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My father's cousin recently told me that her dad was responsible for running a club for British soldiers in post war Berlin. He was posted there from the end of the war until at least March 1946. He was a private in the Royal Artillery but his job working in hotels before the war gave him the experience to run the club. He also booked musicians and acts to perform there on a regular basis, these acts were mainly German.

She had two photographs of the interior, see below. Sadly there is no writing on the back save for the photographer's stamp which says - Foto. Werkstatt, W.Hoven. Credfeld DAH LER DYK 182.

The third photo of the soldiers in uniform may be from the same location but I'm not sure.

I can identify a poster on the wall of the club in the background of one of the photos which says, Athletics. This indicates that it is a club connected to the British and the Army rather than a German club. I did wonder if it was connected to the NAAFI but the photos I found of the NAAFI club in Berlin looked different to this.

I would love to know where the club was and if it is still there. Can anyone identify it or does anyone have any idea which clubs British soldiers used in Berlin in late 1945/early 1946? Any information will be gratefully received.

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My grandmother gave me this photo a long time ago, it is a portrait of my great great grandparents Thomas and Susan Grant. I thought I had lost it but recently found it again. It must date from the early 1850s because he died in 1855.

it is very dark and faded, can anyone clean it up for me?

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I have finally managed to trace my ancestor back to Ireland where my grandmother said her mother's family originally came from. I have found a baptism record for Patrick Higgins born in Dublin in 1783 at St Andrew's Church in Dublin City. The page is very faded but it is readable - he is the fifth one the page. I understand that his and his father's name have been abbreviated to Patte but what I can't read are the words after that. It looks like St Maa what I assume is an address beginning with R or K - does anyone know what it says?

Also are their any experts on Irish records who would help me to get further back or point me in the right direction. I was told that Patrick was a mariner but there is no occupation listed here. Can I find out more?

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The Common Room / Help needed identifying ships sailed by a master mariner
« on: Wednesday 21 December 16 18:17 GMT (UK)  »
My ancestor was a master mariner in the 1850s and one of his certificates of service shows that he worked his way up from an apprentice at the age of 16 to a master (ie a captain) at the age of 35 in 1851. The back of the document shows a list of the various ships he worked on. I would like to find out more about them but I've having trouble identifying the right ships, especially the last one Rose which was the first ship he captained.

I believe they were mostly steam ships and some were operated by P&O. Can anyone point me in the right direction of where I can find the right ships based on what is written here and locate details of where they operated and maybe even pictures of them, etc.

Any help would be appreciated. The certificate is attached.

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I was given this photo many years ago by an elderly relative many years ago, she told me she thought it was her great grandparents James and Jane Higgins.  He was born in 1853 and was a boatswain although he gave up working on the sea when he was in his thirties. However it seems possible that it could be his father and mother Bartholomew and Jane Higgins. He spent his whole life at sea from an apprentice at the age of 15 until his death at 65, becoming a master mariner in 1851.

If the photo is of James and his wife it will date from the late 1870s or 1880s, but if it Bartholomew it will be earlier circa 1850-1870. Can anyone tell from the way the lady is dressed which decade it is from, and can anyone tell if the man is wearing the uniform of a master mariner or just a boatswain/seaman? This will help me establish who it is in the photo. Thank you.

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My great-grandfather Robert Victor Lay was born in 1888 in Chelsea, London. He and his brother George Henry (b 18889, Marylebone) were actually born under the name Bloomfield and their father was George Bloomfield but were adopted by Walter Lay when he married their mother Ruth Ellen Bloomfield, nee Bellward in 1892.Looking for descendants of George Henry Lay b 1889 Marylebone brother of Robert

My great-grandfather Robert Victor Lay was born in 1888 in Chelsea, London. He and his brother George Henry (b 1889, Marylebone) were actually born under the name Bloomfield and their father was George Bloomfield but were adopted by Walter Lay when he married their mother Ruth Ellen Bloomfield, nee Bellward, in 1892.
My grandfather was bought up by his grandparents when his father died in 1918 and he partly lost contact with his brothers and sisters and aunts and uncles. For this reason my great-grandfather Robert Victor Lay has always been a bit of a mystery figure and because he died such a long time ago. Also his widow remarried (to John Ryan) and her home was bombed during WWII and she lost all her possessions including any family photographs.

I have recently done some research on his brother George and discovered that he married Annie Raper in 1908. He briefly worked as a carman for the Anglo Oil Co before joining the army for a year, then he worked with his brother for the LNWR at Camden as a carman. He signed as a soldier in the great war and suffered an injury to his hand where he lost a finger. He spent some time in prison due to absconding during  the war and I have just discovered that he got into trouble with the place after the war and spent more time in prison. His job after the war was described as a general dealer. He carried on living in the Chalk Farm/Kentish Town area  all his life.

He had at least two children, George and Frederick, and possibly others later. He died in 1953 and his wife about ten years later. I am looking to find any of his descendants who may have memories of George and his brother Robert. I get the impression that because they had a different father to their siblings that they spent a lot of time together and were quite close until Robert died in 1918. It would also be nice to see any photographs of George and Robert and other Lay family members because as I said any my family had were sadly lost.

If anyone can help with memories of the Lay family I would be very grateful.
My grandfather was bought up by his grandparents when his father died in 1918 and he partly lost contact with his brothers and sisters and aunts and uncles. For this reason my great-grandfather Robert Victor Lay has always been a bit of a mystery figure and because he died such a long time ago. Also his widow remarried (to John Ryan) also her home was bombed during WWII and she lost all her possessions including any family photographs.
I have recently done some research on his brother George and discovered that he married Annie Raper in 1908. He briefly worked as a carman for the Anglo Oil Co before joining the army for a year, then he worked with his brother for the LNWR at Camden as a carman. He signed as a soldier in the great war and suffered an injury to his hand where he lost a finger. He spent some time in prison due to absconding during  the war and I have just discovered that he got into trouble with the place after the war as well and spent more time in prison. His job after the war was described as a general dealer.

He had at least two children, George and Frederick, and possibly others. He died in 1953 and his wife about ten years later. I am looking to find any of his descendants who may have memories of George and his brother Robert. I get the impression that because they had a different father to their siblings that they spent a lot of time together and were quite close until Robert died in 1918. It would also be nice to see any photographs of George and Robert and other Lay family members because as I said any my family had were sadly lost.

If anyone can help with memories of the Lay family I would be very grateful.

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Armed Forces / WWI Munitions Workers in Camden Town, N London
« on: Monday 19 September 16 15:55 BST (UK)  »
This isn't an Armed Forces query as such but I thought it belonged here as its related to WWI. My great-grandfather Robert Lay died in 1918. Although only 30 he was never called up to serve in the war, we don't know why but we suspect it could be for medical reasons. His occupation was as a railway porter or loader working at Camden goods Station in Chalk Farm in North London. However when he died in 1918 his occupation was listed as Munitions Worker. Does anyone know where this might have been? Were there any munitions factories in the Camden area where he might have worked and if so what did they make there? Could there be a connection to his job on the railways?

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I have this highly unusual wall mirror which has has a hand tinted photograph of a soldier on it. I believe it dates from he time of WWII but I can't identify the soldier.

I have never seen another mirror like this, one that carries a photo of a loved one, certainly not from that era. I managed to remove the back and found there is a stamped address of the photographic studios which is VG Studios at 9 Kendoa Road, Clapham, London SW. But there is also some handwriting. I believe some of this is a reference to the colours used in the hand tinting of the photo - eyes: black, hair: black and the last line says - suit: khaki drill but it is the top line that I am struggling with. I think it is an address but what does it say?

The back carries a handwritten number - VG or VC 12905 - which I think may refer to the photographic studios numbering system but could it be anything else?

Also can anyone help identify the rank and unit of the soldier from the uniform. It appears to be the type worn by desert rats in Africa but can anyone help further?

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Occupation Interests / My ancestor was a butler - how can I find out more?
« on: Wednesday 04 March 15 16:57 GMT (UK)  »
I discovered that my great-grandfather (b1888) and his younger brother (b1889) had a different father to their siblings and were born several years before their parents were married in 1892. It turned out that their mother Ruth, who was a housemaid, later a nursemaid, had a relationship with a butler (George Bloomfield) and fathered the two children with him. They didn't marry because he was already married. Sadly he developed a brain tumor and died in the Uxbridge asylum before the birth of his second child with Ruth. Before I discovered his death in the asylum I looked on the 1881 Census and found what was the only George Bloomfield of the right age and occupation living with his wife and children at an address in Notting Hill Gate. When I later found his entry to the local workhouse and then the asylum this confirmed that this was the right George.

My question relates to his job. Being a butler I always understood from TV dramas like Upstairs Downstairs and Downton Abbey that butlers lived in and were rarely married, or if they were it was usually to the cook. My ancestor was not living in but was in his own house living with his own family and even had his own servant! Does this mean that he was only a butler during the day and stayed in his own household at night? Was that unusual or quite common place? And how can I find out which family he was butler to?

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