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Suffolk / The Aggas family, Mellis
« on: Thursday 06 August 20 19:52 BST (UK)  »
A little bit of help would be very much appreciated,  We have a copy of an old photo possibly c1920 showing the Aggas's (carpenters & joiners) in front of their sawpit.  Can anyone possibly identify an address for this family say from 1911 on?  John Aggas snr died 1922 age 87 and his son John L Aggas in 1951 age 80.

The 1901 CR is not very helpful it just says "by the common" for a lot of the properties >:(


Kent / HOLMDEN burials Seal
« on: Wednesday 11 December 19 14:33 GMT (UK)  »
I have found several HOLMDEN burials in Seal churchyard on this website

60. Sarah wife of Michael HOLMDEN died 13 January 1791 aged 57 years. Michael Holmden late of the parish of Sevenoaks died 12 December 1779 aged 52 years.

61. Mr John HOLMDEN son of Michael and Sarah Holmden died 22 November 1791 aged 33 years. Also Sarah wife of Michael Holmden died 21 August 1807 aged 45 years.

62. Right half: John HOLMDEN died 12 September 1809 aged 25 years. (Left half blank)

Can anyone please help with more info - marriages, children etc


ps.  I have found two bpts John Holmden 1784 & Micheal Holmden 1785 parents John Holmden & Sarah - both bpt in Sevenoaks.


Kent / Sarah HOLMDEN
« on: Wednesday 11 December 19 14:14 GMT (UK)  »
After a couple of years respite I am back on the trail of Sarah HOLMDEN. She appears on the 1841C living in Seal age 60

She doesnt seem to appear in 1851 but there is a death registered in 1848 JunQ Sevenoaks of a Sarah Elizabeth Holmden, which could be her.  Not her GRO INdex states age 0 see post below.

Trying to establish what link if any there is with Charles Holmden living at the same address in 1841.  If anyone can help I would be very grateful.



Suffolk / Sims family
« on: Tuesday 05 February 19 19:55 GMT (UK)  »
I was initially curious about Denys as I was unable to trace his family but thanks to the help of fellow RChatters his family seem rather more interesting.

The birth registrations for both Harold & Denys were seemingly in Brighton
Birth: Jun Qtr 1919 Brighton 2b/258 Harold A SIMS.  MMN: Anderson
Birth: Mar Qtr 1921 Brighton 2b/317 Wilfrid D G SIMS.  MMN: Anderson (aka Denys Guy Sims)
There is a marriage also in Brighton Sep Qtr 1918  2b/668 Arthur SIMS Doris ANDERSON

I know that Denys was killed in 1941 when the bomber he was in crashed in Scotland.  I also know he was an ARP warden in the village.

Their mother Doris seems to have ended up as Evelyn Guy Sims, living in Oakley Suffolk with a history of out of control German Shepard dogs.  Husband Arthur later referred to in newspaper reports as "Commander George Sims" Diss Express 17 November 1944 seems to have disappeared fairly early on.

Harold Arthur Sims is referred to in newspaper articles of the time as "the first American" to be awarded the MM in WWII.  31 July 1940 Newcastle Journal. The Lancashire Evening Post goes on to refer to him as the Grandson of Admiral W Sowden Sims who commanded the US Navy in European waters during the last war BUT Admiral Sims married in 1905 one Anne Hitchcock so any offspring from that marriage were unlikely to have fathered a son in 1919. 

Can anyone help by shedding any more light on Doris (aka Evelyn) , Arthur (aka George), or indeed Harold Arthur Sims 321186 Trooper/ L Corp Innisk Drag Guards. Evelyn Guy Sims died in 1969 age 77 Hartismere RD, Suffolk. 


Suffolk / Denys G Sims c1921
« on: Friday 01 February 19 16:06 GMT (UK)  »
Can anyone please help me with my quest to identify further the history of those named on the parish Roll of Honour.  I am unable to find out anything much about this chap other than the info below from the CWGC website, an entry on the British Newspaper Archive about a memorial to him & 3 others at Mellis church in 1948 & a couple of entries (1952 & 1961) from the same source referencing his mother and incidents with out of control dogs.  Evelyn Guy Sims appears to have died in 1969 age 77.

Denys Guy Sims Remembered with Honour Runnymede Memorial
Sgt 958216, Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve. Died on 21 March 1941 Age 20
Son of George and Evelyn Guy Sims, of Oakley, Suffolk.

many thanks

Norfolk / Henry Harry Hubbard 1872
« on: Wednesday 07 November 18 08:46 GMT (UK)  »
I found the following on the familysearch website.  I would be very grateful for any further info that would help me identify this chap or were there two? - parents, spouse, pob etc. 

Name: Henry Harry Hubbard
Event Type: Military Service
Event Year: 1915
Residence Place: Diss, Norfolk, England
Age: 23
Military Company/Regiment: Essex Regiment
Military Regiment: 42481
Military Battalion: 11th Battalion
Birth Year (Estimated): 1892

Name: Henry Harry Hubbard
Event Type: Military Service
Event Year: 1915
Residence Place: Diss, Norfolk, England
Age: 23
Military Company/Regiment: Suffolk Regiment
Military Regiment: 18243
Birth Year (Estimated): 1892

many thanks

Suffolk / Harry HUBBARD
« on: Saturday 03 November 18 09:13 GMT (UK)  »
Can anyone please help with more details on this man.  He is named on the Roll of Honour in our Church (Mellis) as having served in the Army Service Corp during WW1.

I suspect he is Henry Harry Hubbard  1915 age 23 Suffolk Reg 18243, residence Diss & 11 Batt Essex Reg 42481 residence Diss

Married to Mary Jane Nunn in 1913 he died in 1973 & his DOB recorded as 28 July 1891 but nothing on BMD records coincide with that DOB? 

The nearest I can find is a Henry Hubbard in 1886 DecQ Hartismere & this is probably Henry Hubbard age 14 son of  Edward & Maria Hubbard of Wortham 1901CR.  Neither the year or month of birth are anything like that recorded on the death registration of Henry Harry. However Henry of Wortham seems to have morphed into Harry age 24 when he is with Ellen Hubbard age 66 born Mellis.

Could be the same chap but I am not convinced yet - so many Hubbards in this part of the world:)


Suffolk / George Thurkettle Brown
« on: Wednesday 24 October 18 11:45 BST (UK)  »
I am fairly certain George (592495, 1st/18th Bn., London Regiment (London Irish Rifles).
Died on 26 March 1918) was the son of John & Eliza Ann Brown who lived in the nearby town of Eye according to the 1901CR George was born in Yaxley.  The anomaly I have is that he is mentioned on the Roll of Honour in the Memorial Hall but not on either of the two Rolls of Honour that hang in Mellis Church. 

Trying to ascertain whether his parents had moved to Mellis after 1901 or indeed he had been living/working there before enlisting. Do his military records give any clues?

Many thanks

Suffolk / E H Thurlow
« on: Wednesday 24 October 18 11:02 BST (UK)  »
Also trying to confirm details for Private E H Thurlow, 241004, 1st/5th Bn., Suffolk Regiment who died on 15 December 1917 Age 24 (CWGC). 

Was he Harry (Harry Edward) Thurlow born 1894 the son of John? & Annie Thurlow (1901 & 1911 CR Mellis).

Any assistance much appreciated

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