Mark Wood's character according to his military career. Genealogical record

Military Monday – You’re In the Army Now…

  In a previous blog post I’d discovered that my Great-great Grandfather Mark Wood was in the Coldstream Guards at the time of his marriage in 1877. It was a bit of a surprise to find this as none of his family members had any military connections as far as I can see. A check on Ancestry’s Fold site revealed Mark as a deserter in 1878 … Continue reading Military Monday – You’re In the Army Now…

Military Monday – Percvial Richardson. Royal Engineers Part V

Part I Part II Part III Part IV Following Armistice in November 1918, Uncle Percy continued with his Unit. I haven’t been able to find much detail of this period but they were working in camps at Longpre, Oissy and Dreuil les Amiens. At the end of April 97th Field Company returned to England via Havre and Percy was given fourteen days leave. Following this … Continue reading Military Monday – Percvial Richardson. Royal Engineers Part V

Military Monday – Harold Richardson Remembered

Some time ago I heard about a project to research and preserve the WW1 Roll of Honour at St Stephen’s church in Hyson Green, Nottingham. As my Great-great Uncle Harold Richardson is mentioned on it I contacted the church and was invited to the first meeting.   St Stephen’s Bobbers Mill Road I was able to provide some information about Harold and was keen to … Continue reading Military Monday – Harold Richardson Remembered

Military Monday – Harold Richardson

Sunday 3rd July 2016 is the 100th anniversary of the death of my Great-Great Uncle Harold Richardson. Born in Nottingham in 1881, Harold was the eldest son of Robert Richardson & his wife Sarah (nee Percival). He had joined the army prior to the war, in 1911 he was serving with the Northumberland Fusiliers and based at the Hillsborough Barracks in Sheffield. At the outbreak … Continue reading Military Monday – Harold Richardson

Military Monday – Percival Richardson. Royal Engineers Part IV

Part I Part II Part III Following on from my last post I wanted to see if I could find out exactly what Uncle Percy had been doing when he was wounded on the 22nd of April 1918. His service record didn’t help with this & neither did my attempts at tracking the movements of 97th Field Company RE using online resources. The National Archives have … Continue reading Military Monday – Percival Richardson. Royal Engineers Part IV

Military Monday – Percival Richardson. Royal Engineers Part III

Part I Part II January 1918 saw Uncle Percy raised to the skilled rate of E.P., or Engineers Pay, which would have meant a little extra in his pay packet. The next entry in his service record is on the 10th March 1918 when he was given four days confined to camp for being absent from 8.20pm to 8.45pm. Two days later, on the 12th … Continue reading Military Monday – Percival Richardson. Royal Engineers Part III

Military Monday – Percival Richardson. Royal Engineers Part II

Military Monday – Percival Richardson. Royal Engineers Part I Part 1 The end of March 1917 found Percy and the 97th Field Company Royal Engineers stationed on the Hindenburg Line. The German army was staging a strategic withdrawal to the Hindenburg Line. As they withdrew they destroyed bridges, railways, buildings and roads to hinder the Anglo-French advance. So there was an urgent need for the Royal … Continue reading Military Monday – Percival Richardson. Royal Engineers Part II

Military Monday – Percival Richardson. Royal Engineers Part I

Military Monday – Percival Richardson. Royal Engineers Part II I’ve recently added my 2xGreat Uncle Percival Richardson to Lives of the First World War. I’ve already posted a few posts about Percy, but hadn’t got round to adding his details to the site. Luckily Percy’s service records are extant unlike many others so I have been able to find out much more about his time … Continue reading Military Monday – Percival Richardson. Royal Engineers Part I

Military Monday .. Horace Thomas Bourne

I’ve added another relative to Lives of the First World War. Horace Thomas Bourne is only very distantly related to me, I included him in my tree when I was looking at the Bourne/Bourn/Burn family and trying to sort out the variants as they change so frequently. According to Ancestry he is the grand nephew of the wife of my 1st cousin 4x removed – … Continue reading Military Monday .. Horace Thomas Bourne

Military Monday – Lives of the First World War

Back in September last year I was delighted to receive an email from ‘Who Do You Think You Are‘ magazine informing me that I’d won a prize draw I’d entered via Twitter. The prize consisted of a year’s subscription to both Find My Past and Lives of the First World War. Since then I’ve taken full advantage of the Find My Past site, checking information and finding … Continue reading Military Monday – Lives of the First World War