Some weeks it just doesn't go well, does it? After a fortnight of research into the Toal side of my family, yielding some exciting and sad revelations, I turned my attentions back to the Browns. Shouldn't have bothered. Might as well have sat window shopping on Ebay.
Generally, I am extremely pleased with the results of my labours - researching "Brown" is a pretty tough ask. But it has gone well - back to the mid eighteenth century, living cousins found, all jolly lovely. But this week has been a little frustrating. I had two goals - the whereabouts of my great-uncle Sidney's Battery at the time of his death in 1917 and a lead on my great-uncle Edwin's St John Ambulance Brigade war record.
To find the answer to my first question I turned to my favourite website - The Long, Long Trail. It is the Holy Grail of all things WW1. So I trawled the (rather long) lists of Divisions trying to find 127th Bristol Heavy Battery. I didn't find it. So I tried again. And then (rather crossly now) again. A fourth attempt was looking futile, so I steeled myself and posted a question on The Great War Forum, fearing that my general ignorance about WW1 was about to be unmasked. It was - a very kind man gently reminded me that Heavy Batteries were not attached to Divisions, but part of a Corps. I have been living under the rock beneath which I crawled ever since.
On the question of the St John Ambulance Brigade, I thought that I had sent a query (very politely and in English) to the SJA museum around a week ago. I must be mistaken, because nobody has replied.
So, all in all, I am a bit browned off (don't know if that is a phrase in use in USA? Comes from RAF slang, meaning "extremely annoyed") with my Brown research.
Here's to a better week next week!