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This is the sort of thing Geoff gets to deal with

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I have cut off the senders name
Date: 12/11/2020 12:29 (GMT+00:00)
To: g.pycroft@btinternet.com
Subject: Harold Hilton

Dear Mr Pycroft

I was wondering if you can guide me please?
My Grandfather Harold was a Lancashire Fusilier. A veteran of the Dardanelles. Please can you tell me the following.
Where would you recommend a good place to make a start researching his service and any records?
I intend to go to Turkey at some stage on a guided tour but want to do some prep in advance.

Thank you for any assistance you can give me.

Kind regards
XXXXXXX XXXXXXX

Geoff's reply


Subject: Re: Harold Hilton.......WW1 LF

Good Afternoon XXXXXX
Many thanks for your email.
The Forces War Records Web Site records 36 Veterans named Harold or simply H Hilton who served in the Lancashire Fusiliers during World War One. Did your grandfather have any middle names? The Medal Rolls held at the National Archives and the Medal Card Index held by Ancestry.com again bring up a number of possibilities. Their are four or five who could be him.
Clearly I will need further information if available to identify the correct man. Do you or your family hold any documents etc that may confirm his Regimental Number or the battalion in which he served? Are his medals known to have survived? ...often the Regimental Number will be engraved around the edge.
Please click on this link below to take you to the Gallipoli Page on the LF Web Site. You have a lot to read.

https://www.lancs-fusiliers.co.uk/gallerynew/WW1/Gallipoli|0ww1/gallipoli.htm

As you probably already know their are many reputable tour companies who run guided tours of the battlefields...particularly Gallipoli.

The following may be of interest for your on going research.

The only source of original information for Veterans of this period (WWI ) are the documents held by the National Archives. As you are most probably aware though one of the major problems and a great hinderence to further research is/was the loss of millions of records during the London Blitz of 194O. Click on this link for further information.

https://www.longlongtrail.co.uk/

The loss of the Service Records in particular make it extremely difficult to obtain details on an individual. A small fraction of the records were recovered from the damaged building and are now held by the National Archives. They are referred to as the burnt records collection. A very small number of service records along with Pension Records and Attestation Papers are also held. Their is also a small miscellany of information relating to POW's and hospital records and transfers.

Their are numerous Internet search engines that can be very useful in research, examples being Ancestry.com, findmypast.com, Forces War Records and similar Web Sites. One must always bear in mind though that in nearly all cases it will be necessary to subscribe to the providers in order to view any information they hold...not always cheap! To me the annoying and sometimes frustrating aspect of it all is that the information they hold will invariably have all been gleaned from the National Archives in the first place! It's worth bearing in mind that at the moment due to the pandemic virtually all downloadable information from the National Archives is free of charge.

In view of all the above it is not possible to progress your enquiry at this time without further information to assist in the correct identification of your grandfather.
Regards
Geoff Pycroft
Researcher
LF Web Site

Editors Note
As you can see its is difficult at times with so many having the same name. One big bug bear is if it says Lancashire as a battalion they always think Lancashire Fusiliers. Their are many other Regiments with Lancashire in its name i.e South East Lancs, East Lancs,North Lancs to name a few which leads to confusion for the none military enquirer.




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