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April 6, 2017, marked the 100th anniversary of America’s entrance into the Great War. After remaining neutral for three years, the United States reluctantly entered what was supposed to be “The War to End All Wars.” By declaring war, President Woodrow Wilson committed the nation to join the other Allied countries in their efforts to defeat the German-led Central Powers. 89 more words


Into the trenches.

I was talking to my brother the other week about the notion that how far one can trace back one’s family roots has a lot to do with when/by whom it was deemed appropriate to start keeping records of ordinary people. 692 more words

World War I, Family Hero - Arthur Campbell Bell

Arthur Campbell Bell, born 1893,at Picton, NSW, was the tenth child and seventh son of Thomas and Matilda Bell (nee Anderson). He was also a first cousin to my maternal grandmother, Harriet May Bell. 264 more words

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World War I, Family Hero - Kenneth George Vidler

Kenneth George Vidler, born 1894, near Goulburn in southern New South Wales, was the third child and second son of George Angel James and Matilda Vidler (nee Law). 515 more words

Military Records

DoD issues new guidance for veterans seeking discharge upgrades, military record corrections

The Defense Department announced last Friday a renewed effort to ensure veterans know how to request a review of their service records.

“The department encourages all veterans who believe they have experienced an error or injustice to request relief from their service’s Board for Correction of Military/Naval Records (BCM/NR) or Discharge Review Board (DRB),” the announcement reads. 27 more words


Lost Cousins: Sergeant Thomas Findlay MCCLAY (1923-44)

Sgt Thomas Findlay MCCLAY, RAF Volunteer Reserve, 1795998, 432 (Royal Canadian Air Force) Squadron, presumed killed in action in Holland on 28 May 1944. He is… 547 more words

Lost Cousins

Lost Cousins: Sergeant Thomas Alexander MCCORD (1921-41)

Sgt Thomas Alexander MCCORD, 612781, 211 Squadron Royal Air Force, killed in action in Greece/Albania on 6 Jan 1941. He is commemorated at the El Alamein War Cemetery in Egypt. 407 more words

Lost Cousins