Geoff's Search Engine for ww2

Discussion in 'Geoff's Search Engine.' started by museumtom, Nov 20, 2007.

  1. museumtom

    museumtom Member

  2. Paul Reed

    Paul Reed Ubique MOD

    Was just about to post this myself. Have certainly found it very useful already. Top marks to the man himself for getting this online!
     
  3. Ron Goldstein

    Ron Goldstein WW2 Veteran WW2 Veteran Patron

    Hi MuseumTom

    I tested both Search engines by entering my late brother's details:

    Goldstein as the surname
    Royal Air Force as the Service
    1945 as the year

    The CWGC gave the correct answer immediately, Geoffs search engine returns "not found"

    Ron
     
  4. Owen

    Owen -- --- -.. MOD

    To test it I looked for cousin Bill.
    I entered Dadge and Royal Air Force.
    The real CWGC site was instant, Geoff's was very slow.

    EDIT, just did Wiltshire Regiment and get 1000 results, now you can't do that on CWGC.
     
  5. Rich Payne

    Rich Payne Rivet Counter Patron 1940 Obsessive

    Tom, That's fantastic - The possibility to search on line by unit and date range - Great stuff !

    I can see me spending quite a bit of time there !
     
  6. Owen

    Owen -- --- -.. MOD

    mm just done, RECONNAISSANCE CORPS. again with 1000 results.
    Think it is maxing out at 1000?

    It is.
    Search results for: + GRENADIER GUARDS. records found: 1000
    Search results for: + LINCOLNSHIRE REGIMENT. records found: 1000
    Search results for: + OXFORD AND BUCKS LIGHT INFANTRY. records found: 1000
     
  7. Rich Payne

    Rich Payne Rivet Counter Patron 1940 Obsessive

    I've been looking at Royal Engineers for 10/5/40-1/6/40 and the results are credible (540 if I remember). Searching per year might help keep things to a reasonable level.
     
  8. Owen

    Owen -- --- -.. MOD

    Find it hard to believe there are only ROYAL WILTSHIRE YEOMANRY. records found: 4
    I thought they saw action in the Desert at Alamein?
    No casualties? Unless they recorded under another Corps? RAC maybe?
    yeomanry.co.uk

    At 1800 hours the Regiment were pulled back with orders to re-equip. They had sustained seven killed, three missing believed killed and thirty-two wounded, including the Commanding Officer who had to be evacuated.......
    ....The Regiment had fifteen killed, twenty seven missing and twenty wounded.

    Total for WELSH GUARDS. records found: 696.
    So any unit who had under 1000 casualties comes out OK it seems.
     
  9. Paul Reed

    Paul Reed Ubique MOD

    Remember it's a search engine guys, not a database. I expect it will take some tweaking before it is running as well as the WW1 version he has produced.
     
  10. Cpl Rootes

    Cpl Rootes Senior Member

    I couldn't find any resuslts for my relitives via Geoff. It does say that his records may be incomplete so I won't blame him that much.
     
  11. von Poop

    von Poop Adaministrator Admin

    Remember it's a search engine guys, not a database. I expect it will take some tweaking before it is running as well as the WW1 version he has produced.
    Well said.
    Version 1.0.0.
    Give him a chance. ;)
     
  12. Owen

    Owen -- --- -.. MOD

    This worked ok Search results for: + 01/01/1940 31/12/1940 + WILTSHIRE REGIMENT. records found: 74
    Search results for: + 01/01/1943 31/12/1943 + WILTSHIRE REGIMENT. records found: 59

    Like I said, just can't do that on the CWGC site.
     
  13. Rich Payne

    Rich Payne Rivet Counter Patron 1940 Obsessive

    The BEF searches that I have done have shown me graves in village cemeteries which I couldn't find any other way.

    I'm hoping that it will help me plot how particular units may have retreated to the coast. Very interesting so far.
     
  14. Owen

    Owen -- --- -.. MOD

    The BEF searches that I have done have shown me graves in village cemeteries which I couldn't find any other way.

    I'm hoping that it will help me plot how particular units may have retreated to the coast. Very interesting so far.

    Same here, would never known about this chap without this Search Engine. Only two in that cemetery.

    CWGC :: Casualty Details

    There are lots of them in ones and twos all over the place near Arras.
     
  15. Rich Payne

    Rich Payne Rivet Counter Patron 1940 Obsessive

    I cannot imagine that these small plots are ever visited by anyone interested. Anything which makes them more accesible is a good thing.

    Rich (Planning my retreat to Dunkirk 2010 tour !)
     
  16. Owen

    Owen -- --- -.. MOD

    I've just been doing the same as Rich with the 2nd Wilts lads.
    One is in Poland, several scattered in little plots all the way up to Dunkirk.
    Great help this search engine of Geoff's.
     
  17. geoff501

    geoff501 Achtung Feind hört mit Patron

    Hi MuseumTom

    I tested both Search engines by entering my late brother's details:

    Goldstein as the surname
    Royal Air Force as the Service
    1945 as the year

    The CWGC gave the correct answer immediately, Geoffs search engine returns "not found"

    Ron

    Ron,

    You cannot enter 1945 as a year, you need to enter:

    01/01/1945-31/12/1945

    into the date field to specify a year. This should find him. This allows a date range to be used or enter a particular date as:

    dd/mm/yyyy


    geoff
     
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  18. geoff501

    geoff501 Achtung Feind hört mit Patron

    Find it hard to believe there are only ROYAL WILTSHIRE YEOMANRY. records found: 4
    I thought they saw action in the Desert at Alamein?
    No casualties? Unless they recorded under another Corps? RAC maybe?
    yeomanry.co.uk


    try entering Royal Wiltshire Yeomanry into the unit text field. Yes they are down as RAC.

    geoff
     
  19. Paul Reed

    Paul Reed Ubique MOD

    Keep up the good work Geoff - this is very useful!
     
  20. Owen

    Owen -- --- -.. MOD

    try entering Royal Wiltshire Yeomanry into the unit text field. Yes they are down as RAC.

    geoff

    Cheers Geoff,
    Did that and got the following
    Geoff's Search Engine
    Search results for: + NONE. records found: 70
    So it's me not your search engine.
    Thanks for working on it.
    Great addition to the CWGC site.
     

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