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shoestring
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1 of 76  Tue 26th Mar 2013 11:53pm  
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Amongst my grandfather's papers were 5 letters from friends, Coventry lads, who were enrolled in the 2nd Bn of the South Wales Borderers. Before they set out on the ill-fated expedition to Gallipoli in 1915, they enjoyed nights out at the Gosford Hotel in St Georges Road. The regulars there sent parcels with cigarettes out to them. The letters, from Gallipoli, make sad reading. One of the chaps in the photo I think must be Sgt J Noble but I've no idea which of the others are in the photo. Below are listed the names of the letter writers and other names that are mentioned in them. If anyone has any information about any of these chaps, and their families, I would be very glad to hear from them. Thank you. 10018 Cpl. Tom Dakin 10373 Sergt. J. Noble 10386 Pte E (Tiger) Smith Brummy Howard, possibly Private John Howard, 10027 died 28-5-15* Laury Lewis, died before 1-10-1915 Jerry ???, died 25-4-15 - the day they landed Harry Bodger Nobby Hall Navvy Martin Jack Mandall, Private John Mandall, 9035 died 25-12-15* Harry Dearman Bert Jones, Cpl Herbert Jones, 10182 died 8-5-15* Sgt. James, died 8-5-15 * Details from Commonwealth War Graves Commission Website - named on the Helles Memorial
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morgana
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2 of 76  Fri 15th Aug 2014 9:54pm  
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Gallery of photos Coventry Barracks during the Great War
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dutchman
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3 of 76  Sat 16th Aug 2014 12:26am  
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Amazing pictures Morgana. Thanks for the link Thumbs up
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morgana
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4 of 76  Sat 16th Aug 2014 2:29pm  
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Glad you enjoyed them Dutchman. I enjoyed reading your link too of the brothers from East Street. Smile
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matchle55
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5 of 76  Sat 16th Aug 2014 3:08pm  
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They were very fortunate, my great uncle, Private E.J. Hall who also lived in East Street enlisted in November 1915. Because he was a baker by trade he led a charmed life until late 1918, when, because of the need for men was killed in the fighting around Cambrai. He was killed 13.10.18 fighting with the Seaforth Highlanders. Sad Sad It is my intention to go and lay flowers on his grave.
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Dreamtime
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6 of 76  Sat 16th Aug 2014 3:26pm  
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Another great link from you Morgana thank you. I found the fashions of that era fascinating. Wave
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morgana
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7 of 76  Sat 16th Aug 2014 5:21pm  
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Thank you Matchle55 it's good you remember your granddad's part for the Great War and sharing it with us.
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morgana
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8 of 76  Sat 16th Aug 2014 5:22pm  
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On 16th Aug 2014 3:26pm, Dreamtime said: Another great link from you Morgana thank you. I found the fashions of that era fascinating. Wave
Glad you enjoyed it Dreamtime yes fashion back then like the motor bike Big grin
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artful
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9 of 76  Sat 16th Aug 2014 9:28pm  
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Brilliant pictures of Coventry's history, a great find morgana.
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morgana
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10 of 76  Sun 17th Aug 2014 11:06am  
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Thank you Artful I am pleased you enjoyed the link I found.
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pixrobin
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11 of 76  Sun 17th Aug 2014 11:33am  
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Thanks for the link Morgana. I forwarded it to a friend in New Zealand whom I chat with every evening on Skype. With the fantastic sharpness of the images it led to an evening of searching on the internet as to what camera might have been used. We concluded it must have been a handheld camera by the type of subjects and how they were handled. It could have been a roll-film camera with size 122 negatives (roughly the size of a postcard), but there were also hand-held cameras using glass plates during that era. We tracked all this down by using the internet and is why I always insist I am still learning about photography.
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morgana
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12 of 76  Sun 17th Aug 2014 12:18pm  
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Hope your friend enjoyed them too Pixrobin. I have a photo of my mum born 1919 aged 8 in her class room b&w very crisp and clear, she told me the photographer just placed the film on the classroom windowsill and it developed there on the window while she and the class watched it develop. Edited by member, 17th Aug 2014 1:31 pm
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Wearethemods
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13 of 76  Mon 18th Aug 2014 8:20am  
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matchle55
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14 of 76  Mon 18th Aug 2014 9:24am  
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Thats a pity, you could have looked at the war records for me Wink
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morgana
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15 of 76  Mon 18th Aug 2014 11:08am  
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WWI free record search - Forces War Records
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