The initial project was mainly internet based as that enabled a lot of information to be gathered fairly quickly from sources such as Ancestry, Commonwealth War Graves Commission and other web based sources including regimental associations.
Since the launch in September last year we have started to branch out to visits to actual sources of records as more information is not on the internet than is.
We have visited the Stoke on Trent Archives in Hanley to research the Weekly Sentinel’s which have a wealth of information, the library in Cheadle which has copies of the Cheadle Herald which gives local context as well as memorial services to those who died and the Public Record Office in Stafford.
We have also as reported already, visited the Staffordshire Regiment museum at Whittington which we found to be very interesting learning that we were not far off the mark in our work.
At Stafford the 1918 Voters Register was searched to try and locate information relating to several sources including James Henry Wildgoose who continues to evade our attempts to ascertain more information. In addition the parish registers for St Wergburgh’s were searched for any relevant information.
The latest visit was to the Public Record’s Office in Matlock to research the Derbyshire Times and the High Peak News again looking for James Henry Wildgoose sadly another blank was drawn there.
We have to visit the National Archives in London for officer records and will we suspect revisit some locations to conduct further work.
The project is always keen to have any help that is available. If you want to get involved do contact us via the contact page.