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 … 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 … Continue reading Military Monday – Harold Richardson Remembered

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 … Continue reading Military Monday – Percival Richardson. Royal Engineers Part III

Military Monday – Percival Richardson. Royal Engineers Part II

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 … Continue reading Military Monday – Percival Richardson. Royal Engineers Part II

Military Monday – Percival Richardson. Royal Engineers Part I

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 … 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 … 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 … Continue reading Military Monday – Lives of the First World War

Wedding Wednesday – Percival Richardson & Edith Waby

One of my (many!) on-going areas of research is that of the Richardson brothers and how they faired during the First World War.My 2x Great-Uncle Percival Richardson was with the Royal Engineers in WW1 and I know he survived the war but I didn't know what happened to him afterwards.A few weeks ago, I found … Continue reading Wedding Wednesday – Percival Richardson & Edith Waby

Military Monday – Remembrance

At the church where I got married, in Shirland, Derbyshire, there is a World War One memorial plaque.I thought I'd have a look on Ancestry to see if I could find out any background to the men on the memorial and ended up discovering quite an interesting tale about William Palmer.William Palmer, the son of … Continue reading Military Monday – Remembrance

Amanuensis Monday – Royal Flying Corps

In 1918 my Great-Grandfather Charles Harold Jowett joined the Royal Flying Corps (RFC) and was sent out to Italy from his home in Nottingham.He kept a diary during this time which I'm lucky enough to have, so I thought I'd share a few extracts;Jan 28 1918Called out for draft at Aldershot, received pay (30s) & … Continue reading Amanuensis Monday – Royal Flying Corps