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Ac­cord­ing to a re­port in the Bucks Her­ald, dated 2 May 1947, a rel­a­tive of mine and three oth­ers were im­pris­oned for four years af­ter plead­ing guilty to break­ing into a “lonely house” in High Wy­combe on 15 Fe­bru­ary 1947.

They stole a safe, £980 in cash and other ar­ti­cles to a to­tal value of £1,020. The other three men were Joseph Christo­pher Berry (aged 24) of Shrews­bury Road, Car­shal­ton; Peter Henry John Roth-Watts (aged 23) of Queen’s Road, Peck­ham; and Percy Richard Smith, alias Charles Richard Cann (aged 20) of Eden Grove, Hol­loway. How do I find records of the trial and their sub­se­quent im­pris­on­ment? I haven’t even lo­cated where the trial took place! should be and the other ap­pears with her par­ents. I am not sure which an­ces­tor is the cor­rect one. Her name is Cather­ine Adams and she was born in 1831. Her hus­band’s name was James Fit­ton. He was born in 1829. The census in ques­tion is 1851. Her father’s name was John Adams. He was a butcher and they lived in Sal­ford, Lan­cashire.

In­ci­den­tally, I can­not find Cather­ine on the 1841 census. plf99 Trac­ing fam­ily in Iran­wHgI I am try­ing to find out more about my grand­fa­ther, James Hamil­ton. He was born in about 1875 in Es­fa­han, Iran, to James Hamil­ton and Mary. We be­lieve Mary to have been an Ar­me­nian Chris­tian. Both James Hamil­tons were in the Royal En­gi­neers. I have a lit­tle in­for­ma­tion on James ju­nior in the Royal En­gi­neers but not his father. James ju­nior worked for the Indo-Euro­pean Tele­graph Depart­ment.

He spent sev­eral years liv­ing on a French le­ga­tion in Iran and his first daugh­ter was born there. I would like to know how to find out about this part of my fam­ily as I feel that I have hit a brick wall. Roni Royal Navy de­serter, 1918 My grand­fa­ther de­serted the HMS Hy­acinth in March 1918 at Si­mons Town, South Africa, and joined the South African Scot­tish Reg­i­ment (South African Over­seas Ex­pe­di­tionary Forces). His ser­vice record has th­ese de­tails as well as say­ing a ‘cer­tifi­cate’ was is­sued in Oc­to­ber 1918. Why would the Royal Navy not pur­sue him as a de­serter and what was the cer­tifi­cate? Can any­one an­swer th­ese ques­tions, or point me in the right di­rec­tion to find out more please? LMK Gun recog­ni­tion­wSZx Can any­one iden­tify the gun held by my grand­fa­ther in this pho­to­graph (below). He was born in 1881. It is be­lieved the gun was owned by his father, who trav­elled to Amer­ica in the late-19th cen­tury. He may have been there for the Yukon Gold Rush or needed it in rough town­ships. Could he have brought this back with him from Amer­ica, or is it a solid, Bri­tish­style gun used in min­ing ar­eas of South Wales? Alan.Lon­slow.25206

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