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Looking to confirm WWI ancestors

North Wales

I know its a bit of a long shot but i'm trying to find some information about members of my family that served in the first war.

I know that my great grandfather was Richard Sydney Thorne who served with the Royal Engineers. I have a photo of him when he was 19 in WW1 dress, so thats pretty much the closest I am to knowing his birth date. He has two WW1 medals that a relative only discovered last week so i am yet to see them, but he thinks they are just generic service medals and says there is no other information on them. Richard's parents are George Warrener Thorne and Rosina Jane Pomeroy. He is from the Sheerness area.

I also have the names of two men who my grand mother says are her uncles, although they must be her uncles by marriage and not blood as none of the surnames match up. Their names are Sydney Lane and "Bill"/William Skinner. They are from Scotland, probably the angus county area. I know that one of them died in the war leaving a new wife, and one shortly after he came back. My grand mother cannot remember which died at war but thinks it is Sydney. The family names of my grand mother are (father) Young and (mother) Burnie so their spouses would probably have one of those maiden names.

As i said, a long shot, but if anyone knows where i could start looking for them even that would be a great help. So far my main search for them has been on ancestry.co.uk as its the only place i currently have a subscription!



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