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hi Robin, great to make contact with you, you can with pleasure have all the records I have on Charlie,and Alfred, and the story on his most tresured posession, enough to bring a tear , there are a good few WILLIAMS in the family , and more time needed to let you know more, as you know its going to be a very busy weekend, SO I will get to it on Monday, , I will email you ,regards Tony
I am the grandson of 2648 C W Rodaway MM, and would be very grateful for copies of any documents you may have regarding him or Alfred.
Charlie was running a farm in Canada when he volunteered for Strathcona's Horse and came over to fight. They were assigned an infantry role, and he was wounded at Festubert and in a couple of other engagements (he very rarely talked about it), including being gassed, and he was awarded his MM.
As he was no longer fit for active service, the army logically made him a Physical Training Instructor for a while! After the war he returned to Canada but was unable to manage the farm, so returned to London where he found work as a stevedore in the docks. His most treasured posession was not his MM, but a small gold medal given him by the family of a wounded man he had dragged back from no man's land.
Alfred was reputed to have been involved in secret submarine trials, but all contact with him was lost. It is interesting to see that he lists Diver as one of his trades on his Attestation papers.
We have always thought that William was killed at Ypres, but this seems to have been another William, also from London...bit confusing that one...
hi Leif, no problem, I will get my pal in New South Wales Australia Rick SMALLMAN to sort out the photos, we both research the
HMS Prins Albert. I will send to your email , kind regards Tony Rodaway
Hello! I am a Norwegian journalist working on a story that includes the ship HMS Prins Albert when it was in action in Lofoten in December 1941. Now I wonder if it is OK that I use a picture of the ship from your website, and if so, you can send it to me in a quality that looks good on print. Of course you will get credit as source. But what about the copyrights?
Yours sincerely, Leif Steinholt
HI lANCE, thank you for posting if you want to email me with the information, I will be happy to post it on this site, and on https://www.facebook.com/groups/1447699148852254/ regards Tony
Many thanks, lovely to see my Greta Uncles James and George Smallshaw on your site. This week, 24th August 2017 will be 100 yrs since George was KIA and memorilized here in Belgium.
I have lots of information about them and their other brothers and familes.
As they say here in Belgium for doing this Chapeau !!!