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Remembered Today:

Two Men of 8/Glosters


Nick Thornicroft

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I'm trying to find any background info (place of birth/family, etc.) on the following two men of 8/Glosters:

Pte. Edward Hall (30244, formerly 249 Royal Field Artillery). Enlisted: Caerphilly. KIA 8/6/17. Commemorated on the Menin Gate.

Pte. James Daniels (20464). Enlisted Deptford, Kent. Died 18/4/18. Commemorated at Tyne Cot.

Pte. Daniels may possibly be the same James Daniels, born 1891, & living at 32 Edale Road, St Paul's Deptford, in 1901, with his parents James & Mary. Of course, in such a densely populated area, the individual could have been a resident of Deptford for many years, or simply lodging there when he joined up, having moved there a short while previously from anywhere in the UK.

There are several 'possibles' for Pte. Hall, living in Cardiff, but no one with obvious links to Caerphilly, & he may also have moved to the area from elsewhere, looking for work.

I know it's a long shot, but if anyone has researched either of these men in the past, I would be very interested to hear from them.

Many thanks

Nick

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I'm afraid I don't have any personal details for these two men, but I do know that Edward Hall transferred from the RFA (whilst with the 13 Res Bty in 3a Res Bde) to the 3rd Bn Gloucester Rgt on 24/06/1916. He was one of 100 men who were similarly transferred from the RFA on this date and who were all re-numbered with Gloucester Rgt numbers in the range 30196 to 30295.

Russ

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The Register of Soldiers' Effects gave his mother's name as Alice.

He is not named on Caerphilly War Memorial, or apparently on any of those in the surrounding area.

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Thank you Harry. That gives me something to work on.

Edward Hall also served in 1/Glosters before transferring to the 8th, so it may indicate a link with the county.

Nick

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Edward Hall, 30244, Gloucestershire Regt. was named in a casualty list published in The Times on Wednesday July 11 1917. (Maes-y-Cwmmer) I understand is the place of residence of his next of kin, presumably his mother Alice. Maes-y-Cwmmer is in the Caerphilly area, but does not seem to have a war memorial of its own (at least one that comes up on google)

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Thanks very much Harry. I do not have access to The Times so I'm very grateful for the info. That really narrows down the search.

Nick

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