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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