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The Common Room / Emma Sills
« on: Monday 12 March 18 04:22 GMT (UK)  »
Hi. I'm very much hoping someone can help me to locate the background history of EMMA SILLS, born on the South Island of New Zealand 13/7/1869.
She married a GEORGE BEVINGTON ROWE 1896 (although I've also heard 1899) in Rangiora, Canterbury, NZ.

Emma's father's name was ROBERT.

Word coming down through history is that Emma Sills was of Mexican/Spanish decent ( but there has also been a rumour of Greece).

It would be SO good if we could find out one way or another. Please help if you can. THANK YOU!!! A BIG ask, I know...gulp!

World War One / Re: Service numbers
« on: Saturday 10 March 18 11:30 GMT (UK)  »
WOW....thanks A LOT MaxD for the info and the research addresses. I had no idea any medals were involved. That's awesome to know.
Thanks so much for your interest and help everybody. I am so much further ahead than I was this time yesterday. And the young man in our family who has inherited Grandad's SWB is overwhelmed to know the precious history behind it.

World War One / Re: Service numbers
« on: Friday 09 March 18 22:52 GMT (UK)  »
Ok. Understood. Thanks Gwil. I've just found out that the badge reads For King and Country. Services Rendered.

World War One / Re: Service numbers
« on: Friday 09 March 18 22:37 GMT (UK)  »
YOU FOLK ARE TOTALLY AMAZING!!! And Gwil I strongly suspect you have found the right man as William was from Ardwick, Manchester and I always thought he'd been in Gallipoli but can't pinpoint where or when I heard that; just random information which has floated up through the passage of time.
One question which has me puzzled....If William was discharged injured on 30 May 1916 why would he be arriving at the Western Front in March 1917? Called up again? If so then I can see that we as a family were extremely fortunate to get him back a second time, and that we are all here today as a result. I can remember him showing me his war-wounds...very deep scars where chunks of flesh had disappeared.

Oh, and what does a Silver Badge represent? I am still waiting for a nephew to send me a photo of the badge but he does say that from memory words on it say something about Britain and Returned Soldiers.

I'm arriving in England in September to do what I'm calling The Grandad Trail, visiting sites where I know he was and lived/worked etc, so I am SO SO thrilled to have the gap of his war years very likely filled in  :D THANKS AGAIN

World War One / Re: Service numbers
« on: Friday 09 March 18 03:09 GMT (UK)  »
Oh, and I should have said that he would have been with British forces in WW1.

World War One / Service numbers
« on: Friday 09 March 18 03:05 GMT (UK)  »
Hi everyone. I've had no joy finding records of my grandfather's war service, however on photos he always wears the same badge. A relative messages me that it has the number 102146 on it. Is this a service number? I can't make out what the badge actually looks like or says. His name is William King though. Help.

The Common Room / Re: Seeing for myself
« on: Friday 16 February 18 13:41 GMT (UK)  »
Yep, I agree. Very exciting. Great to honour " those who have gone before", those who've paved the way for the current generations and generally tried to do the best they can with tough living and work conditions. Makes me grateful for all we have in this modern society of ours.

The Common Room / Re: Seeing for myself
« on: Friday 16 February 18 10:41 GMT (UK)  »
Thanks to Ruskie for that brilliant Side by Side maps advise. It IS A FANTASTIC resource!! Poured over it for ages.....and will A LOT, no doubt about it.
My worst fears are a reality though. I see that the whole area I was keen to visit is altered massively. Very nice and green now, much nicer living conditions without a doubt. And I think I'll still "go walkabout", as the Aussies say, along the roads which remain from the 19th century. I'll just need to use my imagination to fill in the gaps.

Thanks again for the wonderful help received.

The Common Room / Re: Seeing for myself
« on: Sunday 11 February 18 20:22 GMT (UK)  »
I was reading the other day about the general conditions people of the area lived in during those milling days and I recall the words "unsanitary conditions". So it does make you wonder about Sanitary Street, doesn't it. MUST be a story there somewhere!!

It would be a good thing from my perspective if there are quite a few houses left as they generally were, but upgraded. I would then get a feel for days gone by.

I haven't had a chance for a concentrated look at the Side by Side site since your adviseof it was received the other day...but I SHALL...and aren't I looking forward to it!

Thanks again all.

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