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Subject: [Ess] WW1 Army Records
Date: Sun, 6 Sep 2009 11:47:40 +0000 (UTC)
My father was in WW1 in the Lancashire Fuseliers - when I was researching his records the DOD responded by phone (mid- 90's)! He was born in Barking Essex. On a trip to the UK I visited their museum in Lancashire and they gave me all sorts of info and found his name and number in their records and also the theatre in which the regiment fought. They explained that in the recruiting of soldiers they sent out recruiters far and wide so you did not have to be in the area (in my father's case Lancashire) to be recruited, they came to you! So a trip to a regiments museum (if one exists) can uncover all sorts of useful info.
We were bombed out in Barking in WW2, 1944 and lost everything, which included my dads medals. I later was able to get replacement medals of his service (the medals say on the edge that they are replacements). I didn't need any documentation (apart from his number and regiment) but I did need a letter that said I was his last living heir. I was not at the time and had my sister sign-off on that issue. I now proudly display his 3 medals and have son's who can't wait to see if they will inherit them. Glad I won't be there to see the fight ;-)!
Shirley in Florida