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Cpl Henry Bellwood Banks - 15th Bn London Regiment


Neil Mackenzie
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I am researching the Whitgift Middle (now Trinity School, Croydon) school's war memorial. From a list of Old Boys serving in the War that was published in the Old Boys magazine I have a couple of men who I believe died in the war and are commemorated on CWGC but who are not on the School Memorial. I would like to get them added along with 2 further men who I have been able to prove attended the School and died in the War.

One of these is listed in the magazine as L/Cpl HB Banks of 15th (County of London) Batt (Civil Service Rifles).

There is a Corporal HB Banks (530132) on CWGC of this Battalion who died 22/5/1918 and is buried at Pernois British Cemetery.

From his MIC I know that this was Cpl Henry Bellwood Banks (formerly L/Cpl Banks - No. 1579)

The book 'Croydon and the Great War' lists this man so I know he was a Croydon lad and the School was in Croydon.

So I am confident that this is one and the same man but I have not been able to prove it conclusively and wondered if anyone could help (long shot I know). I don't have access to Ancestry but a quick search on their site does not seem to indicate a Service Record exists for this man. Can anyone find it or any other info which might prove the link?

Many thanks.

Neil

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Hi Neil,

There does not seem to be any records on Ancestry, service or pension. There is a MIC, but you already have that. The only other option that I could suggest would be SDGW, which may give you more information. I do have a disc, but I'm at work untill after 6pm. If no one else as pick this up, I'll have a look when I get home and put the details up for you.

Regards. Llew.

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Neil,

The additional information from SDGW,

Born Norwood.

Enlisted London.

Resident Norwood.

Died of Wounds 22.05.1918.

Regards. Llew.

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LLew

Thanks for taking the trouble to look him up.

It has reminded me that, while I have already checked the Croydon Advertiser archive there was also a local Norwood paper so I can try its archive next time I am at the library.

Neil

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