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5th Batt Connaught Rangers - 21st Jan 1916


GJW

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Hi,

 

Looking for war diary of the above on that date.  Cant find it on Ancestry as war diaries only available for 1915. Have a soldier I am researching who was taken as POW in the Balkans and want to try find out more.

 

Thank you.

 

Gerard

 

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CWGC shows a soldier in 5th died 20/1/16. Buried Plovdiv, Bulgaria. Another man died on 24/1/16 and is buried in Sofia. Next death on 3/2/16 is also buried Sofia.

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Gerard

 

The War Diary you seek seems to be bound up within that for 29 Infantry Brigade of 10 Division in the Salonika theatre:

https://discovery.nationalarchives.gov.uk/details/r/C4557988

and not yet digitally available. It covers the period Oct 1915 to Aug 1917.

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1 hour ago, sotonmate said:

Gerard

 

The War Diary you seek seems to be bound up within that for 29 Infantry Brigade of 10 Division in the Salonika theatre:

https://discovery.nationalarchives.gov.uk/details/r/C4557988

and not yet digitally available. It covers the period Oct 1915 to Aug 1917.

Thank you S. Ho hum.

 

Thanks

 

Gerard 

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I believe Sofia was where a POW camp was based. My man Corcoran was sent there in 1917.

 

 

 

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Does anybody know what the 5th were up to in Jan 1916 by chance?

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Thank you Tom. Unfortunately I have found exact dates this evening and he went missing in action on 7th December 1915. Not January as Ancestry suggested. My apologies for wasting your time on this.

 

Gerard

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No bother GJW. I will remove the images now.

 Cheers.

 Tom.

 

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Meant to ask Tom was there anything in your book for December 1915? Cheers Gerard

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I don't understand you GJW, can you be more specific?

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Sorry Tom. I am now trying to locate the actions of the 5th Batt for December 1915. Specifically the 7th of Dec 1915. The day my man went missing.

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If you have a name, I will check if there are any newspaper items on him.

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James Corcoran - No: 4496. Thank you

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His image does not appear in the newspapers. There are three items in the papers for a James Corcoran but he was from Mullingar.

This image may be of use to you though, C.H. West.

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Cecil is n the centre in civvies.

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18 hours ago, GJW said:

Sorry Tom. I am now trying to locate the actions of the 5th Batt for December 1915. Specifically the 7th of Dec 1915. The day my man went missing.

 

That date was during the Battle of Kosturino

https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Battle_of_Kosturino?wprov=sfla1

The 5th Bn took heavy casualties including my Gt Uncle 5757 Pte Thomas McGuire (my profile picture) KIA on the 7th December (CWGC list over 100 men KIA from the 5th Bn on that date) who has no known grave.

 

Sam

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Thank you Both!

 

Sam, it would appear both were involved in the fighting that day. The fellow I am researching was wounded. Do you have much information on the actions took on the 7th by chance?

 

Tom, do you have any further info on that picture you posted?

 

Gerard

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13 hours ago, GJW said:

Thank you Both!

 

Sam, it would appear both were involved in the fighting that day. The fellow I am researching was wounded. Do you have much information on the actions took on the 7th by chance?

 

Tom, do you have any further info on that picture you posted?

 

Gerard


There is some detail that mentions the 5th Connaught’s part in the 7th December actions at Kosturino here:

 

1.  https://books.google.co.uk/books?id=WOeZDwAAQBAJ&pg=PT238&lpg=PT238&dq=battle+of+kosturino+and+5th+Connaught+Rangers&source=bl&ots=ji5lTTgL4r&sig=ACfU3U2MpHiFhwndbNJIkuktexXzZP0lyQ&hl=en&sa=X&ved=2ahUKEwi99_3elu_nAhUai1wKHXDRDDI4HhDoATAAegQICxAB#v=onepage&q=battle of kosturino and 5th Connaught Rangers&f=false

2.  https://jeffkildea.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/12/Kildea-Battle-of-Kosturino-2016.pdf

3.  https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Battle_of_Kosturino

 

Image of 10th Irish Div line, courtesy of Imperial War Museum.

10th Irish Kosturino.jpg

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Only what it says on the bottom of the picture Gerard.

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13 hours ago, GJW said:

Thank you Both!

 

Sam, it would appear both were involved in the fighting that day. The fellow I am researching was wounded. Do you have much information on the actions took on the 7th by chance?

 

Tom, do you have any further info on that picture you posted?

 

Gerard

 

Other than the link I sent you I'm afraid not

 

Sam

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