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WW1 & WW2 Service Records Are A Godsend.

benny1982

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I found my great grandmothers first husbands WW1 Royal Garrison Artillery service records online and they contain a mine of info on him and my great grandmother. I have found references to her mum in the records.

My great gran Catherine Isabella Coombs wed George Samuel Hart in 1914 in Camden Town, London. He was called up in 1915 and was of 110 Grays Inn Buildings, Holborn, London. He died in Iraq in July 1917, not through enemy action, but through dysentry.

Catherine Hart was awarded a 22 shilling a week widows pension from February 1918 for herself and the upkeep of their two children born in 1915 and 1917. Sadly, the second child died just weeks after Catherine was awarded a pension. After her husbands death, she moved back to 99 Kings Road, Camden Town.

Catherine then met my great grandfather George Musgrave in London, who was in the Coldstream Guards. They wed in October 1919 in George's home county of Durham. My grandmother was born the following May. George Hart's service records say that his medals were to be sent to Catherine.

In July 1920 The RGA Office HQ staff visited Catherine's mums address in Camden Town. It said "We have visited 99 Kings Road, Camden Town, NW1, where we spoke to Mrs K Coombs who informed us that her daughter Catherine Isabella had remarried and her name was Mrs Catherine Isabella Musgrave and her current address was 16 Arnold Street, St Helen Auckland, County Durham". My nan Connie Musgrave had been born there at 16 Arnold Street in May 1920.

Shows that service records can be a huge goldmine, and can produce a biography of an ancestor or ancestor husband, sibling, other relative etc.

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Hi Deisal,

Ancestry have online service records and medal cards, due to bombings in WW2 many of the service records were lost.

Post his details and will have a look for you.
 

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I have now been told that my great grandfather George Musgrave also served in WW" but had to leave due to being too old.

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Do you know if a soldier was killed would there still be a service record as I have searched for my Great uncles, Herbert Thomas Bustin but although I can find his medal card and both sets of numbers for the Beds Regt. 8555, and Prince of Wales Volunteers (South Lancashire Regiment) 1/4 th Battalion number 235090, He was killed at Loos in 1918 11 April, I did find one for Herbert Bustin of Cowley Oxford but as this man was younger I didn't think this was him, as my uncle was 36 when killed in action, his birth date would have been abt 1882,

I would love to know more about what battle he was in, was he 'mentioned in despatches' etc, in fact anything I can find out about him.

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Hi Gwen

Have you looked on Ancestry and the Commonwealth War Gravs site?

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Hi Ben

Yes I have, I have got the record of the war grave, Photos of the war memorial in Wytham, also a photo of a locket with a picture of him in uniform, also I have a copy of his medal card these were via Ancestry. Just would love a copy of his service record.

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Hi Gwen

What was Herbert Thomas Bustin's mothers name? The one wose pension records list his mother as Mrs E Bustin. I think I found Herbert in 1901 with mother Emily in Oxford.

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Hi Gwen

What was Herbert Thomas Bustin's mothers name? The one wose pension records list his mother as Mrs E Bustin. I think I found Herbert in 1901 with mother Emily in Oxford.

Ben
Hi Ben

His mum was Eliza Sarah Bustin nee Hastings Dad was Henry Bustin,

On the Commonwealth War Grave Record it says he was son of Mr. and Mrs. H. Bstin, of Wytham, Oxford; husband of Rosanna Bustin, of 22, Duke St., New Botley, Oxford.

His number was 235090, 1st/4th Bn., South Lancashire Regiment who died age 36 on 11 April 1918

Thank you Ben

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Hi Gwen

I dont think the Herbert Bustin in the Pension Records is yours. He was only in the Army for 34 days. I just remembered that a lot of actual WW1 service records were destroyed during WW2. I cannot find a few of mine on there whereas on some others I can.

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Hi Gwen

I dont think the Herbert Bustin in the Pension Records is yours. He was only in the Army for 34 days. I just remembered that a lot of actual WW1 service records were destroyed during WW2. I cannot find a few of mine on there whereas on some others I can.

Ben
Hi Ben

That is what I am thinking must have happened to Great Uncles, it is so annoying as I would love to know more.

Gwen :)
 

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