Researching a Gordon Highlander who doesn’t seem to exist...

Discussion in 'Searching for Someone & Military Genealogy' started by Hoody321, Jan 23, 2019.

  1. Hoody321

    Hoody321 Active Member

    Hi all, I’m trying to research my great grandad George McAllister McOmish (23/3/1917). I have a photo of him with a Gordon Highlanders cap on, aside from this I know nothing of his units/theatres/time served etc. He was at Dunkirk, apparently being listed as missing for 2 weeks with my great gran receiving a telegram only to discover he was back in the UK.
    Multiple searches online have brought back nothing, so I’m wondering if he used a different name, or perhaps I’m being blind.
    Any help or pointers would be greatly appreciated, as I find it sad that nothing is known of him.
  2. Hoody321

    Hoody321 Active Member

    He was awarded the 39-45 star, war medal and France/Germany star. This is the only photo I have of him in uniform.

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  3. Tricky Dicky

    Tricky Dicky Don'tre member

    OK - well the first place of call is the MOD - Request records of deceased service personnel where you need to apply for his service records - if he exists and was in the Military during WW2 then he will have a record and that will tell you the bones of his story - to go any other route is ................... well silly, except of course if he really does not exist :unsure:

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  4. Owen

    Owen -- --- -.. MOD

    Looks more like a Cameronians cap badge than Gordons. The deer antlers stick out above the wreath on the Gordons.

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  5. Tony56

    Tony56 Member Patron

    Last edited: Jan 23, 2019
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  6. Hoody321

    Hoody321 Active Member

    Cheers for the reply, I have the application ready but didn’t want to apply for the MOD to have no record of him. Think I’ll give it a shot though!
  7. Hoody321

    Hoody321 Active Member

    Brilliant Owen, I had always assumed it was the Gordon’s due to what I thought were antlers, just shows that a second pair of eyes always help!
  8. Tricky Dicky

    Tricky Dicky Don'tre member

    If they cannot find a record then your fee will be returned - so no financial loss to yourself - at least that what I believe happens - give them a ring and ask, they are nice people
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