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Cynthia Report 12 Aug 2013 14:10

Looks like the hiccups have struct you Annie

Okay....another message from Julie. (Seems as though her informant got a bit muddled).

She says.....

It's not William Terry's daughter, she is his future daughter-in-law. Wm. Terry had a son William George in 1915 who later married Dorothy Gertrude Pestell, born 1919, daughter of Arthur Pestell and Lily May Fensome.

All these goings on happened in Luton. Dorothy was adopted and she was the friend of a friends mother. Hope you can follow this. Sorry for the mix-up. - Julie.

Postman Pat signing off..... :-D

was plain ann now annielaurie

was plain ann now annielaurie Report 11 Aug 2013 19:35

That medal card shows Victory and British Medals so he must have served overseas.


Porkie_Pie Report 11 Aug 2013 07:58

mgnv, The record is from the national archives so I cannot see what he got, As you no its a pay per view site,

It should also be on Ancestry if anyone with a sub could look,

Also their are several WW1 service records for someone of the same name on Ancestry so its a good chance one of those are for him


Edit, He may not actualy have been in the Labour corps as such but part of an infantry regiments labour company,


A date and place for daughter's birth would help


mgnv Report 11 Aug 2013 01:24

Roy - what medals did he get - I'm wondering if he stayed in the UK - many did since maintainance of barracks and camps was up to the Labour Corps.


Porkie_Pie Report 10 Aug 2013 20:59

Is this his medal card

WO 372/19/194174
Medal card of Terry, William H
Regiment No Rank
Labour Corps 553967 Private
Date: 1914-1920
Held by:
The National Archives, Kew



Cynthia Report 10 Aug 2013 18:59

Here we go..........William Henry Terry, born 1884.

Cx :-D


Cynthia Report 10 Aug 2013 16:31

Back again!

Julie has posted on behalf of a friend. She will ask him for more details. :-D


Cynthia Report 10 Aug 2013 12:44

Sorry Potty, only just spotted your comment. I tend not to return to threads when I've sent a message :-(

I will send another message to Julie now. :-D


mgnv Report 9 Aug 2013 14:33

If she's a free member, I think she's not be able to post, but I think she can reply to Cynthia's message.


Potty Report 9 Aug 2013 12:42

Cynthia, did Julie give you any info re this man? It is possible that his service record is available but we would need his name, DOB & POB.


Cynthia Report 9 Aug 2013 08:23

I have received a reply from Julie. She posted her query during the free period allowed by GR this week and is unable to respond.

She thanks everyone for their replies.


Cynthia Report 7 Aug 2013 11:49

Hello Julie and welcome to the Community Boards. :-)

As Julie is a new poster, I will send her a friendly message on how to return to her thread. :-)


Porkie_Pie Report 6 Aug 2013 11:05

It will be "Private labour coy"

Edit, His rank is Private, His regiment is the labour corps and he is serving in "a company" of that regiment,

army abbreviation for company is "coy"



Reggie Report 6 Aug 2013 10:29

The Labour Corps was unit of the British Army during WW1


mgnv Report 6 Aug 2013 03:03

I query "boy" - might it be bn=battalion, or coy=company?


KathleenBell Report 6 Aug 2013 00:39

Are you certain that is what it says? Private could be his rank but Labour Boy wouldn't seem right and I can't imagine anyone old enough to be a father being described as a "boy".

Kath. x


Julie Report 6 Aug 2013 00:34

A military reservist in WW1 is entered on his daughter's birth certificate under occupation as - private labour boy. Anyone shed any light on what this means please?