mentioned in the tag, so I think a trip to the archives is required in the hope of finding microfilm/original version.

Thanks again,

Phil

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Good. The Wellington Journal has editions in the British Newspaper Archive. However, only up to 1909. So do not bother with that source for getting a 1917 issue. 

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Yes, I just discovered that! The ShropshireArchives site says microfilm of the relevant issue is held at Telford, with (possibility) originals held at Shrewsbury. I’ll contact both sites next week to confirm and book an appointment.

Phil

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Hi. I am looking for any information (and photograph) on Corporal  Oscar Bassett Tanner MM 27341.He was killed in action on 14th April 1918. Born in Tillingdon, Monmouthshire in 1887. Oscar joined the 16th (Cardiff City) Battalion of the Welsh Regiment on the 11th November 1915 and served in France until the 16th Welsh were disbanded in February 1918. He joined the Shropshire Light Infantry on 3rd April 1918 and was killed 11 days later. He won his Military Medal with the Welsh Regiment.

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Robin Garrett
On 25/01/2020 at 11:09, Paulwms01 said:

Shropshire Light Infantry

Hi

 

Welcome to the Forum. He isn't mentioned in the History of the KSLI in the Great War but few other ranks who did not win an award with the regiment were. Do you know which battalion he served (briefly) with?

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His medal roll records 1st Battalion KSLI. The roll gives his middle name as Barrett but the regimental number matches that given by Paul.

 

 

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Michelle Young

Paulwms01 has only ever made that one post 12 months ago and never returned to the forum.

 

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The battalion's war diary places them in the front line at Molenaarelsthoek to the east of Ypres on 14th April 1918.  There is a trench map of the relevant area dated December 1917 here. The war diary entry for 14th April describes the situation as quiet and records no casualties. The regimental history describes the front line at this point as an outpost line which was abandoned on the night of 15th/16th April and the battalion withdrew to the Ypres ramparts.  You can download the war diary here for free after registering with the National Archives.

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1 hour ago, Michelle Young said:

Paulwms01 has only ever made that one post 12 months ago and never returned to the forum.

 

I always get confused about which year it is in January.  Thankfully I tend not to write cheques these days and so I am saved from the embarrassment of returned cheques.

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