2014 will see the centenary of the First World War. Archives are enormously important for research into the First World War and without records, our knowledge of what happened during the period 1914-1918 would be very limited.
At the archives we never quite know what sorts of records we will receive day to day. In July, we had a hand written First World War diary donated to us, which had been found in a property in Ruthin. This diary starts on 25th September 1915 and ends on 21st November 1916 and is written by Lt Col A.E. Jerman who served in the Royal Army Medical Corps. The depositor could not tell us much information about the item and apart from the name and regiment we know very little about author and how the diary ended up in Ruthin.
After searching family history websites such as ancestry.com and findmypast.co.uk we have found A.E. Jerman’s medal card and found him living in Erith, Kent in 1911, just four years before the First World War broke out. His occupation is noted as ‘Medical Practitioner’ and he was born in Denbighshire in 1873.
So, who was Arthur Edward Jerman? We welcome researchers (new and “old”!) to come and consult the diary and to find out more about Arthur Jerman’s time in the First World War and his background. More in-depth research will help us improve our catalogue and it may prove to be an interesting perspective from a Medical Practitioner during the First World War.
Do you have any records relating to the Denbighshire during First World War that you would like us to preserve for future generations to research? We are appealing for letters, diaries, photographs, personal and business papers relating to Denbighshire’s people and places during the period 1914-1918 to add to our collections. If you have anything you wish to donate please contact us on 01824 708250 or email firstname.lastname@example.org to discuss.