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

Percival Richardson – A Follow-Up

After finding my 2x Great-Uncle Percival Richardson's marriage to Edith Waby in 1922, the next step was to find a death certificate for him.I used FreeBMD again, restricting the results to between 1930 and 1975, which fortunately gave only one possible match, in 1965.When the certificate arrived, it showed that Percival and Edith were living at 72 … Continue reading Percival Richardson – A Follow-Up

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

Military Monday – New WWI Wills

A recent BBC website article gave details of a new online service from HM Courts and Tribunals Service.Soldiers' wills proved between 1850 and 1986 are being made available to search and download - the first batch being from between the years 1914 and 1921.The search is available here.  It costs £6 to download a will, and … Continue reading Military Monday – New WWI Wills