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nick powell
06-03-2008, 8:57 PM
I am trying to find out some of the background to my Grandfathers time spent out in Ireland during the first world war 1917-19.
He was a driver in 325 brigade 886 battery royal field artillery.
I have had no luck so far on the web with finding out anything.
I have all of his letters to his mum and hers in reply for the 2 year period, but these say very little about what the battery was engaged in etc. There is the odd mention of Sien Feiners pinching the horses!! Or Incidents with unfriendly locals.
Yours in anticipation
Nick

Peter Goodey
06-03-2008, 9:12 PM
War Diaries: http://www.nationalarchives.gov.uk/catalogue/RdLeaflet.asp?sLeafletID=20

Soldiers' papers:
http://www.nationalarchives.gov.uk/catalogue/RdLeaflet.asp?sLeafletID=18

nick powell
07-03-2008, 5:21 PM
Peter
Can I actually view these diaries online I am not having any luck further than being able to see lists of what a file contains.
Do I have to order copies or something?Sorry for being so dense!!!!
Nick

Peter Goodey
07-03-2008, 5:43 PM
I gather that there are a few war diaries on Documents Online
http://www.nationalarchives.gov.uk/documentsonline/war-diaries.asp

You'll have to go there to see the full collection.

So far as soldiers papers are concerned the situation is covered in the research guide I mentioned. WO 364 is available online at the site specified in the research guide. WO 363, the burnt documents, is slowly being made available at the same site. Again the full range is available at the the National Archives (the building, not the website!)

If he stayed in the army after the war, the situation is different again.

nick powell
08-03-2008, 4:09 PM
Thanks for the advice Peter! So far I have found some lists of brigades and yet no sign Of 325!! Maybe it was a training unit?
nick

Peter Goodey
08-03-2008, 4:42 PM
Of course, if they only served on the home front, presumably there wouldn't be any war diaries

Perhaps there's something at the museum at Woolwich

Chris Miles
13-04-2008, 11:28 AM
Hi'
Try googling ' The Long long trail '
From Chris