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I have been look­ing for in­for­ma­tion about Wil­liam John Reader, who was born in Africa in 1894.

He was known to have been a stew­ard on pas­sen­ger ships be­tween 1918-1920, and I have found a pos­si­ble con­nec­tion to the P& O ship Narkun­dra. The list men­tions Wil­liam Reader and on the ori­gin line it says “Bri­tish K W Mam” af­ter his name. He is shown as a bed and cabin stew­ard. This was the first voy­age this ship did from Lon­don to Syd­ney in 1920.

Could any­body please tell me what the “K W Mam” af­ter his birth­place means, and where I would go to find more voy­ages and ships that Wil­liam Reader sailed on? kevynne ‘Witch’ of Snore­ham bit.ly/1RDLuHg I have re­cently dis­cov­ered that my 4x great grand­mother, Har­riet Hart, was con­sid­ered to be a ‘witch’ by lo­cals. In­for­ma­tion on her is at bit.ly/1RDN2B4. I am de­scended from her via Ellen Hart and David Scrivener and their son, Ge­orge Henry.

I am very ex­cited by this lat­est dis­cov­ery, how­ever, the only in­for­ma­tion on her seems to come from Eric Maple, a folk­lorist, who in­ter­viewed res­i­dents of Snore­ham in 1960 who re­mem­bered her. I am sur­prised that I can find noth­ing in news­pa­pers.

Does any­one have any sug­ges­tions of where to look next? plf99 Chatham work­ers bit.ly/1RDLy9Q A pro­ject to dis­cover the fam­ily his­tory of work­ers in the for­mer Chatham Royal Dock­yard, now Chatham His­toric Dock­yard, is un­der­way.

A lot of ef­fort in search­ing census and parish records etc is be­ing put in by vol­un­teer re­searchers to build fam­ily his­to­ries. The fo­cus of the re­search cov­ers the 18th and 19th cen­turies, the pe­riod that in­cludes the build­ing of HMS Vic­tory and con­tem­po­rary war­ships in Chatham. There must be many read­ers who have com­pleted re­search in this area.

If you would like to share the fruits of your re­search, this in­for­ma­tion may be in­cluded in the new ex­hi­bi­tion that is be­ing con­structed with a tar­get com­ple­tion of mid-2016. The ex­hi­bi­tion will be a fit­ting trib­ute to the many thou­sands of skilled work­ers and their fam­i­lies that helped es­tab­lish Eng­land as the world’s sea power. Bernard­how­ell Mark Gatiss’s episode bit.ly/1RDLQ0n Not your usual episode [of WDYTYA?], which proved that you can re­search records in Ire­land – or at least in North­ern Ire­land.

The in­for­ma­tion on the Ul­ster Plan­ta­tions was good. It could have be­come con­fus­ing when there were two main fam­i­lies in the area that weren’t nec­es­sar­ily di­rectly re­lated.

The vampire tales show what fam­ily his­tory re­search can re­veal. junkers Thomas Tier­ney, 1936 bit.ly/1RDLWoX Below is my great un­cle Thomas Tier­ney (18751955) – the one with the glasses and hat. He was ap­par­ently a bit of a ‘lad’: he never mar­ried, lived in many places, had lots of girl­friends and his fam­ily had no idea what work he did. He lost his left arm in the First World War. Writ­ten on the back of the photo is “On the steps of Al­bert Town Hall, Aug 3, 1936”. It’s ob­vi­ously Al­bert, France.

The fam­ily got a call in 1955 to say he had died whilst liv­ing in a Sal­va­tion Army Hos­tel in Padding­ton, sup­pos­edly with a woman. He left quite a few thou­sand pounds in the bank.

Does any­body have any ideas what on earth he was up to in the photo? Barry Wool­ner

Thomas Tier­ney, on the left, in Al­bert, France

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