Search to find war family information

Men who volunteered for 'Kitchener's Army' in August or September 1914 in Peterborough. ANL-140923-150802001

Men who volunteered for 'Kitchener's Army' in August or September 1914 in Peterborough. ANL-140923-150802001

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A man is searching to find more information on grandfather who had links to Spalding and Peterborough.

Andy Leatherhead’s grandfather, Tom Ward, travelled from Crowland to join up with his local regiment in World War One and is pictured in a photograph beside other men from the area.

Andy said: “The photo shows men who volunteered for Kitchener’s Army in August or September in 1914 in Peterborough.

“This was part of the new 12th Eastern Division and went on to serve on the Western Front until being disbanded in 1919.

“My grandfather Tom Ward is marked out by a cross at his feet.

“He was born in 1889 and was an ideal age for enlistment and next to him on his right is his cousin Frank Giddins, who was born in 1893.”

Both men survived the war, with Tom dying in 1958 and Frank a little later in February 1963. Andy said: “I never knew my grandfather and am trying to piece together a family biography of this man.

“I would be very interested to hear from any descendants of Frank Ashton Giddins - it is possible that his daughters Joyce Giddins and Joan Baker may still be alive as he didn’t marry until 1928 and if so it is very likely that they are residing in the Spalding Area.

“They were certainly in Spalding at the time of their father’s death and his widow Dorothy passed away only in 2003 also in Spalding.

“I should love to meet with them. I have a further picture of Frank to share with them, and can also give them the common family history via Tom and Frank’s Grandfather.

“Hopefully they may also have some family stories and pictures that might help me.”

Anyone who thinks they might have any information should email kat.wakefield@jpress.co.uk or call 01775 765410.