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The Common Room / Re: William fowlie simpson carr POW Burma mystery
« on: Saturday 25 September 21 16:28 BST (UK)  »
My great-uncle was also captured at the fall of Singapore.  Fortunately he came home, but he was not posted as a POW until July 1943. 

He was called up very early in the war and was in the Royal Corps of Signals.  His family were relieved when he was posted to Singapore, they thought he would be safe and 'out of the way' there.  He sent back photos of him and his fellow recruits taken in Singapore until November 1941.  His mother kept them in what must have been a very precious album.  He was her youngest child.  Sadly his father died before knowing that his son was a prisoner.

Nell

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Renfrewshire / Re: Inclusion in OPRs
« on: Saturday 25 September 21 15:44 BST (UK)  »
I would actually consider myself lucky to even get that number of records in some Scottish parishes.  I cannot officially 'kill off' several people pre-1855, it is only their absence from the census that indicates that they may no longer be around.  I recently found an MI which alerted me to the date of death and some missing children that I was not aware of.  Funnily enough, that last one was in Paisley  :-\

Nell

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Handwriting Deciphering & Recognition / Re: Who lived in a house like this?
« on: Saturday 25 September 21 15:21 BST (UK)  »
Similarities to Eastnor Castle in Herefordshire - maybe.  :-\  The windows are wrong though.

I feel it is a Victorian mock castle - or even a Victorian municipal building masquerading as a castle.

Nell

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Handwriting Deciphering & Recognition / Re: Where is this Church ?
« on: Monday 20 September 21 22:39 BST (UK)  »
Totally agree - well done Trish

Difficult to get a perfect view on Google streetview, but if you put yourself down on the bridge, the building is the mill and still with the recognisable building outline/shape.  The church has the distinctive round stair turret.

The pictures that I can find of the interior do not match the other sketch.

Nell

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The Common Room / Re: Apprenticed after father's death?
« on: Friday 10 September 21 19:50 BST (UK)  »
It is not uncommon for the apprentice's father to be deceased when he begins the apprenticeship.
Among my own ancestors, there are at least four young teenagers/boys who began their apprenticeship after the death of their father.  In one case the mother was the sponsor.

Since there would potentially be a freedom of the city available to Benjamin if he completed the full term, it might be worth looking at the Freedom of the City Admission Papers London (which can be accessed on Ancestry perhaps at your local library) to see if Benjamin is listed.  I was led there by a random entry in a county database and I found two indentures which were helpful in explaining where these country boys had ended up!

Nell

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How to Use RootsChat (Please don't post requests here) / Re: Members ready to help you!
« on: Thursday 09 September 21 18:15 BST (UK)  »
If we are notified that a RootsChatter has passed away, their profile is edited to show

Deceased Rest In Peace

But as Girl Guide says, we are not always informed if friends or family are not aware that someone was a member.

Some people join and only use the chatroom.  Others join but make no postings - quite a few of those.  But their names remain on the list of members.

You can always check to see when someone last logged in by viewing their profile.  I just picked one at random who joined in 2004 but had made no postings.  They last logged in in 2006.

But there are plenty of us still around who joined a long time ago and still going strong.  ;D

Nell

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Sussex / Re: Milham of Hendfield, Yokehurst of Sussex
« on: Wednesday 08 September 21 15:19 BST (UK)  »
Some films are never viewable from home and have to be viewed at an affiliate library or FH centre - no way round that.

For the 17th century wills there does seem to be a filing system according to the deanery in which the particular parish was situated.  So Horsham is in the deanery of Storrington.  I located the start of that run of wills for the correct year and then looked through the wills to find the Briggs ones.  I was not so lucky with the 16th century - there seems to be less order to them and they are more difficult to read in places. 

Sometimes it does have to be the old-fashioned way: look at every page until you find the right one. Eye-straining though.  :(

Nell

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Sussex / Re: Milham of Hendfield, Yokehurst of Sussex
« on: Saturday 04 September 21 21:58 BST (UK)  »
Ann's should be there somewhere (reference is STC I /14/15b) but I haven't found it on any of the films so far.  The early wills are quite difficult to make out and there is some damage to many.

Thomas Barker is not in that index.  Was it proved in Chichester?

Nell

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The Stay Safe Board / Re: Anti-vaxxers' arguments
« on: Friday 03 September 21 18:35 BST (UK)  »
Time to move on, I think.

Courtesy, good manners and tolerance - please, everyone try to remember that, however hard it may be at times.

Nell

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