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1914 - 1918 / Re: 19th Bttn officers in 1918
« Last post by Tim Bell on September 17, 2021, 04:17:35 PM »
CWGC are now showing Keefe & Cartwright as 17th and Findlay as 16th Bn.  The amendment form is pretty simple the response took about 5 weeks.
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Hello / Re: Just Joined
« Last post by themonsstar on September 09, 2021, 11:33:03 AM »
Hi Paul

Welcome to the site, hope you enjoy the reading

Roy
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Per the lists on the CWGC site there are quite a few re-commemorations or new headstones being placed at the same cemetery Cliff.

Be in interesting to understand what has occurred to make it possible.

Cheers,

Dave
It would Dave. If I remember correctly there were something like 27 pages with 5 or 6 names per page.
Cliff
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Per the lists on the CWGC site there are quite a few re-commemorations or new headstones being placed at the same cemetery Cliff.

Be in interesting to understand what has occurred to make it possible.

Cheers,

Dave
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I had this notification as well but have not kept it.

Very often the reason the CWGC give for this is that the remains have recently been identified or burial location confirmed when previously they were unknown.
Cliff
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Hi Dave,
For some reason CWGC seem to be providing new headstones for men commemorated on a a special memorial screen wall.  Individual headstones are a good solution in my view.
CWCG don't strictly need consent from family members but they do welcome observations from heirs and successors.  As your US contact is a direct relative she should just respond to the consultation and they will be happy to hear from her.   She may even find our what circumstances have changed to vary the physical commemoration.
No need to be in south London.  I will go and have look when the new headstone is in place.
Cheers
Tim
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Thankfully, Sidney had a single child (daughter) in 1915, Marjorie Beatrice Gladys Day, who had a daughter Brenda Carol Ashby.

So I did a bit of Ancestry work combined with some Facebook stalking and found Brenda Ashby's grand-daughter living in the US.

She quickly replied, but at this stage am not sure if any of the family are in the London area or UK.

Will see what happens!

Dave
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G'day team,

CWGC's latest research request has the following soldier listed as looking for relatives as they are due to more properly commemorate him within the cemetery.

Are there any sleuths amongst the forum who could help narrow down the search?

https://www.cwgc.org/our-work/news/appeal-for-relatives-7-september-2021/

DAY, SIDNEY JAMES Private 52422
Date of Death:12/02/1919
Age:31
28th Bn. transf. to (462293) 650th Agricultural Coy. Labour Corps
Grave Reference
102. 25680.
Cemetery
CAMBERWELL OLD CEMETERY
Additional Information:
Son of Mary Ann Day, of 27, Cowan St, Camberwell, London. Enlisted 1914 in Post Office Rifles.
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Hello / Re: Just joined - researching the 16th Bn at Montauban and one letter writing Cpl.
« Last post by mack on September 02, 2021, 07:30:17 PM »
they were still recruiting for the 16th battalion because they still needed a regular supply of men and that was the case with the other pals battalions
using the 16th batt as a example,heres how it worked,when they advertised about raising a battalion made up of men who either worked  togethor,went to school togethor,or groups of friends etc etc,there was a clamour to enlist in the battalion,this began on 26th aug 1914 and  the battalion was complete by 1st september,a lot of men were turned away,so on the 28th aug it was announced that they were raising a 2nd pals battalion and by the 3rd september this was completed but there were still hundreds of men who still wanted to join the pals so on the 5th of september they began raising a 3rd pals battalion,which was completed by the 7th sept,recruitment still carried on for these three battalions because natural wastage would reduced them down to three under strength battalions

natural wastage
non of these men had been medically examined yet and by the time the medical officers had finished,many had been rejected,these men needed to be replaced by the next batch of recruits and so on,it was a sort of conveyor belt of men replacing men,when their training began,even more were discharged as unfit

mack
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Hello / Re: Just joined - researching the 16th Bn at Montauban and one letter writing Cpl.
« Last post by Metrix on September 02, 2021, 02:52:02 PM »
Thanks Mack.

I assumed that the battalions filled up in order, 16th, then 17th, then 18th etc.  Why were they still recruiting to the 16th as late as June 1915?  Cpl Lawley's letters refer to him 'deciding' to join the 16th as he had some kind of connection there. Was that the way it was planned or did gaps in the number of men appear as training developed?  And how easy would it be to have joined in Feb 1915 when most of the battalion were training from Sept 1914?

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