This post it late – remembrance day was four weeks ago, and commitments with the WW1 project I’m involved with meant that I didn’t post in time.

One of the challenges for this year’s genealogy blogging was to post a ‘top ten’ of something family history related. This is slightly different, as I don’t want to order the ten into a list that ascribes more worth to one person than to another.

All of these ten people from my family tree died on service in war time – some in WW1, some in WW2.  I never met any of them. Most of what I have learned about them is from online resources, and some of them remain a bit of a mystery to me. Others have affected my life in ways that I could never have imagined.

242010 Private Alfred Coult, 2nd/5th Battalion, King’s Own Yorkshire Light Infantry, killed in action 27 November 1917 aged 33

25323 Private Alfred Tom Dodsworth, 2nd Battalion King’s Own Yorkshire Light Infantry, killed in action 14 April 1917 aged 28

3/6784 Private John W Dodsworth, 10th Battalion, East Yorkshire Regiment, killed in action 25 March 1918 aged 20

12139 Acting Sergeant James Dyke, 8th Battalion South Staffordshire Regiment, died of wounds 4 January 1916 aged 26

9161 Private William Ellam, 2nd Battalion South Staffordshire Regiment, killed in action 15 November 1915 aged 21

222561 Private Ernest Haden, 85th Battalion CEF, killed in action 6 May 1917 aged 18

William Haden, Canadian Merchant Navy, torpedoed 6 February 1941 aged 39

2203 Private Herbert Picken, 7th Battalion Royal Munster Fusiliers, died of wounds 16 August 1915 aged 28

282571 Private Arthur Pool, Lancashire Fusiliers, killed in action 24 March 1918 aged 28

Temp 2nd Lieutenant William Swift, Prince of Wales’ Own West Yorkshire Regiment, killed in action 11 October 1918 aged 23



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