I’m researching my maternal grandfather line and have come across a mystery.
My great grandmother was born in Whittlesey and my great grandfather was born in Sussex. He went on to join the Queens Own Royal West Kent Regiment, and I have found a number of records on forces war records stating he was injured and also a ‘not yet diagnosed nervous’ during the Battle of Passchendale. Anyway, in 1919, there is a marriage banns reading for my great grandmother and father at St Barnabas, Dulwich, Southwark. (Interestingly it was read twice for the beginning of the year, noted twice as not married, and they were then married in Cambridgeshire later on in the year). With his history of illness and a family story he suffered lung damage from mustard gas in the trenches, I have yet to check for definite, but I am currently working on the assumption he at some point was sent to Southwark Military Hospital, where possibly he met my great grandmother, however the only record I can find for her in Southwark is the marriage bans. My initial thinking was maybe she was a vad or military nurse and was sent there, but I can find no record or evidence for this, having checked forces records and Red Cross vad records.
Would anyone be able to recommend another place I could look that might confirm this line of thinking, or perhaps suggest an alternative reason for how she might have ended up there during WW1. She is registered as being of that churches parish, and he for some reason is registered at a parish in Thurrock but I am looking into his post WW1 service and believe I will be able to find out why he would then be based there, I’m wondering Tilbury Fort as there is a connection between his regiment and the captain in charge of the fort.
All help would be appreciated, many thanks
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on Fri Aug 31, 2018 9:33 am, edited 2 times in total.