As posted in my Introduction post I started my journey looking for an unknown Smith who killed in action during WW1. The only information I had was from my uncle’s memory that this person died in Belgium 1917 and was probably a machine gunner and that he came from Wolverhampton. Additionally I knew he had a brother Thomas (my grandfather) who married Mary Davies / Davis (can it get any easier?). Going through my father’s papers I had a piece of luck in finding a copy of Thomas’ birth certificate which gave his parents as James Smith and Sarah Hayward (Haywood?) which lead to their marriage at St John’s Church Wolverhampton 29th May 1892. So my “Mr N. K. Smith” was most likely born between 1882 and 1898, a search of freebmd crashed their servers with too many returns for Smith born in Wolverhampton between those dates. So followed a number or years visiting Wolverhampton Archives and trawling through the baptismal records for all the Churches in Wolverhampton, as well as looking at the 1891, 1901 (oh how I wish the 1911 census was available then!) 1891 census Class: RG 12; Piece: 2233; Folio: 108; Page: 13. 1901 census Class: RG13; Piece: 2688; Folio: 183; Page: 33. So in 1901 where are John, David G. and Joseph J. Also where was the father James? And where was son James in 1891? Are Joseph J and James one and the same? During one of my many visits to the archives they had an exhibition by the Western Front Association who agreed to have a quick look for me and came back a couple of weeks later with the following “I have searched "Soldiers Died in the Gt War" CD for Machine Gun Corps / Wolverhampton / Smith and have only one result: Cpl James Smith, 7416, Machine Gun Corps, killed in action 26th October 1917. Born & enlisted Wolverhampton. Formerly 18789 South Staffs Regiment.” Great I have James Smith in my family that has to be him. With great excitement I phoned my uncle to tell him the great news, his reply “it can’t be James as uncle Jim was at your parents wedding in 1964”. Now that was like a dagger through my genealogical heart! It took a little while to get over that and start the search again by which time the 1911 census was out RG14PN17064 RG78PN1052 RD369 SD5 ED12 SN23 So James and Sarah had 13 children of which 4 were living in 1911 Thomas, James, Edward and Dora, Thomas survived the war, Dora would not be a Machine Gunner and also survive the war so that leaves James and Edward. Using the new GRO online index search there is no Edward Smith born in Wolverhampton whose mother surname is Hayward or Haywood between 1900 and 1902 but there is a John Edward Smith born in 1901. A phone call to my uncle to ask who John Edward is or if he remembers anything about him, “oh yes Uncle Ted moved to Lowestoft and had a daughter Ann, me: and was he at my parents wedding? My uncle: oh yes I already told you that, me: no you said Uncle Jim, my uncle: yes that is right everyone called Ted Jim”. So does that mean my Granduncle who was killed in WW1 was called James and if so is he the Corporal James Smith 7416 of the Machine Gun Corps? Now to go and lie down in a dark room as my head hurts after writing that, hope it makes sense to you all.