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57 minutes ago, mbriscoe said:

I have looked at the RE IWT previously because of my interest in the Northern Barrage and its use of the Caledonian Canal.  One member of of the RE IWT is buried in Corpach (I have tried hard to find anyone related to him but no luck).  Another died at Laggan Locks, I was able to find relatives and give them details of where he died.

 

I think they operate the canal locks, the USN seemed to use lighters for moving the mines through the canal (there are some photographs on the National Archive).

 

I am a Remote Volunteer for the IWM WMR and occasionally notice a member of the RE IWM on a memorial .  But just transcribing St Ives Wesleyan Church Roll Of Honour and seeing several RE IWT, only a handful but more than I would usually expect.  Wondering why?

 

 

Unfortunately, I can no longer get to the National Archive as I find the whole subject of the Inland Waterways Division fascinating.

 

Do mean St. Ives, Cornwall, or St. Ives, Cambridgeshire?

 

Both locations would, I think, have had a relatively large number of seamen/watermen working the fishing smacks and the natrowboats.

 

Other than that, I'm afraid I have no answer to your query.

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48 minutes ago, Sniper said:

Unfortunately, I can no longer get to the National Archive as I find the whole subject of the Inland Waterways Division fascinating.

 

Do mean St. Ives, Cornwall, or St. Ives, Cambridgeshire?

 

Both locations would, I think, have had a relatively large number of seamen/watermen working the fishing smacks and the natrowboats.

 

Other than that, I'm afraid I have no answer to your query.

 

I had not looked at which St Ives but the DCLI appears often so must be Cornwall (will check shortly and correct if I am wrong)

 

Also people in the RN Patrol Service (again not large numbers but more than you might normally expect.

 

P.S.

 

Also note that I should have written that I was referring to "National Archives" (i.e. Transpondian) and not "The National Archive")

 

 

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St Ives, Cornwall town memorial lists just two soldiers form RE (IWT) who died in service.

Eli Curnow

and John Pearce, the latter's service records survive and there is a very sad letter concerning his death from peronitis following an operation to remove his appendix.

http://www.roll-of-honour.com/Cornwall/StIves.html

 

The list is by no means complete and no doubt would welcome any updates you may have.  Pearce was a fisherman and Curnow originally enlisted in the DCLI. It would not be unusual for men with seafaring experience or boat handling skills to end up in the RE IWT (a bit of a misnomer as their title was Inland Waterways and Docks) both men above were buried at ports, Calais and Dunkirk respectively.

 

In my experience the Wesleyans were usually keen to list all those who served.

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Harry Meaden born 1893/94 Tilshead drowned at Dunkirk 27 Jan 1918

Harry Meaden CWGC citation.JPG

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mbriscoe

I sent the picture of accommodation barges on the Forth and Clyde Canal to someone at HES.

 

He wonders

 

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I suspect that the men may have been involved in building the oil pipe from the Clyde to Grangemouth which was built in the second half of the WW1. Americans oil men were in charge of construction project but some work might have been done by RE, The barges are accommodation for the men, so doubt that they would stay in these any longer than was strictly required. Given the ease to built huts on ground rather than adapt barges, would suggest that the ability of these to move along the canal was deemed important and so construction of the oil pipeline would allow the men to move from site to site. Just a thought, will be interesting to see what comes back

 

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