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Kent Lookup Requests / Burial - Pembury/Tunbridge Wells
« on: Sunday 13 November 11 17:28 GMT (UK)  »

Can anyone help - I am looking for a burial for a George Robert Barker who died at Pembury Hospital on 27th May 1954 aged 82 years (born 1872, Burton on Trent, lived in Lowestoft for much of his life). 
I think we have the right chap/death certificate but can find no other details to verify with and no trace of a burial so far.

His death is registered by a Robert Grant ('son-in' law) but we can find no link for this person hence the slight doubt that it may be him.  Our thinking is that if we can find George R Barkers final resting place we may be able to identify him for certain by seeing where and with whom he is buried.

Any help with pointing us in the right direction will be much appreciated as we have hit a brick wall.

Thanks in advance for your time

Handwriting Deciphering & Recognition / WWII Army Photo?
« on: Saturday 12 November 11 13:53 GMT (UK)  »

Can anyone help me to identify this photograph and what this cup may have been presented for?  My grandfather, Frederick G C Smart, is 2nd from the left and was a serving member of the Army during WW11.  He served with the Ox and Bucks Light Infantry (OBLI) as a Captain, eventually becoming a Major (Hon). 

The cup appears to be marked with "Julius Challenge Cup.  MIIOW 1940/4" but could be wrong there - photographer was also very adept at chopping off heads!  We are not sure whether it is an Army event but the style of the buildings behind and the dress code of all the chaps involved leans towards that assumption.

We know that he was a keen sportsman and enjoyed polo, sailing, boxing and a variety of other sports and participated in the Army games.   He served in India and we understand he also had involvement in the training of troops for the Pegasus Bridge assault.

Any assistance in identifying where this photo may have been taken, who else may be in it and what the occasion may have been will be very gratefully received as we have no clue whatsoever to date.

Thank you very much

Suffolk / BARKER family from Suffolk
« on: Friday 11 November 11 10:04 GMT (UK)  »

Seeking any information on George Robert Barker, b. c1872 Burton on Trent.

In 1891 he is living with his parents, Robert and Hannah in Lowestoft
He marries Emily Selina Moore on 1st Aug 1897 in Suffolk.
1in 1901 he is living in Victoria Road, Carlton Colville, Lowestoft with his wife and his occupation is a General Labourer.
In 1911, they are found at 4, Short Street, Lowestoft with children George Henry(b.1902), Robert (b.1906) and Frank Ronald (b.1908), all of whom were born in Kirkley.

He serves in the First World war with the Royal Engineer Pioneers, 8th Labour Battalion and his address remains as 4 Short Street, Lowestoft.

In 1920, they live at Colville Road and in 1925, Emily Barker dies and is buried at Kirkley cemetery, Lowestoft.  George Barker is then listed as an absent voter in 1926 (military) at this address although his son, George is 23 and remains at the address.

From then no further trace can be found of George Robert Barker.  We have searched Kirkley cemetery records with no joy.  Can anyone help us to find out what happened to him?

Thanks for any light anyone can shed on this.
Best wishes

Other Countries / West Indies/France
« on: Monday 11 January 10 10:58 GMT (UK)  »

In the 1851 census of Thatcham, Berkshire, Joseph Brown states he was born in c.1799 France.
In later census, he states he was born in the 'West Indies NK, british subject 'and 'formerly a soldier' before becoming an agricultural labourer.

Joseph married Rosanna Adlams in 1821 in Thatcham, Newbury, Berkshire and, certainly as far as we can tell, lived there for the rest of his life.

Can anyone help me to understand these origins? - To begin with I do not know what 'West Indies NK' means, and also would be interested in opinions of which regiment he would likely to have been attached to as a soldier and where he may have served.  Perhaps he served in the West Indies but for what purpose and when, I do not know.  It is odd that he states France for some census and then West Indies in 1871.

I have tried ships lists but there are many Joseph Browns!!

Thank you for your interest and any help you can offer,

NB.  Just to add a further detail, he also states that he is deaf in 1871 - perhaps as a result of his occupation as a soldier? Would he have been pensioned off as a soldier for this reason and if so, would there be a record of it somewhere?

One Name Studies: A to G / FOWELL = Kent/Berkshire/Middlesex
« on: Friday 11 December 09 18:49 GMT (UK)  »
Researching the Fowell family descended from William Arthur Douglas Fowell
born c. 1894 Kent (reg. Dartford).

Believe he had two children - Marjorie and Aubrey.


Kent Lookup Requests / Birth for Aubrey Fowell
« on: Friday 11 December 09 18:08 GMT (UK)  »

I am looking for a baptism/birth for Aubrey E Fowell.
Born c1919 in Thanet, Kent.
I believe Mothers maiden name is Cooper.

Many thanks to anyone who can help,


Berkshire Completed Look ups / Missing Edward Brown Brooks/Brookes COMPLETED Thx
« on: Tuesday 24 November 09 11:40 GMT (UK)  »

I have a missing bod in 1871, which is proving to be a real mystery!

Edward Brown Brooks/Brookes
son of James brooks and Sarah Brown  (b. c1822, Bucklebury, Berkshire)
b c1858 Thatcham (also listed as being born at Ashmore Green), Berkshire.

I can find him in 1861, with his mother and father in Cold Ash but he then cannot be found in 1871.
I believe his father, James, dies in 1866, Newbury.

His mother is also missing in 1871 but they both pop up again in the 1881 census - Edward Brown Brooks has married Ellen Witherall and is living with their two daughters in Clewer, Windsor and Sarah Brooks, his mother, is a widow living alone in Asmore Green.  It says that she is in receipt of poor relief but this is then crossed out and 'field hand' written in.

Can anyone help me with finding them in 1871?

many thanks indeed

Berkshire / Thatcham Riots
« on: Saturday 21 November 09 18:41 GMT (UK)  »

I am trying to find out if a member of a family was part of the Thatcham riots in c.1830

Does anyone have access to a list of those involved/convicted?  As I understand it, they were not listed in the usual court procedure but that trials were conducted especially and resulting sentences listed seperately.  Could be wrong here, so any guidance on anything to do with the riots would be much appreciated.

I am specifically looking for any with the Brooks/Brookes surname as this family were living as agricultural labourers in the Thatcham/Newbury area at this time.  I want to go to the Berks record office but not sure what to look for.


Bedfordshire Completed Look ups / Marriage/baptism look up pls- COMPLETED
« on: Friday 20 November 09 12:51 GMT (UK)  »
Could anyone please check a marriage and subsequent children's baptisms for me?

Looking for marriage for James Brooks (or spelt Brookes sometimes!) to Rachel Seymour.
1846, Thatcham area.

I believe they had several children but can only find two at this stage :
Edward Brooks b c1848
George Brooks b c1850
If you can confirm the wedding and their children, it would be very helpful to me indeed as I am having the age old problem of multiple families with the same named children born at the same time and need to ascertain who is who.....

Thanks so very much

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