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Edward Oakley's Millitary Records


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Hi all,

Happy New Year! Am back on the family history trail after a bit of a lean spell and need a bit of help. :)

Just a bit of background info on Edward. He was born c1888, Dudley and was the brother of my Great Grandfather William Oakley. Both were bedstead makers (or fitters) as was there father Emmanuel (various spelling of his Christian name!). Edward was living with William (and his wife) on the 1911 Census in Dudley but, have had trouble tracing him after this. :'(
At first I thought maybe he had been killed during WW1 as there was a record which I believed would tie in with him age wise and it was a Staffordshire Regiment however, since picking up with my research again recently I had what was a 'light bulb' moment. I found an Army Pension Record which could be him... right age, now married... address given in Tower Street, Dudley where many of the Oakley clan lived but, why would he serve with a Cheshire Regiment? Or is this not that unusual? :eek:

I have not been able to locate any other of his millitary records and have could not find his death during WW1. Is this my Edward Oakley? Similarly there are marriages for 3 Edward Oakleys but again I can't be sure which is his as can't seem to find him anywhere!

Any ideas or advice would be very much appreciated. :biggrin: :biggrin:

Many thanks in advance.

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