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The Common Room / Re: Antiques Roadshow Treasure Hunt - Who was Catherine?
« on: Thursday 01 August 19 17:56 BST (UK)  »

I hate to leave things like this alone, there HAS to be an answer either hoax or impossible to solve.

The Common Room / Re: Antiques Roadshow Treasure Hunt - Who was Catherine?
« on: Wednesday 31 July 19 10:17 BST (UK)  »
So it's possible she was back in the house on the 15th April until the autumn of 1940, it's unlikely that the brother was evacuated then as he looked older than his sister in the picture. So if we look for the Shorts we may find the brother being there and then disappearing, maybe to goto war?

Are the electoral rolls available up to 1940 for Enfield? it wont show Catherine, bit it may show Mr and Mrs Short and maybe her brother, so we can get the names of the family as they were not mentioned in the clues.

The Common Room / Re: Antiques Roadshow Treasure Hunt - Who was Catherine?
« on: Tuesday 30 July 19 21:00 BST (UK)  »

What age did they stop evacuating 'kids' 12?, 14?, 16?, also when did evacuations take place as ww2 started in 1939, did they start then or much later into the war?

According to there were 571 bombs dropped from 7th October 1940 - 6th June 1941 in enfield, so I have to assume no bombs were dropped prior or that the data for 15th April 1940 isn't available.


The Common Room / Re: Antiques Roadshow Treasure Hunt - Who was Catherine?
« on: Sunday 28 July 19 23:11 BST (UK)  »
All very interesting.

Watched the roadshow today, its obvious that the lady that was on the show didn't come from the Black Country when she found the 'treasure' when she was 12 year old in 1980.

The '39 register shows only 2 Bullsmoor Lanes, and 1 with the address 64 (unless there are some bullsmoor lanes on the Known missing places from Register e.g derbyshire and Kent etc), its likely the one in Enfield is the correct place as this has a garage as mentioned in the clues and Google maps shows this 'likely garage' as shown in the image I posted.

I don't think this was a scam/hoax or whatever and I think this actual treasure hunt took place on the 15th April 1940, but even with the info that were in the clues I think it will hard to find 'Catherine' as we haven't got access to all the relevant records, ideally we'd need rent/rate books for the house on April 1940 to find any Shorts living there as certainly on 29th September 1939 when the register took place no Shorts lived there. It seem improbable that by the 15th April 1940 (6 months after the registration) that the Fells had all moved out and the Shorts moved in but not impossible.

Let's all try and put this to rest (unless someone else has done this already) and get all the relevant facts together:-

15th April 1940 the date the clues were written
Catherine Short the name of the person writing the clues
1928 The Approx date of birth as mentioned by Catherine as she was 12 in 1940
64 Bullsmoor Lane the address in the clues
She had a Mother, Father, and 1 Older Brother (obviously all alive)
Her Mum had a sister, who was in a relationship with a man (may not be married)
She may have moved to the seaside between 16th April 1940 and 31st Dec 1940 (Cath says soon)

Does anyone else have any factual or logical information gained from the clues?

Surrey / Joseph and Emily Wood, 72 Liberty Lane, Chertsey, Surrey.
« on: Sunday 30 March 14 21:08 BST (UK)  »
It's a very long shot but I'm hoping to contact anyone that may have known this couple at this address in the mid 40's or later.  Both couple have passed away now along with their only son Stanley, but they would have had lots of answers to some questions about my family.  It's a good chance they knew lots of people and may have had discussions with other families.

Even though the family have passed away if anyone did know them could you send me a pm.  I fully appreciate it maybe a very long shot but it's another avenue I have to check.

Thanks in advance to anyone that can help.


World War One / Re: Searching for a soldier
« on: Tuesday 01 October 13 17:23 BST (UK)  »
If you have traced back one side of your family to the 1700's and your husbands family to 1600 you must have spent some time researching family tree's so you are probably not a novice at this.

If this is your grandfather it shouldn't be too difficult to get a name unless its a complicated situation like my grandparents were.  If you do want to PM me with some details to stop the thread becoming too long and I will see if I can add any value to your searches.

It's often a case of two heads better than one and if I can get any further details we can add it here and then see if anyone else can help.



World War One / Re: Searching for a soldier
« on: Tuesday 01 October 13 10:03 BST (UK)  »
It's always the case that people pass away just when you need more information.  My grandparents died without providing us any information on the family just when we found a whole heap of information only they would know about.

It's worth exploring that avenue although without any name it's a thankless task as there would have been quite a few soldiers billeted during that period.

What connection is the soldier to you?


Free Photo Restoration & Date Old Photographs / Re: pic
« on: Monday 30 September 13 18:46 BST (UK)  »
From the British Library:-

"For an unsigned or anonymous article: copyright expires 70 years from the end of the calendar year in which the work was made, or made available to the public. For example, a newspaper published in 1930 is out of copyright in 2001."
It's also technically possible, but the results vary, when you scan a newspaper article it may come out looking like lots of little dots (search halftone images on google to see what I mean) as this was the process used in newspapers of the time, although things are improved nowadays (but then you get into the copyrighted scenario), hope this helps a little.


World War One / Re: Searching for a soldier
« on: Monday 30 September 13 18:12 BST (UK)  »
I'll try and help as no-one has replied in a while.

1st - where did you get the details of the soldier from?
2nd - does the source of the info have any other details even if they think the name began with a specific letter?
3rd - do they have any other basic info on the dead wife or daughter, even if its a guess on the initials or any other basic info such as addresses as there are over 4200 records listed for the Cameron Highlanders?
4th - if there are no other details it would be difficult to locate anyone without a name unless someone was to search all the WW1 service records to match the description of the soldier.

Unless anyone else has any other ideas this is the best I can offer so far, but it's a start.

Best of Luck


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