A Sad Loss in the Richardson Family

My grandfather, Fred Richardson was an only child. When I was younger I heard mention that his parents, Ernest and Alice, had had other children who died early or were stillborn.  I wanted to find out if there was any truth in this, but there are sooo many Richardson babies born in Nottingham between Ernest and Alice’s wedding in 1909 and her death in 1927. … Continue reading A Sad Loss in the Richardson Family

My family tree

Thankful Thursday: A Grave Topic..

Up to date I haven’t been very successful in finding my ancestors’ burials in Nottingham, even though I’ve done a few searches in the archives. A distant cousin emailed  to say she had temporary access to some online burial records & very kindly offered to do some look-ups for me.  I sent her a few names & she was able to find a few of … Continue reading Thankful Thursday: A Grave Topic..

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 – 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 based at the Hillsborough Barracks in Sheffield. At the outbreak … 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 97th Field Company RE using online resources. The National Archives have … Continue reading Military Monday – Percival Richardson. Royal Engineers Part IV

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

Percival Richardson – A Follow-Up

After finding my 2x Great-Uncle Percival Richardson’s marriage to Edith Waby in 1922, the next step was to find a death certificate for him. I used FreeBMD again, restricting the results to between 1930 and 1975, which fortunately gave only one possible match, in 1965. When the certificate arrived, it showed that Percival and Edith were living at 72 Belton Road, Hyson Green, Nottingham and that Percival … Continue reading Percival Richardson – A Follow-Up