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pudsey63

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I'm researching a man named Albert James Dowse who died on 17/6/1940 in the sinking of the SS Lancastria. Born 1900 in Portsmouth, and served in the 159 Railway Construction Company RE in WW2, I've been trying to follow up a hunch that he also served in WW1. There is a man that might fit, but wondering if there is any way of finding out for sure. TIA.

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Thank you David. That is very helpful. I'm just dipping my toes into WW2 and have a lot to learn.

 

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2 minutes ago, pudsey63 said:

Thank you David. That is very helpful. I'm just dipping my toes into WW2 and have a lot to learn.

 

 

Good luck, I know practically nothing about that one, and probably even less about ww1....

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There is a marriage in Portsmouth in 1918 which would be worth exploring further. If you apply for a copy of the marriage cert. his occupation should be listed.

 

Marriages Dec 1918   (>99%)
DOWSE  Albert J  Mary A Heylor  Portsmouth  2b 1233  btnInfo.gif Scan available - click to view

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That looks very promising, fits in with what I’ve got so far. 

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A family tree on Ancestry by Hannah Dade has A J Dowse in WW1 RE 1770, 518950, 314260 same birth & death records and WW2 1854359 RE 159 Railway Const Coy mentions SS Lancastria also

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1 hour ago, EDWARD1 said:

A family tree on Ancestry by Hannah Dade has A J Dowse in WW1 RE 1770, 518950, 314260 same birth & death records and WW2 1854359 RE 159 Railway Const Coy mentions SS Lancastria also


That’s him! Thank you so much; I’m not sure how I missed that tree on Ancestry but you’ve saved me a lot of time and effort.

 

1 hour ago, Dai Bach y Sowldiwr said:

There's something very poignant about survivors of the Great War succumbing in the second.


There certainly is, and the names get read out every year but the stories get lost. 

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