Family history advice

Discussion in 'Military History and Militaria' started by T0m94, Feb 12, 2013.

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  1. Hi everyone

    I am currently trying to fill some gaps in about the service history of my great grandfather, who served at, and managed to survive, both Gallipoli and the Somme. Now he wasn't army, he was part of a Royal Marines Infantry Division. This is what another family member has got so far:

    10 Nov 1914 Enlisted at the age of 17yrs 3 month & 24 days.
    He was given the number CH 19402.
    11 Nov 1914 Traveled to Deal, Kent.

    9 Jun 1915 Completed Basic Training. Posted to Chatham Barracks
    Bird Platoon. Company G.
    17 Jul 1915 ( His 18th Birthday ) Set sail for Gallipoli on board
    S.S. Royal George - Troop Ship.

    13 Aug 1915 Arrived at Mudros on the Greek Island of Lemnos.
    Battle of Gallipoli stared on the 25th April 1915.
    02 Sep 1915 Record states " Posted to RM Btn in the Field"
    Jan 1916 End of the Gallipoli campaign.

    He went to hospital at some point with a scolled foot
    14 May 1916 Embarked on troop ship "Aragon" bound for Marseille
    19 May 1916 Arrived Marseills.

    How would I go about finding more about him? And should I be prepared to fork out the cash to get on family history sites etc?


  2. Sympathetic_Reaction

    Sympathetic_Reaction LE Book Reviewer

    I'd suggest a months worth of is worth the effort - only handful of beers for the months sub.

    Mine isn't active at the moment, but some other on here have an account so maybe they could look him up for you. Note that WW1 archive records are a bit variable as a lot got wiped out during WW2.

  3. Ah alright if anyone could that'd be brilliant! His name was Thomas Sumner

    Any help would be great!


  4. Unless I've missed it, Ancestry, and all the others, don't have the Royal Marines Records, I had to do my research at the National Archives.
  5. If you go HERE you should find your man, for the princely sum of £3.36 his Records are all yours.
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  6. Sympathetic_Reaction

    Sympathetic_Reaction LE Book Reviewer

    it has the Navy Lists and Medal rolls so should have a decent amount of info.. The name comes up on a search but without renewing my membership I can't check it is the right one.

  7. PM me the details and I'll see what kicks out.
  8. Here's his medal record.

    Attached Files:

  9. Should be able to get his service record from MOD. Archives may have the regimental diary
  10. Service Record at post #5
  11. Thankyou so much for all the help everyone! Sorry for the late reply!

    Thanks again

  12. Sorry if this is a bone question, but what do the letters on his medal record relate to?


  13. Sympathetic_Reaction

    Sympathetic_Reaction LE Book Reviewer

  14. The V, B, S are for the Victory Medal, British War Medal and the 1914 Star. These were the three campaign medals issued to those who had served throughout the war and were known colloquially as "Pip, Squeak and Wilfred".

    On the medal roll his service is entered as 1914-1920.