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Handwriting Deciphering & Recognition / Re: word on this certificate
« on: Monday 25 July 11 10:30 BST (UK)  »
My first thought was "House" also. It's deffinately a 'H' at the begining, but second to last doesn't look like any other 's' on the page. Another possibility: "Hostel" but the 't' & 'l' are shorter than others?

Matt T.

Handwriting Deciphering & Recognition / Re: Occupation, please
« on: Tuesday 17 May 11 13:02 BST (UK)  »
I was gonna "throw a spanner in the works" as it were  ;D, and suggest "Foreman of bolt nutt [sic.] manu?" too, but Deb & MargP beat me to it  :) So another vote from me.

Matt T.

World War Two / Re: WW2 Bomber Cockpit
« on: Tuesday 12 April 11 13:17 BST (UK)  »
Hi Tony,

It looks to be very similar to an Avro Anson. Certainly it is only twin engined.


Matt T.

Free Photo Restoration & Date Old Photographs / Re: Are these the same man??
« on: Monday 04 April 11 12:50 BST (UK)  »
Just to add weight to the argument for it being the same chap, I agree with all said previously.


Free Photo Restoration & Date Old Photographs / Re: same child in two photos
« on: Thursday 31 March 11 10:20 BST (UK)  »
Very difficult to be sure. Facial features at that age seem to change from day to day, I know, I have a 7 week old son and he looks different now to how he did 2 weeks ago!
Having said that, ears are usually the telling feature as they don't change, and these two do look very similar.

Matt T.

The Lighter Side / Re: Family legends that turn out to be nonsense
« on: Wednesday 30 March 11 15:48 BST (UK)  »
Not from my family stories, but coinsidently I just recieved this e-mail from a friend:

It just all depends on how you look at some things..

Judy Wallman, a professional genealogy researcher in southern California, was doing some personal work on her own family tree.. She discovered that Senator Harry Reid's great-great uncle, Remus Reid, was hanged for horse stealing and train robbery in Montana in 1889. Both Judy and Harry Reid share this common ancestor.

The only known photograph of Remus shows him standing on the gallows in Montana territory. On the back of the picture Judy obtained during her research is this inscription: 'Remus Reid, horse thief, sent to Montana Territorial Prison 1885, escaped 1887, robbed the Montana Flyer six times. Caught by Pinkerton detectives, convicted and hanged in 1889.'

So Judy recently e-mailed Senator Harry Reid for information about their great-great uncle.
Believe it or not, Harry Reid's staff sent back the following biographical sketch for her genealogy research:

"Remus Reid was a famous cowboy in the Montana Territory. His business empire grew to include acquisition of valuable equestrian assets and intimate dealings with the Montana railroad. Beginning in 1883, he devoted several years of his life to government service, finally taking leave to resume his dealings with the railroad.  In 1887, he was a key player in a vital investigation run by the renowned Pinkerton Detective Agency. In 1889, Remus passed away during an important civic function held in his honor when the platform upon which he was standing collapsed."

That's real POLITICAL SPIN  ;D

Matt T.

The Lighter Side / Re: Family legends that turn out to be nonsense
« on: Wednesday 30 March 11 13:27 BST (UK)  »
My GrtGrandfather was reputed to be the illegitimate child of the son of the owner of a "Large House" in Derbyshire where my 2xGrtGrandmother was a servant. It was speculated that this may have been the Duke of Devenshire, which would mean we have Royal Blood in our family :)
I have found through my research that actually my GrtGrandfather's parents were married when he was born, but his Father (my 2xGrtGrandfather) was illegitimate - his Mother (My 3xGrtGrandmother) was a servant at a large house nr Dinnington before he was born. She was un-married when he was born and no Father's name is given on his birth cert. Not long after she was living with her uncle & appears to have later married this uncle :o and he is named as Father on my 2xGrtGrandfather's marriage cert ???
Not quite Royal Blood ;D

Matt T.

That's great Dawn, look forward to seeing it :)

Matt T.

World War Two / Re: R.A.S.C. 7th armoured div. N Africa 374 Gen Transport Egypt info
« on: Thursday 10 March 11 13:24 GMT (UK)  »
Hi Dawn,

The 7th Armoured Division is the "Desert Rats". There is an excellent website devoted to them here:

500 pages is a lot to go through I know, but is there any chance you could compile a list of the names mentioned in the diary? I'm sure there are plenty on here that would appreciate it.

My Grandfather Jack Tomlinson was a Desert Rat, but I have yet to find how he was attached to them. I believe he was a "Gunner" of some sort, but I'm sure he mentioned being involved with transport also. It would be awsome if I could find him mentioned in a diary such as you have :)

Kind Regards,
Matt T.

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