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THANK YOU FOR NOT EMAILING US
BEFORE READING THE INFORMATION AND ADVICE
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FIRST AND FOREMOST - PLEASE BE PATIENT.

One of our members served in Afghanistan and I sent him gifts. When he came home, I continued to send gifts of sweets, magazines, CD's, DVD's and goodies and asked in our magazine, Emma Gee, if members would also like to contribute.
There was a good response from several people who also acted as central 'forwarding station' for gifts.
One person mentioned the cause at his local church, Holy Trinity, and the people responded magnificantly and so far have sent dozens of parcels of goodies to our troops.
These come from the people of Tewkesbury - all the more remarkable since these are people whose homes were devastated in the summer floods.
Well done to the people of Tewkesbury, such generosity of spirit deserves mention.
May your days be merry and bright and all your Christmases be light (their Christmas lights were destroyed in the floods and people loaned the council money to buy more).

A group of members are researching with a view to writing a history of the Corps. If you can help or would like to participate, let us know and your details will be forwarded to the group.
Members take photographs of individual gravestones of MGC men, this is our way of trying to ensure that each man who gave his life is remembered and every one is visited as a special individual act of Remembrance. We have a collection of several thousand photographs. If a member is unable to visit the grave of a relative, we will try to obtain a photograph.
If you are going abroad, especially to far flung places, we would really appreciate it if you could look out for MGC graves and photograh them. We can give you a list of graves near any town in any country you visit.
We also welcome photographs of UK graves.
If you are able to take photos, please ensure you also take a close up of the base of the headstone since the only way to know if there is an inscription paid for by a relative is to actually see the gravestone. And also some pics of the general layout and location of the cemetery.
You may like to read the following Books:
With a Machine Gun to Cambrai by George Coppard.Cassell 1999.
The Mudhook Machine Gunner By Allan Mott (Galago Books)
The Machine Gunner (Imperial War Museum Books)
You may be interested to know that this book was recently re-printed and was available in the shops to commemorate the 90th Anniversary of the formation of the Corps.

Research - Donation Required

Research into individual soldiers cannot be financed by the OCA and due to the massive increase in requests for advice, there now has to be a charge for such help and advice so that the OCA can benefit from all the time given.
Please note, the payments for this are given totally to the MGC/OCA. The Honorary Secretary and other helpers give their time free. 

MGC Database

The OCA has made a small start on a database of MGC men and welcomes information on individual soldiers to add to this. However, one member has a database of approx 51,000 men and has generously agreed to check this database for any mention of your relative when you make a donation.
N.B.This donation (minimum of 5) is payable whether there is a result or not.
Please send your cheque, made out to MGC/OCA, to Mrs Judith Lappin, Penfro, 111 Main Street, Pembroke, SA71 4DB and enclose a 1st class stamp.
We want every man who served with the Corps to be remembered as an individual, not just a number and would be pleased to receive copies of documents you hold and a photograph of him.

IF YOU EMAIL, PLEASE DO NOT SEND FILES OF OVER 1 M WITHOUT ASKING FIRST. LARGE FILES FILL OUR MAILBOX AND CAUSE OTHER IMPORTANT MAIL TO BE BLOCKED.

This does not mean send three or four files each of 1M.
General membership and events enquiries may still be emailed to
Mrs Judith Lappin Honorary Secretary at the address below.
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Anyone can go to the National Archive (formerly called the Public Record Office) and search for documents at no cost other than photocopying.


OTHER USEFUL CONTACTS:

As well as running the OCA, which she does for love, Judith undertakes paid research at The National Archives, (formerly PRO) Kew or can recommend a professional and fairly priced alternative person.
Contact:
judithlappin@ntlworld.com

ADVICE

ALWAYS

INCLUDE A SAE OR STAMP WHEN YOU ASK FOR HELP.
Many people assume that 'they' are paid to help
or 'they' get money from the Government to help.
or 'they' can pay for the stationery and stamps needed to answer you.
Generally, 'they' get nothing.
If you want to get your letter to the top of the pile, be polite, be patient, pay your way with a stamp and say thank you after you receive a response too. Many people who help you are unpaid.

THE COMMONWEALTH WAR GRAVES COMMISSION

The Commonwealth War Graves Commission, has it's own web site, where you can visit to see the valuable work that they do. It has an on-line database containing the details of every soldier killed since the onset of the First World War and the site of their burial. Provided that you know the name of the particular soldier, (year of death, nationality also help, but as with many a database, often theless you put in the better the result!) you can utilise this service free of charge.
This site is well worth a visit, why not make a donation to their work as a thank you for the free search?.

Click on icon to go to site.Link to Commonwealth War Graves Commission     


THE NATIONAL ARCHIVE, KEW

The National Archive (formerly known as the Public Records Office) at Kew, is another very valuable source of information. Many soldiers records are held here, (those that survived fires and the Blitz) and information can be found among the War Diaries and Medal Rolls. Their web site, offers valuable information about archives available for research, opening times and advice. A digital photography service can be used free of charge, take along your digital camera (no flash nor tripods allowed) and laptop computer. **You will need ID to get a readers ticket on your first visit.
Their website also offers some on-line searches either free or for small fees. Look for the Medal Card for your relative.
Click on icon to go to site. Link to Public Records Office at Kew     

 


THE IMPERIAL WAR MUSEUM

The Imperial War Museum has a very interesting web site which providing information on all the exhibitions taking place during the year at it's various venues.  The reading rooms at the Imperial War Museum are a valuable source of rare First World War histories which you may find are very useful to you.  You will need to telephone in advance and arrange a visit to the reading room so that the staff can have the documents you require ready for you.  In additional to documents and printed books, there are exhibits and firearms, sound, film, photographic and art archives. If you are unable to get to London, you will find that the staff there are very helpful and will assist you in anyway that they can.



Click on icon to go to site.   Link to Imperial War Museum           



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Articles written by Judith Lappin and
Keith Stephenson