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    It is only in today's world of Big Brother that...

    It is only in today's world of Big Brother that we get "hung up" about people's names - and having the same name all your life certainly makes it easier to progress in a career, earn a pension, etc.,...
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    GABBEDEY Henry William b1888

    Mis-filed in the MAR section of the WW1 Service Records - GABBEDY's application in 1940 for a replacement Discharge Certificate:

    - Henry William GABBEDEY
    - born London, 1888
    - address in 1940:...
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    Resume of French document

    3pm 20 Nov 1839
    Declaration of birth/name

    Father: IRA LAWTON, age 28y, Spinning Foreman, resident suburb of Ham?** in Amiens;
    Male child, born at home today at 04h45
    Mother: MARY ANN...
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    I do love a Happy Ending. Jane

    I do love a Happy Ending.

    Jane
  5. Thread: Wordsearch!

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    Agreed. "Cripple Both legs"

    Agreed.

    "Cripple
    Both legs"
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    Well that would explain the GHQ France report:...

    Well that would explain the GHQ France report: bombs dropped all over the place and prisoners taken "since YESTERDAY MORNING":
    10th Army - 17000
    6th Army - 1800
    5th Army - 140
    Those numbers are...
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    Confidential? Reports, 19-20 July 1918

    Mis-filed in the WW1 Service Records (WO 363) is a collection of notes (one marked Very Secret, but written in German!) from various sources, all dated 19/20 July 1918. They range from "Nothing To...
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    It certainly looks like "Link Cutter & Chain...

    It certainly looks like "Link Cutter & Chain Prover", and there are several "Chain Makers" on the next page.
    So Heavy Industry - Blacksmith?
    "Link Cutter" is straightforward. Perhaps the "Chain...
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    EDWARDS, Raymond M C, b1889 - WW1

    This man's mother (nee CLAXTON) PROBABLY re-married and her son took her new surname of MARGETTS - so that is how he is filed in the WW1 Service Records (WO 363):

    Raymond Claxton MARGETTS (ne...
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    COPELIN

    Hi Geordie Lad
    Only 2 with that exact spelling:

    - pp 20551-20566 CHARLES ERNEST/ERNEST CHARLES (London); born c1887 (Bromley, Kent); married 1910 (Caversham)Lilian HINXMAN; 3541 ASC;...
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    MORETON Albert, Cannock b1878 - WW1

    Mis-filed as MARETON in the WW1 Service Records (WO 363):

    Albert MORETON, enlisted with the S Staffs Regt, November 1916, declared age 37y 11m. Served as Pte 3229 & 202915. Discharged October 1917...
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    MURDIN, Albert E b1898 Wellingbro - WW1

    Mis-filed as MARDIN in the WW1 Service Records (WO 363):

    Albert Edward MURDIN (birth registered as Albert Edward Gladstone MURDIN, Q3 1898).

    Joined the RFA August 1915, declaring age 19y 8m....
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    MAIDEN Noah b1878/1879 - WW1

    Mis-filed as MARDEN in the WW1 Service Records (WO 363):

    Noah MAIDEN, enlisted with the Royal Engineers, 11 Nov 1916, declared age 38/39, born Aldridge, Staffs. (Birth registered Q1 1979 Walsall)...
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    MARDEN or SICKEL?

    One for the sleuths:

    HENRY JAMES MARDEN, a baker by trade, enlisted in the ASC on 1 Nov 1915 and served until 1919.
    Declared age 36 years 2 months, born Hastings.
    Home address: East Dulwich....
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    MAIDEN William Arthur 1894-1916 - WW1

    Mis-filed (and indexed) as MARDEN in the WW1 Service Records (WO 363), this man didn't make it any easier for descendants to find him - he served as ARTHUR (so his medals will have been issued as A...
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    My logic (not one of my strong points!) for...

    My logic (not one of my strong points!) for putting these soldiers in "Strays" is that anyone looking for Fred Smith is not going to be searching for him in the Jones section.
    And an internet...
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    MORCOM Arthur Basil b1878 Devon

    Another MORCOM mis-filed as MARCOM in the WW1 Service Records (WO 363):

    Arthur Basil MORCOM, born Georgeham, Barnstaple, Devon.
    Father: B
    Address: 13 Holmbury View, Upper Clapton, London.
    ...
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    MORCOM, Arthur born c1893 - WW1

    Mis-filed as MARCOM in the WW1 Service Records (WO 363):

    Arthur MORCOM, enlisted February 1916, declared age 22y.
    Address: Meledor, St Stephen in Brannel, Cornwall.
    Father: FREDERICK.
    Joined...
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    MELLOR Harold c1880-1917 Stoke - WW1

    Mis-filed in the MAR section of the WW1 Service Records (WO 363):

    Harold MELLOR joined the N. Staffs Regt. in September 1914 & was declared Missing Presumed Dead in January 1917.
    Regt No: 13916....
  20. INTERNMENT means imprisonment ... but is often...

    INTERNMENT means imprisonment ... but is often confused with INTERMENT - burial.
  21. The answer to your question is: VERY LIKELY. As...

    The answer to your question is: VERY LIKELY.
    As Lesley said, the details in the death record came only from the person registering it (Birth certs etc did not have to be produced).

    I'm currently...
  22. You clever thing - thank you. MACHIN never...

    You clever thing - thank you.

    MACHIN never even crossed my mind ...
  23. MACHENT George H, b c1887, Sheffield - WW1

    Filed as MARCHANT in the WW1 Service Records (WO 363):

    George Henry MACHENT (or is it?
    He married ADA GRANTHAM at St Silas Church, Sheffield on 8 June 1912. GRO Index shows 2 surnames: MACHENT &...
  24. Both versions appear in his Record. Birth was...

    Both versions appear in his Record.
    Birth was registered as MERCHANT (Q1 1893 Warrington).

    Who knows which version his descendants use nowadays?
  25. MERCHANT, Frederick b1893 Warrington - WW1

    Misfiled as MARCHANT in the WW1 Service Records (WO 363):

    Frederick MERCHANT, born Orford Barracks, Warrington, 23 January 1893.
    Parents: Jesse James & Mary Catherine
    Address: 6 Percy Street,...
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