The power of the internet to help

Back in November we asked for your help on behalf of one of our blog readers who was hoping to find a photo of her relative Pte Dagless.

Whenever we publish a post here a link is also Tweeted and within hours of the plea being made the Internet has shown just how awesome it could be.

First of all historian Steve Smith got in touch and filled in some of the details surrounding Pte Dagless’s service and how/where he died.  This was actually at the 3rd Battle of Gaza where the Norfolk Regiment lost 37 men and officers. Thanks to Steve’s research we also now know that Nelson had a brother, Robert, who also served in 1st Norfolk Regiment (and the Royal Fusiliers and the Labour Corps) – Robert survived the war.

In addition to this extra information Steve let us know where Nelson Dagless was laid to rest, in a Commonwealth War Graves cemetery in Gaza. He also put us in touch with the man who tends the graves in this cemetery…

The Internet miracle then continued as Ibrahim Jeradeh then went out and took a photo of Nelson Dagless’s headstone and sent that through to us.

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We may not (yet*) have an image of Pte Nelson Dagless himself but the speed and generosity of our followers has certainly helped one family learn more about their relative and connected more people as they research family history.

 

*the power of the original post has me wondering if we will have a seasonal miracle and that a photo of Pte Dagless might just arrive as we share the rest of this story!

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