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Nick4219

Hello all,

 

I’ve been told that a soldier could have be wounded about 4 weeks prior to being listed in the newspapers of the day, however!

 

My Great Grandfather appears in the papers dated 5th November 1918 but is listed in this paper as on the daily list for the 29th October 1918.

 

Does that mean it’s more likely he was wounded on that day or it still could have been a number of weeks beforehand?

 

His unit war diaries don’t mention any actions or list taking any casualties for the 28th October, the last mention of it before that day was on the 13th and 14th October and before that the night of the 30th Sept/1st October.

 

Thanks

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It's not uncommon for men to appear in more than one casualty list - either as an update to another list or simply just having been added to the list again for some reason,

 

It was probably several weeks before the earlier entry but, as with everything, 4 weeks or so is only a guide and it could be longer (not usually shorter).

 

Craig

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clk

Hi Nick,

 

I think that you are talking about this list - NLS link...

 

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Images sourced from the NLS

 

The weekly list effectively bundled together in sections the daily lists of the proceeding few days. So in the case of your great grandfather he appeared on the weekly list of 5.11.1918 based on days bundled together including the list of 29.10.1918. Given the delay from the date of actual wounding to the date of publication of a list by the War Office, your probably looking for something in the unit war diary mid September-ish.

 

Regards

Chris

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Nick4219

Thanks for the replies, back to scour the diaries again!

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clk

Hi Nick,

 

It might be worth looking for service records for other men on the same list to see what they show, and to see if there is a commonality of wounding dates (within a couple of days) from which a reasonable inference can be made. I didn't go any further than 82439 Gradwell (19/DLI), but he seems to have been admitted wounded to a Field Ambulance on 25th (the writing is a little unclear) September 1918.

 

Regards

Chris

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35 minutes ago, clk said:

Hi Nick,

 

It might be worth looking for service records for other men on the same list to see what they show, and to see if there is a commonality of wounding dates (within a couple of days) from which a reasonable inference can be made. I didn't go any further than 82439 Gradwell (19/DLI), but he seems to have been admitted wounded to a Field Ambulance on 25th (the writing is a little unclear) September 1918.

 

Regards

Chris

Hi Chris,

 

Where are you looking for Gradwell please? I can’t seem to find him on ancestry.

 

Thanks

 

Nick

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clk

Hi Nick,

 

Whilst his service papers should be on Ancestry, I also have access to Findmypast where I find it much easier to search for these kind of things. From their search page (link). I just put 'Durham Light Infantry' in the 'Regiment' field, and the service number from the report in the 'Soldier Number' field.

 

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The two hits then gave me...

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There might be a way on Ancestry, but I'm not aware of if their search engine may have the same the flexibility of functionality (possibly due to their indexing).

 

Regards

Chris

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Hi Chris,

 

Ancestry brings up the medal rolls for WH Gradwell but the roll says he was 20\DLI.

 

I can’t find a service record for him, there appears to be another Gradwell who is about 10 years older.

 

I’ll keep digging for the other names on the list in the hope it will find something.

 

I’m pretty sure from other accounts that my great Grandfather would have most likely been evacuated back through Abeele as a number of 19/DLI around the same time seem to have been. 
 

I’m back out to Lijssenthoek in April so will have a good look around there next time.

 

Thanks

 

Nick

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Nick4219

I found a soldier Alfred Wilkinson of 19/DLI 78394.

 

His discharge papers say he suffered GSW to his knee. He was embarked for home on the 7/10/18 and admitted to hospital in the 11/10/18.

 

Possibly Bromborough? Hospital, difficult to see due to the hand writing.

 

 

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Hi Nick,

 

Here is an extract from the file for Gradwell...

 

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Images sourced from Findmypast

 

 

I had read that bit of his record as him being admitted to the FA on 25.9.1918, but looking at his papers again I think that I misread the date, and it should be 28.9.1918

 

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Image sourced from Findmypast

 

That is the same date that Wilkinson was wounded.

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Images sourced from Findmypast

 

It would be good if there were some other service files to sample, but it looks like the casualty list for the DLI men shown relates to actual wounding dates of circa 28.9.1918. In which case I think that your great grandfather may have been wounded...

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Images sourced from Ancestry

 

It looks like the Brigade HQ diary may also be worth looking at. On Ancestry, September 1918 starts here

 

Regards

Chris

 

 

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