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    Question How can I get details?

    Walter Element b c1897 died in WW1, I have found this entry on the Common Wealth War Graves site.

    Element Walter E, Private, Service No G/11285, Date of Death 18/08/1916, Age Unknown, Regiment/Service Middlesex Regiment, Grave/Memorial Ref : Pier and Face 12D and 13B, Cemetery/Memorial THIEPVAL Memorial.


    Is there a site where I could find more details of either his army records or how he died?

    Thanks

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    This site here Chrissie is the absolute authority on WWI.

    Join their forum and you'll very quickly learn a fair bit I expect!!

    You can find the forum on the right hand side of the page on the link below (about half way down)

    The Long, Long Trail

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    Chrissy

    I have 3 in the tree who died in WW1 and their death certificates all just say Killed in Action

    The death record should be in the Overseas Section on findmypast

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    Many WW! soldiers' records were destroyed in a fire, but those that survive are in The National Archives at Kew. Also there will be the regimental diaries which would give information about where he was fighting.

    You might find a report of his death in his hometown local paper which might provide a bit more information for you.
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    First World War.com - On This Day - 18 August 1916

    tells you what was happening 18 Aug 1916 in WW!. You might need to see what was happening in the days previously to work out where your chap was injured.
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    Puzzled by Walter E Element born c1897. No likely birth registration in indexes on Ancestry, though there is a Cecil Walter J Element born 1897 in Wandsworth.

    1901 census has a Walter Element born abt 1897 Croxley, Hertfordshire, living in Rickmansworth, Hertfordshire with parents Henry and Eliza.
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    If a man died his papers wont be there - they were all taken out and destroyed in a clear out years ago.

    Only men who survived have a likelihood of their papers surviving, that's if they weren't burnt in WWII by the bombing.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Little Nell View Post
    Puzzled by Walter E Element born c1897. No likely birth registration in indexes on Ancestry, though there is a Cecil Walter J Element born 1897 in Wandsworth.

    1901 census has a Walter Element born abt 1897 Croxley, Hertfordshire, living in Rickmansworth, Hertfordshire with parents Henry and Eliza.
    Yes thats him, sorry I got waylaid on Ancestry, was looking at their pension records and have come across Walter's brother Herbert.

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    Chrissy,

    if you're very interested in researching the day he died, it would mean a trip to Kew to look at the War Diary of his regiment. It may mention how/when he died, it will depend on if it was a big battle or not.

    Someone on the WW1 Forum has probably researched the Middlesex Regiment & will probably be able to tell you.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Snowdrops in Bloom View Post
    If a man died his papers wont be there - they were all taken out and destroyed in a clear out years ago.

    Only men who survived have a likelihood of their papers surviving, that's if they weren't burnt in WWII by the bombing.
    Not sure what you mean by that.

    My great uncle was killed on 7 Oct 1916, and his name is one of those on the Thiepval Memorial. I was able to see his service record at Kew, and it was very moving to be able to do so. (FTF was kind enough to take my article about the search for info about him, and include it in their November magazine.)

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