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World War One / Who was Robert Pawley?
« on: Wednesday 11 July 18 17:08 BST (UK)  »
St Andrew's Church at Sudbury, Middlesex (London Borough of Brent) currently has a project adding details to the names on its WW1 memorial. One - Robert Pawley -has so far defeated all attempts to identify him either in a wide variety of war records or in BMD records and censuses. Name variants and wildcards have been used in searches. A Pawley one-name study has been contacted but no reply has been received as yet. The only major source which has not yet been tried is local newspapers, which will take a long time to trawl through as Robert's death could have taken place at any time during the war. No parish magazines exist for that period. A number of people named Robert Pawley appear in war records, but there is nothing to link any of them with Sudbury. The situation is complicated by the fact that parish and local government boundaries have changed several times in that area, and that a lot of people were moving there just before WW1 as a lot of new housing was being built. Any suggestions for what to do next would be gratefully welcomed.

Alderney, Guernsey, Jersey, Sark / Macready family, St Helier, Jersey
« on: Thursday 17 August 17 14:35 BST (UK)  »
Would any descendants of the Macready family of St Helier, Jersey, please get in touch? Fanny Macready, born St Helier 1862, and her husband Herbert Drew, had a son Arthur Malcolm Drew, born in New Southgate, Middlesex, England, in 1888.

Arthur Malcolm Drew was awarded a posthumous Victoria Cross in 1917, having earlier changed his name to Allastair McReady-Diarmid. Relatives are being sought to attend a centenary commemoration in New Southgate later this year.

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