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Gunner R.A.

Does anyone have copies of the above monthly journal for the years 1915-1917 and who would be prepared to do a look-up for a wounded soldier please?

A lot to ask I know, but it would be appreciated,

 

the soldier in question is:- 

 

SPENCER, Arthur, 11714, PRIVATE, East Yorkshire Regiment, 7th Battalion.

 

Arthur was subsequently killed during March 1918.

 

Arthur enlisted in the 7th Bn in September 1914 and embarked with the latter in 1915, however, he was at some point transferred to the 12th Bn of the regiment (i suspect following a wounding). I then suspect he returned to the 7th Bn in February 1918 when the 12th Bn was disbanded.

 

Any offer of help appreciated,

 

regards,

 

Pete.

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voltaire60

A run of them is in IWM , including 1918 and 1919 which are probably the most relevant.  A number of "trench journals"  have been digitised and supposedly available on a pakage but my experience is that it is very difficult to check.

 

THE SNAPPER : THE MONTHLY JOURNAL OF THE EAST YORKSHIRE REGT. (THE DUKE OF YORK'S OWN)

Frequency
Published
  • Beverley, Yorkshire: The East Yorkshire Regiment
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  •  Printed

Live circulation data is not available for this item.

Location Shelfmark Availability/Copy Note
This item may be available to view by appointment. Contact the Imperial War Museum   E-MAIN
vol IX <n 8/9-10, 12> Aug/Sep-Dec 1914
vol X <n 1-11> Jan-Nov 1915
vol XI <n 1-11/12> Jan-Nov/Dec 1916
vol XII <n 1-12> Jan-Dec 1917
vol XIII <n 1-11/12> Jan-Nov/Dec 1918
vol XIV <n 1-2, 7-11/12> May-Nov/Dec 1919
vol XV <n 1-11/12> Jan-Nov/Dec 1920

 

 

 

There is also a commercial database called Trench Journals of the First World War" produced by ProQuest which proclaims that it has digitised 1,500 of these ephemeral journals-but it's an awkarwad so-and-so to locate and even more so to use. The British Library used to have it but what the status is now, post centennial, I do not know

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Gunner R.A.

Thanks, Voltaire, much appreciated and interesting information. I appreciate it is a long shot but I was hoping one of the forum members might have copies. I know Joseph (Charles) at least had copies for 1916, unfortunately, I don't think he's been on the forum for a few years now,

 

regards,

 

Pete.

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Maureene
5 hours ago, voltaire60 said:

There is also a commercial database called Trench Journals of the First World War" produced by ProQuest which proclaims that it has digitised 1,500 of these ephemeral journals-but it's an awkarwad so-and-so to locate and even more so to use. The British Library used to have it but what the status is now, post centennial, I do not know

The Titles list for the Proquest database "Trench Journals and Unit Magazines of the First World War" indicates that  The Snapper: The Monthly Journal of the East Yorkshire Regt. (The Duke of York's Own) is an included title, with first issue 1 August 1914, and last issue 1 November 1919, but no details I can see about what is actually included in between.

 

Link to The Titles List http://tls.search.proquest.com/titlelist/jsp/list/tlsSingle.jsp?productId=1008757&_ga=2.16558517.282434875.1559599174-1823753251.1559599174

 

This Proquest database is available in the British Library Reading Rooms. and probably more widely  through Universities and other Libraries. Perhaps your local library could provided advice about access.

https://www.proquest.com/products-services/trench.html#overviewlinkSection

 

Cheers

Maureen

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voltaire60

Thanks Maureene.  I will give the BL version ago- although it has proved irredeemably awkward in the past. BL also has the Great War IWM  journals and diaries package, which is supposedly accessible remotely (ie-get a ticket and whack it from wherever) but that is also  awkward to access.

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Gunner R.A.

Thanks for the information, Maureen. 

 

5 hours ago, voltaire60 said:

Thanks Maureene.  I will give the BL version ago- although it has proved irredeemably awkward in the past. BL also has the Great War IWM  journals and diaries package, which is supposedly accessible remotely (ie-get a ticket and whack it from wherever) but that is also  awkward to access.

 

Voltaire could you let me know how you get on with regards to access please,

 

regards,

 

Pete.

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voltaire60

Certainly Pete-get it done tomorrow or Friday- with a cup of tead afterwards to calm down, I suspect.

 

Pip,pip

Mike  :wub:

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Gunner R.A.

Cheers, Mike.

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Gunner R.A.
On 05/06/2019 at 12:05, voltaire60 said:

Certainly Pete-get it done tomorrow or Friday- with a cup of tead afterwards to calm down, I suspect.

 

Pip,pip

Mike  :wub:

 

How did you get on Mike?

 

Pete.

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voltaire60

B*ggered my knee on Friay- so bumped it to Tuesday. If I can get it done tomorrow, I'll give it ago.

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Gunner R.A.

Good luck with that then mate,

 

Pete.

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voltaire60
39 minutes ago, Gunner R.A. said:

Good luck with that then mate,

 

Pete.

 

Apologies for the slight delay.  Very interested to find out about this myself, for other  trench magazines.  

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voltaire60

 Zapped the beggar yesterday.  A very well set up database of these magazines, which covers Canadian,Australian and German as well- I had not realised that many of these jounnals were so large and commercially produced. The quality of the reproductions is excellent and the search function is first-class-as one would nowadays expect from a Gale database. Searching by name threw up some tit-bits I did not know about a couple of local casualties down my way. Of course, the usual caveat applied- search for Smith and you would soon abandon hope and head for the pub- search on McWhirter-Volestrangler and it might be your lucky day.  

   The system is a little awkward in that one can only browse an individual issue of a magzine at one time-then have to search for the next.  I had a go at Spencer in The Snapper- but,alas, The Snapper is officer-centric and the only Spencers that come up are officers. I ran his service number as well, with no results.

Happy to zap all 60 entries for Spencer  again just to double check.

 

Pip,pip

Mike :wub:

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Gunner R.A.

Hello Mike,

                  glad it when well, sounds like a great database. Pity there was no mention of Spencer, however if you are happy to zap the entries again it would be gratefully appreciated,

 

regards,

 

Pete.

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