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FH Documents and Artefacts / Coldstream Guards Crest?
« on: Monday 03 August 20 10:47 BST (UK)  »

Please could anyone id the crest that is engraved in this silver plated object (which has loaded as the image at the bottom), the closest I can match is the Coldstream Guards, but the central cross looks far more embellished and there is a four point star in the centre?


Renfrewshire / McLarty/McCallum Conundrum
« on: Saturday 01 August 20 12:14 BST (UK)  »

I am hoping a fresh set of eyes might be able to succeed, where I have failed!

On the 1871 census for Scotland, I have a James McLarty, 43 Tailor at Neilston, Barrhead, with wife Elizabeth, daughter Agnes (age 20) and two sons and at the bottom of the household is Margaret McCallum, Granddaughter aged 0 and shown to be born in Barrhead.

I cannot find this birth on SP, even with a wider search age range, as also a mystery how she is a granddaughter.

The McLarty's had another daughter shown on the 1861 census, Janet born around 1850, who would be the likely mother, however there is no marriage for her to a McCallum, so seems strange even if the child was illegitimate to not be down as Margaret McLarty.

Thanks in advance.

Handwriting Deciphering & Recognition / Word in a letter (1958)
« on: Tuesday 26 May 20 12:50 BST (UK)  »

I am struggling with the word I have underlined in red - thanks.

The letter dates to 1958.

Thank you.


I have a Form of Information of Death for a relative George Hall McCall, which has his cause of death entered as 'Hemorrhage following a gunshot wound which had penetrated the heart and left lung'

As George's date of death is 19th August 1944 and he was 39 years old, I thought maybe WW2 related, but his place of death was Gurungwe Farm, Sipolilo, Rhodesia (his residence and he was a farmer).

Is there any way (I am based in the UK) of being able to find out the circumstances of his death, i.e. robbery, accident etc.

I was thinking a newspaper report would be a good possibility but turning up blanks at present, any assistance gratefully received.

Thank you.

Armed Forces / Form B103 WW1 Assistance
« on: Thursday 14 May 20 22:22 BST (UK)  »

Please could anyone assist with confirming that I have interpreted my great grandfathers B103 Casualty Form Active Service correctly and possibly kindly add anything? - This is what I have so far in order of the lines on the attachment:-

Admitted Fever
Admitted Malaria
Returned to Unit
Gunshot Wound (Abv.) Chest?
Rejoined Btn?
Lice? to WR.I.T.R.D

Thank you!

Handwriting Deciphering & Recognition / 1939 Register
« on: Wednesday 06 May 20 11:40 BST (UK)  »
Good Morning,

Please could anyone decipher what the word is that I have circled on the attached 1939 register entry, for a great, great aunt and uncle.

Everyone else on that whole page just has a dash in the column.

Thank you.

Australia / What became of Jeanie Dixon?
« on: Thursday 27 February 20 14:48 GMT (UK)  »

Good Afternoon,

I had up until recently been making some progress on a loose end on my family tree, but have hit another brickwall.

The breakthrough was finding the marriage of Albert Ernest Dixon (an Australian) to Jeanie Whiteford (a Scot) in Blythswood Glasgow in 1918.  Albert was on active service with the 5th Division of the Australian Army according to the marriage certificate at the time.

I subsequently found Albert on findagrave, who died in 1958, but by this time his wife was not Jeanie.

I then today found a divorce case file (Melbourne) for Albert and Jeanie dated 1923, which confirmed that they must have gone over to Australia between 1918 and 1923.

However, this is the last record I can find on any genealogical site for Jeanie (who is my interest), I have gone through possible remarriage / death in Scotland as well and not turned anything up, so was hoping that someone might be able to find the next piece in the jigsaw of what happened to Jeanie after her divorce in 1923.

Jeanie was born in 1892, but on her marriage cert put 1896, so could be anyway between these ranges on any other records for search purposes.


Free Photo Restoration & Date Old Photographs / Unknown Relative
« on: Thursday 27 February 20 09:54 GMT (UK)  »

Please could anyone help to date this photograph, which will hopefully help me to narrow down who this could be as it was amongst my late grandfathers photographs but is definitely not his mother.
It was taken in Glasgow as this is etched on the brown cardboard frame it is in.
Thank you.

Armed Forces / Military ID Tag
« on: Friday 24 January 20 16:21 GMT (UK)  »

The IWM do not take object identification requests and I am trying to find out who this military tag might have belonged to (my ultimate aim would be to return it to a family member)!
Obviously its not in the best of condition, but so far have managed to establish that the number at the top is more likely to date from around the 1950's.

RC (Roman Catholic)
It is difficult to make the whole name but can make out
..ORDA..  C  (Possibly Jordan)

Thanks in advance.

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