Mrs Ivy Dobbins ( nee Rafferty) the daughter and family members.
Mr C B Rollins Royal Warwickshire Regiment. … ( photograph on right given to me by Mr C B Rollins son of S Rollins.) Thomas in centre with drum, S Rollins far left in white shirt he has been identified with a cross on his shoulder. No date for this photo given. Apparently they called the band’s conductor ‘the Blue Flash’. The Royal School of Military music could not give me any information on the Warwickshire Band. In 1994 I visited Mt Cyril Rollins.
Manchester library dept
London British library
The Royal Regiment of Fusiliers Museum ( Royal Warwickshire).
The British Film Institute
Toni and Valmai Holt , Biographers of Bruce Bairnsfather
Paul Reed MA military historian
Census and National Archives
Bob Houghton cartoonist 1992
Warwickshire Regiment by Charles Lethbridge Kingsford
Cartoonists at War by Bel Bailey ( local history )
Bullets and Billets, by Bruce Bairnsfather
The Royal Warwickshire Regiment ,by Colonel C J Hart
The Great War Medal Collectors, by H Williamson 2011
With thanks to:-
Dr B Bushaway, military historian
Bill Harriman expert on arms and military collectibles
Many thanks to these 2 recent articles on my research on the real Old Bill.:—-
Carl Chinn’s BRUMMAGEN magazine issue no 176, November 2015……Birmingham’s Old Bill: Thomas Henry Rafferty
The Sunday Times edition 22nd November 2015. ‘oid on, that’s Uncle Tom in that ole’
Wish to remember two soldiers of WW2 of the Royal Warwickshire Regiment Mr F R Belcher and Mr C B Rollins.