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Postby clare2611 » Tue Aug 04, 2015 9:57 pm

My G Grandfather lost his leg in WW1, how can I find records of what happened?


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Re: WW1 injury

Postby Sylcec » Wed Aug 05, 2015 6:47 am

Do you know which regiment he was in? Have you searched for a service record, pension record or likely Silver War Badge and other medal records? You may well find relevant records on Ancestry or Findmypast. If you want help with searching then you will need to give us your gt grandfather's name, date and place of birth and other relevant information.
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Re: WW1 injury

Postby peter kent » Wed Aug 05, 2015 8:54 am

My G Grandfather lost his leg in WW1, how can I find records of what happened?


If he was invalided out, he would presumably have received the Silver War Badge. You can search the medal roll on Ancestry.

Also try the WW1 service records (the "burnt documents") (WO363) on Ancestry. The pension records (WO364) also on Ancestry would be a good place to look.

Also look at his medal index card (National Archives or Ancestry) and follow up the references in the actual medal rolls (on Ancestry),

If one of these sources yields the battalion number, you could read the battalion war diaries to see what the unit was getting up to at the time.

Most public library services provide free access to Ancestry.
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Re: WW1 injury

Postby clare2611 » Wed Aug 05, 2015 12:48 pm

William Edis born Jan 1893 in Hackney. Have photo which states 17th/20th London Regiment?


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Re: WW1 injury

Postby peter kent » Wed Aug 05, 2015 2:56 pm

There is a medal index card for a William Edis in the 20th London Regiment (2857) and then the 17th (630981).

Did you know he made it to Lieutenant?

That means you can view his service record at the National Archives (or pay for a copy to be sent to you)

http://discovery.nationalarchives.gov.u ... /r/C692089

This will explain the war diaries:
http://www.nationalarchives.gov.uk/help ... 1914-1922/
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Re: WW1 injury

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Re: WW1 injury

Postby AdrianB38 » Wed Aug 05, 2015 3:17 pm

Incidentally note that William Edis of the Medal Index Card applied for his medals in 1930. Enlisted men had their medals sent automatically - officers had to apply and I suspect some didn't. For instance I have an idea that I failed to find a MIC for Tolkien so presumably he didn't apply.

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WW1 injury

Postby brunes08 » Fri Aug 07, 2015 8:13 am

My grandfather was injured whilst in the trenches. I found details of what happened in his Service Record. It also listed his treatment and the different hospitals he was sent to over the course of a year - until his final discharge as unfit for further service. The record also noted that there was no need for an inquiry which I assume meant that he had been injured in a genuine accident and not in an attempt to cause himself a 'Blighty one!'.
I have also been able to follow his Battalion throughout the 1WW, from the war diaries, so I can almost pinpoint where he was at the time. Some of what I have read of the attempts to take the German trenches was so horrendous that it led me to ask how on earth did he or anyone else get out of that alive. An accident was in some small way a blessing.
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Re: WW1 injury

Postby ksouthall » Fri Aug 07, 2015 9:42 pm

I have looked for William Edis on the Imperial War Museum's WWI remembered site. There isn't much information about him, but I've posted the link in case you want to update it when you find out more:-

https://livesofthefirstworldwar.org/lifestory/1725307

Also, you never know if someone else might update it at some point in the future as the local history group had added information about one of my relatives which I didn't know before.
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Re: WW1 injury

Postby peter kent » Sat Aug 08, 2015 7:17 am

Imperial War Museum's WWI remembered site.


It's not the Imperial War Museum's site. It belongs to Findmypast and is thinly disguised advertising for FMP..
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