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Cheshire Completed Lookup Requests / Coach and Horses - Handbridge
« on: Saturday 03 June 06 08:55 BST (UK)  »
Does anyone have any information about the C&H pub that used to be in Handbridge somewhere. It was run for a time by my Great Grandfather, John Patten who took up the licence in about 1911 after retiring (the 1901 has him as a Steam Boat Captain living in Saltney).
It was here in 1915 my Nan first met my Grandad, the serving in the Duke of Westminsters Yeomanry 'B' Sqd. I think, stationed at Eaton Hall.
From my Nan's Journal I believe the pub no longer exists, but was supposed to be located in an area known as Flint Mountain??????

Hope someone can throw a bit of light!

Aussie Doug

Armed Forces / Duke of Westminsters Yeomanry
« on: Tuesday 30 May 06 09:17 BST (UK)  »
Whilst going through my Nan's journal, I came across some notes she made about how she meet Grandad.
In 1914 Nan,s parents ran the Coach and Horses at Handbridge (Chester) where the Boy's from Eaton Hall members of the Duke's" Yeomanry came to drink. I have always wondered about two photographs that I have from my parents showing soldiers in their barracks which was always a mystery, as I know that Grandad was in the RFC as he won a Boxing Championship at Farnborough in 1917.
(It would also appear that he won the Army/Navy Championship in 1915 according to Nan).
As my research indicates that the Yeomanry was actually a Hussar Formation before going to an Infantry Formation in 1916 (I think)
I am attaching two photos of some of the boys but I cannot make out the cap badge. I believe the pictures may have been taken at Brighton as the reverse of one gives the name of one trooper ( George Newlands) and the horse my have been called 'Snake'??!!
Can any one help me (PS my Grandfathers name was John Davenport and he was a 'TT' according to Nan, what ever that meant?)

Thanks Aussie Doug

Armed Forces / Ceylon mystery
« on: Saturday 01 April 06 08:33 BST (UK)  »
My father Edward Victor Davenport then serving as a Navel A/R.P.O in Ceylon late 1944 to 46. Never really spoke of what he did during this period, but did let slip that there may have been some involvement with supplying (or raiding) areas down the coast of Malaya.
Can anyone give me details about what this might have been? and what is an A/R.P.O. ( I got this off his service file record, which I have).
I guess he was a Petty Officer, but I am unsure of his true rank.
I have attached a photograph of him standing with some shipmates???
somewhere in Ceylon. (Dad is standing at the rear)

Many thanks
Aussie Doug

Cheshire Completed Lookup Requests / James (or John) Patten
« on: Sunday 19 March 06 04:59 GMT (UK)  »
I am trying to confirm the circumstances of the death of my GG Grandfather James Patten, Master of the coastal schooner 'The Alma' lost with all hands off Angelsey in 1875 with two of his sons. The only definite family information is that my Grandmother, Grace Victoria Patten was born in 1897 at 7 Browns Row, Hawarden- Saltney, Flintshire. Her parents were John Patten b1864 - Runcorn? and Mary Graham (nee Armstrong) Patten b 1866 - Scotland
(1881 census had a Mary Armstrong living at 1 Williams Row, Hawarden - Saltney, Flintshire. Aged 16 and working as a domestic to the Davies family)
My information has John and Mary married in June 1885, at St Mary's, Chester (CE/14/9/375)
James Patten b 1834 - Scotland, married to Louisa (nee Ward) Patten b 1843 in Runcorn.

Aussie Doug

New Zealand Completed Requests / John Lynn Grahame - School Teacher
« on: Tuesday 07 March 06 07:01 GMT (UK)  »
I am researching my wifes GG Grandfather who with his wife Harriet  (Fancourt) emigrated to NZ (Approx 1875) before arriving in Aust. around 1888, after a short stint in Tonga!
Any information regarding their movements would be of great assistance.

Armed Forces / RN or Merchant
« on: Sunday 05 March 06 06:29 GMT (UK)  »
My grandmother had a photograph of a gentleman in uniform that I am trying to place.
I know my grandmothers father and her grandfather were sailors (merchant) sailing out of Runcorn in Cheshire.
I also believe that they were all Masters of coastal schooners sailing up to Scotland and down to southern England at least.
The attached photograph is a puzzle, mainly as it looks more like a military uniform, but also what period was it from?
The background also gives me the impression that it was not taken in England! but I could easily be mistaken.
Can anyone put me right or at least on the right track?

Many thanks
Aussie Doug

Armed Forces / RFC trying to find John Davenport
« on: Saturday 25 February 06 07:02 GMT (UK)  »
My Grandfather served in the RFC from c1915 until 1922, as an Aircraft Mechanic.
I know he served at Farnborough as I have a photograph of him as a member or the Boxing Team in 1917, and I have a small medallion of his involvement in the Army Navy Boxing Championship in Great Yarmouth.
Can anyone help me in finding out his service record?

Photo attached Grandad is third from the left in the back row

Clare / William A Hall
« on: Thursday 12 January 06 06:24 GMT (UK)  »
Can anyone please help solve a family mystery?  My GG Grandfather William A Hall was born in County Clare in 1851 his mother Mary was born in Adlington, Cheshire, and on the 1881 census they were both living at Great Moor, Bramhall, Hazel Grove, Cheshire.
This appears to be a lot of travelling for this period, William in 1881 was recorded on the census as being a Supervisor PO Civil Service.
I have not been able to track his father which may give me a clue to all the travelling, can anyone help?


Cheshire Completed Lookup Requests / Florence (nee Hall) Hadfield
« on: Sunday 08 January 06 06:10 GMT (UK)  »
There are so many Florence Halls on the books that I am unable to find my Grandmothers family.
Florence was born Cir 1888 at Stockport, she married Leonard Hadfield in 1907 at St Thomas, Hazel Grove / Bramhall (ST/75/5/358)
She was buried at Norbury Church in June 1948 (Grave No. I202)
Can anyone give me some clues?

Many Thanks
Wayne D

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