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First of all a big thank you for all who have helped me with this one, particularly MelPack (sorry, tried to pm a thank you but too much of a luddite to make it work!)

Right, I was having issues establishing where my Gt Grandfather, Vernon Radford Woodward served, if indeed he did. Now, thanks to his weddingcdertificate of March 1917 I know that family rumour was correct and that he did serve in the Seaforth Highlanders. Under occupation he is listed as Private 12677, 8th Seaforth Highlanders (under this, in brackets in National Insurance Clerk, presumably his peacetime occupation)

Now, I know 8th Seaforths served in the 15th Div, but when I look for his Medal Index Card I have no luck, I searched by surname before but no dice, and now a search by service number brings up 70 matches, none of which are him. Of course he may not have gone overseas, but my old man clearly remembers the piece of shrapnel still under his scalp. All very confusing. Can any Seaforth experts tell anything from his regimental number? I know his service record has long gone, so my hopes aren’t particularly high!

Best Wishes


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  • 4 weeks later...

If you look at the Ancestry pensions website link below:


There are three Radford Woodwards listed, one with Lancashire mentioned. Might be your man? It will cost to dwnload to view of the records but maybe worth it?

If he came home having been wounded there is a chance he would be on the pensions lists..

Good luck.


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