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1914 - 1918 / Re: Lt Tom Rethman Mills
« Last post by mack on March 04, 2021, 09:51:24 PM »
hiya bob
it could be a difficult road to finding any relatives of tom

his older sister phyllis married william,reginald frend,he was the capt+adjutant of the 2nd sherwood foresters,he was killed in action in the battle of the aisne on 21-9-1914
they had two children,richard,william+dorothea,elizabeth,richard died in parkside hospital,macclesfield on 24-12-1960,the trail went cold then
dorothea married the reverend victor,joseph pike CBE
i think one of their children was simon,v pike,last known address in around 2006 was 69 bennerley road,SW11 6DR[wife sally]

good hunting bob,i hope you trace someone

1914 - 1918 / Re: Lt Tom Rethman Mills
« Last post by Bob Kent on March 04, 2021, 05:10:19 PM »
Hello, thankyou for the information that has been provided on here. I have now completed the test photo from a low res photo. I will be starting the full photo soon. I will continue to see if there are any living relatives of Tom. I will also be visiting his memorial this summer (COVID willing).  Here is the test colour photo, it has been an honour to spend this time with Tom and learn something of his life. 
what's coming up / Re: Wilfred Owen Association talk tonight @ 7pm
« Last post by Tim Bell on March 04, 2021, 10:38:51 AM »
Another talk tonight on the Preface to Owen's 1920 book and 'Strange Meeting'.
I'm no literary guru but enjoyed hearing some true experts last month.
Strange Meeting is a fascinating poem and it will be good to hear more.
1914 - 1918 / Re: Lt Tom Rethman Mills
« Last post by Tim Bell on March 03, 2021, 01:04:47 PM »
Great Photo Bob,
Thanks for posting.
Check out Harrow School & Trinity College Rolls of Honour. Also Obit
I reckon there's enough evidence out there to correct his middle name on CWGC.  I'll provide them with the evidence and let you know.
It will be great to see the colour image when you've done it.
1914 - 1918 / Re: Lt Tom Rethman Mills
« Last post by Bob Kent on March 03, 2021, 07:37:59 AM »
I see this topic is now quite old, but hope that someone is still monitoring it for any updates etc.  My story so far...  I am a semi-pro photographer and have a fascination for monochrome photography from around Victorian times.  While browsing eBay I spotted Glass Plate Negatives... wow, fell in love with them and had to buy one.  So I saw one of a young man dressed in his uniform for a formal pose in great condition.  I bought it (still on way to me), my plan is to produce a print from the negative and then also a digital colourised one, then to add information about the young man.
So the young man in question turns out to be Tom R Hills and the photo was taken when he was in the Harrow School Officer Training Corps when he had the photos taken.  I have since found out the rest of his career and sadly death.  Some of that information coming from this site. One of my hurdles was to work out the colour of the uniform... which I have now got thanks to another great forum for WW1 information. The main reason for the post was to post the photo I have, so that if anyone following this chaps life story can add it to it.  Its the photo off eBay that I bought it based on, as is and nothing done to it. If anyone would be interested in seeing the final colour version let me know.  It will take a few weeks to complete. Thanks for your information, god rest his soul.    Sorry on a extra not I think the photo is a mirror image, I need to check when it arrives as I have been told the chest strap is the wrong way round.
1914 - 1918 / Re: Football Team - Manchesters?
« Last post by Tim Bell on March 02, 2021, 07:31:41 AM »
It's an interesting idea but I can't see the shape of a Sphinx above the scroll.
X Could also relate to Xth Irish Division (incl 6th Leinsters), Xth Brigade, X Company, X Platoon or Hut X etc.

It would be very useful to know who the man is in the photo and we can then assess possible candidates from medal records etc.
1914 - 1918 / Re: Football Team - Manchesters?
« Last post by macgormain on March 01, 2021, 06:31:31 PM »
Many thanks indeed for the replies.

Just wondering if the "X" on the football has any significance.

I know in my Dad's regiment (Green Howards) they used XIX in a number of photos to signify they were 19th of Foot.

If the X here is used in the same way then it might refer to the Lincolnshire Regiment = 10th of Foot - and they have a scroll at bottom of cap badge.
Links / Presentation by Regimental Archives
« Last post by Tim Bell on February 28, 2021, 04:26:01 PM »
Interesting video covering the history of the Regiment.  Good local character from the narrator and quotes from Crispin Worthington - a freind of Captain Bonner and son of Hubert.
Worth watching.
1939 - 1945 / Re: 3529045 L/Cpl. T.W.Joinson : 1st Bn. Manchester Regiment
« Last post by PhilipG on February 27, 2021, 03:35:36 PM »
Referring to Reply No.2, I think it can now be assumed, that despite what it says in the battalion's history, "an American soldier of the US Marine Corps" was not the case.    PhilipG.
1939 - 1945 / Re: 3529045 L/Cpl. T.W.Joinson : 1st Bn. Manchester Regiment
« Last post by PhilipG on February 27, 2021, 12:44:15 PM »
The US Army Draft Card for Coleman Dick Greelish gives his age on enlistment as 24 and that his employer was the US Naval Air Base in Jacksonville, Florida.  He enlisted at Fort MacArthur, San Pedro, California.   Subsequently he was assigned to 60th Coast Artillery Regt. which appears to be an Anti-Aircraft unit.    His Burial or Cremation Place is recorded as "Honolulu, Honolulu County, Hawaii".   I see that Pte Greelish's name is engraved on the panels of the US National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific (Punchbowl) in Honolulu. A brave soldier.           PhilipG.
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