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Remembered Today:

Salonika


James Healy

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Hi

i am new to this forum & hoped somebody could help or point me in the right direction. 

I am searching for records of my Grandfather. We have seen his medal card. 

He was born in 1889, joined the British Army in 1915 then joined the Royal Engineers as a Driver/Shoeing Smith, Regiment No. 86733. We believe he went to France from Haynes Park then to Salonika where he was injured & Hospitalised in Malta. He received his medals for which we have his medal numbers. 

Many Help would be very much Appreciated. 

Many Thanks. 

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Hi Alf

His name was Robert Healy but the Army spelt it HEALEY. So his Army records if any were under the name ROBERT HEALEY. Thank-You. 

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Hello James,

 

Just seen this thread as I am going out for exercise !

Robert Healey has 4 records to view on Ancestry.co.uk

 


Discharged from Bedfords SD , enlisted 12\3\1915, Discharged due to sickness on 27\6\1919

 

John 

 

 

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Hi John, 

Many Thanks for taking the time. Much Appreciated. 

That is him definitely. We have his medal numbers but apart from that & what you kindly found we don’t know much more. 

My Dad (Roberts Son)Who is 88 & still in good health & who is the last surviving  child of 12 children that Robert had remembers small pieces of info. 

We think (maybe I’m wrong) Bedford SD at Haynes Park was a training Depot before any secondary unit attachment. 

My Dad remembers Salonika & Malta being mentioned to him as a boy plus the injury to his leg which he did have as he limped in my memory. My Dad also recalls his mother who was staying at the Black swan Shefford Bedfordshire at the time saw him plus all the other men marching over the bridge in Shefford going to war & not seeing him for 4 years. 

Many Thanks John. 

James. 

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Just got back from the 2 hour walk :thumbsup:

 

Here is the Pension Ledger for him

 

Name:Robert Healy

Gender:Male

Rank:S/S

Record Type:Disability

Birth Date:1889

Residence Place:Drogholla Rom, Monastown Rom Co Kitclare

Military Service Region:Ireland, 

Discharge Date:27 Jun 1919

Service Number:86733

Corps, Regiment or Unit:Royal Engineers

Service Branch:Military (Army)

Title:PRC Ledgers

Description:Pension Record Ledger

Reference Number:13/MH/1801

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Hi James,

 

Nice memories.  My grandfather was posted to Shefford (in 1917) when the whole area was a signals training area.  We've still got a few of his letters from Shefford and visited it a few years back.  My details relate to 1917 but some of the areas were used in Robert's time.

 

Shefford was a small town of less than 1,000, supplemented by 300 or 400 Australian signals trainees. The unit war diaries for the training section refer to the Hitchin Signal Depot and
this was the name given to the requisitioned main building, ante-room and stables that formed the Shefford skating rink. It's now a large housing complex.  Many other local facilities were used for accommodation and training.  Seven kilometres away was the main English depot of Haynes Park and signallers were sent there to various specialist courses, known as Imperial Schools.

 

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The town of Hitchin itself was 11 kilometres south and this was where he and his section went through the gas chamber.  I loved his comment that it was "stronger than the real thing" but he didn't believe it.  Ironic, because gas exposure is believed to have eventually caused his death in 19138.

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38 minutes ago, johnmelling1979 said:

Just got back from the 2 hour walk :thumbsup:

 

Here is the Pension Ledger for him

 

Name:Robert Healy

Gender:Male

Rank:S/S

Record Type:Disability

Birth Date:1889

Residence Place:Drogholla Rom, Monastown Rom Co Kitclare

Military Service Region:Ireland, 

Discharge Date:27 Jun 1919

Service Number:86733

Corps, Regiment or Unit:Royal Engineers

Service Branch:Military (Army)

Title:PRC Ledgers

Description:Pension Record Ledger

Reference Number:13/MH/1801

 

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Many Thanks again John, hope you enjoyed your exercise. Must be fit 2 hours. 

Thats GREAT info. Keep going 😂.  I have No experience of where to look further for him. I wonder how him & other Irish volunteers were treated in the British Army & when they went home at that time. Appreciate your research John. 

Regards James. 

42 minutes ago, WhiteStarLine said:

Hi James,

 

Nice memories.  My grandfather was posted to Shefford (in 1917) when the whole area was a signals training area.  We've still got a few of his letters from Shefford and visited it a few years back.  My details relate to 1917 but some of the areas were used in Robert's time.

 

Shefford was a small town of less than 1,000, supplemented by 300 or 400 Australian signals trainees. The unit war diaries for the training section refer to the Hitchin Signal Depot and
this was the name given to the requisitioned main building, ante-room and stables that formed the Shefford skating rink. It's now a large housing complex.  Many other local facilities were used for accommodation and training.  Seven kilometres away was the main English depot of Haynes Park and signallers were sent there to various specialist courses, known as Imperial Schools.

 

image.png.baa969ba52cdc73332f4a3034c0d86fb.png

The town of Hitchin itself was 11 kilometres south and this was where he and his section went through the gas chamber.  I loved his comment that it was "stronger than the real thing" but he didn't believe it.  Ironic, because gas exposure is believed to have eventually caused his death in 19138.

image.png.988f132856f52895da14262979e03743.png

 

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Hi White Starline, 

You have some Good Info for the area. It’s good to here about other people who passed through there during WW1. Sorry to hear that your Grandfathers passing in that way. Thank-You for sharing. Cheers James. 

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Hi James,

If you want to find out more about the Salonika campaign I can recommend the book 'Under the Devil's Eye' by Alan Wakefield & Simon Moody.

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Surprised nobody has mentioned "The Long Long Trail" (hit the button top left of this page) which will lead you to all sorts of information.

 

aim

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46 minutes ago, aim said:

Surprised nobody has mentioned "The Long Long Trail" (hit the button top left of this page) which will lead you to all sorts of information.

 

aim

 

46 minutes ago, aim said:

Surprised nobody has mentioned "The Long Long Trail" (hit the button top left of this page) which will lead you to all sorts of information.

 

aim

 

Cheers Aim. 

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