This is Tom Batty, the latest life I’ve been given to research. I’ve not found much on him yet but I’m on holiday and haven’t really been trying too hard. I’ve got his census and know who his parents and siblings are, so I’m off to a good start. Between this life and the last… Continue reading New Life and Ordinations
I was watching Who Do You Think You Are? last week. It was the one with Craig Revel Horwood and involved him tracing his Australian gold mining heritage. Well it got me thinking, or rather threw me a reminder about someone in my own family tree. My 4th great uncle was called Bielby Drew and… Continue reading Inspiration From The Telly and Long Distance Research
My latest WW1 life was a tad unusual in that he died in service, but not in war. I have no idea as to the cause of his death, only that it was at Catterick, as I could find no service record for him and there was nothing in the newspaper that gave any detail… Continue reading PTE. Nor Metcalfe
This is the latest WW1 soldier I have been working on. He was hard to track down being as he was actually from Leeds and not Beverley, so there was nothing local to look into. I did most of the research on line. His only link to Beverley was that his mother was from here… Continue reading Private Sydney Harrison
Once again, there was very little to find for this soldier. There was no service record but there was a sad article about his parents in the newspapers and lots of workhouse paperwork for the aftermath of the event. Most of the information comes from a wide gathering of census returns, CWGC documents and newspaper… Continue reading Pte Vincent Harold Marson
I had a bit of difficulty with this one. I managed to get given a life to research who was missing from the newspapers, or rather the page he was mentioned on was missing from the original and thus from the microfilms. He must also have been a non-conformist, and his parents before him, as… Continue reading Pte. Arthur Ernest Hobson.
On researching Private Alfred Smith of the 5th Battalion, The Yorkshire Regiment I came across his father’s service record. It was one of the most complete records I’ve seen yet. George Evan Smith enlisted in the East Yorkshire Regiment in 1890 and served 21 years and, while not entirely relevant to his son’s service, his… Continue reading Pte. Alfred Smith