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Offline Nick G

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Robert Gray pte 251818 2/5th & 2/6th (1916-1919)
« on: January 09, 2022, 02:42:01 PM »
Hi,
I received some valuable help through this forum some years ago. Still on the trail of my grandfather Robert Edwin Gray pte 251818 of the 2/5th & 2/6th Manchester Regiment (1916-1919).
Robert acted as a batman to an officer while serving on the Somme (where he lost an arm in 1918, near Peronne I think). It is believed that this officer helped him (financially) to set up his own business in Manchester after the war.
Robert joined the Freemasons later in life, and somebody who remembered him (because of his missing arm) said that my grandfather had been helped by the man who later established NCP carparks (1931). Quick research reveals this to be a Colonel Frederick Lucas. However, I can find no further reference to this man, certainly not with any connection to the Manchester Regiment (ancestry, FindMyPast and Fold3). It may be another red herring.
Can anybody confirm whether there was a Colonel Frederick Lucas please?
Many thanks.
Nick Gray

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Re: Robert Gray pte 251818 2/5th & 2/6th (1916-1919)
« Reply #1 on: January 12, 2022, 05:39:56 PM »
Hi,
I received some valuable help through this forum some years ago. Still on the trail of my grandfather Robert Edwin Gray pte 251818 of the 2/5th & 2/6th Manchester Regiment (1916-1919).
Robert acted as a batman to an officer while serving on the Somme (where he lost an arm in 1918, near Peronne I think). It is believed that this officer helped him (financially) to set up his own business in Manchester after the war.
Robert joined the Freemasons later in life, and somebody who remembered him (because of his missing arm) said that my grandfather had been helped by the man who later established NCP carparks (1931). Quick research reveals this to be a Colonel Frederick Lucas. However, I can find no further reference to this man, certainly not with any connection to the Manchester Regiment (ancestry, FindMyPast and Fold3). It may be another red herring.
Can anybody confirm whether there was a Colonel Frederick Lucas please?
Many thanks.
Nick Gray

I haven't found anything to add. Good luck in your search Nick.
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Offline Nick G

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Re: Robert Gray pte 251818 2/5th & 2/6th (1916-1919)
« Reply #2 on: January 12, 2022, 07:32:42 PM »
OK. Thanks anyway.
Nick