WW1 Casualty, but who is it?

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  1. Chimp

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    In our church, Knighton, Radnorshire, there is a plaque naming all those who were killed in WW1. It is also repeated on the Cenotaph in town.

    One of the names on there is O. Langslow.

    I visited the CWGC and there doesn't appear to be anyone of that name on their site.

    I have also visited
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     http://www.roll-of-honour.com/Radnorshire/Knighton.html 
    they don't know who he is either.

    What is my next move?
     
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    Huncamunca The Knowledgeable One

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    From the Brecon and Radnor Express, 14 June 1917 (on the Cymru1914 website):

    Killed in Action.
    KNIGHTON SOLDIER'S SACRIFICE
    News was received at Knighton on Saturday to the effect that Pte. Owen Langslow, 47th Canadian Regiment, was killed in action in France on the 30th ult.
    Private Langslow, who was 32 years of age, was the third son of Mrs Langslow the Rookery, Knighton, and was wounded about six months ago. Much sympathy is felt with the bereaved relatives.

    The date of his death, 30 May 1917, and regiment correspond with those given for 463702 Pte J. Langslow by CWGC.

    If his age in the newspaper is wrong perhaps he is the John Owen Langslow whose birth was registered in the September quarter 1881, Clun district?
     
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    MollyMay Knows where to find the answers!

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    There is an Owen Langslow on the 1901 census RG13/2508/49/11 in Clun,
    it might be worth looking at him, if only to eliminate him. I cannot find him in 1911 though.
     
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    MollyMay Knows where to find the answers!

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    Seeing what Huncamunca has just posted, Owen in my post above is enumerated at John Owen in 1891 :)
     
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    Ah yes, I think that must be him, MollyMay: his CEF attestation papers (again as John Langslow) say he was born in Clunbury in May 1881. His next of kin is given as Mrs Langslow of Knighton Rads Wales.

    Perhaps he was already in Canada by 1911?

    http://www.
    bac-lac.gc.ca/eng/discover/military-heritage/first-world-war/first-world-war-1914-1918-cef
     
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    Ah thank you Ladies. That would go along with what is on the Canadian Great War Project.

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    http://canadiangreatwarproject.com/searches/soldierDetail.asp?ID=115797
     
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    In the 1891 census his mother is Hannah.

    In 1911 there is a widowed Hannah living with her widowed sister Mary Brown at the Rookeny, Knighton.

    Bloomin good slewthing there ladies :)
     
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    I haven't yet spotted him on the Canadian 1911 census but here's a John Langslowe, aged 22, born Shropshire, heading off to Vancouver in 1903:

    https://
    familysearch.org/ark:/61903/3:1:S3HT-X9PD-V7
     
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    Thanks Jane. Well he enlisted in Vernon BC so it was in the right area, OK, about a 4 n half hour drive away but still in BC.
     
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    Eventually found him in a FamilySearch transcript of the Canadian 1911 census, in the Kootenay district:
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    familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:QV9P-R4CR

    I think he's the third person from the bottom in this rather indistinct image:
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    data2.collectionscanada.gc.ca/1911/pdf/e001936617.pdf
     
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    Thank you again Jane. This is going to take some writing up.

    Thanks again :)
     
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    (Back then it would likely have taken a couple of days or more to travel there from Vancouver. :eek: I have a heavy foot and it takes me 5 hours on 4 lane highways in good weather. That highway was not around then. )
    Maybe with a destination of Vancouver he decided to stop where the work was and got off of the train when he got to the Rockies..
    I see on the census he was a labourer on the roads so he would have been traveling and could easily have been living near Vernon when he enlisted. At the time of the census he was working well in the Rocky mountains just on the British Columbia side of the BC/Alberta border..
     
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    Thank you Sue ;)
     
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    Whilst doing research on the WW1 casualties from my town, I came across the O Langslow of this thread.

    I linked the site 'Roll of Honour' to my site. This gives a little more info on each person for each cenotaph, but for O langslow they had his name and 'Private. No further information currently available'

    I have now been in touch with the site administrator who has now updated the record using the information from my site.

    Thank you all very much for your help with this soldier.

    His updated record can be seen here
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     http://www.roll-of-honour.com/Radnorshire/Knighton.html
     
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    Fantastic news and a job well done! :D
     
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    Well done Terry, you must be chuffed :)
     
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    I'm more chuffed for the ones that helped me on here, I had no chance of finding him on my own ;)
     
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    There is another one without any details but I think he will remain a mystery.... H Jones.....Jones from Wales :eek::rolleyes:
     
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    How sad. I did a little research on the names on a village cenotaph in 1914. Some I managed to find quite a lot about & others very little. Poor H Jones from Wales forever an enigma.
     
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    Unless someone wants to take up the gauntlet :)
     

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