The hunt for Patrick Vaughan’s service record resumes

14 Feb

My attention had now turned once again to Patrick Vaughan, the second husband of my 2x great-aunt Kate Vaughan, and trying to find his First World War service record.

I had discovered that Patrick was a Canadian and an attestation record on the Library and Archives Canada website proved to be a good match, but I wasn’t 100% certain that this was my man. If I was going to order a copy of his full service record then I needed to be absolutely certain that I had the correct Patrick Vaughan.

My first attempts to find out more about Patrick were largely unsuccessful, I didn’t really know where I should be looking. There were a couple of interesting possibilities hidden behind pay-walls, but by and large nothing that seemed a good match, until I stumbled across a headstone for a Patrick Vaughan on Find A Grave.

This headstone was in Taber Cemetery, and Kate and her family had been heading for Taber when they landed in Canada, this seemed a good match. Furthermore, this was a military headstone, presumably erected by the local branch of the Royal Canadian Legion, and it gave a the same regimental number as the attestation record.

This looked like the missing link I needed to confirm that the attestation record was for my Patrick Vaughan, but still I wasn’t certain. If only there had been some mention of Kate on the headstone, but it only had a date of death (2nd September 1934). I was still left pondering whether I had enough evidence to order the service record.

Then came my eureka moment. I was soaking in the bath, but my brain was still in Canada, trying to justify the cost of the service record. Then it occurred to me, I had the perfect way of confirming if I had the right man. Patrick had signed his attestation form and of course he would have signed the marriage register.

If I could match those two signatures I could safely order the service record in the knowledge that this was my man. It was so simple and so obvious, I didn’t leap straight  out of the bath, but when I did get out I made a note to check the original marriage register when I next go to the East Sussex Record Office (the copy of the marriage certificate I have doesn’t have the actual signatures of the bride and groom).

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4 Responses to “The hunt for Patrick Vaughan’s service record resumes”

  1. Annette Fulford February 15, 2012 at 2:52 pm #

    Found Patrick Vaughan’s obituary:
    Calgary Daily Herald, September 5, 1934, page 12, column 5
    Taber District Pioneer Dies

  2. miltonlegion February 15, 2012 at 4:43 pm #

    Richard again from Milton Ontario – I put up a request for any additional information on our CEGSG (Canadian Expeditionary Force Study Group) Forum and Annette has found the Obituary notice in the Calgary Herald of September 5, 1934.

    The extracted article is on her photobucket site here:

    The link to that page in the newspaper is here:

    Annette has your link and may be here to post as well.


  3. miltonlegion February 15, 2012 at 4:46 pm #

    I forgot to mention – the web site for the Taber Cemetery is here:

    I suspect they have more information in their register and they show their e-mail address.

    There is also a link to the Lethbridge Chapter of the Alberta Genealogical Society who I am sure can also provide more information.



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