Do you recognise these ladies?

Can you identify the people in this photograph? It has a photographer's studio embossed on it, revealing that it was taken in Dover, Kent, England, between 1917 and 1920. It was found in a family house clearance, and it may have belonged to Alice West, born 24 Feb 1873 at Dover to William West and... Continue Reading →

Expensive Cherries

East Kent Gazette - Saturday 19 July 1947 Expensive Cherries. — At Chatham on Monday, Albert Victor Moore (27), of 11, Pudding Road, Rainham, Peter Davies (26), of 335, High Street, Rainham, and George Albert Cook (26), 57 Brown Street, Rainham, all pleaded guilty to having stolen seven pounds of cherries, value 10s. 6d., the... Continue Reading →

WikiTree

I have started adding the tree to WikiTree here. And I have used it to move back a few generations on my direct ancestor line. WikiTree is where genealogists collaborate. It aims to grow a singe family tree. Currently it includes 25,580,061 profiles (7,254,885 with DNA test connections) edited by 766,787 genealogists from around the world... Continue Reading →

Martin of Barham

My 2nd great aunt, Isabella Hawkins was born on 23 Mar 1851 in Barham, Kent and married George Martin on 21 Sep 1878 at St Mary, Northgate, Canterbury. They had 9 children, most of whom were born at Barham. My cousin Sally Porter has some photographs and a small photo album that belonged to Isabella... Continue Reading →

Double Funeral at Dover

Dover Express 01 March 1940 Frank George Pickett married Sophia Rosina Bridger, my 2nd cousin 4x removed, on 29 May 1882. They died two days apart in 1940. DOUBLE FUNERAL AT DOVER. The funerals took place on Saturday at Charlton Cemetery of husband and wife, Mr. and Mrs. Pickett, of 9, Tower Hamlets St. Mr. Frank... Continue Reading →

GEN. FRENCH’S DESPATCHES

Dover Express 23 October 1914 GEN. FRENCH’S DESPATCHESPORTIONS OF LOCAL INTEREST.LOCAL OFFICERS AND MEN MENTIONED IN DESPATCHES.On Monday two lengthy despatches from General Sir John French were published. The first despatch deals with the final stages of the retreat of the British Forces on Paris — a retreat that it is clear, from the despatches,... Continue Reading →

Coachman with a gun

Francis John Mount was the husband of my 5th cousin 2x removed Queenie May Hogben. They had been married at St Martins in Herne, Kent on 7 Sep 1935. Francis showed up twice in the Whitstable Times and Herne Bay Herald. Once on 2 Jan 1937 as follows: Two Men, a Car and a Gun When... Continue Reading →

Dromore Church

Robert Crowe, my 2nd great-grandfather was born in Tyrone, Ireland about 1841. He was the son of James Crowe. He married Mary Rodgers in Tyrone on 4 Sep 1855. This would have made him 14 years old, so perhaps his birth date is incorrect. What we do know is that on 20 Feb 1860 he... Continue Reading →

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 →

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