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The Common Room / Probate question
« on: Thursday 05 December 13 15:23 GMT (UK)  »
If probate in a mans will  was granted to a woman who is described as widow would this be his wife or could it be his mother who was a widow by the time probate was granted?


The Lighter Side / George Hanlon died 1916
« on: Friday 01 November 13 13:52 GMT (UK)  »
BBC South Today are searching for Rosie who left a message " G Grandfather Finally found you love Rosie" on the grave of 12864 Pte George Hanlon RDC in Jersey.

They (the BBC South Today) are asking her to get in touch with them.


EDIT, Forgot to say that they think Rosie may be living in the Isle of Wight as George came from there.

The Common Room / Pashion as a christian name
« on: Monday 08 April 13 14:12 BST (UK)  »
One of gran's brothers had the name Pashion as his third name. This is on the birth certificate so cannot be a baptism name.

Have been looking for people with the name Pashion and it would seem there were a lot in Wiltshire in the 17th and early 18th century. There also seems to be a lot in the US but I haven't been able to find any in the late 19th century. However this seems to have died out by the time of the 1841 census however there are some Pashen names.

All the other children in the family have 2 normal names although gran had her second name crossed out on the birth certificate.

Anyone got any ideas where the name Pashion comes from. The children's grandparents were both born in North Wales and I had been informed that the name was from relatives on that side of the family but I am not sure.


The Common Room / How much was 3 in 1948
« on: Tuesday 26 March 13 07:41 GMT (UK)  »
I have just found a newspaper report in 1948  which shows that one of my ancestors was fined 3 for speeding (and had his licence endorsed)  in a motor van in Minsterworth  Gloucestershire.

3 does not sound much today but how much would it have been in 1948 compared to wages at that time.


Handwriting Deciphering & Recognition / Land Tax 1800 help needed in deciphering
« on: Sunday 28 October 12 14:43 GMT (UK)  »
Can anyone decipher these two images. They are from the Land Tax for Wootten Wawen Warks in 1800.

Many thanks

World War One / Extemption from service in 1916?
« on: Sunday 18 March 12 06:49 GMT (UK)  »
Looking at the Service record of 132338 Edward O'hare there is a copy of an exemption certificate dated 1916 - seems he had his own hairdressing business . Yet all the other papers show he served in 127 Siege Battery R.G.A. and wasn't disharged until 1919. Most of them appear to be because the army couldn't find his discharge papers.

Would it have been common in the early days of WWI to exempt a business owner? 


Armed Forces / How many pages for a War Diary?
« on: Monday 26 December 11 06:55 GMT (UK)  »
Have finally found the refereence of the war diary for the 7th Btn Loyal North Lancs in WWI. However the National Archives do not give any price per page although the ACRE site quotes 10p per page.

Anyone got any ideas how many pages a diary would consist of? Would it be one day at a time or a week at a time.

 Also what would be contained on the pages? I know they only name officers and not the men so am aware that g.grandfather won't be named however it may go some way to showing what he went through until he died in Jan 1918.



The Lighter Side / Eureka I have finally found elusive twin
« on: Monday 21 November 11 15:48 GMT (UK)  »
Just had to share this will everyone. :) :)

Grandmothers eldest sisters Amy Gertrude Harris and Edith Adelaide Harris were twins born in 1880. Found Amy G of  in 1901 census  but not the Edith A then in the 1911 census was able to find Edith ok but no amout of searching could I find Amy.

Finally at the weekend I decided to look at each and every Amy on the 1911 census  when I found eventually found  Amy G working as a domestic servant in the house of Stanley S G Cohen.

 I had missed her before because the census was  showing she had been born in 1883. I was finally able to verify this is the right Amy from pages and pages of same name as I had been told that Amy had worked for Col Cohen who owned Lewis's of Liverpool.

From Stanley Cohens medal card I discovered he finished WWI as Lt Col but it was his two brothers Harold and Rex Cohen who ran Lewis's of Ranelegh St. This also solved another puzzle as I had been told one member of our family had married into a Jewish family. They got that bit wrong it was working for a Jewish family.

All I need to do now is find Edith in the 1901 census - maybe she changed her age as well  :-\

Just goes to show patience is a virtue doing family research and eventually one can find people you are certain should be around. I had wondered if the Womens Suffragette movement had been responsible for not finding my elusive relative.



World War Two / 8th Kings or Irish Hussars?
« on: Saturday 19 November 11 10:08 GMT (UK)  »
I am trying to work out which Regiment Dennis McGurn joined. His brother Roy when called up I believe went into the RASC and ended up with the Desert Rats (7th Armd Bde) in Africa. I know he was there as he met up with his sister who was with the NAAFI in Alexandria.

Dennis apparently wanted to join  a regiment rather than wait until he was called up. Trouble is I am not sure if he went into the 8th Liverpool Kings Regiment or joined the 8th Liverpool Irish Hussars.

He drove a DUKW during the war and also went off to Korea. He drove a water tanker when out there and came back early suffering from malaria. I remember seeing him go off from Lime St Station Liverpool but believe that the King's Regiment left via boat from Liverpool. So why would he have left from Lime St as I don't think the trains would have left that station to reach Seaforth where the King's Depot was.

I only have one photo of him in uniform and although you cannot see the cap badge clearly it doesn't look like the 8th Liverpool Irish Kings badge but more like the R I H badge. I have vague recollections his hackle was two tone and it certainly looks a bit like that in the photo but there is the problem. RIH was one colour and the 8th Kings was two colours.

I have attached a blow up of the cabeen as there is no other identification in the photo. Can anyone help with were to try next?

Many thanks

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