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Soldiers from Wigan


Romney

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I am trying to findout when my maternal great grandfather joined up. His name is Louis Sidney Price and came from Poolstock in Wigan. All I know is that he initially joined up with the RAMC before transfering in September/October 1914 to 1st Battalion Rifle Brigade. He was killed on 11th October 1915, three months before my maternal grandmother (his daughter) was born. He is buried at Mesnil-Martinsaat, which I presume means that his unit were fighting at Beaumont Hamel. The Battalion war diaries for 10/11 October 1915 stated that the enemy were working hard to defend the position.

Any info would be gratefully received

Steve

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Steve, have you checked the mother site for info?

Must admit have not looked for a while but will be doing so soon, checking positions of the lads from Warrington!

Happy hunting,

mandy

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Steve

The only likely way you can find this is by seeing if his service papers still exist at the National Archives in sufficient state to still have his attestation form. This is the only document which would have his enlistment date.

Unless he was a pre-war regular, then he must have joined sometime in August or September to be able to be transferred to the RB that month or October.

A longer shot may be that the local Wigan newspapers carried an obituary for him which mentions a date of enlistment.

John

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I googled and got the library email for Wigan and they sent me a picture of a soldier I was after - worth a go

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Hi all

I've just stumbled across this site, hope I'm not the last person in UK to go there! (Lancashire Lantern) if the link dont work www.lantern.lancashire.gov.uk. seems to hold lots of our kind of info

Dave.

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No good for me tho Warrington is not part of lancahire any more! and there was me thinking it might help find those elusive lads!

still might be good in the future, thanks for the link.

Mandy

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Mandy

Who nicked it!! you leave home for a quick 30 years and some *&$%@ takes gert lumps of your county away!

Dave.

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I know what you mean! LOL

Sad day for Warrington when we left to join the hoy puloy of Cheshire, they needed us to pay for the rates, they were getting skint! lol

Mandy

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