Lilley of Brabourne

On 16 Oct 1860, as reported in the Southeastern Gazette, Mary Lilley, landlady of the Five Bells at Brabourne, Kent, was a witness in a case of horse stealing as was one Thomas Lilley. The license of the Five Bells had ben transferred from William Fox to Thomas Lilley in August of 1855. The Five... Continue Reading →

The tin family

The manufacture of tinplate in Britain began early in the eighteenth century and involved rolling iron plates and coating them with tin. You can read an excellent article on this here - An Industrial Work-Force - Kidwelly Tin Workers 1881 by Muriel Bowen Evans. The interiors of Trefforest Tin Works showing men, women and boys... Continue Reading →

Death floats lightly

A rumble of airplanes can be heard in the night sky, but it is paid no heed because it is now almost constant. Loud bangs approach and recede again, recorded only in the subconscious. Flashes of light occur, ignored through the black out curtains. And then silence. Death approaches, but you are unaware. And then........ Continue Reading →

Jutland or Skagerrak?

To the Germans it was the Battle of Skagerrak and was celebrated as a victory until after World War Two, they even named their second "pocket battleship" Skagerrack in 1933. And perhaps it was, the British certainly lost more ships and men than the Germans did. To the British it was the Battle of Jutland... Continue Reading →

“For Freedom”

No. 408 "Goose" Squadron was a Royal Canadian Air Force Squadron, based in Britain and under Royal Air Force operational command. The squadron operated as part of Bomber Command's main force from 24 Jun 1941 until the end of the war. From Jan 1943 it was part of No. 6 (RCAF) Group. The squadrons motto... Continue Reading →

In the cold of France

A sentry post in France - Liverpool Daily Post 03 February 1940 France. February 1940. The landscape is snow-covered and there are temperatures of 10 degrees below zero. Three men died after bringing a brazier inside their billet to keep warm. Special leave to Britain is allowed and some men go home to get married.... Continue Reading →

Portsmouth Town, Colewart Barracks

In the narrow streets that form the old town of Portsmouth, are the Colewort Barracks. At the back of the barracks, in 1839, the church of St. Mary was built. Colewort Barracks is where my great-grandmother, Maud Mary Mattock was born on 5 Feb 1870 according to her birth certificate. From birth certificate Her father,... Continue Reading →

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 →

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 →

Son of sea-captain weds at Barham

31 Jan 1914. St John the Baptist Church in Barham, Kent. A marriage takes place between Carl Albert Otto, a 26-year-old bridge builder, son to Henry Otto, a sea-captain and Edith Ellen Hawkins, a 19-year-old daughter of Alfred Stephen Hawkins and my grand aunt. Their banns had been read in the church on Jan 11,... Continue Reading →

L/Cpl weds at end of war

The wedding took place at St. Bartholomew's Church, on Satruday, 29 Sep 1945 between L/Cpl. R. J. Bent and Nancy Kennett. Dover Express 5 Oct 1945 Dover Express 02 April 1948 The High Alter at St. Bartholomew's Church Nancy Matilda Kennett was my 1st cousin 1x removed, daughter of my Grand aunt Annie Jane Hawkins.... Continue Reading →

Grandmother and grand-daughter remembered

Martha Jane Lilley A great-grandmother gone at an early age and an Aunt who had a very brief life, taken by bronchial pneumonia on this day in 1915. Yet both remembered with love. Dover Express 1 Oct 1915 Dover Express 26 Sep 1919

My life was short

  St Vincent, Littlebourne Atrtribution: John Salmon Herbert Morgan was my 1st cousin 2x removed. Born about Sep 1888 in Brabourne, Kent and died 16 Jan 1910. He was buried 20 Jan 1910 at St Vincent's in Littlebourne, Kent at the young age of 21. On 28 Jan 1910 we read from the Dover Express:... Continue Reading →

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