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The Common Room / Re: The 1921 Census - WHAT A RIP-OFF
« on: Thursday 20 January 22 17:37 GMT (UK)  »
Reply #44 AllanUK. Take care not to infringe rules of the site to which you belong.

Thank you for the reminder -- I always try to  :-\

The Common Room / Re: The 1921 Census - WHAT A RIP-OFF
« on: Thursday 20 January 22 17:32 GMT (UK)  »
Using microfiche machines was more straight forward than microfilm which often the reel was upside down, not rewound, or the machine was on the blink, and keep having to change the focus due to the images going blurry when going forward or back, and all other machines being used so could not transfer to another one. And being told "You cannot bring that bottle of water in here" and having to take it to your locker.  :) Not me personally but have seen other researchers being told to put their bottle of water in their locker.

I remember it as so well  ::)

The Common Room / Re: Messaging without appearing pushy - Thoughts please.
« on: Thursday 20 January 22 13:39 GMT (UK)  »
12 months ago, a second cousin, once removed, living in Australia, contacted me via email through a well known grave site. He was asking if I knew anything about his grandfather's life in the UK before he emigrated to Australia. I emailed him back to say that I fondly remembered his grandparents when they visited the UK in the late 1950s; mid 1960s and early 1970s, I also informed him that I did have information about his grandfathers life in the UK including WW1 service. Whilst waiting to hear back from him, I did some further research on his grandfather and whilst doing so, I discovered WW1 service about his great grandfather. Despite sending him a polite email to ask if he was still interested, I have never heard back from him. It is annoying to a degree, but 'hey ho' life is short and there are other people to try and assist.

The Common Room / Re: The 1921 Census - WHAT A RIP-OFF
« on: Thursday 20 January 22 13:24 GMT (UK)  »
I think we have to remember that RootsChat is a free resource for the acquisition of information provided here by volunteers, who have paid subscriptions in order to provide help to those who either can't or won't pay for the information that they request. I have received much help on here, freely and willingly given, likewise I have to pay for photo editing software to repair and colour photos for others which is my way of giving back.

Totally agree with you Carol on your point that wherever possible, user of RootsChat that have paid subscriptions to various sites, do try and assist other researchers that, for whatever reason(s), can not subscribe. When I started my research at county archives, I was assisted by more experienced researchers to find my way around the records that were available. I very rarely visit county archives these days (and not because of covid restrictions) so I try to assist by using my access to subscription sites that I am fortunate to be able to pay for,


The Common Room / Re: The 1921 Census - WHAT A RIP-OFF
« on: Wednesday 19 January 22 14:33 GMT (UK)  »
When I started my FT research in the early 1990s, like many others, I spent hours travelling back and forth just to be able access to microfiche, micro film and sometimes even the actual church registers. My main area of research was Northumberland and as it was long before the opening of the Archives at Woodhorn, my trips were split between Morpeth, Berwick upon Tweed and Gosforth with sometimes the Tyne and Wear Archives for overlapping areas. Things got a bit bit better when I started to look at my County Durham ancestors, only one depository to visit. Even though a lot of my visits were in the depths of winter it was worth it to discover my past.

Northumberland / Re: Herron - Chestnut Street, Ashtington Northumberland
« on: Tuesday 18 January 22 18:10 GMT (UK)  »
Just to keep 'watchers' up to date, I have shown below some of the information that I PM'd the original poster.

Known facts:

Chestnut Street and Clyde Street both existed in the 1901 and 1911 Census; only Chestnut Street shows in the 1921 Census, Clyde Street has disappeared.

The 1911 Census shows that Chestnut Street only went up to number 106. Clyde Street only went up to number 200
Ashington Urban District Council decided to merge some of the street names in the Hirst area. One of the mergers was that Clyde Street was merged with Chestnut Street and became a longer Chestnut Street.
I can not tell you exactly when this occurred but we know that the two streets were separate in the 1911 Census (beginning of April 1911) and I found an item in the newspaper the Morpeth Herald, 10th May 1912' which was advertising an auction sale of household goods at number 253 Chestnut Street. The merger of the two street would have been between the taking of the 1911 Census and the newspaper article 10th May 1912.I ran this past a friend of mine who is a senior archivist at the County Archives and he confirmed that the merger had occurred.

« on: Monday 17 January 22 11:30 GMT (UK)  »

The following is the information that I would have sent you if I had your email address:

Morpeth Herald, 13 July 1917
In Memoriam
‘In loving memory of my dear brother, Private George Thomas Herron, N.F., beloved husband of Kate Herron, Hirst, [Hirst was part of Ashington] and son of the late George and Alice Herron, late of Bedlington Station, missing since July 7th, now  presumed dead. – Ever remembered by his loving sister Martha and brother in law, Tom’

George Thomas Herron was in the 9th Battalion of the Northumberland Fusiliers, service number 14548. He enlisted at Ashington, Northumberland.

A search of army records finds that he was admitted to the 51st Field Ambulance (a mobile front line medical unit) on the 2nd March 1916. His entry shows that he was in ‘D’ Company of the 9th Battalion and he was suffering from FURUNCULOSIS (a deep infection of the skin). On the 5th March he was transferred to number 12 Casualty Clearing Station for treatment. (at this time, 12 CCS was based at HAZEBROUCK in Flanders)

George was presumed dead on the 7th July 1916, he has no known grave and is remembered on the Thiepval Memorial, France.

The 9th Battalion (known as the Northumberland Hussars) was a new battalion formed on the 22nd September 1914. The 9th were assigned to the 68th Brigade, 23rd Division and were fighting on the Western Front from August 1915.

The 9th Battalion were involved in the heavy fighting of the Battle of the Somme which commenced on the 1st July 1916. The Battalion’s war diaries record that by the 4th July they were in the trenches east of Becourt Chateau (not far from Fricourt). The diaries actually name the trenches that they were from the 6th July – they were QUADRANGLE and HEDGE LINE TRENCHES.
The Battalion’s actions on the 7th July are recorded in over 4 pages of diary entries with the last entry line for the 7th being ‘The casualty lists for the 4 days from 4th – 7th July show that during this period the Battalion lost, in killed, wounded and missing, 14 officers and 299 other ranks’. George was one of the 299 other ranks.

« on: Monday 17 January 22 10:48 GMT (UK)  »
Hi Lorna,

I have sent you a personal message, please reply when you can.


The Common Room / Re: Victoria Mary Brooks née Harwood
« on: Thursday 13 January 22 14:45 GMT (UK)  »
Full Royal Navy service record held on Ancestry. Shows his date of birth (15 May 1874) and a physical description of him as well as all of the ships and shore bases he served on. He served from 13 October 1893 to 4 December 1913.

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