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    Thanks for the reply I do not have specific dates unfortunately, although my Albert Godfrey died in the spring of 1949.
    Many thanks anyway.
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    Thanks for your reply. I believe Maurice Hemming worked for the GWR from 1911 to 1914, initially at Snowhill, Birmingham and spent some time at Banbury. He joined the army in 1914 and I believe he was assigned to the Oxfordshire Ironstone Railway which was being built then. He later served in Salonika.
    I'll try the records at Kew.
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    Question Search Request - Stewart King Calne 1911

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    From the staff books I know that my great grandfather - Stewart King received a commendation in August 1911, but I don't know what for. Is that kind of news in the staff magazines? If so, could you have a look for me please? The details I know are:
    Stewart King born July 1872, worked as porter at Bridport from September 1898 and Calne from February 1905. Reference to testimonials: 26782.

    Many thanks, look forward to hearing from you

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    Hi jofreegard,

    I have looked at the 1911 GWR staff magazine till the December issue but without success. So sorry to draw a blank (again!).

    If it helps, the "Staff commendations" in 1911 are for actions like "detecting a broken coupling" or "alertness in securing the arrest of a bicycle thief" or "prompt action in dealing with a wagon on fire". Many are fire and theft related.

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    Thumbs up Ok, another one ....

    Thanks for looking for my last request, it's a shame we cannot get more details. Thanks for suggesting the type of things people were commended for - some idea is better than none.

    Do you think you could look for an obituary for me now please?
    The details I know are:
    Doreen King worked as a bookings clerk at Calne station. She died on 8th March 1947 and we know that GWR representatives went to her funeral.

    Looking forward to hearing from you - this is such a great thing you are doing!

    Thanks
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    Aargh! The curse strikes again.

    I have searched through the HUNDREDS of obits and other staff notices and had no luck - we lookd through the entire remainder of 1947 with no success. Local press for Calne may be the best bet - try the WSHC at Chippenham (too far south for our newspaper holdings).

    The puzzle is that there are almost no women listed (we only spotted 1 in those 9 months!) which is odd as there were many working for the GWR. It may be that only men were members of the GW Provident Soc (who supplied 75% of the obits). Others here will know more than us on this subject.

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    Hello

    would it be possible to do a look up for Edward Albert Gall. In the 1911 census he is shown as a railway groom, which I take to mean working with horses (he had been a driver with the Royal Field Artillery for 10 years), maybe in the parcels/goods delivery section of the railway. The address shown is Kensington so I'm guessing he was mavbe based at Paddington or Old Oak Common. From 1914-17 he did war service. From 1917 -1946 he was a railwayman. He died 1/1/1946, his death cert shows him as railwayman retired and living in Slough. I'm not 100% sure he was GWR, just taking a guess given the places where he lived.
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    Hi MIck,

    I have checked the first 6 months of the 1946 GWR staff magazine and there is no mention of Mr Gall's death.
    The only other entry we found was searching the railway records on Ancestry:

    Name: Edward Albert Gall
    Birth Date: 19 Dec 1880
    Age: 15
    Residence Date: Oct 1896
    Station: Paddington
    Company: Great Western
    Class Number: 264
    Piece: 358
    Description: Register of uniformed staff No.2 F & G 1872-1915.

    If this is him then I suggest reading through the other posts in this thread and finding out how to track down his GWR staff record.

    Best of luck!

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    yep thats him
    thanks for the quick reply
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    May I ask if there are any entries for a Henry Ashford in the staff magazine .he was born 8th january 1849 and he joined gwr on the 9th of february 1865. he went through many promotions from what i have seen of his records and many ummm situations.census records show him as a railway engine driver. he retired on the 5th of may 1915. his son was also a railway engine driver from what census records say but i cant find his records.
    thanks joe

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