Thanks very very much for your reply, I was getting worried that no one was replying. Will definetely give it go.
Monday is the start of another week and hopefully of success
The scp suggestions seems alot clearer and easier for me to try first.
As there is only about 4 users on the new server and I think I have setup the directory structure quite simple
So following your advice
scp /home/user1 firstname.lastname@example.org/shareddirectory.
scp /home/user2 email@example.com/shareddirectory.
They will only be storing word, excel docs. so hopefully the above commands will grab the whole home users directories.
Sounds like once those commands work, I could add those commands to some of script to automate it. But that will be next step in figuring how to create them for linux.
Will keep this posted.