Many apologies if you did try to contact me over the past year or so and didn't get a response.
The centenary of the carnage that was the Great War hasn't helped my situation. Any number of people have decided to have a go at researching the men on their local war memorial and enquiries have risen many times the previous levels. And there was I thinking that the Bedfordshire Yeomanry wouldn't stir up much interest !
One item that did get my attention recently was the fact that Findmypast has the Royal Artillery attestation papers 1883-1942 online. As some of you know, finding a soldier's service details after WW1 (for any regiment) means a request to the Ministry of Defence, but the attestation papers are sometimes just as valuable. The post-WW1 papers for the different regiments and corps are scattered about the country in various museums and archives but those for the Royal Artillery are now available to all those with a subscription to FMP. It attracted my attention because the Bedfordshire Yeomanry became a Royal Artillery regiment after WW1 and I just wondered if some of my WW1 chaps appeared in the records ? I have taken advantage of a 14 day free trial with FMP and have started to search some of the more obvious candidates. Unfortunately, it appears that those that did serve in WW1 must have decided that they'd had enough or were perhaps too old to continue. So far, I've found 3 of the old warhorses who decided to re-enlist in the newly mechanised unit - I was already aware of 2 of them, so not much of a boost to the data. But at least it's all free !