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I'm enjoying early retirement! I have been researching my ancestry for several years and am interested in all aspects of family history especially local and social history.

A post for Mothering Sunday

It’s Mothering Sunday (Mothers’ Day) here in the UK . So, in loving memory of my mother Doris (1928-1993) here are a couple of photographs. I’m not sure how old she is in this photograph, probably early teens? On her … Continue reading

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Birthdate memories: Frederick George Neville Sheepwash

  This photograph shows my grandfather, Frederick George Neville (1898-1972) standing in a garden, cigarette in hand. I’m not sure where or when the photo was taken but I’m guessing maybe the late 1940s or  early 1950s.  I’ve left the … Continue reading

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More about the Batchelors of Bethnal Green

For a long time, I was unable to identify the parents of my 3x great grandfather, David Joseph BATCHELOR.  But recently I realised that the answer had possibly been staring me in the face every time I looked at the … Continue reading

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Batchelors and Boyles of Bethnal Green

One of my first family history tasks this year has been to update my “Surname Interests” on this blog.  Having  decided to identify the earliest record for each of the main surnames I’m researching,  I quickly realised that I needed … Continue reading

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The Aburn family in Towcester in the 18th Century

William Aburn, my 4x great grandfather, was born in Towcester, Northamptonshire in 1788 and was baptised at the parish church where he married Ann Downing in 1812.   William’s parents were James and Martha (nee Course) who had married in Towcester … Continue reading

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The Aburn family in Bethnal Green (originally from Towcester, Northamptonshire)

My 3x great grandmother, Frances Aburn, was born  on 6th January 1814 and baptised on 26th June 1814 at St Matthew’s Bethnal Green. Her older sister, Martha, was also baptised that day although she had been born in Towcester, Northamptonshire … Continue reading

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Remembrance Sunday

In memory  of My great grandfather, John William Saunders (1875-1920) of the 17th Battalion Kings’ Royal Rifle Regiment. He was  wounded and taken prisoner in 1917. He died in 1920 and is buried in Chingford Mount Cemetery.     My … Continue reading

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Leonard Eric Mason (part 4)

Now in the UK, Leonard was posted to East Kirkby Airfield in Lincolnshire as part of 57 Squadron Bomber Command. At 22.12 on the night of 22nd May 1944 Lancaster ND879 took off from east Kirkby in Lincolnshire headed for … Continue reading

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Leonard Eric Mason (part 3)

1923: The next stage of Leonard’s life was about to begin.   He sailed from Liverpool on the SS Megantic on 1st June 1923. He was 14 years old, travelling with a large group of about 100 boys – the … Continue reading

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Leonard Eric Mason (part 2)

A while ago I wrote a post about Leonard Eric Mason, one of the half brothers of my great Grandfather, Herbert. I had found (on Ancestry.co.uk) the details of Leonard’s departure for Canada in 1923. He had been a resident … Continue reading

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