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HELP!! RGA France 1916

Postby urlassie » Sun Nov 10, 2013 10:38 am

Hi ...

Looking for my great grandfathers WWI records but can't find them, can anyone help?
Here is what I know --

I have a family photo that was sent to him in France 1916 [story from family]
He was supposedly a cook!
June 1917 his son was born and on the birth certificate it is recorded that his father is a gunner in the Royal Garrison Artillery

My greatgrandfather is -- John Lee
born 1880 in Kirkconnel, Dumfriesshire, Scotland
When he went to war he lived in New Cumnock, Ayrshire and his wife was Elizabeth Lee
He survived the war.

Many thanks
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Re: HELP!! RGA France 1916

Postby junkers » Sun Nov 10, 2013 12:38 pm

A large number of the First World War records were destroyed when a German bomb hit the Army Pay Office where they were held in 1940, so it may not have survived. John Lee should have a medal card (available on ancestry, the originals are at The National Archives (TNA), Kew) but there are a lot of people in the RGA called John Lee, assuming it is not listed under Lee, J. If you are visiting TNA then the images are free, if not you have to pay. It is possible that the Royal Artillery Museum in Woolwich may have some records or information.
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