What a coincidence!
Four years ago I started to study my family history and found some amazing coincidences. Firstly, though I knew my Skidmore family hailed from the Black Country I did not know that the family originated at that time from Kingswinford, where I met my wife in 1963.
Secondly, I became the manager of Skellow Hall Assessment Centre, Skellow, Doncaster, a remand home. It was once owned by the Davies-Cooke family, the same family that originated from Gwysaney Hall near Rhydymwyn, the village where I was born!
Lastly, a list of incumbents at St Mary Magdalene church in the village where I live shows that the Reverend Harold Lee was once its vicar. Remarkably, I was a choirboy at St Michael and All Angels in Runcorn, when Harold Lee was the vicar there.
I wonder how many readers have experienced such
HMS Fisgard, Torpoint bit.ly/1ERx668 We visited Horson Cemetery in Cornwall last week to look at the grave of William John Crossman (1920-1968).
His death certificate, registered by his daughter, says he was ‘Boat builder, HMS Fisgard’. Does anyone know if he had Thomas Read(e) was my 3x great grandfather. What is certain is that he was 41 when buried at Stradbroke, Suffolk on 27 February 1834 and also that he was married there on 18 October 1815 (to Mary Borrett). In the Stradbroke church baptism records there is only one Thomas Read at the appropriate time (11 June 1792, parents Henry and Ann).
So, initially, I thought this was the right one. However, I later came across another Thomas Read farming at Grundisburgh, Suffolk in the 1851-1871 censuses, listing his birthplace as Stradbroke in or around 1792. This has caused me to doubt what seemed d logical. Any ideas to help sort this out? David Baines
Radio beacon at Dernacross bit.ly/1ERwJsm I am trying to trace a relative who was stationed at the RAF-operated
RHA Group Identification bit.ly/1ERwRrM My grandfather, David Condon, was in the Royal Horse Artillery at Woolwich Barracks. He was born in 1862 in Blarney, Co Cork, Ireland. He joined the Royal Horse Artillery in
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