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Determining the location of No. 47 Casualty Clearing Station in March 1917?

Like all British Army units Casualty Clearing Stations kept war diaries. You can download that for 47 CCS for the relevant (for a small fee) from http://discovery.nationalarchives.gov.uk/details/r/...
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Identifying 1910 Russian Town Name "Swel"

I think it is Новоград-Волинський, which is transliterated as Novohrad-Volyns'kyi, Novograd-Volinskiy, etc. and is also known as Zhvil, Zvil, etc. This is in the Zhytomyr Oblast in northern Ukraine. ...
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Tracing my Swiss German roots through to World War I an unknown fallen soldier

Update: new information on birth place Let’s sum up what we know for sure: You had a great-grandfather with the surname Rebholz What we assume: He was born in Sigmaringen What is unknown: his ...
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Returning World War I era German dog tags?

I would contact Volksbund, an organization that takes care of German war graves, and Deutsche Dienststelle (WASt), a federal organization maintaining records on servicemen, and ask if it helps to ...
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Reference Key for Injuries for WWI German Casualty Lists?

Casualties in the Verlustlisten include the following keys and abbreviations: t or † (“tot”) – dead gefallen – killed in action † an seinen schweren Wunden – died because of his serious injuries v. ...
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Determining the location of No. 47 Casualty Clearing Station in March 1917?

According to this letter from the Ministry of Pensions to the British Red Cross Society Records Office posted on George Laughead's website The Medical Front WWI, it looks like CCS 47 was indeed in ...
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Confirming if relative received medal in WW1 before death

You've blurred out the details of what medal it was but looking on Ancestry I can see that it appears to be the 1914–15 Star which was awarded to anybody that served in any theatre between 5 August ...
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What uniform is this (US Army branch, where and when)?

The uniform is from the time around World War I (see, for instance, World War 1 Uniforms and US Enlisted Uniforms 1900 - 1918: Part 2: Uniform Patterns (Enlisted) Army). The uniform style doesn't ...
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German POW Camp records for WWI

The Deutsche Dienststelle (WASt) holds Approximately 1.500.000 files (residue) on foreign P.o.Ws. in German custody. (Assets of the Deutsche Dienststelle) I wrote a little bit on using records ...
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What are these abbreviations in a Verlustliste (zurueckgeh, krgef, A)?

This means that he was retained (“zurückgeh.” = “zurückgehalten”) by a neutral country until now (“bish.” = “bisher”), as this list of abbreviations for the navy lists suggests. Now he is prisoner of ...
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Identifying Australian soldier named Bennett in World War I photograph (1917)?

I was thinking perhaps the second initial was a "T", so I did a quick search of the South Australian BDM index (run by GenealogySA) and found a P. T. (Patrick Thomas) Bennett, who seemed about the ...
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Tracing my Swiss German roots through to World War I an unknown fallen soldier

Update: Since the original question and the early answers were written, John has found out that his great-grandfather was not born in Kreuzlingen, but Sigmaringen, now in Baden-Wurttemberg in Germany. ...
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Finding details of where Polish soldier in German Army was living before Great War?

The 113th infantry regiment was from Baden (Freiburg im Breisgau). The garrison for the 113th infantry regiment can be looked up online, e.g. in GenWiki or in the literature ( Das 5. Badische ...
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Verifying that Josef Berg died as shown in WWI German military record and finding his grave?

For searching in the Verlustlisten you shouldn't use Ancestry’s incomplete version, but the complete and manually indexed version by Compgen - Verein für Computergenealogie: Verlustlisten Erster ...
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What uniform is this (US Army branch, where and when)?

Well, building off of Robert Shaw's answer, it appears to me that the person in the photograph is wearing a Type I unit disk, which puts the photo somewhere between 1910 and 1937. According to both ...
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Translating WW1 German postcard?

Sectioned using photo orientation in question. German transcript (mis-spellings per original), followed by English translation: [top left] Von Zum An[d]enken 1916 From ___ For remembrance 1916 [...
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Is M.-Gladbach an abbreviation for Mönchengladbach in the Verlustlisten 1. Weltkrieg?

Yes. The place however indicates the place of birth or sometimes the last residence before being drafted. The date should be the birth date.
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When was Paul Theodore Spranger deported back to Germany?

Unfortunately there is no single list in the UK for internees. The National Archives have a guide which covers the various items they hold, both of internees and those exempted for internment, but ...
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WW1 German military service in 124th infantry regiment

Please see my answer on How to find information on German soldiers from World War I and World War II? for general research strategies. I did not find Caro Naphtali in the Verlustlisten, so – if the ...
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What can I assume from consecutive regimental numbers?

These are reasonable assumptions, but not concrete proof. I have not looked at the Worcestershire Regiment before but the battalion structure for WW1 is given on The Long Long Trail. There appear to ...
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Number stamped on reverse of US WWI Draft Registration Card?

I have a similar card and from browsing cards in the same series, we can see that These numbers are not unique, several successive draft cards have the same number. The only difference seems to be ...
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Where can I find the records of WW1 deserters?

You don't say where your grandfather came from, so I will answer based on the assumption that he was from the UK. There is no central list of those who deserted during the war. The first place to ...
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Determining if Medal Card is for relative William James Truckle or another man of same name

Some of the specific techniques that can be used are to be found on the Long, Long Trail's "How To Research a Soldier". There are several points that might be raised: How many William James ...
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Is M.-Gladbach an abbreviation for Mönchengladbach in the Verlustlisten 1. Weltkrieg?

Yes. Mönchengladbach was called München-Gladbach (shortened to M.-Gladbach) between 1888 and 1929, then Gladbach-Rheydt, then München Gladbach without the hyphen, then Mönchen Gladbach. Only in 1960 ...
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World War I Military service for Canada by Belgian living in USA?

In 1917 if a Belgian living in the US wanted to fight for his country of birth then I suspect his thought process might be: How viable was it to sail to Europe and enlist for Belgium - I suspect it ...
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Source for Russian Army records for the WWI period

There is a Russian website that has a project going to provide the data within pdf format spreadsheets. These are also in Russian and provided according to Russian province. You can find these records ...
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Instructions for World War I Draft Cards (US)?

The answer might be pretty mundane. The entry seems to simply be an estimate made by the registrar at the time of registration: [...] Question 1.—Tall, medium, or short (specify which)? Slender, ...
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Tracing WW1 German soldier who died in battle?

I outlined research options in my answer on How to find information on German soldiers from World War I and World War II? For research using the Verlustlisten you should choose the one provided by ...
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Accessing Italian World War I records online?

Military Records (Foglio) are kept by region. You need to know which region or province your ancestors were born. My father was born in Teramo Province. I sent an email (in Italian) to the Teramo ...
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