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Re(1): JRR Tolkien

Good Afternoon David
I will assume you have seen the feature on the LF Web Site? If not please click on the link below.
Now then. Sadly you ask a difficult question to answer.
As I'm sure you will be aware all documents relating to WW1 Veterans are held by the National Archives at Kew. It is the only source of accurate verifiable information. Numerous on line search engines such as Ancestry.com and findmypast.com along with several others will have ALL gathered their information from the National Archives.
The Fusilier Museum Bury do not hold any information relating to individual WWI Veterans in the context of your question and they too would refer you to the National Archives.
I would imagine that the information you seek would be contained in his Service Record if it has survived. Unfortunately millions of WWI documents particularly Service Records were destroyed during the London Blitz when the War Office Central Records Depository at Arnside Street London was destroyed by incendiary bombs. It may however still be worth a search of the National Archives as a number of records were recovered from the burnt out building and are now held by the National Archives in what is known as the burnt records collection.
Again it just might be worth an approach to the Museum in Bury on the off chance that they do indeed hold something...but I think it highly unlikely.
The only other option I can suggest is enquiries through surviving relatives who may still hold some of his papers?
Sorry not to have been able to assist on this occasion.
Geoff Pycroft
Researcher and Archivist
Lancashire Fusiliers Web Site.


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