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The O'dell brothers on Gretna War Memorial

 
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Kenneth Morrison



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PostPosted: Sun Dec 11, 2016 7:36 pm    Post subject: The O'dell brothers on Gretna War Memorial Reply with quote

Help please!
Two brothers on the War Memorial in Gretna Green, Dumfriesshire.
CECIL H. O'DELL, PTE. LANCS. FUSILIERS.
FREDk. G. O'DELL , PTE. ROYAL FUSILIERS
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and I'm trying to work out why they are named there.
CWGC has:
Cecil Henry O'Dell age 19 Private (38422) 11th Battalion, Lancashire Fusiliers. Died 7/6/1917.
Frederick George O'Dell age 23 Private (51603) 13th Battalion, Royal Fusiliers. Died 23/4/1917.
Sons of Alfred E. and Susan E. O'Dell, of 11, Sergeant St., Preston, Lancs.

The brothers were born in Ireland and in 1901 the family were in Co. Mayo
Alfred Edward O'Dell 32 b. Co.Dublin, Susan Elizabeth (Cooke) 32 b. Co.Sligo, Fredk George 7 b. Co.Mayo, Edith Alice 5 b. Co.Meath and Cecil Henry 3 b. Co.Longford.
In 1911 the family (except Frederick) were in Dublin with one additional child John Edward 4 b. Dublin.

SDGW has the brothers enlisting in the East Lancashire Regiment in Accrington. Cecil as 26976 and Frederick as 27667 but their medal cards indicate that they only served overseas post 1915 with their Fusilier Regiments.
Silver War Badge records for 26138 thro' to 28118 in the ELR all have enlistment dates of December 1915.

The brothers are named (I think) on the Preston War Memorial but so far I have not found a newspaper report on their deaths.
Has anyone heard of them?
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PostPosted: Thu Dec 15, 2016 1:41 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Ken

There is an Alfred E O'Dell of 36 Annan Road Gretna recorded on the 1920 Valuation rolls via Scotlands People.

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Douglas
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PostPosted: Thu Dec 15, 2016 3:31 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Douglas you are a star - go to the top of the tree Laughing

Many thanks
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PostPosted: Thu Dec 15, 2016 5:05 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Frederick was born 2nd October, 1893 at Roundfort, Co. Mayo, Ireland. Son of Alfred O'Dell (Station Master) and Elizabeth Cooke.

Cecil was born 18th March, 1898 at Edgeworthstown, Co Longford, Ireland. Son of Alfred O'Dell (Station Master) and Elizabeth Cooke.
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PostPosted: Thu Dec 15, 2016 6:17 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Father O'Dell enlisted in the R.A.S.C. in December, 1919 (papers survive on Ancestry). Again, address listed is 36 Annan Rd, Gretna. He provides his occupation as accountant.
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PostPosted: Fri Dec 16, 2016 10:41 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Brilliant find Mark!
The pension record shows that Alfred Edward O'Dell came to work as a clerk/accountant at the HM Munitions Factory, Gretna on 7 August 1916 and was employed there until 27 September 1919.
At the age of 44 he signed up at Carlisle for a year as Private ES/50369 & S/8008 with the RASC in December 1919. He was discharged from H Supply Company in York on 1/12/1920.

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