Any one who has been working with the recently released British WorldWar I pension records will have soon realised that every men who left the army did so under King’s Regulation 392, but what do all those numbers and letters mean. There were many reasons for a soldier to be discharged, and the Regulation 392 had many causes categorised. The following list should allow you to tanslate the numbers on a soldier’s discharge paper into something more meaningful.
Over and over during her lifetime, my mother and other relatives used to share family tidbits. One was that an ancestor had died in a snow bank with his thumb in a whiskey bottle–presumably to protect the contents.
William George Tompkins was born on February 13, 1868 at Shipton Gorge, Dorset, England the second son of Farm Labourer and ex-seaman, John Tompkins and his wife Eliza Matthews. At some time between 1877 and 1881 the family moved to Rookery Street, Burton Bradstock, Dorset where his father had obtained employment as a miller’s drayman.
On February 7, 1916, Francis Stephen Clark, a 22 years 1 month old Boot maker, next of kin, his father, William Clark of Shaftsbury Road, Burwood, Sydney, New South Wales enlisted in the Australian Imperial Force. At least that is what the attestation paper he signed on February 15, 1916 stated. He was actually Francis Curtin Clark born on July 25, 1897 at Tarago, New South Wales the son of William Clark and Catherine Curtin and thus only 18 years old. On his original application form Frank had stated that both parents were deceased, not true, although his mother died on December 30, 1898, his father did not die until July 2, 1935.
Henry Whitaker was baptised on November 2, 1642 at Bratton, Wiltshire, England the seventh of eight children of John Whitaker and second wife Margaret Aldridge. There were also three children from his first marriage to Dionise Aldridge, believed to be Margaret’s sister. About 1664 Henry married Ann Blatch of Bratton, daughter of Phillip Blatch and Maude Liddiard, a union which was to produce ten children.
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The following members of my extended tree gave their lives for their Country during the Second World War. If you are connected with or have further information on any of them I would be pleased to hear from you.
I’ve been reading a local history about Eugene Township (Indiana) by Harold L. O’Donnell, which was published in 1963. In one chapter he mentions the Chicago and Eastern Illinois (C&EI) Railroad coming to town, and he discusses the danger it was to livestock.
Edward Ashley was born at Road Hill, Wiltshire, on September 12, 1853, the son of Jacob William Wheeler Ashley and Charlotte Watts, both of whom passed a large part of their lives in England, coming to this country and settling in Michigan in 1872. While in England they were communicants of the established church, in whose faith they reared their children. His father having been a sawyer by vocation.