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By way of introduction, for my sins, not only am I our family archivist and historian, I also hold the voluntary position of editor of The Stirling Times. This small newsletter goes out to members of the Stirling Aircraft Society, which exists for WW2 veterans and their families who flew or have an association with the Short Stirling bomber. Astonishingly we still have twenty veterans in our little band. Each year I try to source an original pictures to go on the cover of this little rag. Last time I was sent a beautifully colourized picture that was received with great enthusiasm by the group. So this time I would like to try and do the same, but lack the skill to do so.
Would someone be willing to help me please? In return I will email a .pdf version of the magazine to the selected artist, who I will also credit along with RootsChat. The Stirling Times is non-profit and only has a circulation of just over 100. I attach I picture which I hope is suitable.

This is the second picture that I would love to display. If anyone can help I would be most grateful. Thank you in advance.

Free Photo Restoration & Date Old Photographs / Great Aunt Eileen O'Sullivan
« on: Tuesday 06 July 21 17:11 BST (UK)  »
I have two damaged old photographs of my beautiful great aunt, which I would love to display. Can any of our wonderful restorers help me please?

The Common Room / Apologies for my absence!
« on: Sunday 09 May 21 11:46 BST (UK)  »
I have been away from family history for a while, following the death of three close family members including my wife and father. Then followed by my own health issues, so I apologise for not replying to answers in my threads sooner.
I am now one month into a long, slow recovery courtesy of our wonderful NHS, who have now renewed my "plumbing" during a five hour operation. I have been assured that I should be back to my old energetic self by the end of the year, but until then no lifting, pulling or pushing and just 10 minutes light exercise a day.
What better excuse for reacquainting myself with 35 years of family research? I am loving reading back through my notes and the challenge of attacking the old brick walls again, especially now so much new information is available.
Thank you to all my old friends on here and I hope that you are all safe and well during these extraordinary times.

I am a member of the Stirling Aircraft Society, and a supporter of the "Stirling Project" and am thinking of arranging a get together in Devon for those with an interest in this aircraft who are unable to travel as far as our regular meeting in Wiltshire. You do not need to be a member to attend, but it would be fantastic if you have family memorabilia to look at and stories to share. Please register your interest on this thread and also message me so that I can respond personally. Thank you all!

World War Two / Trying to trace the descendants of a 299 sdn pilot.
« on: Wednesday 11 December 19 16:48 GMT (UK)  »
I am trying to find relatives of my father's skipper as I have a number of photographs and documents that may be of interest to them. All the information that I have is as follows.

Name: Philip Dale
Unit: 620 & 299 Squadron (1943/4)
Rank: Squadron Leader
Home Town: Wimbledon
Service Number: Not known
DOB: Not known (Probably 1915-1924)
Note: Was awarded the Croix de Geurre after the war by General Koenig of France for services to the resistance.

Any help or pointers, gratefully received!

Europe / HELP! I am seeking confirmation of a birth year in Kiel.
« on: Friday 08 June 18 10:44 BST (UK)  »
I had always understood that my Grandmother Wilhelma Johanna Lina Hjort was born in Kiel on 12th October 1898. She was the daughter of Hans Christian Hjort b.1841 and Johanna Marie Caroline Tiedt b. 1872.

Now a German relative has cast doubt by saying that she was born in 1900. Is it possible to find a source for her actual birth date?

Any help would be appreciated.

Angus (Forfarshire) / I wonder whether anyone is able to help me again please?
« on: Tuesday 01 May 18 16:30 BST (UK)  »
My Great Grandmother was Catherine Massey nee MacTaggart b.1856 in Singapore d.1943 in Eastbourne, Sussex. Her father was William b.1829 in Montrose d. 1891 in Lewisham. Her mother was Mary Ann Armstrong m. 17 Jun 1854 in Singapore and who I believe probably died in childbirth to Catherine. I am interested in any record of her or of the Mactaggart family prior to these dates. I know quite a lot about Catherine's half brothers and sisters by Elizabeth Lyall. I was kindly helped a few years ago by someone on the forum, unfortunately I then lost both my father and my wife within a month and so couldn't face family history..... until now! Life is good again, the pain has faded and I have a wonderful new lady in my life, so onward and ever upward! :-)

The Common Room / When did my grandparent's visit Belgium?
« on: Tuesday 06 February 18 16:33 GMT (UK)  »
My grandparents Ronald and Therese Massey lived in Surrey after WW1 and visited the Ypres area at some point in the 1920's. This would I think have been a pilgrimage as Ronald's younger brother Kenneth was killed at Passhendaele on 29th October 1917. Is there any record existing that would date their visit? I have tried passenger lists but with no success.

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