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Uncle George

Berhardt Basil von Brumsey im Thurn.

 

Not all that unusual a name, but he served in the Hampshire Regiment, and was awarded the DSO in the Second war. His daughter married Gerald Nabarro MP, he of the handlebar moustache.

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SapperBoo

11712, Driver, Major Arthur Boocock, 14th Brigade, Royal Horse Artillery

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David_Underdown

Or more famously, Second Lieutenant Major William Booth, a Yorkshire and England cricketer before the war https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Major_Booth

Edited by David_Underdown

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51st Sikhs
On 9/3/2014 at 17:54, Old Owl said:

Lieutenant Elphinstone D'Oyly Aplin, 1st Bn Gloucestershire Regiment. Died of wounds May,1915.

Major Reinhold Meitzen Adams, 51st Sikhs, I.A. Died of wounds April,1917. I believe that his mother was of German origin.

Indeed. I have Adams’s sword. 

Edited by 51st Sikhs

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brianmorris547

Alfred Khartoum Gordon Hosier, 83107 Machine Gun Corps. His service record shows that he was born in 1895 ten years after General Gordon was killed in Khartoum.

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Muerrisch
On 29/12/2015 at 14:29, geraint said:

A little boy' born in early 1915, was baptised Mons Jones, here in Ruthin. His father Pte Harry Jones of 1st RWF was a Mons survivor, though he was killed in action later in 1915. Harry's letters home are in the Denbighshire archives. Mons Jones lived in Ruthin throughout his life until his death in the late 1980s and though I can't recall him, he is still remembered with fondness by many.

 

Strange. 1st RWF were either in Malta or on the ship Home at the time of Mons. Every manjack of the battalion survived Mons!

 

2nd RWF, yes.

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asanewt
22 minutes ago, Muerrisch said:

 

Strange. 1st RWF were either in Malta or on the ship Home at the time of Mons. Every manjack of the battalion survived Mons!

 

2nd RWF, yes.

I knew Mons very well. His father Henry "Harry" was 8481 2nd Bn. according to local historian David Williams's book 1997.

His father's letter, expressing pleasure at the choice of name for the little boy he had not seen. was on display here Nov. 2018.

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Muerrisch

Thank you. I am sure you know that 2nd RWF were part of the ad hoc 19th Bde which was peripheral at Mons, marched hither and thither, then marched with astonishing endurance to and beyond Le Cateau almost to the environs of Paris before the tide turned. The real casualties started at La Cordonnerie late September 1914 and October.

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chrysalid58

A few years late but responding to the wonderfully named Dai Bach y Sowldiwr - Saethon Osmond Vychan Williams is a distant relative of mine (a 2nd cousin 2x removed). He derived the name Saethon from the mistaken belief that the Williams family were descended from the Saethons of Llyn. Not true as it turned out. Osmond is in reference to his uncle, Sir Osmond Williams 1st Baronet of Penrhyndeudraeth. Vychan is derived from one of his father's middle names (Edward Herbert Vychan Wynn Williams) and Williams is a patronym for his 3x great grandfather, William Jones. Another Williams of ours who served in the Great War was Captain Osmond Deudraeth Williams. His middle name referencing the home of his grandparents David and Anne Williams.  

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Dai Bach y Sowldiwr
2 hours ago, chrysalid58 said:

Saethon Osmond Vychan Williams is a distant relative of mine (a 2nd cousin 2x removed). He derived the name Saethon from the mistaken belief that the Williams family were descended from the Saethons of Llyn. Not true as it turned out. Osmond is in reference to his uncle, Sir Osmond Williams 1st Baronet of Penrhyndeudraeth.

Welcome to the forum chrysalid58 and for your compliment.

 

Osmond Williams was the MP for Penrhyn, and the rest of Merionethshire too , in the 1900s.

Were they related to Clough-Williams Ellis?

My grandmother was born in this area, her father died young in 1908, a quarryman in the Ellis-Williams quarries. Her aunt Blodwen died in November 1918 of influenza.

If you are interested in the genealogy of this area, lots of the work has already been done and published in multiple trees (Over 100) in books by T.Ceiri Griffiths. (They're in Welsh, but a tree is a tree in any language!)

https://www.abebooks.co.uk/book-search/author/GRIFFITH,-CEIRI-T-?cm_sp=brcr-_-bdp-_-author

 

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chrysalid58

Hello Dai and diolch :)

 

Yes... indeed the family is related. Sir Osmond Williams was Clough-Williams Ellis' uncle through his mother Ellen Mabel Greaves line. Ellen was the sister of Sir Osmond's wife, Frances Evelyn Greaves. Thank you for sharing something of your own roots. I simply had the good fortune to be adopted into things. Yes, I am familiar with T. Ceiri Griffiths research and have relied upon it to some extent. Sadly there are some significant gaps but it is the best roadmap we have barring some definitive DNA testing to help take the line back further with greater confidence.     

 

Thank you once again, Dai

 

Cymru am byth

 

Rachel :) 

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Kimberley John Lindsay

Dear All,

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Kindest regards,

Kim.

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voltaire60

  I remember reading decades ago a memoir written by a frontline British doctor who had treated the Kaiser. I hope fellow members may identify which account this was.  I believe he was referring to the following casualty on the CWGC listing:

 

PrivateKAISER, A

Service Number 9252

Died 20/08/1916

Aged 41

13th Bn. 
Middlesex Regiment

Husband of Sarah S. E. Kaiser, of 50, Town Rd., Lower Edmonton, London.

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