TNA, WO 373 Recommendations for Honours & Awards

Discussion in 'Geoff's Search Engine.' started by geoff501, Nov 7, 2010.

  1. geoff501

    geoff501 Achtung Feind hört mit

    I've put up an index file here:

    Geoff's WO 373 lists

    The data is not all loaded yet, but it only takes a few minutes to generate each file.

    The theatre files can be quite big - up to 4MB. There are five large files, (F2B, NW Europe, Middle East, Burma and India, Italy) the others are mostly well under 1MB.

    The WO files are smaller. There is a blank column so energetic folks can fill in the page number from the 'digital microfilm' downloads :)mellow:).
    The files are sorted by name, I'm not sure if this is the best option. I have not checked the microfilm order - it may be the same as the unsorted data order, which would make adding page numbers easier, but it's probably going haywire somewhere.

    I've just tried loading one of the html files into OpenOffice - it works OK and is editable although when you save again as html you get a bigger file size (OpenOffice does not use Geoff's patent pending unbloated file systems). Not tried Excel or its OpenOffice version.

    Any suggestions welcome.

    cheers,

    geoff
     
  2. geoff501

    geoff501 Achtung Feind hört mit

    I have uploaded all the data files now. The number after the link is the number of records in each. Links which are not active means I did not find any WW2 data in that part.

    cheers,

    geoff
     
  3. dbf

    dbf Moderatrix MOD

    Absolutely brilliant, thank you very much for these Geoff.
    If anyone wanted to add page no.s, would you be able to put them into your files?
     
  4. geoff501

    geoff501 Achtung Feind hört mit

    If anyone wanted to add page no.s, would you be able to put them into your files?

    I would have to upload them, to overwrite the originals. They could be put as Excel on here also. I've no particular preference, whatever is most useful. Not tried an excel conversion yet, think it's easily possible.
    I might have a go at adding page numbers to one of them when I've got more time. That's when the problems will be found :huh:
     
  5. dbf

    dbf Moderatrix MOD

  6. geoff501

    geoff501 Achtung Feind hört mit

    It would be easy for me to undo the alpha order. I could keep the alpha version, might be useful for browsing, especially for those transcription errors.
     
  7. dbf

    dbf Moderatrix MOD

    Yes, I prefer your alpha order - as you say it helps with finding the transcription errors - and it does away with needing to know LG date and regimental seniority to have any hope in finding an image.
     
  8. geoff501

    geoff501 Achtung Feind hört mit

    I've put the first 10 files up in unsorted order. I'll check later if they correspond with the order in the microfilm files. Will do the others tomorrow (yawn...busy day...), so either can be used. If the unsorted files are used to enter the page numbers, they can always be re-sorted later in a spreadsheet, if needed.
     
  9. geoff501

    geoff501 Achtung Feind hört mit

    I've put the first 10 files up in unsorted order...
    All uploaded now.
     
  10. dbf

    dbf Moderatrix MOD

    Fine job.
    Will try to make a start on WO 373/49, sometime... :D
     
  11. geoff501

    geoff501 Achtung Feind hört mit

    A list of units found in WO373, might help when searching the NA site as there are many spelling and transcript variations, for example:

    RECCONAISSANCE REGIMENT
    RECONNAISSANCE REGIMENT
    RECCONNAISSANCE SQUADRON
    etc...

    WO 373 Awards Units List
     
  12. dbf

    dbf Moderatrix MOD

    Thanks Geoff, that will come in very handy indeed.
     
  13. BFBSM

    BFBSM Very Senior Member

    Hi all,

    It is so hard trying to find awards on the National Archive website, and obtaining copies of the records.:confused: And I am a little annoyed I find out about the two links below before!:(

    Today I stumbled on some great work that Geoff Sullivan has been doing, namely: Geoff's WO 373 lists

    This combined with the information in http://www.ww2talk.com/forum/136224-post1.html, is a great boon.

    Saves time and money.

    Gotta love it!! :D

    Mark
     
  14. geoff501

    geoff501 Achtung Feind hört mit

    I hope you've found the digital microfilm page. It's been linked before on the forum, worth repeating.

    The National Archives | DocumentsOnline | Refine Browse Criteria

    Downloads are free, but very large files. Then you just have to browse through the very large file to find the bit you want.

    Please feel free to create an index to these files :huh:
     
  15. BFBSM

    BFBSM Very Senior Member

    I hope you've found the digital microfilm page. It's been linked before on the forum, worth repeating.

    The National Archives | DocumentsOnline | Refine Browse Criteria

    Downloads are free, but very large files. Then you just have to browse through the very large file to find the bit you want.

    Please feel free to create an index to these files :huh:

    Certainly did Geoff - this is an excellent piece of work.

    Very impressed.

    Mark
     
  16. Assam

    Assam Senior Member

    Whilst cross referencing an award with the above search engine, I found that this award seems to be absent from this very good research tool.

    How does one get in contact with Geoff in order to have this corrected? or by merely posting this, it will be picked up.

    The Military Medal

    No. 2966508 Bandsman Reginald Edward
    Taylor, The Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders
    (Princess Louise's) (97, St. Paul's
    Road, Walworth).

    http://www.london-gazette.co.uk/issues/35429/supplements/394

    His citation was published in the "Straits Times"

    “His great devotion to duty during bombing and machine-gun attacks was an example to all. At the height of activity he was exposed to great danger in carrying casualties to the ambulances”


    Info courtesy of J Collins Medals.

    Regards

    Simon
     
  17. dbf

    dbf Moderatrix MOD

    Simon
    If it doesn't appear on the TNA index, it won't appear on Geoff's lists, so it's not an error per se. These were intended to help those researchers who were trying to manoeuvre around the vagaries of the TNA search engine eg transcription errors, non-standardized unit names, etc.

    The National Archives | DocumentsOnline | Refine Browse Criteria

    Ref contacting Geoff,
    http://www.ww2talk.com/forum/geoffs-search-engine/30372-tna-wo-373-recommendations-honours-awards.html
    It would have been better to have posted on the above thread rather than starting a new one. (Perhaps mod could merge?)
    Geoff would have likely received a notification of reply had you done so. As it stands at the moment, the standard method of clicking a username and choosing VM on profile page, PM or email would apply. Click on the above link and then on his username, or search the Members List.

    Regards
    Diane

    Edit: WO 373 refers to the TNA Cat ref. which was placed online available to download for free - with no index. The National Archives | DocumentsOnline | Search Results
     
  18. Assam

    Assam Senior Member

    Dianne, Thank you for setting me straight much appreciated

    regards



    Edit by VP - Hi Simon, I merged the threads to retain D's reply.
    Hope that's cool, I don't think sense has been lost ~A
     
  19. geoff501

    geoff501 Achtung Feind hört mit

    Simon,

    Thanks for the update. There must be quite a few missing from the NA index. Anyone googling for these details will probably find your post.

    Cheers, Geoff
     
  20. Roger V

    Roger V Junior Member

    If I can offer a thought on transferring Geoff's hard work to Excel or other format.

    Select the whole page (Ctrl+A) then copy (Ctrl+C).

    Past into Notepad. (this removes html formatting inc the hyperllink), delete the page counter detail at the bottom and anything unwanted at the top of the page.

    Select all again, copy and paste into Excel.
     

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