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The Common Room / Re: Advice on finding a photo of relative
« on: Friday 03 December 21 15:10 GMT (UK)  »
Try this site for newspapers, best to enter the actual home town he came from rather than a general area.

The Common Room / Re: Were these burials in the churchyard?
« on: Tuesday 30 November 21 15:59 GMT (UK)  »
I guess the family may have 'bought' a family plot two or three graves wide hence the additional burials when the churchyard had been 'closed' to new burials.

In the churchyard of the church in the village where I was born there were a number of three grave wide family graves with two to my knowledge where crypts lay below - one was two graves deep as well, i.e. 3x2 graves plan area.  My grandfather was sexton at the church and part of his duties included overseeing grave digging and opening up these crypts for subsequent burials.  Dad used to help him and hated such as frequently the regular high water table conditions had led to coffins floating off their shelves and in some cases breaking open when the water table dropped as they were no longer supported.  Extremely unpleasant smell and visually wise.  Yuk!

The Common Room / Re: Help with World War 2 Acroymn
« on: Friday 19 November 21 15:30 GMT (UK)  »
It looks like NMF to me as there is a diagonal stroke downwards from the top of the left hand 'upright' to the bottom of the right hand 'upright.  The M and the F are written very distinctly so I'd expect there to be a definite horizontal stroke in the first letter if it was an H.

That said sorry no idea what NMF stood for.

Sussex / Re: Petworth Cottage Hospital 1919
« on: Saturday 13 November 21 17:38 GMT (UK)  »
Yes it is the one in Chichester.

The Common Room / Re: Uniform
« on: Sunday 31 October 21 17:02 GMT (UK)  »
This is a duplicate post, could I suggest you delete this one so that comments can concentrate on the other post.

Handwriting Deciphering & Recognition / Re: William Wood uniform
« on: Sunday 31 October 21 16:53 GMT (UK)  »
I don't know why but my initial thought was a fire brigade uniform.  I've tried cleaning up and sharpening the badge but the jpeg is too small resolution to get any thing.  Is there any chance you can scan the photo at as high a resolution ans you can and cropping the badge to an acceptable file size?

The Common Room / Re: Old-Maps Closing
« on: Wednesday 27 October 21 11:17 BST (UK)  »
Definitely a great shame, I've used the site many times over the years as I've never found such a complete set of OS maps from all periods.

The Common Room / Re: Entered twice in the same census.
« on: Tuesday 26 October 21 17:12 BST (UK)  »
A while ago I was researching for my cousin the life of a lady we remember as kids when she was nearly 100 years old when she died in 1953 - my cousin had indirectly inherited a lot of this lady's jewelry and porcelain collection. I discovered that in the 1861 census her father was employed as butler in the household of one Thomas Reeve Thornton, Assistant Lord Lieutenant and High Sheriff of Northamptonshire plus Justice of the Peace who lived at Brockhall House in Brockhall.  The Census enumerator - possibly Thornton himself - listed all of Thornton's employees as being at Brockhall House but the lady's father was additionally separately recorded in his own house with his family.  I guess that if Thornton was the enumerator he wanted to make himself seem more important but if it was someone else, possibly an employee , who gave the information to the enumerator they were highly unlikely to question Thornton's information.  I found that some other employees who had families were similarly recorded in Thornton's household as well their own cottages.
Interestingly the lady and her siblings, all female, were all highly educated, possibly with Thornton's children and the village Rector appears to have been Thornton's children's tutor. They were certainly more highly educated than you would expect for children of their status in society.

Oxfordshire / Re: Studley Priory Family Lairs
« on: Saturday 02 October 21 15:30 BST (UK)  »
I would have thought that the CWGC would have records of all instances where a soldier's remains were repatriated to their home, surely there would have to be applications/correspondence etc. to prove lineage and legality of the request.  If that is the case such info may only be available to close descendants of the deceased or his family.  Might be worth an email inquiry?

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