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Tudor

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Researching Colin Mordaunt Witty - joined 1912
« on: May 01, 2009, 10:44:29 PM »
Hallo I am a new member and new to online forum posting.

I am trying to track my Great Uncle Colin Mordaunt Witty who joined the Manchester Regiment 13th May 1912 aged 20yrs 3mths. He was mobilized 8th August 1914. He may have fought in the Dardanelles. He transferred to the reserves 3rd March 1919. I think he died in the early 1940s. I believe Tudor was his Mother's maiden name.
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Re: Researching Colin Mordaunt Witty - joined 1912
« Reply #1 on: May 02, 2009, 09:24:26 AM »
pte 1802 colin mordaunt witty[1st class machine gunner]
enlisted 7-5-1911
aged 20
occupation,sailor
religion,CofE
1 demesne st,moss side
service reckoned from 13-5-12
went to egypt with the 11th manchesters,24-8-15
contracted dysentary,14-5-16,sent to 34th field ambulance
3-7-16,embarked at alexander, on the transports,SS toronto+SS transylvania.reached malta,on 6th july,landed at marseilles on 9-7-16,went to fournier camp,2 miles from marseilles
20th july,relieved the 7th kings liverpool regt,in the front line,at arras,came out of the front line,on 29th july
shot in the scalp+right hand,on 30-11-16,passed through the 49th casualty clearing station,to the 1st australian gen hospital,rouen,sent to england on the hospital ship,carisbrook castle,on 4-12-16
2-5-17,embarked from folkstone with the 22nd manchesters,posted to the 11th manchesters on 3-5-17[france]
attatched to the 34th light trench mortar battery
on 29th sept 1917,he was admitted to the 34th field ambulance,suffering from mustard gas poisoning,passed to the 64th casualty clearing station,admitted to 22nd gen hospital,carnieres,then to 6th gen hospital,rouen,sent to england,on the hospital ship,SS.esquille,never returned to france,posted to the 3rd manchesters at cleethorpes,appointed to lance/sgt on 9-4-18,in place of L/sgt kay
transferred to the army reserve,on 5-3-19
married miss florence lomas,in 1918 at manchester

real name,leslie,mordaunt,b witty
born ab1892 west bromwich
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Re: Researching Colin Mordaunt Witty - joined 1912
« Reply #2 on: May 02, 2009, 09:39:29 AM »
hi tuder, and welcome to the forum, looks like mack as it all,  you can read up on the main site
www.themanchesters.org. .tonyrod

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Re: Researching Colin Mordaunt Witty - joined 1912
« Reply #3 on: May 02, 2009, 08:08:25 PM »
Hallo Tudor and Welcome to our forum, from your "hallo" looks like we could have read the same books as kids.......anyway

Mack seems to have covered a lot for you, it would seem that your chap moved from the Navy to the Army before the war (not an uncommon occurrence)

I'm sure you must have a question or two

Wendi  :)
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Re: Researching Colin Mordaunt Witty - joined 1912
« Reply #4 on: May 03, 2009, 04:16:36 PM »
Thank you Mack, Tonyrod and Wendi, I'm amazed and delighted to receive your responses. Definitely the right person and you are right, Wendi - I certainly will have questions. Just for now though, Mack - I am most curious to know how you arrive at Mordaunt's real name as being Leslie? I only recently discovered his first Christian name to be Colin as in the family he was simply referred to as Mordaunt. Perhaps this shows on the main site which Tonyrod has directed me to. I will follow that link as soon as I can allow enough time. This is so addictive isn't it, that it is too easy to get carried away!

I knew nothing of his army record so this makes extremely interesting reading. Thanks again.
Tudor
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Re: Researching Colin Mordaunt Witty - joined 1912
« Reply #5 on: May 03, 2009, 06:50:49 PM »
hiya tudor.
his medal card+his records,show his name as leslie,mordaunt,b witty,and theres a record of his birth.
i cant find any record of him serving in the merchant navy or the royal navy

mack ;D

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Re: Researching Colin Mordaunt Witty - joined 1912
« Reply #6 on: May 05, 2009, 12:33:26 PM »
Hi Tudor ! just to clarify

Leslie Mordaunt B Witty's birth is registered in West Bromwich in the first qtr of 1892

Colin Mordaunt Witty : Number 1802 of the Manchester Regiment's pension record is on Ancestry.co.uk

His Medal index card only shows the name Leslie Witty, so don't know where the Colin came from  ???

Wendi  :)
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