Tracing Great War Ancestors: Finding Uncle Bill, Tim Saunders and Richard Hone (DVD)

Tracing Great War Ancestors: Finding Uncle Bill, Tim Saunders and Richard Hone (DVD)

Tracing Great War Ancestors: Finding Uncle Bill, Tim Saunders and Richard Hone (DVD)

Tracing Great War Ancestors: Finding Uncle Bill, Tim Saunders and Richard Hone (DVD)

This DVD contains three related but separate episodes themed around one of the presenter's attempts to trace his Uncle Bill. Part one sees an expert from explaining how to trace your ancestor. Part two followed the presenter as he finds Uncle Bill's records and traces his battles. Finally Part Three looks at the four main medals awarded during the war.

The first part sets the tone. This isn’t a high (or even medium) budget production - there are no pointless recreations or special effects, but instead we have two experts in their fields providing useful information - exactly what this sort of DVD needs to have. We are shown how to find resources on the Internet, taken to a local library to look at the resources available there, from subscriptions to some very valuable websites to the use of inter-library loans to get access to valuable and rare resources.

Part two follows Uncle Bill's progress through the war, starting in the East Yorkshire Regiment, with whom he served at Loos, on the Somme, Arras and at Passchendaele (clearly not a lucky man!), before returning to Britain with what appeared to have been a war ending case of trench foot. Tragically he was forced back to France during the manpower crisis of 1918, dying while serving with the Durham Light Infantry. This section starts with the presenters' efforts to trace Uncle Bill, visiting the PRO (now the National Archives) at Kew, then going to France to visit Loos and Ypres, and ends with a moving section on Bill's death and a visit to his memorial at Tyne Cot and the Menin Gate. This is the longest of the three sections, taking up about half of the 80 minute running time of the disc.

Part three looks at the four main medals awarded for the Great War - the 1914, 1914-15, British War Medal and Victory Medal, and the plaque and scroll sent to the relatives of the dead.

This DVD will be useful to anyone attempting to trace an ancestor who served in the Great War, both for the information it provides, and for the inspiration of Uncle Bill's example.

1 - Tracing your ancestors
2 - Tracing Uncle Bill
3 - Medals

Presenters: Tim Saunders and Richard Hone
Edition: DVD
Length: 80 minutes
Publisher: Pen & Sword Digital
Year: 2010

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nor earth .

ISBN: UCSC:32106009126555

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legs which that day framed an open window to the outfield . Even my own
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, none .

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Author: Georgia E. Crosthwaite

ISBN: WISC:89066305269

Tracing Your Great War Ancestors (Region 2): Finding Uncle Bill

* Tim Saunders explains the process of &lsquoFinding Uncle Bill&rsquo, so that others can take their genealogy beyond a simple family tree to a visiting the Western Front, to find their ancestors.

* Contributions from expert genealogist Simon Fowler and Medal expert Phil Mussel. Respectively they explain the methods available to trace ancestors principally using on-line and local sources and the medals that Great War soldiers would have earned.

Never before have so many resources been available to the family historian tracing Great War ancestors, both online and locally. But the past dearth of easily accessible material has now been replaced by a blizzard of information that needs its own skills to navigate. Expert genealogist Simon Fowler shows Richard Hone the ropes, with some surprising results.

Armed with details of Richard&rsquos great uncle William Pye&rsquos service between 1914 and 1918, the film sets out with battlefield historian Tim Saunders to &lsquoFind Uncle Bill&rsquo and trace his war on the Western Front to his death just weeks before the Armistice. Their journey takes them from his first battle at Loos, via the Somme and Passchendaele, to his last battle and lost grave in the Ypres Salient.

In &lsquoUncle Bill&rsquos Medals&rsquo, Phil Mussel explains which campaign medals that the five million British and Empire soldiers who fought in the Great War would have been entitled to as a result of their active service.


Wallace Family Records: A Collection of Materials Relating to the History of the Wallace Family – DATA CD – $29.50
This CD contains a collection of three separate articles relating to the history of the Wallace family.

Border Raids and Reivers – DATA CD – $29.50
This work provides a detailed examination of what it meant to live or on the border between England and Scotland in the period before 1603.

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&bull The Conjuror on the Kwai - The story of Fergus Anckorn, who narrowly escaped death before being taken prisoner by the Japanese.
&bull Sniper in Helmand - The dramatic account of a highly trained and deadly British Army sniper in Afghanistan.
&bull Author Spotlight on. James Cartwright - James Cartwright of the Royal Anglian Regiment talks training, Taliban and PTSD.
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&bull A Nation in Conflict: 1460 - Philip Haigh takes at a look at the Battle of Wakefield at Sandal Castle in 1460.
&bull The Veterans Charity - A spotlight on the work of the Veterans Charity.
&bull Pearl Harbor - On its 70th anniversary, John Winton considers whether the infamous attack on Pearl Harbor should have been a surprise.

Issue 3 - October 2011

Included in this Issue:

&bull Blood and Iron The long-forgotten First World War letters of volunteer soldier High Montagu Butterworth.
&bull Author spotlight on Jon Cooksey editor of Blood and Iron describes how he came across Hugh Butterworth's forgotten letters.
&bull The Battle of Waterloo The dramatic defence of Hougoumont and the role it played in defating Napoleon.
&bull The Hand of History Michael Leventhal presents an anthology of historical quotes, commentaries and illustrations.
&bull RAF Airman's Front Line Blog RAF airman Alex Ford discusses technology and what life is really like on active service.
&bull Nation in Conflict: 1066 Peter Marren reviews the latter stages of the Battle of Hastings, 945 years on.
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&bull UK Wargaming, Re-enactment, Air and Military Vehicle shows.
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Included in ths Issue:

&bull Germans on the Somme Jack Sheldon describes 1 July 1916 and the start of the long-awaited Somme offensive from the German Army's perspective.
&bull Author spotlight on Jack Sheldon, the author discusses his research methods.
&bull Wargaming on a Budget Expert wargamer Iain Dickie shares hints and tips on how to get the most out of wargaming for less.
&bull Operation Barbarossa Seventy years on from the summer assault on Soviet Russia, Rupert Butler looks at the involvement of some of the smaller nations caught up in Hitler's plan.
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&bull In the Nick of Time: Supermarine Spitfire Taylor Downing and Andrew Johnston discuss the revolutionary design and development of the Spitfire, 75 years on.
&bull Tracing Great War Ancestors - Finding Uncle Bill Tim Saunders and Richard Horne DVD.
&bull Sink the Bismarck The sinking of HMS Hood by the Bismarck fuelled a thirst for revenge to destroy the pride of Hitler's Fleet.
&bull Pegasus Bridge: Assault on Normandy Tim Saunders and Mike Peters DVD.
&bull Toe to toe with the enemy A snapshot of Craig Allen's photographic diary whilst on tour with 2 Para in Helmand in 2008. 90 Years of the Royal British Legion is our 'Charity Focus' this issue.
&bull UK Wargaming, Re-enactment, Air and Military Vehicle shows.
&bull There are new release listings for the very latest military history, aviation, and naval books.

RSM Frederick Frampton and Gunner George Frampton

Given the large number of men who died in the First World War, sadly its not surprising that in some cases fathers and sons were killed in action.

Frederick Frampton, 46 and from North End, was Regimental Sergeant Major of 65th Heavy Group of the Royal Garrison Artillery. He was killed on 24 August 1917, and is buried at Bard Cottage Cemetery in Belgium. Bard Cottage is located in the Ypres Salient, and Frampton was killed during the Battle of Passchendaele. At the time of his death more heavy Artillery was being brought up in order to support the attack. To reach the rank of RSM Frampton was almost certainly a career soldier.

His son, Gunner George Frampton, must have followed his father into the RGA. He was 19 when he died on 29 September 1918, serving with 355th Siege Battery of the Royal Garrison Artillery. Siege Batteries were equipped with large, heavy Howitzers in order to take on the enemy’s artillery. Gunner Frampton is buried at Doingt Cemetery, France. Doingt was captured by Australian forces on 5 September 1918, during the 100 Days offensive leading up to the Armistice. The front line had moved on by the time of Frampton’s death. It would seem therefore that he died whilst at either the 20th, 41st or 55th Casualty Clearing Stations, which were near Doingt at the time.

Marion Frampton, of 291 Chichester Road, North End, would have received two War Office Telegrams in just over a year. She may in fact have received more than one, as an S.H. Frampton appears on the Portsmouth War Memorial. There is no trace, however, of anyone with this name on the CWGC database.

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Tracing the Rifle Volunteers: A Guide for Military and Family Historians by Ray Westlake

It would probably be best to start off with describing what this book is not. Its definitely not a cover-to-cover bedtime read. Its more something for the military historian to keep on the shelf for reference, and that the family historian may wish to have a look at if they find a Rifle Volunteer ancestor.

The Rifle Volunteers were formed in 1859 as a form of part-time defence force for the United Kingdom. Although the Government was not overly keen on the concept of amateur soldiering, the War Office finally acquiesced on the grounds of national defence in the event of an invasion of British soil. They were, along with the older Militias, the forerunners of the modern Territorial Army.

From the start the Rifle Volunteers took on a strong local tone – they were originally raised by Lord Lieutenants of counties, and were formed around local companies and battalions. There was a degree of central organisation and direction, in the form of certain stipulations and directives from central Government, but on the whole the Volunteers were very much a local force. And only later in the 19th century did the Volunteers begin the long and drawn out process of building links with the regular army. The 1881 Army reforms saw the introduction of Country Regiments, which made local links with volunteer units much more likely.

Volunteer battalions were originally only to be mobilised for home defence. However in 1900 a Special Army Order called upon volunteer companies to fight in South Africa. The Volunteer Force finally ceased to exist in 1908, when it was subsumed into the new Territorial Force. Apparently this change was not popular with the volunteers themselves, as it involved a degree of re-organisation, and some disbandments.

Unfortunately, this book does not really show the reader how to research a volunteer. To do that you would expect to see some examples of documents, how and where to find them, and advice to set you on the road to find out more. However this information is limited to one page at the end of the book, covering Army Lists, Muster Rolls, Published Unit Records, Local Newspapers and the National Archives. The upshot is, sadly, that if you want to research a Rifles volunteer, there isn’t a whole lot to go on – and especially not it if they were not an officer.

Where this book does shine, however, is in the exhaustive list of every Volunteer Rifles Unit in Britain. For example, I can see that the 5th (Portsmouth) Corps of the Hampshire Rifles Volunteer Rifles formed on 16 August 1860. The Commandant was Captain George P. Vallaney, formerly of the Indian Army. In 1880 the 5th (Portsmouth) joined the new 3rd Corps, providing five companies from A to E. In September 1885 the 3rd Hampshire Corps was designated as the 3rd (The Duke of Connaught’s Own) Volunteer Battalion, and in 1908 the Battalion transferred to the Territorial Force as the 6th Battalion of the Hampshire Regiment. Interestingly, we also find out that their uniform was scarlet and yellow, later changing to scarlet and white.

More locally, the 23rd Corps of the Hampshire Rifles Volunteers formed at Cosham on 29 November 1860, with Lieutenant Edward Goble and Ensign Henry Monk as the first officers. The 23rd moved its Headquarters several miles west to Portchester in 1869, and became L Company of the new 3rd Corps in 1880.

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