This Weeks New Research

The Four new research pages this week in WW1 Lives are, a member of the Women’s Legion from Berkshire, an officer from the 6th East Kent Regiment, a Royal Engineer from Aberdeen and a member of the 3rd London Regiment from Chelsea. Click on the Description Headings to discover more on their lives.

Norman Wreford Birkett

The Buffs

Norman Wreford Birkett was born at Chislehurst, Kent. After completing his studies, he was to move to Canada and on the outbreak of war joined the 8th Canadian Infantry. He was to transfer to the 6th East Kent Regiment where he was injured in an attack. To find out more of his story click the above heading.

James Frederick Sandham

Neuve Chapelle

Serjeant James Frederick Chapelle, known as Frederick was born at Chelsea, London and had previously been a Printer prior to the war. On joining the 3rd London Regiment he was to find himself in Malta before heading to France where his unit was to join the Indian Army Corps. He was to take part in the Battle of Neuve Chapelle on the 10th March 1915. To find out more about his story click on the above heading.

Women’s Legion Badge: © IWM – (INS 7778)

Women’s Legion

Kathleen Wells or Birkett, was born and brought up in Appleton, Berkshire, and had belonged to a reasonably well off family. At the start of the Great War she was to join the Women’s Legion and acted as a driver within that organisation before moving into the Women’s Royal Air Force in 1918. To find out more about her story, click the above heading.

James Cruickshank


Sapper James Cruickshank was born at Old Machar, Aberdeen where he was employed within a sawmill. On enlisting into the army he was to join the Royal Engineers. It is believed that he did not serve in a foreign field but spent all his time within the U.K. To find out more about his story click on the above heading.

Published by The Moon's a Balloon

I am based in the north of Scotland in the small village of Aberlour. Having served in the Royal Scots Dragoon Guards in the 1980's, I have a keen interest in military history, in particular the stories of those who served. I was a remote volunteer for the Imperial War Museum website, however that centenary project has now finished and I felt the need to continue with my research and hopefully it will be of interest to others.

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