War Office 1916

Discussion in 'Looking for someone' started by liverpool annie, Feb 21, 2009.

  1. liverpool annie

    liverpool annie New Member

    How would I go about trying to find somebody who was at the War Office in 1916 ? ... I have no idea in what capacity - but I'm thinking fairly " high up " !

    I'd appreciate any ideas !

    Annie :)
  2. forester

    forester New Member

    Are we talking military or civilian, or is it all hush-hush? ;) :cool:
  3. liverpool annie

    liverpool annie New Member

    I'm not sure to be honest Phil ! .... on the service papers of one of my "boys" ...

    it gives his brother at the War Office and a sister in Essex !! :rolleyes:
  4. forester

    forester New Member

    Tried searching TNA for a service record?

    Some of the top Staff seem to have MICs without stepping outside the UK as well.
  5. liverpool annie

    liverpool annie New Member

    No ... I didn't try that ... I did the usual Google ... in case he was a head honcho or something ... but nothing !

    His name is Walter Furlong ... and that's absolutely all I know !! :rolleyes:
  6. liverpool annie

    liverpool annie New Member

    And I just found sister was living in Buckhurst Hill Essex !! :)
  7. forester

    forester New Member

    That was like getting blood out of a stone. :D
    So that was why you were looking for Buckhurst Hill as well.

    Apart from the fact that a firm I worked for about thirty years ago had their head office there, I know absolutely nothing about the place. :p

    I was trawling through the National Archives Catalogue earlier, but couldn't see any major deposits of War Office staff files.
  8. liverpool annie

    liverpool annie New Member

    I was looking to see if I could find the Woodford Times .......... just in case there was any mention of the family ... but Walter probably lived in London !! :(
  9. forester

    forester New Member

    I can't see anything in the MICs or Officers Service Records.

    Do you reckon he's likely to warrant mention in the Times?
    I can access the archive through the library and can take a look tomorrow night, if you want.
  10. liverpool annie

    liverpool annie New Member

    I looked in MIC's too ... but I really didn't think I'd find anything ... because I don't believe he was military .... !! ... it did have (F4) after his name ... does that mean anything ... or is that just a doodle or something ??

    Annie :)
  11. Dolphin

    Dolphin New Member

    There's no W Furlong in the Army List for October 1916. The closest matches are an A W Furlong and a D W Furlong; could either of these be your man?

  12. liverpool annie

    liverpool annie New Member

    I have no idea I'm afraid Gareth .... :( ... all I know is ...... his name is Walter !

    Are they just initials that you have there ?

    Annie :)
  13. forester

    forester New Member

    From London Gazette, Issue 31772, page 1657. 9th February 1920.

    General Staff Officers 3rd Grade.
    Lt D W Furlong, OBE, MC, Royal Berks Regiment, relinquishes the temp. rank of Captain, 6th Oct. 1919.


    There should be a bit there to work on, to see if he's your man or not.
  14. forester

    forester New Member

    His name is Dennis Walter Furlong.

    He has at least half a dozen mentions in the London Gazette, all Royal Berks Regiment and mostly Staff.

    I've jotted down the Issue/Page references if you want them.
  15. forester

    forester New Member

  16. liverpool annie

    liverpool annie New Member

    Oh my !!!!!!!!!!! ....... Thank you ! :D

    D W sounds good doesn't he ??
  17. liverpool annie

    liverpool annie New Member

    If you'd rather email me that stuff .... that would be OK too ! :)

    Interesting he got an OBE too !!

    Annie :)
  18. liverpool annie

    liverpool annie New Member

    Look what I found ...... :(

    Initials: D W
    Nationality: United Kingdom
    Rank: Brigadier
    Regiment/Service: General Staff
    Secondary Regiment: Royal Berkshire Regiment
    Secondary Unit Text: and
    Age: 43
    Date of Death: 05/09/1940
    Awards: D S O, O B E, M C
    Additional information: Husband of Nancy Furlong (nee Charrington) of Chippenham, Wiltshire.
    Casualty Type: Commonwealth War Dead
    Grave/Memorial Reference: Grave 76.

  19. liverpool annie

    liverpool annie New Member

    Though I don't think this is him ! .... oh now I don't know ! :confused:

    If he was only 43 when he died in 1940 ..... he would have been too young in 1915 to be NOK wouldn't he ? ...

    though I say that - he would have been 18 and old enough to serve !

    Grr I can't think .... on the blacksheep site they have a photo of him .... :)

    photo dennis walter furlong


    Brigadier/ D.W. FURLONG/ D.S.O., O.B.E., M.C./ The Royal Berkshire Regt/ 5th September 1940. Aged 43

  20. forester

    forester New Member

    DWF was born Sept Qu. 1897; Brentford 3a 77
    Married Dec Qu. 1929; Wokingham 2c 1171 to Nancy Isabelle Cecil Charrington. She remarried to Field Marshall John Greer Dill in 1941.

    I would guess that back then, if you were under 21, you were a minor; but does that affect being next of kin?

    Do you know why he was awarded the OBE. It looks like it was 1920, so only 23.

    This is his MC citation from the London Gazette Issue 30001, Page 2983, 26th March 1917

    Lt. Dennis Walter Furlong, R. Berks. R.
    For conspicuous gallantry and devotion
    to duty. He made a dangerous reconnaissance
    under very heavy fire, and sent in
    an invaluable report. Later, he moved up
    some men to fill a gap and placed several
    machine guns in a favourable position.

    The only other Walter Furlongs I can find around that time are a Boston priest and a member/leader of the Republican Youth Association.

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