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John & Campbell in WW1

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Teresa

Teresa Report 14 May 2014 07:42

Hi, My local paper is doing a supplement for WW1 veterans on our War Memorial and I have been asked for information about the men above, one a relative and the other his lifelong friend.I wondered if anyone has access to the Forces War Records and would look up for me please.
John Michael Marsh Private 7633 KOSB killed in action October 1914.
Campbell Caward Private 7634 KOSB killed in action October 1914.
They both fought in the Boer War and other theatre's of War, but we have not been able to find any records up to now. The information we have is from the CWGC.
Thank you to anyone who can help with this.
Teresa Buckle(nee Marsh)

Teresa

Teresa Report 14 May 2014 08:24

Got a bit too eager, it was a little early so I will come back later to see if I have any replies. Thank you Teresa.

MarieCeleste

MarieCeleste Report 14 May 2014 08:48

Hello Teresa, have you got their medal cards? Can get them for you from Ancestry if you don't.

As you may know, around 65% of WW1 service records (which may also have contained previous service history) were destroyed during WW2 so their records may have been lost then.

I've checked Ancestry and FindMyPast (which between them have basically the same records as Forces War Records) with no further results.

Teresa

Teresa Report 14 May 2014 17:46

Hi MarieCeleste,
I don't have medal cards or any other records.
When I googled " De Ruvigny Roll of Honour," there was a C Caward which had (record and photo) at the side of it, but I could not get into it, because it took me to Forces War records and I don't have access.
Thank-you for looking.
Teresa.

MarieCeleste

MarieCeleste Report 15 May 2014 10:34

Hello Teresa, I'll send the De Ruvigny page for Campbell Caward, there isn't a photo actually of him, just a brief mention.

Meanwhile, this is a little further info on J M Marsh

UK, Soldiers Died in the Great War, 1914-1919
Name: John Michael Marsh
Birth Place: Darwen, Lancs
Residence: Retford, Notts
Death Date: 14 Oct 1914
Death Location: France & Flanders
Enlistment Location: Retford, Notts
Rank: Private
Regiment: King's Own Scottish Borderers
Battalion: 2nd Battalion
Number: 7633
Type of Casualty: Killed in action
Theatre of War: Western European Theatre

This link takes you to a photo of the actual memorial panel but can't make out his name.

http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GRid=15280828

MarieCeleste

MarieCeleste Report 15 May 2014 10:41

UK, Soldiers Died in the Great War, 1914-1919
Name: Campbell Caward
Birth Place: Retford, Notts
Residence: Retford, Notts
Death Date: 13 Oct 1914
Death Location: France & Flanders
Enlistment Location: Retford, Notts
Rank: Private
Regiment: King's Own Scottish Borderers
Battalion: 2nd Battalion
Number: 7634
Type of Casualty: Killed in action
Theatre of War: Western European Theatre

Potty

Potty Report 15 May 2014 12:23

According to this site:

http://armyservicenumbers.blogspot.co.uk/search/label/King%27s%20Own%20Scottish%20Borderers

shows that they probably enlisted in 1900.

I think this is Campbell's birth:


Name:
Campell Charles Caward

Date of Registration:Oct-Nov-Dec 1884
Registration district:East Retford
Inferred County:Nottinghamshire
Volume:7b
Page:16

Potty

Potty Report 15 May 2014 12:48

Do you want any ancestor info for these 2? I have found Campbell in 1891 under Coward on Ancestry and can do more searches if want to go back with him. His father was also Cambell Charles Coward, a Slater and his mother Elizabeth. He had a sister Susannah, who was born in Sheffield. There is possible marriage for her in 1907:

Marriages Dec 1907 (>99%)

BROWN Ethel E. Retford 7b 38
CAWARD Susannah E. Retford 7b 38
ELLIOTT William E. Retford 7b 38
THEAKER Harold E. Retford 7b 38

MarieCeleste

MarieCeleste Report 15 May 2014 13:16

I forgot to add the Findagrave link for Campbell Caward

http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=pv&GRid=15273510&PIpi=3934862

His name can be seen quite clearly.

Teresa

Teresa Report 15 May 2014 15:29

Thank-you very much for this information you have sent. I have done my Marsh family tree, it was anything to do with the WW1 connection that I needed for this project I am to do for the local paper.
Teresa.