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The Great War => 1914 - 1918 => Topic started by: donewalking on October 26, 2007, 06:21:17 AM

Title: Richard Prescott
Post by: donewalking on October 26, 2007, 06:21:17 AM
Can onyone please help me ??
 ??? I am trying to find my Granddads regiment, he came from Wigan born 22/12/1886 in Hr Ince-in-Makerfield, Wigan, Lancashire.
I was told that hes was in the army WW1 and think i heard storys that he was in India.
I can't find him on Pension records, Medel Records, i dont know his army No or regiment.
Can anyone PLEASE HELP. I have exhausted all other channels even going to the Army Musem at Preston.
The only other thing open to me is KEW in London but i have been told that the chances of finding anything is almost nill due to burnt records.
You are my last resort.
PLEASE HELP. :'(
Title: Re: Richard Prescott
Post by: harribobs on October 26, 2007, 10:48:01 AM
hi donewalking

and welcome to the group

one of our first ports of call are the medal index cards at Kew, these are available on line. now the problem we have now is which Richard Prescott do we want

http://www.tiny.cc/medalindex (http://www.tiny.cc/medalindex) 

there are a few possibles, a couple of south lancs and a few manchesters

if i had to guess, for a wigan lad i say this one

Description     
Medal card of Prescott, Richard
Corps   Regiment No   Rank
Manchester Regiment    203842    Private
Date    1914-1920

only because he has a 5th battalion number and the 5th came from wigan

but without any further proof  ???

approx 70% of WW1 service records were lost in the blitz

chris

Title: Re: Richard Prescott
Post by: donewalking on October 26, 2007, 12:11:49 PM
Hi thanks for that, from the regiment number & regiment you have given me,  how would i find out any more info ie where he was discharged to ( home address or next of kin ).
I have looked on Pension records & can't find any Richrad Prescott with that regiment number.  ???
tried Absent Voters Lists but Wigan's haven't survived. :'(
any help you can give will be very much appreaced 
Thanks again donewalking   
Title: Re: Richard Prescott
Post by: harribobs on October 26, 2007, 02:41:10 PM
it's very difficult, we are really just guessing, without any documents or medals or whatever you could be looking at a long search at Kew without any guarantee of success :(

Title: Re: Richard Prescott
Post by: donewalking on October 26, 2007, 03:17:54 PM
Hi
Thanks all for your replys, will keep searching
Regards donewalking
Title: Re: Richard Prescott
Post by: mack on October 31, 2007, 09:28:40 AM
wigan may not have absent voters registers like most areas,their AVLs may be in the general voters registers,with an A next to their name,to signify an absent voter.
mack
Title: Re: Richard Prescott
Post by: donewalking on November 01, 2007, 07:29:35 AM
Hi mack,
Thanks for that, i will have a look and see what i come up with.
donewalking