Category Archives: Saunders

Information about my Saunders ancestry

John William Saunders – a prisoner of war in WW1 (Part 2)

As noted in an earlier post, my great grandfather, John William Saunders of the 17th Battalion Kings’ Royal Rifle Regiment, was wounded and taken prisoner near Ypres in June 1917. The following detail is taken from the battalion’s war diary … Continue reading

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More details from 1939: my great grandparents (Mason and Saunders)

I was fairly sure that I knew where  to find my great grandparents on the 1939 register.  On my father’s side, my great grandparents Herbert and Georgina Mason (née Briancourt) had lived round the corner from us when I was … Continue reading

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A First Look at the 1939 Register – my grandparents

Now that the 1939 Register is included in the FindMyPast 12 Month World Subscription I have started looking up my ancestors who were alive at that time.  At the moment the records of my parents, Roy and Doris Brittain (nee … Continue reading

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A visit to see “Blood Swept Lands and Seas of Red”

I went down to London to see the poppies a couple of weeks ago.  The crowds were building steadily throughout the day but it was still an amazing experience.  The poppies themselves looked stunning in the autumn sunshine and there … Continue reading

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John William Saunders: A Prisoner of War in WW1

My FindMyPast subscription was due for renewal earlier this month but I decided that I was tired of trying to work out how the new search system works.   When I first started researching my family history I joined The Genealogist, … Continue reading

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A snippet about my 4x great grandfather, John Saunders (c1794-1824)

After struggling for years to find out anything at all about my 4x great grandfather John Saunders I was delighted to find a couple of snippets about him from the Hertfordshire records which are now available on Find My Past. … Continue reading

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Remembrance Sunday: John William Saunders 1875 -1920

My great grandfather, John William Saunders, was born on 22nd October 1875 in Cleveland Street, Bethnal Green, London. He died, aged 45, on 31st October 1920. He is buried in Chingford Mount Cemetery – and has a Commonwealth War Graves … Continue reading

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Book: “London Stories: personal lives, public histories” by Hilda Kean

I heard about this book when I was searching for some information about silk weavers in Bethnal Green, so I ordered it from my local library via the inter-library loan service. It’s an interesting book – part personal family history, … Continue reading

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Saunders – from Hertfordshire to London

My Saunders ancestors had one of the shorter journeys to move into London.  Nathan Saunders, my 3x great grandfather, was born in Cottered, Hertfordshire in 1822, the son of John Saunders (died 1824) and Charlotte, nee Palmer. John and Charlotte had … Continue reading

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Tombstone Tuesday – Neville and Saunders at Chingford Cemetery

Today’s gravestone pictures are of the grave of my grandmother, Esther Neville, nee Saunders (1899-1965) , and her brother Frank (1910-1987).  Also commemorated on the grave’s edging is my great grandmother, Emily Saunders, nee Ferry (1875-1946). I first visited the … Continue reading

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