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Armed Forces / Uniform ID help please
« on: Thursday 06 January 22 10:23 GMT (UK)  »
I am trying to identify the regiment that my Grandfather, Reginald Albert Fisher, was in.  The only photo I have of him in uniform was on the day of his marriage on 5th November 1921 in Holy Trinity Church, St Pancras, which is attached.  His marriage certificate states that his profession at the time was a Tailor. 

There are a large number of different Reginald Fisher's medal record cards, but I don't know which one is him.  He was born on 8th July 1897 in Kingston on Thames, Surrey.  All residence records that I can find show him in Kingston up to and including the 1911 census.  I can't find any WW1 military records for him, so I am at a loss to know which regiment that he was in.  Sorry that the photo is such poor quality, but that is all I have.

Handwriting Deciphering & Recognition / Very faded writing in diary
« on: Friday 25 August 17 10:35 BST (UK)  »
Hi all

I am very fortunate to have the WW1 war diary of my great uncle from his time on HMS Falmouth.  There are a couple of pages where the writing is very faded and I wondered whether it is possible for others to assist in identifying any information.

I have attached a scan of the page.  Obviously the bottom of the right hand page is readable, but there is faint writing on the rest of these 2 pages.  It is not from susbsequent writing on the back of the corresponding pages.

I can make out that the top of the right hand page says "HMS Falmouth football matches for July" so I think it will be details of various matches as shown at the bottom of the page.

Any help would be appreciated.

Handwriting Deciphering & Recognition / Death by accidental??
« on: Wednesday 16 August 17 15:57 BST (UK)  »
Hi all

Please can you help to decipher what the rest of this says.

Death by accidental.......

Sussex / Herrington help please
« on: Wednesday 22 June 16 15:00 BST (UK)  »
Hi all

I am trying to confirm a father and discover a mother of my great Grandmother Elizabeth Herrington.

Elizabeth Herrington born abt 1873 in Petworth (according to their marriage cert to Henry Fisher
1 May 1897 was 23 years old). Cert also shows her father as James Herrington a Coachman (domestic), witnesses were Caroline May & C Frankling.

1891 census shows her aged 20 as born in Petworth RG12/552/12/17.

1901 census (now Elizabeth Fisher) shows her aged 27 as born in Teignmouth, Devon RG13/663/19/20.  I did consider that this was the wrong person but the address is the same as the address on my grandfather's birth cert.

1911 census shown as Elizabeth May Fisher shows her aged 38 as born in Petworth in Kingston Union Workhouse/Infirmary as a former Laundress with her one month old daughter Jessie Irene.

I cannot find an 1881 census for her.

I am trying to confirm a father James Herrington and a mother. 

My most obvious candidate is James Dummer Herrington who married Elizabeth Purser in Petworth in 1872 Q2 2b 460 but seemingly also Harriet Annie Grevatt in the same marriage index.

There is a James Herrington on the 1881 census RG11/791/67/9 in Chiddingfold, with a Caroline shown as his wife & a 10 year old Elizabeth born in Chiddingfold.

Please can anyone help confirm the correct James Herrington & daughter Elizabeth that I am searching for please?


I would really appreciate  someone using their talent to restore and sharpen up the attached image.

It is from the 1921 marriage of my grandparents, Reginald Fisher & Violet Maud Rayson.

Thanks in advance for any help.


I am trying to identify the rankings of the officers shown in the attached picture so that I can try to put a few names to people in it from HMS Falmouth in 1915.

The only person I know in it at the moment is the player with the ball, my great uncle Thomas Victor Rayson.

Any help would be appreciated.


I would be grateful for any help or suggestions on identifying people who appear in both team photos in these pictures.  I have scanned them as hi-res as I can, but neither are in great condition as they are actually postcards.  The picture with the officers in it is from 1915, the other is probably 1914.  Neither postcard has any useful info on the back.

My great uncle, Thomas Victor Rayson is the one on the left of the picture of the two sailors and I think that he is the one with the ball in both of the team photos.

I am very fortunate to have a war diary that he had kept when on board of HMS Falmouth.  Listed in the diary are several results that Falmouth had against other ships when in dock, so I have a number of surnames of goalscorers that played for the ship's team.  I'd love to be able to identify one or two others (or more) in the team but I know that's a long way off.

I am also going to post the top picture in WW1 to assist with identifying the rank of any of the officers shown.

Any help would be appreciated.


I am trying to find whether there is any report of my Grandmother's wedding in a local newspaper from November 1921.

My grandmother Violet Maud Rayson married Reginald Albert Fisher on 5 November 1921 at Holy Trinity church, Haverstock Hill.  I have a photo of the wedding & I am trying to identify who the bridesmaids & page boy were and was hoping that that a newspaper report would have this info.  I think I know who they are, but wanted to confirm this.

Any help would be appreciated, even suggestions of what the local paper would have been.

The Common Room / Wedding photography etiquette help
« on: Thursday 26 June 14 15:39 BST (UK)  »
I'm after assistance on how families were grouped in wedding photos.

This attached picture is my grandmother & grandfather's wedding in Nov 1921.

The grooms mother & father are stood behind the bride, and the bride's mother & brother are stood behind the groom.  The bride & groom both had one sister so I'm assuming that the two bridesmaids were them.  My questions is, which side would the bridesmaids have stood on, i.e. The bride's sister with her mother & brother or would they swap sides too?  I'm just trying to identify which sister is which, assuming that they are the sisters.

Any help or suggestions would be appreciated.

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