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The Lighter Side / Re: WDYTYA - Marvin Humes
« on: Friday 10 August 18 21:33 BST (UK)  »
One thing that irritated me was when they handed Marvin the medals.  The War Medal 1939-45 had an oak leaf emblem on the ribbon, which denotes a Mention in Despatches.  As this is a low level award for gallantry, one would have thought that the award would have been mentioned in the programme, unless it ended up on the cutting room floor.  If Fred didn't get the award then the emblem should have been removed from the ribbon, unless, of course, it was all done for effect.  A check of the London Gazette online didn't bring up an award of a Mention in Despatches for Fred.  The medals themselves are ten a penny, since they do not have the recipient's name engraved on them.  The MID, however, isn't given to everyone.  No reflection on Marvin who would have accepted the medals in good faith.

Worcestershire / Re: Coroner Inquest records for Worcestershire
« on: Saturday 15 July 17 21:06 BST (UK)  »
The John Corbett Hospital is in Stourbridge. My grandfather died there in 1984. I can't imagine there'd be another one in the area. Good luck with your search.

Wexford / Re: Swords, Kinsella and Burke of Mounthoward
« on: Tuesday 18 August 15 20:26 BST (UK)  »
Hi Mogue

Thanks but I haven't come across any Peter Bells in my tree so far. All of my Bell ancestors hail from Gorey.


Wexford / Re: Swords, Kinsella and Burke of Mounthoward
« on: Sunday 26 July 15 16:34 BST (UK)  »
Hi Mogue

Thanks for the link and for getting in touch again.  Research into the Swords family has stalled a little over the last year or so.  I was aware that the church registers had been published online recently but hadn't got around to looking at them yet.




As someone with a lot of Worcestershire connections this resource is absolutely invaluable. I began trawling back from 1937 and have got as far back as 1894. I've found numerous snippets on family members including my grandfather' s criminal past - riding without lights and speeding! I've had a lot of chuckles on the way. For example my grandfather's excuse for not having any lights was that he had loaned his light to a young lady. It wasn't my Nan who would only have been 13 at the time.

As someone who lives 70 miles away from the Hive having this available on line is a great boon. Can you tell me if there are any plans to digitise any other newspapers from the area. I have done a similar trawl through the hard copy editions of the Droitwich Guardian held at the Hive. Anything that made that task  easier would be most welcome.

Thanks to Mike Stephens and any other of your BMSGH colleagues who helped make this available.


The Common Room / Re: Warterman waterman?
« on: Wednesday 11 July 12 15:13 BST (UK)  »

The enumerator may have written it down as it was said to him.  I'm from Droitwich and I've heard 'water' pronounced as if it were spelt 'warter' with a long 'hard' a.

If you Google 'Wych barge' you will get several hits that provide info on the salt trade.  If you PM me I have an transcription from the local paper that details how one of these barges was sunk in a collision at Bristol Docks in 1889 which I am more than happy to share with you.

My 3x great grandfather was a waterman hence my interest.


Wexford / Re: Copies/Cost res certificates, Dublin
« on: Wednesday 11 July 12 14:50 BST (UK)  »

I can understand your apprehension. I was reluctant at first but in the end it was the only way. I've been using the service for about five years now with the forms and have had no problems.

In the end there are easier ways to get your credit card details especially if you shop online. Mine was cloned in a petrol station a few years back. I don't think there is any more risk in this especially if you monitor your account closely. It's a risk you run every time you use your card sadly.

Their service is really speedy and they could teach the GRO in England a thing or two about pricing their services.

Good luck


Wexford / Re: Copies/Cost res certificates, Dublin
« on: Tuesday 10 July 12 17:31 BST (UK)  »
Forms are here

I send this off by post and usually get the copy of the certificate back in a week from Roscommon.    I pay by credit card.  If you know the volume and page number it is only 4 euro.  Great service at a bargain price.  Check the box for photocopy

good luck


Worcestershire / Re: Exemption from WWI conscription
« on: Monday 18 June 12 18:22 BST (UK)  »
The Droitwich Guardian was published from 1883 until 1967.  The years from 1939 to 1967 are on microfilm in Droitwich library.  The years 1883 until 1930 are in bound volumes in Worcester Record Office.  I started on the bound volumes at 1930 and am back as far as 1895.    It's taken me about three years so far but as I don't live in the county now so my visits are more sporadic.  I have found all sorts of interesting snippets.  My great grandparents wedding from 1911. Accounts of my great great grandfather's drowning in the local canal in 1920.  Birth, marriage and death notices and appearances before the local Petty Sessions to name but a few.  I'm hoping that eventually the local papers will end up on the British Newspaper Archive website which will make the searching a lot easier.  Newspapers are a mine of information and really help to put some flesh on the bones of your research over and above BMD certificates.

It would appear that Redditch library have the Redditch Indicator on microfilm - see below.  Good hunting!


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