Military Monday – Harold Richardson

Sunday 3rd July 2016 is the 100th anniversary of the death of my Great-Great Uncle Harold Richardson. Born in Nottingham in 1881, Harold was the eldest son of Robert Richardson & his wife Sarah (nee Percival). He had joined the army prior to the war, in 1911 he was serving with the Northumberland Fusiliers and … Continue reading Military Monday – Harold Richardson

Military Monday – Percival Richardson. Royal Engineers Part IV

Part I Part II Part III Following on from my last post I wanted to see if I could find out exactly what Uncle Percy had been doing when he was wounded on the 22nd of April 1918. His service record didn't help with this & neither did my attempts at tracking the movements of … Continue reading Military Monday – Percival Richardson. Royal Engineers Part IV

Wordless Wednesday

These are a few photos from my Great Aunt Joy's photo albums. I think they date from around 1935-8. The comments in the brackets are mine Doris & Chummy   Chummy - Age 4 months. (How gorgeous is he?!)   Jean Grimes Grandma Pyne (Isabella nee Brown) Grandma (Isabella nee Brown) & Peggy     Grandpa … Continue reading Wordless Wednesday

Motivation Monday – Top Ten for 2016 – Update

Just a quick update of this post, mainly so I can keep track of what I've achieved. 1.    Finish searching the French online records for my Oldham family in Calais. The Census and Birth/Marriage/Death records are all freely available online. I've found the family in 1866, but also need to look further back to see if … Continue reading Motivation Monday – Top Ten for 2016 – Update

Tuesday’s Tip – Unsuccessfully Organising Myself Part I

I realised recently that although I have been adding new information to my tree, I had completely forgotten to keep the spreadsheet I had spent hours on a couple of years ago updated - arrggh! The spreadsheet exercise has proved very useful in the past so I'm fairly annoyed with myself at not keeping it up. … Continue reading Tuesday’s Tip – Unsuccessfully Organising Myself Part I

Thankful Thursday

I'm very thankful for a large parcel that arrived one day last week. I've posted before about my Great Aunt Joy who emigrated to Australia - she gave me a Nottingham lace bedspread some years ago, which was designed by her Grandfather William Bucknall. Sadly Auntie Joy passed away in July last year at the … Continue reading Thankful Thursday

Motivation Monday – Top Ten for 2016

My genealogy 'to-dos' are numerous & I never seem to make much progess, probably because I'm too easily distracted by those pesky shaking leaves* on Ancestry! So I've decided to list the top ten things I could really do with getting to the bottom of and hope that a list will keep me focussed!   … Continue reading Motivation Monday – Top Ten for 2016

Workday Wednesday – Nottingham Lace in Calais

I've recently been searching for my Oldham family in Calais, France. My 3xgreatgrandparents Thomas Oldham and Harriet (nee Winfield) and their sons William and Thomas are missing from the 1861 UK census, but reappear on the 1871 census with five more children, all born in Calais between 1861 and 1870. The Archives of Pas-de-Calais had … Continue reading Workday Wednesday – Nottingham Lace in Calais

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 … Continue reading Military Monday – Percival Richardson. Royal Engineers Part III

Military Monday – Percival Richardson. Royal Engineers Part II

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 … Continue reading Military Monday – Percival Richardson. Royal Engineers Part II