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Re(2): James William Crompton
IP: 86.171.70.62


Good Afternoon Frank my name is Geoff Pycroft and I am the Researcher and Archivist for the Lancashire Fusiliers Web Site. Hopefully this is the correct translation of your message.


" I am looking for a relative of James William Crompton. Service number: 41374 Lancashire Fusiliers 2nd / 5th Battalion Date of death Died September 20, 1917 Age 25 years old. Son of the late John and Martha Arm Crompton; husband of Eliza Crompton (formerly Ellwood), of 53, Bank Top, Radcliffe, Manchester. "

I will assume that you have researched his name through the National Archives, Forces War Records Web Site and the CWGC Web Site?

As you are probably aware the Service Records of WWI Veterans are not held locally and are only available from the National Archives. The Fusilier Museum Bury do not hold any records of individual Veterans and they too would refer you to the National Archives. Their are numerous Internet search engines that can be helpful but they will have ALL gleaned their info from the National Archives in the first instance. It is the only source of information relevant to the period.

However and most unfortunately, WWI Service Records are in the main unobtainable following the destruction of the Central Depository at Arnside Street London during the London Blitz of 1940 when millions of records were destroyed.

What records that did survive the inferno are now held by the National Archives so it is still worth running his name through their search engine.

Sadly any details of NOK showing in any surviving Service Record will be over 100 years old and tracing relatives is therefore extremely difficult if not nigh impossible from these recorded details.

It would be hoped that someone who knows his family may read this and get it touch but experience has shown that tracing relatives of WWI Veterans is very difficult.

It has not been uncommon in recent years for the MOD and CWGC to attempt to trace relatives of veterans whose body remains have been discovered during excavations on past Battle Fields. Sadly even with the assistance of DNA technology their dedicated research departments struggle to trace relatives.
Regards
Geoff Pycroft
Researcher LF Web Site







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