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    A letter from WWI

    I mentioned this project on another thread so I thought I would share one or two of these letters with you all. My sister and I are using our isolation time to work on transcribing a shoebox full of letters found at my great aunt's house. This first one was sent to my great aunt from her brother who I think was in Egypt at the time. I have tweaked the brightness and contrast of the scans so I hope they are readable.



    Main research interests.. CAESAR (Surrey and London), GOODALL (London), SKITTERALL, WOODWARD (Middlesex and London), BARBER (Canterbury, Kent) and CHEESEMAN (Kent).

    #2
    What an amazing letter to have, and as you have a shoebox full you will be the envy of many of us. Do you already know which regiment Percy was in or his rank?

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      #3
      No, Jill, I have pretty much zero knowledge of all things military or how to research them. Here's a couple of pictures of him in uniform also from the shoebox.

      Third from the left middle row.


      Right hand side in the doorway




      Main research interests.. CAESAR (Surrey and London), GOODALL (London), SKITTERALL, WOODWARD (Middlesex and London), BARBER (Canterbury, Kent) and CHEESEMAN (Kent).

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        #4
        That is so clear and undamaged, how lovely.
        Carolyn
        Family Tree site

        Researching: Luggs, Freeman - Cornwall; Dayman, Hobbs, Heard - Devon; Wilson, Miles - Northants; Brett, Everett, Clark, Allum - Herts/Essex
        Also interested in Proctor, Woodruff

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          #5
          I hope he survived the war. I know in the past some of our members have been able to identify cap badges, and if you put his full name up maybe someone can find out more.

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            #6
            I do feel lucky. It's a real treasure trove! There is gt aunt's passport, ration books, lots of memorium cards for many family members, letters, valentine cards and some baptism cards. She was obviously a collector and horder of ephemera for which I am very grateful
            Main research interests.. CAESAR (Surrey and London), GOODALL (London), SKITTERALL, WOODWARD (Middlesex and London), BARBER (Canterbury, Kent) and CHEESEMAN (Kent).

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              #7
              Yes, he survived and later married but didn't have any children. If anyone wants to look or point me in the right direction his name was pretty distinctive... Percy Eccles Julius Caesar! Born 1898 in Pimlico.
              Main research interests.. CAESAR (Surrey and London), GOODALL (London), SKITTERALL, WOODWARD (Middlesex and London), BARBER (Canterbury, Kent) and CHEESEMAN (Kent).

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                #8
                Well there's only going to be one with that name! I will take a look in the morning (unless someone else gets there before me)

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                  #9
                  From his medal card: No. 593152, Private, London Regiment, then 684841 same rank and regiment

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                    #10
                    Oh joy, he had a pension, he had a bad knee from playing football in Egypt, & lots of other detail do you subscribe to Ancestry? It's on there pm me if not & I will send it tomorrow.

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                      #11
                      Ooh, thank you, Jill. How did you find that? I have a basic Ancestry subscription but haven't found that information. Maybe I'm not looking in the right place.
                      Main research interests.. CAESAR (Surrey and London), GOODALL (London), SKITTERALL, WOODWARD (Middlesex and London), BARBER (Canterbury, Kent) and CHEESEMAN (Kent).

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                        #12
                        Originally posted by Gardengirl View Post
                        Ooh, thank you, Jill. How did you find that? I have a basic Ancestry subscription but haven't found that information. Maybe I'm not looking in the right place.
                        Here's the link


                        and the medal roll

                        and service record

                        and medal card record
                        Last edited by Jill on the A272; 25-03-20, 09:15. Reason: more links

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                          #13
                          Thank you so much, Jill. I did recognise one of those so it must have come up on a search a long time ago and I had forgotten it. How nice to have so much detail about him and his signature on one of the documents completely matches his handwriting in his letters.
                          Main research interests.. CAESAR (Surrey and London), GOODALL (London), SKITTERALL, WOODWARD (Middlesex and London), BARBER (Canterbury, Kent) and CHEESEMAN (Kent).

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                            #14
                            Glad to have been able to help.

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                              #15
                              What a lovely letter and photos. Thanks for sharing it with us.
                              Lin

                              Searching Lowe, Everitt, Hurt and Dunns in Nottingham

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