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  1. My uncle Luigi Masini
    Died whilst serving in the Italian army, during WW1 I would like to find out from military records the date of his birth ( circa 1896) ; the date of his death (91915-1918) and place of death ( Italian - Austrian Front)
  2. A large number of World War One medals were discovered in New Jersey. They had the names of the intended recipients on them, but did not seem to have been distributed (based on the large number of medals found together in storage). Because the intended recipients (or their families) could not be located, they were distributed in the late 1980's to local Cub Scouts in Montclair, NJ, who were supposed to care for them as a way of honoring the soldiers, etc., who had been supposed to receive them.

    For example, my brother received one that said

    G. Carrington in "the World War" 1917 - 1918.

    Does anyone know more of this story? Were the medals for issued by the local government for Montclair residents who served in the war? Were these federally-issued medals that were supposed to be distributed at the railroad depot to those who boarding trains to go to war and/or getting off trains when returning from war, but went into storage when the intended recipients took different routes and did not go through the planned railroad station?

    Also, if anyone has any of these medals, especially if they have rare names, please post the names, or e-mail them to me if there are privacy concerns. I now have access to research methods that did not exist in the 1980's. For example, I can see whether they belonged to local residents or to residents of distant towns on the same railroad line, and whether they survived the war.
  3. For Steven Weinstein: Re, WW I medals

    An image of one of the medals would help; are they related to this mystery?

    http://montclairhistorical.org/2014/05/26/a-search-for-two-montclair-veterans/
  4. We blogged about this today, along with a list of other helpful free WWI databases worldwide: http://genealogistsblog.legacytree.com/2014/07/free-world-war-i-records-through-end-of.html
  5. My grandfather received the Iron Cross as a physician
  6. I should like to find out all about my father William John Pepper Born 04/01/1896 in East London (Spitalfields) England U.K. who fought in WW1 in the Seventh City of London Regiment and fought in France and served in the Royal Corps of Signals and returned to the UK after the War ended.
  7. My father, John Allan Matthews, is on your list as a Canadian Soldier in World War I; he also served in WWII because when he served in WWI, he was underage. I plan to continue with my heritage.com, but not until the fall when I can't get outside as much.
  8. As well, I looked up Rumfeld and RUMFELDT and found many, many, relatives so I am interested as well in looking these up.
  9. My GrandFather, Norman D. Cota, was a West Point Grad. of 1917, and was sent to the front right after. In an unusual point of view... while on the field, he was quickly promoted twice, to the rank of Major and sent back to The States, where he became a Commander in The New York City Area and shortly after, became an Instructor at West Point.
    Though he was noted for some minor contributiond in advances in Military Strats... he would become better known in World War Two, Reaching the rank ofMaj. General.
  10. I wonder about my uncle Marcel Joubert who immigrated from France to Canada with his parents just before WW1 and then went back to France to fight with his country and died there I think.
  11. I would like more information on my grandfather, William Homer Brown, born in IL (I think), in 1884, and died in CA in 1962. I know he was in the U.S. Navy for 30 years, both WW I and WW II. I'd like to find out more about his military career. If anyone can help, thank you in advance.
  12. My great-uncle Brady Jacob Boozer of Newberry County, South Carolina served in the U.S. Infantry in Europe and survived the war to return to his native state. He married locally and had two sons who survived him.
  13. I AM HOPING TO FIND MY UNCLES SERVICE RECORDS WHO WAS KILLED ON THE 21 3 918 AT TRAVESTY FRANCE FIGHTING WITH THE 2/2 BTN ROYAL LONDON FUSILIERS AND DO UNDERSTAND HOWEVER THAT OVER 50% OF THESE RECORDS WERE DESTROYED DURING THE 1940M BLITZ, I BELIEVED HE ENLISTED IN THE TA IN 1913 19TH TA ROYAL LONDON FUSILIERS AND KILLED BY A SNIPPER DEFENDING WITH A COMPANY OUT SIDE THE VILLAGE OF
    TRAVESTY HIS CAPT HARPER WROTE A CITATION OF HIS BRAVERY DURING THE BATTLE HE WAS TAKEN PROSONIER HAVING RUN OUT OF AMMO.
  14. My grandfather, John Henry Kramer served in the US Forces during WW I as a 1st LT. and Capt Infantry. Was wounded while imbedded with a British unit that was at the Flanders Front at Arras. I have his record which states that he was invalided out of hospital after being wounded with a British Unit at Arras in 1917. After being wounded he was a POW escort company commander at Cologne, Germany.
  15. My father, Jesse Lozier was a private with 30th Co. 20th engineers. Service with American Expeditionary Forces from Nov. 12, 1917 until May 17, 1919
  16. my uncle Frank Scott fought in WWI and died in France, he is burried in a national cemetery in France.
  17. Born nov 1899 in Sussex
  18. John joined the war at the age of 16.he was a big lad for his age.
  19. My Italian Grandfather [1st name unknown] Cavagnino, fought in the Italian Army during the 1st world war. The family would love to know more details. He lived with his family in northern Italy in the village of Crusinallo.
  20. Earle (bill) Carr

    My father Lelie william Carr joinrd the army very young. He never spoke about the war, ecept once. I did my national service and I joined a cavalry regiment, the 7th Hussar. He said I was in Cambia at the first bi Tank battle. He was in the Warwickhire/worstershire regimet
  21. My Irish grandfather, Patrick Feeney, Pvt. Connaught Rangers,
    KIA 22 July 1915, Also, took the Royal Shilling & joined the Rangers, for the Boer War. Incidently, when I started this search earlier, I was unaware that today was the 99th anniversary of his death. There must have been some action that day, because I found 3 other Feeneys in the Connaught Rngrs, who were killed that day.
  22. My grandfather Vincenzo Pochettino fought the White War in Dolomites from 1816 until 1818, he survived war and an avalanche. His regiment was 8th Fortress Artillery under Pale di San Martino.
  23. Masini Luigi, born near Bologna 10 september 1895
    was dead in the Hospital in Cremona in October 1917.
    Maini was in the 98° Compagnia Presidiaria.
  24. I have proof Louis Matthew Chubboy was an Army Sargent and was highly decorated!
  25. My grandfather General Giovanni Maria Garruccio, during the I Mondial War was Chief of Italian Information Service, ad had the following decorations: French Ordre de la Lègion d'of Honneur; English Order of Bath; Belgian Ordre of Leopold; Russian Order of Saint Anna; Serbian Order of the Withe Eagle with Swords
  26. great great grandfather, buried somewhere in france
  27. Looking for records of what my relatives did in the First World War - Gilbert Bell and James William Birkett of Keighley, Christopher Parkinson from Bradford, Lawrence Ethelbert Wall of Haworth, James William Preston of Stanbury. We know Gilbert Bell was very young and that he was wounded, as was James William Preston. Any further information anyone has will be much appreciated.
  28. My grandfather born in Ireland was a resident of Gympie Qld when he enlisted
  29. Owen Hunter born around 1875 in Georgia. Sister Sarah three years older and three years younger is brother Robert. Robert and family moved to Broward County, Florida around 1925 or 30. Left plenty of relatives in Georgia.
  30. My uncle William Birchall won the Military Medal in 1918. His army number was 26871 and his regiment 2/S.LAN.R
    The award was published in the London Gazette issue30768 25.6.1918 Page 7587. I have his medal but cannot find out what he won it for. I have paid twice to people who will only tell me that he won the medal and I will have to pay more to go further which I feel is disgusting in this centenary year. Can you help. Regards
  31. Served in France with 6th battalion South Wales borderers
  32. Born 5 June 1899 enlisted at Wrexham 4, July 1917 served in France with 6th battalion South Wales borderers.

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