What this is about

To mark the centenary of the Great War, I am researching the WW1 histories of my ancestors. This blog documents my progress.
To read a summary of what I've discovered so far, select an ancestor/family member from the list on the right-hand side.

Monday, 12 June 2017

Felton & Preston Wynne Memorial Hall

Another update for my great uncle John Lee Price. A while back I discovered an article in the Hereford Times (thanks to Herefordshire History) that details the opening of Felton & Preston Wynne Memorial Hall.

Among the fallen of the two parishes that the hall is dedicated to is one John Price. I believe this to be my great uncle, and as such have noted the dedication on his page. I have also included a photo of the memorial plaque that I managed to take recently.

(Note that on Herefordshire Council's excellent WW1 centenary website, the incorrect John Price is listed for this memorial - in an email to me, the Herefordshire archives team have promised to rectify this mistake when circumstances allow.)

Thursday, 4 May 2017

John Lee Price: Hospital Records

I've found some hospital records, transcribed by Forces-War-Records, which show my great-uncle John being admitted during his time in Salonika.

These are interesting in that they could explain why he was transferred from the 9th Gloucestershires to the 2nd Gloucestershires.

For more details click here or select his name from the list on the right hand side of this page.

Monday, 30 January 2017

Is This the Face of Billy Clark?

For ages I've been looking for photos of my Australian great uncle, William Thomas Clark. I was idly searching for photos of his original regiment, the 1st Australian Light Horse on the Australian War Memorial website when I came across two photos of the regiment's second in command, Major Hugh Venables Vernon.
I was amazed to see standing next to him, none other than one Trooper Clark, batman. Now as far as I can ascertain, there was only one batman named Clark in the HQ section of the 1st Australian Light Horse at that time, and that was my great uncle!
So I'm pretty sure that the photos are of him! See below for the photos.

Rosebery, NSW. 1914. Major Hugh Venables Vernon, second in command, 1st Light Horse Regiment (New South Wales Lancers) and Trooper Clark, batman, of the same regiment.

Rosebery, NSW. 1914. Three members of the 1st Light Horse Regiment (New South Wales Lancers) with their horses. Left to right: Trooper Clark (batman), Trooper Murphy (groom), Major Hugh Venables Vernon (second in command).