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Cheshire Completed Lookup Requests / Re: Coach and Horses - Handbridge
« on: Monday 05 June 06 08:51 BST (UK)  »
Thanks Sue,

I shall look into this, and see what I can find out.

Again thanks for taking the trouble.

Aussie Doug

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 / Re: Duke of Westminsters Yeomanry
« on: Thursday 01 June 06 08:42 BST (UK)  »
Many thanks,

But now I am really confused!

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 / Re: navy photo
« on: Saturday 06 May 06 13:28 BST (UK)  »

My Father was sent with the first draught of enlisted men to pick up the searcher from America's west coast (Seatle I think).
I'm afraid I have no details of who my Father knew but I do have a photo of the whole crew at a function in America before the Searcher sailed.
I have attached a couple of photos that may be of interest, from the fuction.

Aussie Doug

New Zealand Completed Requests / Re: John Lynn Grahame - School Teacher
« on: Saturday 22 April 06 07:13 BST (UK)  »
Hi Riley,

Thanks for the research, I have some info on JLG which matches with your info.
JLG married Harriet Fancourt in Sept 1875 at Hackney Registry, in June 1876 Paul Grahame was born at Grey St, Auckland, after him came Maud b May 1878 Torere NZ, after her came Edmond Alfred b June 1880, and Alexandra Asther b Dec. 1881, both in Torere. Alexander Arthur b1882 in Gisbourne, and another daughter May b 1st May 1886 in Tonga. After this they emmigrated to Sydney, Australia and had another daughter named Lilly Ethel b cir 1889?
Paul Grahame returned to England and joined the Army serving in WW1 and married fathering eight children.
You can see I have quite a bit of info from a journal JLG kept but there ar a number of gaps particularly as to exactly where he was born, Westmorland I believe. He also went to Cambridge 'The Blue Coats' school being mentioned.

Anyway many thanks for the help, much appreciated.

Aussie Doug

Occupation Interests / Re: Master Seaman and his ticket
« on: Saturday 15 April 06 08:42 BST (UK)  »

Sorry to butt in, I was browsing the Occupations Interest when this post caught my eye.
As I have been researching my Grandmothers side of the family, the Master Seaman was of interest, as both my G Grandfather and GG Grandfather were both Captains of coastal vessels or at least so I was told by my Nan.
MY GG Grandfather was James Patten b1834 in Scotland? he married a Louisa Ward in Runcorn cir1863. I am told he went down with his Ship a coastal schooner the ALMA off Angelsey around 1879/81.
My G Grandfather John Patten b1864 in Runcorn was a Captain of a Steam Boat according to the 1901 census (I have attached a picture),
He married Mary Graham Armstrong in 1885 she was born somewhere in Scotland in 1866.
Living now in Australia makes it hard to find or get infirmation about both of my Grandfathers, but when I noticed the name Patton on your family names list, Falkyrn. I thought I would butt in and see if there was a connection.
Aussie Doug.

Armed Forces / Re: Ceylon mystery
« on: Sunday 02 April 06 06:27 BST (UK)  »
Thanks Salty,

Dad was a Policeman before and after the war, in fact they wouldn't let him sign up until 1942/3 as it was a reserved occupation, although he did try in 1939 at the start, but the Chief Constable in Cheshire put a stop to all the enlistments.

Again many 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

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