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Handwriting Deciphering & Recognition / Middlesex church name
« on: Monday 01 February 21 11:42 GMT (UK)  »
I'm trying to read the name of this church, but can't find anything that matches close to the name in any lists of local churches. Marriage was registered in the City of Westminster.
The certificate says: Marriage solemnized at the Parish Church of St G****? Purlieu? in the County of Middlesex.

Thanks for any help

Handwriting Deciphering & Recognition / Royal Marines record abbreviation
« on: Sunday 17 March 19 16:16 GMT (UK)  »
This is part of the Royal Marines Description Books (ADM158), and written in the Observations column is the word that looks like yd/jd/fd or sd? I can't work out what it is short for. It occurs alot in entries for different servicemen. Any ideas?
Thanks for any help.

Armed Forces / Effective & Posted Unit strength
« on: Friday 22 February 19 21:18 GMT (UK)  »
Hi all,

I'm looking at some RAF records, and have seen figures for Effective strength of Unit, and Posted strength of Unit. What do these terms mean? Is Effective strength simply those personnel who aren't sick/or on leave?
Thanks for any help.

Hampshire & Isle of Wight / Marsley & Broadstone
« on: Monday 13 August 18 10:32 BST (UK)  »
I have a family member who according to the 1851 census was born in the village of Marsley, Newchurch, and her son was born in Broadstone, Hampshire. I can't find these places referenced on any maps, or doing the usual searches. Anyone come across these places before? Have their names changed?


Handwriting Deciphering & Recognition / What does wearing this sash mean?
« on: Tuesday 07 August 18 21:04 BST (UK)  »
I have a family picture dated from approximately 1901, which includes my Great Aunt Emily (attached), and also her sister-in-law who are both wearing what look like black sashes wrapped over their blouses. I haven't seen anything like this in other portraits so was wondering if it may symbolise membership to a society or cause of some kind? The family had close connections with churches and mission societies based around Bromley, Kent, and Hammersmith, so its a possibility there could be a connection there.
Has anyone seen anything similar in any family pictures of their own, or have any idea why it would be worn?
Thanks for any help.

Cork / Albert Edward Young & Family
« on: Monday 30 October 17 18:50 GMT (UK)  »
Albert Edward Young, born Mar 1878 in Camberwell, dies on deck on HMS Hood docked in Queenstown in Oct 1911, leaving his wife Mary Anne née Dwyer, born 1880 in Cork,
two daughters - Mary Millicent (born Sept 1901 in Queenstown), and Sarah Eileen (born Sept 1905 in Queenstown), and one son Anthony Huntington Young, born Sept 1909 in Queenstown.
I am trying to find any records for Mary Anne and her children after 1911.
Mary Millicent gets married in 1922 to one of Frederick Miles, William T S Syms,
Edmund Kirby, or Patrick Finnigan, but I haven't been able to work out which one?
I haven't found anything on any of the other family members apart from the fact
that Anthony Huntington Young dies in Portsmouth in 1976.
Thanks for any help.

United States of America / Mo. in New York?
« on: Tuesday 20 June 17 19:32 BST (UK)  »
I am researching my ancester Ebenezer Young who is in the 1872 New York City Directory at
120 Chambers, h Mo.
I think this entry means he is working at 120 Chambers, which is in Tribeca, and that he also has
a house in Mo. Does anyone know where Mo. would be in New York?

I am researching my Great Grandfather George Alfred Holding, born in Lambeth in 1878, and have a some general questions I hope the forum can help me with.
There are no surviving service records for him, or census records pre-1911 and his medal card shows him in the Yorks & Lancaster Regiment, and then the Labour Corps.
The 1914-15 Star records show him as a Private No. 4611 in the 9th York & Lancaster Regiment. The Army service numbers blogsite states that this would mean he joined up on 17th March 1896. There is no prefix to his number on his medal card, so I presume I have this correct?

I have some other info from a couple of birth certificates for 2 of his children. One for his son William born Sept 1915 states that he is a Lance Corporal in the York & Lancaster Regiment, and then in Nov 1917 after the birth of his son Eric, he is a Lance Corporal in the Machine Gun Corps (c).
I was surprised to see that even though George Holding was born in Lambeth according to the census record I have, that he enlisted in a Yorkshire regiment. Why this might have been? Did they recruit in London in the 1890's?

Has anyone come across  Machine Gun Corps (c) battalion, where they may have been formed etc?

Thanks very much for any help or advice you can give me.

London and Middlesex / John Henry Kedge - Kings Cross
« on: Tuesday 21 March 17 00:24 GMT (UK)  »
I'd like to know if anyone can help me with this or give me some ideas on what to search next?
Here are the facts  that I have:
John Henry Kedge
Born 11 Sept 1874, in Kings Cross, according to 1939 census and marriage record.
Father, William Kedge, Commercial Traveller.
Married Annie Amelia Edwards 4 Feb 1894.
He is living in St Pancras working as an embosser in 1901, but is a patient at Claybury
Hospital in 1911.
He appears in the electoral roll up to 1939, but not from 1945.
I can't find a GRO record for his birth or any death record that would match his birth year.
He doesn't appear on any census records before 1901, and I haven't been able match William Kedge
to any probable records either.

Thanks for any help.

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