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Thank you Monica

MonicaL and KGarrad

Thank you both for the information.
I had looked at the 1939 War Register and saw: a Thomas F Amies and Madge Amies living at The Lodge, Sheriff Hutton, North Riding, Yorkshire. 

What confused me, was that my photograph of my uncle: Roy Willard with Thomas Amies was taken in Robertsbridge between late 1940 and before December 1944.  With the country on a 'war footing' I was not too sure how or why Thomas would have travelled south from Yorkshire to Robertsbridge, unless he was in the Armed Forces. 

Roy Willard was in 1940 with my Father George Willard in 5th Battalion, Royal Sussex Regiment.  In the fighting Roy had been wounded in the arm, my Father 'somehow' managed to get his brother to Dunkirk where he (Roy) was evacuated back to England.  My father a short while later was captured near Arras and became a POW for the next five years.

In 1941 Roy Willard was medically discharged from the Army and it is from about that time he may have seen Thomas Amies in Robertsbridge, having stated that almost certainly before the War he would have known and been friendly with Thomas, in social and sporting events.

Again thank you for your help, I will let you know of my progress.  Monica with regard to the 'link' you provided I have a friend who may be able to help me with that aspect.

Kind regards
Roy Willard

Can somebody help me please. 

I have been trying to identify a man who in some way was associated with my Father: GEORGE ALFRED WILLARD and/or his brother: ROY WILLARD.

My Father George Willard was born November 1911 in Robertsbridge, Sussex and died in 1997 at the Conquest Hospital, Hastings, Sussex.  His brother Roy was born in 1920 in Robertsbridge and died in Tonbridge Hospital, Kent in 1944.

The man I am interested in was: THOMAS FRANK AMIES born c.1914 Robertsbridge, Sussex, son of HENRY J. AMIES and ANNA AMIES nee WINCHESTER and brother to REGINALD JOHN AMIES (who was known as JACK AMIES and was a Barber in village of Robertsbridge).

I only know that THOMAS AMIES in 1937 at Salehurst Parish Church, married MADGE RUMMERY,  after that period I can find no further information.

I am creating a 'Family History' of the WILLARD's including photographs of: Family Members, Friends, Work and Sport associates and other Documents. 

I have a photo of Roy Willard (my uncle) with Thomas Amies.  This would have been taken between 1940 and 1944.

One of my Aunts, who is 85 years of age identified to me THOMAS AMIES in the photo, but was unable to recall much else about him.

I would appreciate if anybody had any information about THOMAS AMIES, no matter how little, just to enable me to have an understanding of his life.  Out of interest the AMIES family lived about 30 yards away from my home and I have a photograph of Jack Amies with my two brothers on his knees taken c.1939-1940.  Jack Amies used to cut my hair.

Thank you

Roy Willard

The Common Room / Re: Ancestry of Elizabeth Williams nee Kerridge, my Grandmother
« on: Friday 18 December 20 20:46 GMT (UK)  »
Thank you for the email reminder.  I have looked for and found Dennis Williams email address, so I will contact him.
Thank you
Happy Christmas to you.
Roy Willard

« on: Thursday 13 August 20 11:35 BST (UK)  »
I was born in May 1946 in Robertsbridge, just 50 yards from the White Horse!
Memories coming back.
Thank you
Roy Willard

« on: Thursday 13 August 20 11:13 BST (UK)  »
Thank you for your help.
After all this time searching records I never thought to spell the name: SPILSTEAD differently, I can only blame the heat or another mental block.
I have looked at each of the 'sources' you suggested-thank you.
I will have to delve deeper for: NEVILLE SKINNER.
Roy Willard

Sussex / 1939 Army camp at Wilmington, Sussex
« on: Wednesday 12 August 20 18:58 BST (UK)  »
Can somebody help please.
I have carried out a lot of research into my Father's History: GEORGE ALFRED WILLARD b.1911-d.1997.  He was born in Robertsbridge, Sussex.

In one of my photos my Father in 1939 is at an Army Camp, probably Wilmington, East Sussex.  I can identify some of the men from the photo because I knew them in Robertsbridge after WW2, but a friend has also identified two others as: NEVILLE SKINNER and TOM SPILSTEAD. 
Their names 'ring a bell' but trying to establish where they lived in Salehurst or Robertsbridge has been difficult, also their Army service.

My Father was in C Company, 5th Battalion, Royal Sussex Regiment and from the photo I think the other men in the photo are as well.  I can display the photo if it helps.  My Father is back row at left, NEVILLE SKINNER and TOM SPILSTEAD are in front at right kneeling.

Grateful for any help.
Thank you
Roy Willard

« on: Saturday 25 July 20 17:01 BST (UK)  »
Milliepede, CaroleW and Kiltaglassan

Thank you for your help, I will look more closer at Newspaper archives. 
With regard to his birth, his daughter has carried out research into his mother and father. 
Not sure if he was illegitimate, but was certainly abandoned after birth. 
He was brought up by the Humphrey family in Ticehurst.
He did not remarry after his wife died, I believe he passed away in 1975.

I did find it confusing at first with regard to his surname, I think Charlie changed the spelling of his surname from Wilmer to Willmer in the years after World War 2.

I had a similar problem with my Family Name: Willard.  In some Census Records it was shown as Williard and not a transcription error.

But again Thank you for your assistance, much appreciated.

« on: Saturday 25 July 20 10:49 BST (UK)  »
I have been researching my Family History and in doing so I have also 'looked' at people my late Father: GEORGE ALFRED WILLARD [b.1911 Robertsbridge] grew up with.  As a result I have been in contact with a friend whose late Father: EDWARD CHARLES WILMER (known as Charlie Wilmer) [b.1908 Gillingham] was close to my Father.

I have learned that Charlie Wilmer had been a 'Physical Training Instructor' as part of or assigned to: 8th King's Royal Irish Hussars some time before WW2. 
He started a Gymnastics Club with the assistance of: S. CRITTENDEN Late Royal Navy in Robertsbridge in the early 1930's

Before World War 2 my Father had been in the village Boxing Club as had Charlie Wilmer, they worked together at the Gypsum Mines of Robertsbridge and Mountfield, Sussex.  In April 1939 they both joined Royal Sussex Regiment TA, in September they became 'Regular Soldiers' in C Company, 5th Battalion, Royal Sussex Regiment.

In 1940 they went to France with their Regiment as part of the B.E.F, My Father as a Private, Charlie as a Corporal.  With the Army in withdrawal towards Dunkirk, my father on 29 May 1940 was captured near Arras and became a POW until Liberation in 1945.  Charlie Wilmer was captured at a different location but at about the same time and became a POW until June 1944 when he was repatriated back to England.

My friend (daughter of Charlie Wilmer) has applied to the MOD for her Father's Army Service Record, but with the Covid 19 pandemic there is a delay in the processing of all applications.

I would like to know if any members of this Forum have any knowledge of Charlie Wilmer in the 1920s and 1930s, especially his involvement with: Gymnastics, Boxing, St John's Ambulance Brigade and involvement with 8th King's Royal Irish Hussars.  The activities listed were predominantly at Robertsbridge, Sussex, but part of his childhood and teens was at Ticehurst, Sussex.

I have two photos of Charlie Wilmer alongside my Father which I can display if requested.

I would appreciate any help.
Thank you


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