K.I.A. 13 Nov 1916

Born in Elham, Kent on 29 Mar 1878, William Pegden lived at 2 Downs View Cottages in Shoulden Bank in 1911 and was an above ground labourer at a colliery. William was a sapper in the Royal Marines, 2nd Field Company, Divisional Engineers (Deal/1093(S)). He was 5 feet 6 1/2 inches tall with Black eyes... Continue Reading →

159 Years Ago Today at SS Gregory & Martin

Above Photo of SS Gregory & Martin - Poliphilo [CC0], from Wikimedia Commons On 13 Nov 1859 at SS Gregory & Martin in Wye, Kent my 2nd great grandparents - William Young and Harriet Raines were married. William was an agricultural labourer and later a farm waggoner. Harriet was sometimes a servant and domestic house keeper.... Continue Reading →

Bartholomew Bowlt

Bartholomew George Stephenson Bowlt was the son of Frederick William Bowlt, a boiler maker with the S.E.C. Railway Company and Olive Louisa Aldridge. He was one of 8 children and was born 8 Jul 188 in Dover, Kent. Baptism - Buckland, St. Andrew, 11 Aug 1888 Bartholomew served as a Fireman in the Mercantile Marine... Continue Reading →

The Sinking Of H.M.S. Exeter

H.M.S. Exeter pictured above from the Western Morning News of 16 Mar 1942. H.M.S. Exeter was an 8,500 ton cruiser and was one of 12 warships lost over three days during the Japanese invasion of Java. The battle was from 27 Feb to 1 Mar. The Exeter, of Graf Spee fame - she exchanged shell... Continue Reading →

Montgomery Crowe

Today, Montgomery Crowe was added to the United Kingdom Book of Remembrance which commemorates 361 United Kingdom casualties of the two World Wars who were not formerly recorded by the Commonwealth War Graves Commission. The men and women remembered here are presently commemorated solely by their database and register entry. The Commission will continue to investigate... Continue Reading →

Using the 1939 Register with Mapstr

While not written for genealogy, Mapstr is a useful tool for that purpose. "Mapstr lets you keep track of all your favourite places around the world, tag them, and find them on your very own map!" See the Mapstr site for more details - it is available for IOS and Android and is free at... Continue Reading →

Double Banns

During World War One many servicemen would have married before going off to war and others after returning. It appears some had to make several tries to get married during the war. One such person was Arthur Twist, a Leading Stoker and later Stoker Perry Officer on the H.M.S. Falmouth and my 3rd cousin 3x... Continue Reading →

Queen Mary’s Army Auxiliary Corps

Born today at White Cottage, Sarre, Kent was my great-aunt Charlotte Elizabeth Young. The 5th of seven children to William Young and Mary Ann Hayward. Charlotte was baptised at St Nicholas, St Nicholas at Wade, Kent on 26 Apr 1898. On 23 Sep 1918 Charlotte married Robert Alfred Stothard in Bekesbourne, Kent. They had 4... Continue Reading →

Herald of Free Enterprise

On 6 Mar 2017 a 30th anniversay service was held in Dover for the Zeebrugge ferry disaster. See Kent Online and Keeping love alive The second link has a photo of Peter McNeill, son of Lynda Burt, 38, a stewardess from Dover, who lost her life in the tradgedy. Lynda was our 4th cousin. You can read about... Continue Reading →

The hand grenade explosion

Image above: A female worker inspects Mills hand grenades in a British factory during the First World War. Wikimedia Commons. Public Domain.  Dover Express 3 Nov 1916 Yesterday afternoon the Borough Coroner (Mr. Sydenham Payn) held an inquest on the body of the little girl, Edith Ellen Hanson, who was on July 19th last injured... Continue Reading →

Train roof crawl

Yorkshire Evening Post 16 Dec 1952 A 43-year-old horticultural foreman, Mr. Leslie Ashman, of Daisy Bank, Ditton, near Maidstone (Kent), was today presented with the honorary certificate of the Carnegie Hero Trust Fund by the Mayor of Maidsotne, Ald. Mrs. D. M. Relf. Mr. Ashman, on August 11, when travelling as a passenger on the... Continue Reading →

Drewry’s Bluff, 16 May 1864

Image above: Battery Dantzler, Drewry's Bluff 1864 - Confederate gun commanding the river. The 117th New York Infantry recruited in the Oneida county in the summer of 1862, rendezvoused at Rome, and was mustered into the U.S. service from August 8 to 16, for three years and left the state on August 22. On 12... Continue Reading →

They came home from the trenches

When we talk about World War One, we most often talk about those who gave their lives and never returned home. But many did come home, and of those a lot had suffered wounds, injuries and disease. Percy Raines Fisher, my 4th cousin 2x removed was one of those. He had been born on 23... Continue Reading →

Wholesale garden robbery

Cabbage and broccoli? It wasn't kids then. In the Western Gazette of 29 Nov 1867 we read the following: Some time during the night of Tuesday, the 19th inst., a large quantity of cabbage, broccoli, and other vegetables, growing in a garden at Staplehay, in this parish (Pitminster), and belonging to Charles Clarke Mattock, coachman... Continue Reading →

Cavalry Foot Soldiers

The Household Battalion was an infantry battalion of the British army during the Great War. It was formed in September 1916 from the reserves of the Household Cavalry regiments (the 1st Life Guards, 2nd Life Guards and the Royal Horse Guards) to help fill the every-increasing demands for infantry on the Western Front. Considerable effort... Continue Reading →

The Boys’ Brigade

Extracting from the Kent & Sussex Courier of 25 Oct 1907 we learn that the beginning of the Boys' Brigade was in 1883 in Glasgow and it was an institution that was working against hooliganism with extraordinary success. The objects of the Boys' Brigade were to combat the terrible evil of boys lounging about the... Continue Reading →

Maid of Kent

S. R. Hospital Ships Lost Dover Express 7 Jun 1940 The loss of the hospital ship "Maid of Kent" was officially announced in the shipping losses for the week ending May 26th. The "Brighton," another hospital ship, was sunk by an attack at the same time in Dieppe Harbour. Both are Southern Railway vessels. The... Continue Reading →

Death from misadventure

Engine Driver's Fatal Fall The East Kent Coroner (Mr. Rutley Mow II) held an inquest at Derringstone, Barham, on Wednesday evening, on the body of Charles Henry Lilley, aged 44, an engine driver in the employ of Mr. A. C. Arter, Barham, who died as the result of a fall from a truck. The evidence... Continue Reading →

From Dunkirk to D-Day

Why the flags were out Sevenoaks men home from Dunkirk When Guardsman James Berry reached his home at 146 Seal Road, Sevenoaks, on Saturday he was greeted with fluttering Union Jacks and a streamer on which were the words: "Welcome Home." Guardsman Berry, aged 21, who is the son of Mr. and Mrs. James Berry,... Continue Reading →

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