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I won­dered if you might be able to help me re­search my grand­fa­ther, who fought in Burma dur­ing the Se­cond World War.

On his mar­riage cer­tifi­cate on 1 Jan­uary 1945, he is listed as be­ing a “Ma­jor of the 3rd Batal­lion of The Ajmer Reg­i­ment”. I have tried look­ing up more in­for­ma­tion about this reg­i­ment on­line but there is very lit­tle I can find. I be­lieve that he served in Burma and was pre­vi­ously with the 4th/12th Fron­tier Force Reg­i­ment.

It seems it no longer serves with the In­dian, Pak­istani, Bangladeshi or Burmese armies. Wil­liams123 Belcher fam­ily bit.ly/1ji0Llx I’m try­ing to find out more about the Belcher fam­ily – Al­fred and Mary, then their daugh­ter El­iz­a­beth (my grand­mother) and her hus­band Charles.

They lived at 49 Claren­don Cres­cent, Padding­ton, in the early 1920s and 1930s. There is so lit­tle in­for­ma­tion – I’m quite stuck. My dad ( Wil­liam John Belcher) had a sis­ter called Doris who got run over in 1932 aged about three, and I’m try­ing to find out more about that too. pa­per­chase1968

Royal Marine Light In­fantry bit.ly/1ji0O0w I’m re­search­ing Pri­vate Wal­ter Smith (born 1889), who died on board the HMS Good Hope off Chile in 1914. His pa­pers show he en­listed in 1907 and was ini­tially based in Deal, Kent (pre­sum­ably for ba­sic train­ing).

He then moved to Portsmouth un­til 1909, when he joined the cruiser, HMS Forte. From Forte he spent two months on HMS Vin­dic­tive. Fol­low­ing land post­ings, he joined HMS Good Hope in 1913. This turned out to be his fi­nal ship as she was sunk with the loss of all hands in one of the first sea bat­tles of the war off Coronel, Chile.

My ques­tion is what would Wal­ter’s role/ du­ties/ job have been both on board and with the land post­ings? I have no idea. Ob­vi­ously he wasn’t ‘crew’, so what did he do? phsvm

Cer­tifi­cates for killing game bit.ly/1ji1inx I am hop­ing some­one can point me in the right di­rec­tion. I am re­search­ing my 4x great grand­fa­ther Fran­cis Clearey (Cleary) who was a game­keeper in the early 1800s.

He lived on the bor­der be­tween Tip­per­ary and Of­faly, vil­lage un­known. In the hope of nar­row­ing my re­search, I am try­ing to lo­cate records for the is­su­ing of cer­tifi­cates for killing game and was hop­ing you may be able to help. Al­bertj Ward mar­riage bit.ly/1ji0RcQ I have been look­ing for the mar­riage be­tween a Lot Ward and a lady called Eaney. I do not have her maiden sur­name.

They were both born in Lin­colnshire and on the 1881 census they are aged 45 and 32 re­spec­tively. I re­alise that Eaney is an un­com­mon Chris­tian name and when I looked on FreeBMD just us­ing that name for a birth, it threw up two, but the births were far too late to be the one I am look­ing for.

Any help would be ap­pre­ci­ated. KayFarn­don

Help dat­ing photo of frozen Thames bit.ly/1ji1ov9 Can any­one help me date this photo (above)?

It shows Cleopa­tra’s Nee­dle and a very icy-look­ing River Thames. When en­larged, there ap­pear to be horse-drawn car­riages in the back­ground and some peo­ple can be seen walk­ing along the Em­bank­ment, so their cloth­ing may help, but I don’t know where to start!

Thanks in ad­vance for any help! jpalmer74

CanC you h helpl d datet thi this pho­to­graph of the Thames?

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