History in the making

A Grand Day Out in Derby

I had a trip to Derby last week, to visit two temporary exhibitions. The first was at Pickford’s House Museum on Friar Gate and told the story of the Pentrich Revolution in 1817. This has long been an interest of mine; it was the subject of my dissertation. It’s a small exhibition, in one of the upstairs rooms, but very interesting and it tells the … Continue reading A Grand Day Out in Derby

Military Monday – Percvial Richardson. Royal Engineers Part V

Part I Part II Part III Part IV Following Armistice in November 1918, Uncle Percy continued with his Unit. I haven’t been able to find much detail of this period but they were working in camps at Longpre, Oissy and Dreuil les Amiens. At the end of April 97th Field Company returned to England via Havre and Percy was given fourteen days leave. Following this … Continue reading Military Monday – Percvial Richardson. Royal Engineers Part V

Military Monday – Harold Richardson Remembered

Some time ago I heard about a project to research and preserve the WW1 Roll of Honour at St Stephen’s church in Hyson Green, Nottingham. As my Great-great Uncle Harold Richardson is mentioned on it I contacted the church and was invited to the first meeting.   St Stephen’s Bobbers Mill Road I was able to provide some information about Harold and was keen to … Continue reading Military Monday – Harold Richardson Remembered

Military Monday – Percival Richardson. Royal Engineers Part III

Part I Part II January 1918 saw Uncle Percy raised to the skilled rate of E.P., or Engineers Pay, which would have meant a little extra in his pay packet. The next entry in his service record is on the 10th March 1918 when he was given four days confined to camp for being absent from 8.20pm to 8.45pm. Two days later, on the 12th … Continue reading Military Monday – Percival Richardson. Royal Engineers Part III

Military Monday – Percival Richardson. Royal Engineers Part II

Military Monday – Percival Richardson. Royal Engineers Part I Part 1 The end of March 1917 found Percy and the 97th Field Company Royal Engineers stationed on the Hindenburg Line. The German army was staging a strategic withdrawal to the Hindenburg Line. As they withdrew they destroyed bridges, railways, buildings and roads to hinder the Anglo-French advance. So there was an urgent need for the Royal … Continue reading Military Monday – Percival Richardson. Royal Engineers Part II

Military Monday – Percival Richardson. Royal Engineers Part I

Military Monday – Percival Richardson. Royal Engineers Part II I’ve recently added my 2xGreat Uncle Percival Richardson to Lives of the First World War. I’ve already posted a few posts about Percy, but hadn’t got round to adding his details to the site. Luckily Percy’s service records are extant unlike many others so I have been able to find out much more about his time … Continue reading Military Monday – Percival Richardson. Royal Engineers Part I

Military Monday .. Horace Thomas Bourne

I’ve added another relative to Lives of the First World War. Horace Thomas Bourne is only very distantly related to me, I included him in my tree when I was looking at the Bourne/Bourn/Burn family and trying to sort out the variants as they change so frequently. According to Ancestry he is the grand nephew of the wife of my 1st cousin 4x removed – … Continue reading Military Monday .. Horace Thomas Bourne

Military Monday – Lives of the First World War

Back in September last year I was delighted to receive an email from ‘Who Do You Think You Are‘ magazine informing me that I’d won a prize draw I’d entered via Twitter. The prize consisted of a year’s subscription to both Find My Past and Lives of the First World War. Since then I’ve taken full advantage of the Find My Past site, checking information and finding … Continue reading Military Monday – Lives of the First World War

Wedding Wednesday – Percival Richardson & Edith Waby

One of my (many!) on-going areas of research is that of the Richardson brothers and how they faired during the First World War. My 2x Great-Uncle Percival Richardson was with the Royal Engineers in WW1 and I know he survived the war but I didn’t know what happened to him afterwards.   A few weeks ago, I found a BMD (Births, Marriages and Deaths) reference, … Continue reading Wedding Wednesday – Percival Richardson & Edith Waby

Military Monday – Remembrance

At the church where I got married, in Shirland, Derbyshire, there is a World War One memorial plaque. I thought I’d have a look on Ancestry to see if I could find out any background to the men on the memorial and ended up discovering quite an interesting tale about William Palmer. William Palmer, the son of George and Elizabeth  was born in Shirland in … Continue reading Military Monday – Remembrance