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 →

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