From Comedy To Blood and Thunder

From the Worthing Herald of 8 Apr 1938 we read about a new play by the Lancing Amateur Dramatic Society which presented their first play, "A Warm Corner" at the Parish Hall in Lancing from 17-19 Nov 1936 and today are the Lancing Repertory Players: There are no half measures about Lancing Amateur Dramatic Society.... Continue Reading →

Soldier Drowned Whilst Bathing

A further story involving Charles James Gatehouse, husband of my 3rd cousin 3x removed Elizabeth Mary Champion was reported in the Dover Express of 10 Sep 1915. It must have been exciting living on Shakespeare Cliff. An inquest was held at the Esplanade Hotel on Monday afternoon before the Borough Coroner, Mr. Sydenham Payn, into... Continue Reading →

Channel Swum Again

This was big news in August 1938 and was reported all around the country. From the Dover Express of 16 Aug 1938: GERMAN WOMAN DOCTOR’S SUCCESS On Thursday, Frau Bruna Wendel-Plarre (the London papers give the name as simply Wendel), a German woman doctor, who is about thirty years of age, in practice near Leipzig, succeeded in... Continue Reading →

Chins Up

My dad's (Wilfred George Young) 3rd cousin 1x removed was James Victor Richards. (3rd cousin 2x removed to me). What is interesting is the following article. This is because they both served in the Buffs, they were both captured in May 1940 with the B.E.F. in France and they were both in Stalag XXA. Unfortunately,... Continue Reading →

Thrown Under ‘Bus

Stephen George Richards, my 3rd cousin 2x removed worked for the East Kent Road Car Company as a Bus Driver. He had been a chauffeur in 1923 (he had been a chauffeur for Dr. H. O. Preston since 1920) when he married Mabel Ethel Nicholls on the 26 of December at St Mildred Church in... Continue Reading →

W.A.A.F.

I have posted my father's autobiography here, but what did my mother do while he was a prisoner of war? Why, she joined the Women's Auxiliary Air Force. Kathleen Elizabeth Young (née Crowe) No. 2076472 Leading Aircraftwoman. From 5 Sep 1941 to 7 Sep 1945 Kathleen's trade was D.M.T. and her evaluation was "The general... Continue Reading →

Sinking of Hogue

Daily Mirror 23 Sep 1914 The Leeds Mercury of 26 Sep 1914 includes this article, which from this extract lists Charles Alfred Booth as a survivor. Charles was our 3rd cousin 3x removed, the son of James Booth and Ann Ballard. He was the youngest of six children, born on 28 Jun 1877 in Dover, Kent.... Continue Reading →

Distinguished Flying Medal

  From the Dover Express of 30 Oct 1942 and the Whitstabel Times and Herne Bay Herald 07 Nov 1942 we learn of the D.F.M. awarded to Stephen Charles Cox, my 4th cousin 2x removed and about his two brothers, John Frederick Cox and Ernest Walter Cox. They were born in Canterubry to George Ernest Cox... Continue Reading →

You go, and tuck me up in bed

From the Dover Express of 30 Aug 1901 we read about Richard Lawrence Ballard, my 1st cousin 5 times removed. Baptised at Charlton, Dover, Kent on 20 Oct 1822 he was married to Elizabeth Ann Dennis on 2 Nov 1840 in Hougham, St Lawrence, Kent.  They had 13 children - 9 boys and 4 girls.... Continue Reading →

Septuagenarian’s Tragic End

FATAL HABIT OF WALKING IN THE ROAD. (from The Whitstable Times and Herne Bay Herald of 12 Feb 1927) While walking down Boughton Hill on the evening of February 1st, Frank Howland (71), of Price's Cottage, Horse Lees, Dunkirk, was knocked down by a car driven by Mr. A. H. Davy, of Herman House, London... Continue Reading →

A Dover Soldier Family

Dover Express 23 Jul 1915 We regret to learn that Mr. C. J. Howard, who resides at 2, Beach Street, has received a final letter from the War Office informing him there can be no longer any hopes of his son, 10256, Lance-Corporal William Alfred Howard "C" Company, 1st Battalion The "Queen's" Royal West Surrey... Continue Reading →

Lady Bicyclist’s Grave Charge

Alledged Assault Near Littlebourne Mary Ann Young (née Hayward) my great-grandmother was witness in an assault trail in 1910. She married my great-grandfather on 9 Oct 1880 in St Mildred at Preston Next Wingham, but they had lived at Brick Kiln Cottages in Littlebourne at the time of the 1911 census. William and Mary Ann... Continue Reading →

Distressing Fatality on the Medway

From the Whitstable Times and Herne Bay Herald of 25 July 1908 we read the following: Faversham Man Drowned On Sunday last a distressing fatality occurred on the river Medway, near Penshurst, when, as the result of the capsizing of a canoe, William John Foreman, a young Faversham man, was drowned. The deceased, who completed his... Continue Reading →

Wounded, P.O.W. and Died

John Reginald Raynes, my 4th cousin 2x removed was born in the spring of 1894 at Pembury, Kent. He was a farm labourer and the youngest son of John Raines and Emily Kneller who had 5 children. Another son, Frederick Nathaniel Raynes was a Private in the Kent Cyclist Battalion, 1855. John enlisted in November... Continue Reading →

Fifteen Relatives Serving King and country

Folkestone, Hythe, Sandgate & Cheriton Herald 19 June 1915 George Marsh Mount married my 3rd cousin 3x removed Mary Jane Raines on 15 Oct 1877 at St Mary The Virgin in Elham, Kent. They had 10 children, including Arthur Frederick Mount mentioned in the above article. Two other sons, Albert Frank Mount and Percy Victor... Continue Reading →

A lucky man was he

Alfred Edward Chilcott was born 23 Jul 1893 at Spaxton in Somerset, England. His parents were James Chilcott and Sarah Type. On 3 Nov 1928 he married Ethel Nellie Emery Baker at Spaxton. Alfred was my half 1st cousin 3x removed, connected to me by my 3rd great-grandfather William Chilcott who was baptised at St... Continue Reading →

Boy Drowned in a Ditch

Supposed Epileptic Seizure Whitstable Times and Herne Bay Herald 29 January 1916 The East Kent Coroner  (Mr. Rutley Mowll) held an inquest on Thursday on the body of Charles Sidney George Foord, 14, who was found dead in a ditch at Stone Cross Road, Bilsington. Evidence was given by Mrs. Mary Ann Foord, Chequer Tree... Continue Reading →

Found Working With Stolen Tools

Whitstable Times and Herne Bay Herald 27 February 1937 Two Young Men Before The Magistrates Two young Petham men were found working with tools wich they had stolen appeared before the magistrates at St. Augustine's Petty Sessions at Herne Bay, on Wednesday. They were Stanley Austin Jarvis (21), Town Road, Petham, and Stanley Hope (17),... Continue Reading →

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