Runaway horse and van

A Southern Railway Motor Driver, Arthur George Aldridge was my 4th cousin 2x removed. He was born 21 Dec 1893 in Dover to Arthur George Aldridge and Harriet Kingsland. He enlisted in the Buffs (East Kent Regiment) 2nd Battalion on 6 Mar 1911 and later served in the Labour Corps - 583rd Home Service Supply completing... Continue Reading →

Beware when opportunity presents itself

Sometimes you make a bad decision. Tempted by opportunity, knowing what is right and wrong, you nevertheless are swayed by the dark side and do the wrong. This is what happened to my uncle Harry who died on this day 3 Feb 2001. Harry Arthur Young The Dover Express of 18 Apr 1914 tells his... Continue Reading →

Kut-el-Amara claims an English bricklayer

”It was during the advance at Sheik Said a shrapnel shell came along and killed the Adjutant, wounded the Colonel, killed Corpl. Luckhurst, and also killed a private." So said a comrade of Corporal Harry Luckhurst, T/1638 5th Battalion of The Buffs (East Kent Regiment) my 1st cousin 2x removed who was killed in action... Continue Reading →

Don’t mess with an English Queue

Doing some fishing before work? Going to be late? Well, whatever you do, don't jump the queue! Especially not in England. My 4th cousin 1x removed, Leslie Edwin Attwood did just that on 29 Jun 1941. Even with a war on, you don't jump the queue. At almost 23 years of age, Leslie should have... Continue Reading →

Sportsman’s Arms, Barham

What a wonderful photograph and look at that automobile. The Sportsman's Arms was in Derringstone from at least 1850. Perhaps they were off to see a game in another town? 1 Mr. Barry, Landlord, 2 Alfred Stephen Hawkins - my great-grandfather, 3   William Pilcher - husband of my great-grand-aunt, 4 Alfred Crow, 5 Meers (Dasher) 6  Fred Gower, 7 Austin... Continue Reading →

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