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Leonard Bocking


Anthony Bagshaw

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Anthony

Is there any chance of you summarising this thread, so that it is clear what is know, what is unknown, etc. I'm having trouble following it after all this time

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Noel,

Thanks for the continued interest, i certainly agree with your points, will keep looking

Stephen,

May take me a while but will summarise it!!

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Today's electoral roll lists just a couple of Bockins in UK:

Charles W Bockin

Grd. Floor

27 Clarence Road North

WESTON-SUPER-MARE

BS23 4AW

Daniel Bockin

33 Union Street

DURSLEY

GL11 4JT

However, there are 267 Bockings, but none in Notts that I can see. There are 3 Leonard Bockings:

5 Tennyson Avenue

KING'S LYNN

PE30 2QG

20 Fountaine Grove

South Wootton

KING'S LYNN

PE30 3TP0 2QG

386 Cheetham Hill Road

DUKINFIELD

SK16 5LB

Worth a speculative letter?

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  • 4 weeks later...
Anthony Bagshaw

Dom,

Thanks for those, sorry for the late replt only just picked it up for some reason!! Sorry about that.

I went to the library on Saturady morning, looked through another paper for 1915 and 1916. Still 1917 and 1918 to do with that one, but didn't find anything.

Looked at pit detahs, railway deaths and in memoriams, nothing!!

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Anthony,

Been looking for this Bocking fella myself in the course of my Evening Post trawl, can't find a peep. I did get 7 of the 10 names from the pit accident in 1915. One casualty was buried as an unknown, which does complicate that avenue. No sign of him though.

The lack of a death certificate makes me think he must have served/died under an alias. I had a search through the online Death records for about 30 years after the war and found nothing.

Sorry for being less than useful. I will keep an eye out in the Post's in memorium column though.

james

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Anthony Bagshaw

Hi James,

Don't know how i missed your post!!

Thanks for looking, at least that's something else that we can tick off for him.

Reall don't know where to go from here with this. I honestly believe that i have exhausted every possible avenue. He might never be found for definite but at least there are family details and we do know he was in MW at some point.

Thanks again

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Did you ever look into the funeral firm angle? A long shot, but if there are any old-established firms they might still have records.

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Anthony Bagshaw

Hi Grace,

I did have a look but there is only 1 firm in MW. I have written to them but have not got any response, so unsure whether anything is there. Judging by how everything else is going, i suspect nothing!! :rolleyes:

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This chap appears on ancestry's services paper release. Not your chap I don't think, but just something else to throw into the pot.

Norwich recuiting station

George Henry Leonard Bocking

Regiment Name: "H" Machine Gun Corps Training Battalion

Regiment Number: 151096 (Looks like its actually 181096 on original image)

Document Year: 1918

Approved Oct 1918, Bury St Edmonds

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Looks interesting, thank you for that.

Do you have any more details at all please?

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Looking through the Mansfield Papers today, saw this and got really excited:

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But yet again, it wasn't the one that i was looking for!!!!

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Anthony,

This is a fascinating thread, which seems as though there is plenty left in the search.

I personally have come to the irrefutable conclusion, after reading through the pages, that Leonard was the victim of alien abduction.... :unsure: surely it is the only reasonable explanation?

Dave

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Dave,

I haven't ruled that out either!!

It is interesting, but EXTREMELY irritating!!

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Perhaps, like Elvis, he didn't die ..... he just went home. :lol:

Hmmm come to think of it, I am sure I saw a guy that looked like Mr Bocking in my local takeaway last week... :unsure:

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...but he's a liar and I'm not sure about you.... :D

(Kirsty McColl, in case of cultural differences ! :o )

steve.

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...but he's a liar and I'm not sure about you.... :D

(Kirsty McColl, in case of cultural differences ! :o )

steve.

Had to Google it but now I get it! :rolleyes:

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Another update..............

Another fruitless search in the library last Tuesday. Nothing not a sniff, again!!!!!

Have now searched

The Mansfield Chronicle 1914-19, nothing

The Mansfield and North Notts Advertiser 1914-19, nothing

Am in the process of searching

The Mansfield Reported and Sutton Times. Have completed 1914-end of 1916. 1917, 18 and 19 to go and that's all those years done.

Have looked at 1920 and 1921 briefly for all 3, will have to go through in a lot more detail though i think.

I need a new hobby, this one's driving me mad.................................... :lol:

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Anthony

Have you put a request in the local paper for any relatives of Leonard?

I put one in the Ripley and Heanor News about a 16th Bn man who must have been with my lot for a while. It went in on Thursday and one of his relatives phoned me on Friday.

steve

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Hi Steve,

Must admit i haven't mate. Quite why i haven't, i'm not sure.

I have had contact from his Grandson but he knows absolutely nothing about him only that he died and knows his name. Nothing more.

I'll give that a whirl i think, Mansfield and Bottesford

EDIT: Email gone to my contact at the local paper, here's hoping............

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Fingers and everything crossed for you Anthony....

oh please. if only.............EDIT;;;;;;;; (oops, i meant if only we can find him)

Susan.

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The local paper are running something for me this Wednesday, fingers, eyes and toes crossed....................................

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