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Royal Berkshire 7th (Service) Battalion War Diary 1917


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I have Ancestry, but can't find the diary for the 7th. Royal Berkshire.

Can anyone help, please?

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Thanks, Gunner.

Yes, I think that must be the area.

I'm tracking some soldiers who were PoWS. 

I've found them in ICRC.

But they were captured in 1917, and the link says 1918?

 

From the Reading Mercury - Reading, Berkshire  28 July 1917 -

PREVLY REPTD MISSING , NOW REPTD. POWs IN BULGARIAN HANDS
Private A.S Adams, 23494,  (Bristol).  Private A Bailey, 27367 (Stimfield). Private G. C. Brill, 25820 (Reading). Private A. J. Coleman, 25572 (Bristol). Private G. W. Flook, 25568 (Bristol). Private A E. Hawthorne. 24834 (Reading). Private F. C. Heriman, 24805 (Clifton). Private H. Hlbbs, 25554 , (Bristol). Private F. Smallbone 14040 (Homerton, E.) Private H.W.Yandell 25553
(Southville).


 

 

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Hi Kath,

 

If you can make do with just transcripts of the main body of the diary, and only want a short period of time they are available using a specific date search from here. If you click on the initial text that you see, it will open up and give you a fuller entry if there is more. Another slight pain is that you can't download what you see, so it's a 'copy and paste' job I'm afraid.

 

Regards

Chris

 

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THANK YOU, jAY AND CHRIS.

I looked at that site. but wasn't clever enough to find the Diaries.

 

Thanks for helping.

Kath.

 

 

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The first notice of the capture appears on the 19 May 1917 in the South Bristol Free Press and Bedminster News: 

News has been received that two brothers, Privates Bert and Fred Yandell, are missing. They are the sons of Mr. Edward Yandell, of Frayne Road, Ashton Gate. 

 

Both were Privates in the 7th. Royal Berkshires.

Bert is Herbert William Yandell Pte.23335

Fred is Frederick Charles Yandell Pte.30648 - BUT I've not fond him in ICRC.

 

I am presuming this entry in the War Diary refers to the capture:

1917-05-09
Regiment    7th Royal Berkshire
Location    Greece, VLADAJA

OR killed 14 missing 9, wounded 131. 

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Hi Kath,

 

14040 Smallbone (7th Bn)

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Image sourced from Findmypast

 

25568 Flook (transcribed as Hook)

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Image sourced from Findmypast

 

I guess though that whilst the men in the Reading Mercury (- Reading, Berkshire  28 July 1917) appeared on a list confirming that they were being held as PoWs, it doesn't necessarily flow that they were all taken PoW at the same time.

 

Regards

Chris

 

 

 

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1 hour ago, clk said:

all taken PoW at the same time

Very true. Chris.

Where does the report on Smallbone come from, please?

I'll look up the Flook report on Ancestry.

 

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Hi Kath,

 

29 minutes ago, Kath said:

Where does the report on Smallbone come from, please?

 

It comes from his service file which is here on Findmypast (under Smallbones). I guess that it should also be on Ancestry, but I'm finding it a bit difficult to find at the moment.

 

Regards

Chris

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Just now, clk said:

difficult to find

Always on Ancestry!!!

 

Thank you - I couldn't find it.

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