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Hi all I am new. I have been trying to find out about my great grandfather Joseph Hirst. All I know is I think he was in 7th east Yorkshire battalion. My gran told me he was a pow and that he had been gassed. He eventually made it home with what sounds like servers PTSD and respiratory illnesses.

I would LOVE to pass on some info about him to my children and maybe find a photo of him. 

Thanks to anyone who can help or point me in any directions.

P.s  I do not have the money for ancestry/etc websites.

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Shazabee, I have a good friend who I take to France with me every year-I believe he has relevant information you may find useful  I will speak to him and get back to you  Ian.  

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In the meantime Shazabee, the Dinsdale list is up and running and Charles Dinsdale who runs it will try to answer any questions you have if you email him on his website, he may not get back to you straight away as he has been in and out of hospital of late, and he is in HRI as we speak!  Ian.

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Have you read the section on researching soldiers on "the long long trail"? It's free and highly informative.

Im in the same boat with subscription  sites so I go to my local library where it's free access



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There is a medal card for him, his number was 54920, and his medal roll says he was an acting Corporal, 7th East Yorkshires.

I cannot locate any service papers for him.



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