What a co­in­ci­dence!

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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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