London Rifle Brigade Lt JS Lindsay DCM

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I have inherited a large archive of letters and drawings of my wife's grandfather's 1WW experiences. He was an artist and metallurgist. So I am putting together his biography and would like to share the same with anyone interested. I have many chapters as pdf files containing text and graphics. Lindsay survived the 2nd battle of Ypres and was on the front line from Christmas 1914 to October 1916. Then he went to Pioneer Corps in Reading and Blackdown until May 1919. It's a great, great story and should be shared. Please contact me if interested. 1c Lett 15-18 Feb 1915 copy.jpg 5c Lett 1 Apr 1915 copy.jpg 14b Lett 8 Feb 1915 copy.jpg JSL Rouen 30.5.15 Sed JSL Morley Martin copy.jpg JSLIE141_edited-1 copy.jpg
 
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If the rest of the material is of that quality its a shame you cant get it published in some sort of book form ala "Auld Sapper". Possibly the Imperial War Museum would be interested as well!
 

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Paul - try the National Army Museum as well - info@nam.ac.uk . I am surprised that you did not get a response from IWM but you may strike lucky with NAM, although I see they already have a book on the History of LRB in their bookshop.
 

ugly

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The IWM is closing soon to prepare for the exhibition to end all exhibitions! 2014 being the centenary of the war that gave us the IWM!
That may be focussing their minds at the moment!

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Paul, the IWM are struggling at the moment but keep pushing. As suggested already the NAM is a good parallel. The Greenjackets/Rifles/London Regiment museums should be interested too.

There was no Pioneer Corps as such in the Great War, the hole was plugged by the Labour Corps which was a vast organisation. John Starling is (at least was) their historian and works at Shrivenham. I'm sure he would be interested in the latter part of the history.

Also, consider private publishing - there are a few companies who specialise in the military field. The key is picking the size of the print run.

I'm sure there are a few of us who would be willing to help in any way we can as well.

Finally, two of the group of four soldiers in the photo appear to be RPs - they have cloth covers over their SD caps.
 

CountryGal

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Old fat and hairy recently spoke at the royal green jackets museum in Winchester - he might have a contact you could try - have a look at the book review forum and you'll see his avi and can pm him.


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There was an article on on-line publishing, but I can't remember where I saw it. It might work for your material, and at least get it to a wider audience. I donated my grandfather's WWI arty maps, pams and pubs to the RA museum; I still don't know if I did the right thing, but I think so.
 
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GM That's just the sort of info I need to help me along the road! Lindsay was at the Pioneer School in Colney Park, Reading in May 1917 as an instructor after spending some time in Osborne House as an invalid.
What are RPs and SDs (don't forget I'm an interested civilian!!!). Centre back row is Grandpa Lindsay.
 
#13
Paul, was he 1006 LCpl JS Lindsay 5th London Regt (Rifle Brigade) when he won his DCM?

If so, I have access to the London Gazette citation and also his Medal Index Card (MIC).
 
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Yes he was indeed 1006 and I do have his Medal Index Card but would be grateful for a copy of the Gazette Citation and any other references you might have.
Paul
 
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The IWM is closing soon to prepare for the exhibition to end all exhibitions! 2014 being the centenary of the war that gave us the IWM!
That may be focussing their minds at the moment!

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Daft not to think of that but do you have any other info. A trip back then would be fantastic. Will the event start on the 28/07 ?
 

ugly

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I know nothing yet, I cant even get in to find out as our meetings have been moved to HMS Belfast.
 
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Very interesting indeed.

I was given the war diaries of Col. Charles Irvine, MC, a Gordon Highlander and one of 3 brothers serving with them.

The diaries are an amazing read. May 1942 his battalion joined the 8th Army in Egypt and fought at El Alamein where he was made Batt Adj. He then went to Libya where he took part in the capture of Tripoli. 1943 he was with the Gordon during the invasion of Sicily. Later he took part in the Normandy landing on the first day and went on to fight in the battle of the river Seine, the Ardennes Offensive and then the Rhine crossing. He later took command of the Battalion until his de-mob lin late 1945. He is one of only 2 officers that took part in every action not of have been wounded.

1943 MiD in North Africa
1944, awarded MC for actions in Normandy
1945 Awarded Chevalier of the Order Of Leopold II with Palm and Croix De Guerre with Palm

His family had also made a scrap book covering WW2 that had cuttings of every story they could find about the Gordons and als the 51st Highland Brigade. Its an amazing history and the photos are inspiring.

Both the diary and the scrapbook are currently on display at the Gordon Highlanders Museum.


Sorry for going off subject...but I guess my point is that these diaries and pictures need to be preserved and displayed. I hope to type up the diaries once the exhibition is finished and hopefully publish them one day. I would say the regimental museums would love to have your information in their collections.
 

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I have inherited a large archive of letters and drawings of my wife's grandfather's 1WW experiences. He was an artist and metallurgist. So I am putting together his biography and would like to share the same with anyone interested. I have many chapters as pdf files containing text and graphics. Lindsay survived the 2nd battle of Ypres and was on the front line from Christmas 1914 to October 1916. Then he went to Pioneer Corps in Reading and Blackdown until May 1919. It's a great, great story and should be shared. Please contact me if interested.
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i would like to see more please it looks fantastic so far , great stuff.
 

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