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soldier in welsh regiment


lisab1980

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i wonder if anyone could give me more information if any on my great uncle ERNEST BRADBURY PRIVATE 21061 WELSH REGIMENT, his medal card shows he went to France theatre of war then was later transferred to labour corps private 265401. thankyou

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lisa, if you can post the medal index card. someone on here will be able to transcribe it for you.

susan.

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Lisa

Also check out the "research" section of the mother site (click the Long Long Trail link, top left of page). It'll give you lots of information about what to do - and how to interpret the medal card.

john

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ot wont let me attach the medal card. i am getting the following quote " the total filespace required is greater than your per post or global limit, please reduce the number of attachments or the size of the attachments!" ????????

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You may need to re-size the photo using some photographic software? This makes its file size smaller.

Bernard

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PIXsizer is a free programme that you can download. It's easy to use, just needs you to practise with it a bit. Don't worry if you make a few mistakes. I sometimes posted two or three items that were exactly the same until I got the hang of it. If you email me separately I'll try and talk you through it. You know what they say - sometimes the blind can lead the blind better than anyone else.

Harry

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thankyou but pixsizer doesnt use documents saved with acrobe reader, so that is no use. would appreciate if someone would let me email medal card to them who is specialises in welsh regiment soldiers. thankyou

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You could email it to me,

I know a little about the welsh reg (not much, only just started), I could post the card on here then aswell to get a second opinion.

PM me if you would like me to.

Gaz

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I have the medal card,

He was entitled to all 3 medals, 15 star, BWM and VM, He served in theater 1, France, and entered the theater on 2.12.15 and he was discharged 25.2.1919.

Heres his MIC, lets see what other pals can make of it (i am pretty new to researching soliders)

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Gaz

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The Swansea Bn landed in France with the 38th (Welsh) Division on 2 Dec 1915. I dare say divisional arrivals were spread over a few days? I can't see him in my list for the 14th and the number doesn't look 'right' for the Swansea Bn.

What about the 16th (Cardiff), 15th (Carmarthen) or the 10th and 13th (first and second Rhonddas?) Can someone check SDGW please for those units and see if they can see any KIAs with that sort of number?

Bernard

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Hello Lisa,

I too am from Lancashire and have been searching for my grandfather Richard Lofthouse who was a "clogger" from Bolton. It's a long story and I wont bore you with it here (the details are on the Forum somewhere) but through a long and sometimes tedious process of elimination, I managed to eliminate three of the five persons with his name. It left me with two possibilities - one who served with the 15th Battalion The Welch Regt ( and later the South Lancs) and a Richard Lofthouse who served with the KRRC and then the MGC. Neither rang a bell especially the former. Why I kept asking myself would a clogger from Bolton join a Welsh regiment? Well, in Michael Renshaw's book on Mametz Wood (page 47) he makes the point that the 15th Bn The Welch Regt had difficulty recruiting sufficient numbers and so "more than 300" young men from Bolton were enlisted !

My grandfather's number was 20304, yours is 21061 only 757 different. It's possible that your relative served with the 15th Battalion (Carmarthanshires) The Welch Regt.

I'm waiting for Ancestry ( WO363 0r WO 364 ) to release names beginning with the letter 'L'. It might well be next year but I've run out of any other ideas

Hope this at least gives you hope.

Harry

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thankyou so much, that would make perfect sense because ernest was indeed living in farnworth,Bolton at the time of enlistment! i wrote to the welsh regiment museum but they charge £25 for research so the great war forum was my next step! unfortunately ernest wouldnt have needed to claim disablemnt pension so he is not on ancestry. What next?????

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thankyou so much, that would make perfect sense because ernest was indeed living in farnworth,Bolton at the time of enlistment! i wrote to the welsh regiment museum but they charge £25 for research so the great war forum was my next step! unfortunately ernest wouldnt have needed to claim disablemnt pension so he is not on ancestry. What next?????

It's impossible to tell if there's anything on the reverse side of his medal card. The word "over" (missing on yours) in the bottom right hand corner is a safe indication that there is. However, some far more experienced pals on The Forum have suggested that quite often there is useful information on the back even when the word 'over' is missing. You could risk it and contact the Western Front Assoc in Stockport and ask them to send you a copy. It will cost you £5 (send a cheque together with your request if you want to eliminate one other possibility. I did and mine was blank !!!!

Have you had a search done at the NA at Kew. I can recommend an excellent researcher but again it will cost you an initial £18 for the first hour. The lady I recommend will tell you beforehand what it's likely to cost.

Harry

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A thought has just occurred to me. You discarded Ancestry because your relative didn't qualify for a pension. BUT there are a lot of soldiers listed on WO 364 who didn't qualify for a pension either. If you haven't done it already, I'd check it out. As and Bs are now available.

Harry

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A thought has just occurred to me. You discarded Ancestry because your relative didn't qualify for a pension. BUT there are a lot of soldiers listed on WO 364 who didn't qualify for a pension either. If you haven't done it already, I'd check it out. As and Bs are now available.

Harry

i already checked ancestry last week just in case and he definately isnt listed. what if anything would a mic tell you on the back?

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i already checked ancestry last week just in case and he definately isnt listed. what if anything would a mic tell you on the back?

It's difficult to generalise but it could give his battalion and even things like address, nok, etc.

I emphasise though that it's a gamble. It might, like my grandfather's, be blank!

Harry

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I spent a couple of days in the museum at Cardiff looking through what they had. Though the museum is worth a look I didn't find anything on the men (or nothing was shown to me at the time - a few years back). They do have transcript war diaries (I'd seen those at the NA) a few snippets on men who had left medals etc. but it was a big disapointment. They can't give what they haven't got!

If you go back to them for a 'search' I'd ask first what they will be searching. They were helpful, though.

Bernard

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