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'The Soldier' by Rupert Brooke
"The Soldier" by Rupert Brooke
War poet, Rupert Brooke's famous poem about a foreign field which will be forever England.  
 
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15 Old Park Avenue, Battersea
15 Old Park Avenue, Battersea
The house where William and Elizabeth lived for about the last 40 years of their lives.  
 
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1914 STAR
1914 STAR
The 1914 Star (colloquially known as the Mons Star) was a British Empire campaign medal for service in World War I. 
 
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1914-15 STAR
1914-15 STAR
The 191415 Star was a campaign medal of the British Empire, for service in World War I. 
 
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1914-19 VICTORY MEDAL
1914-19 VICTORY MEDAL
The Victory Medal (also called the Inter-Allied Victory Medal) is a United Kingdom campaign medal. 
 
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38 Bensham Manor Road, Thornton Heath
38 Bensham Manor Road, Thornton Heath
Where Percy Bird and his mother were living in 1891 with George Wareham. 
 
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450px-Trellick_Tower_Goldfinger.jpg
450px-Trellick_Tower_Goldfinger.jpg
 
 
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<big>A postcard to Jessie Williams 1902</big>
A postcard to Jessie Williams 1902
A postcard to Jessie in Little Petherick. 
 
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A depiction of a public hanging
A depiction of a public hanging
A depiction of a public hanging at Newgate, London, circa 1797. Photograph: Hulton Archive/Getty Images 
 
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A fire at the tannery 1912
A fire at the tannery 1912
In 1912 it was reported that there was a fire at the tannery where John McTear and his sons worked. 
 
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A glorious sunset
A glorious sunset
Wow ! 
 
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A Poem for Rememberance
A Poem for Rememberance
 
 
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A poem to Jessie
A poem to Jessie
The postcard sent to Jessie Harris from an admirer. 
 
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A quiet evening
A quiet evening
An evening down by the lake 
 
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Adam Rushworth Murgatroyd
Adam Rushworth Murgatroyd
His wife inherited an undertakers business from her father and we speculate over the expression "Heavens to Murgatroyd". 
 
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Alick Cole Benson (1879 - 1931)
Alick Cole Benson (1879 - 1931)
Alick Benson was born into an upper class family, went to St Paul's School and worked in a lunatic asylum before dying, aged just 51, on a golf course. 
 
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All aboard !
All aboard !
The guests are piped on board the Rocky Mountaineer 
 
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An execution at Newgate Prison
An execution at Newgate Prison
 
 
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Andy Murray wins Wimbledon
Andy Murray wins Wimbledon
The moment of victory 
 
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archer-2.jpg
 
 
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Aron and Sarah Shaw (1808 to 1841 & 1807 to 1891 respectively)
Aron and Sarah Shaw (1808 to 1841 & 1807 to 1891 respectively)
Were this couple the last of the Shaw gypsies ?  
 
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Arrival in Regina
Arrival in Regina
We are in Saskatchewan ! 
 
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Banff Springs Hotel
Banff Springs Hotel
The unusually designed hotel 
 
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Baseball
Baseball
One of the exciting moments 
 
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Battle of Broodseinde (1917)
Battle of Broodseinde (1917)
The most successful attack during the Battle of Passchendaele took place in Flanders, October 1917 and it was during this battle that Frank Musgrove died. 
 
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Benson - Alick, Marjorie and Hugh as children
Benson - Alick, Marjorie and Hugh as children
A photo of William and Marion's surviving children, Alick, Marjorie and Hugh. 
 
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Benson - Corporal Hugh Benson
Benson - Corporal Hugh Benson
On the CWGC Memorial outside Berlin 
 
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Benson - Hugh 'Pops' Benson funeral
Benson - Hugh "Pops" Benson funeral
Hugh "Pops" Benson military funeral at Stalag 1VB in June 1944. 
 
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Benson - Marion Eliza Benson (nee Johnson)
Benson - Marion Eliza Benson (nee Johnson)
Marion Eliza Johnson who married William Cole Benson in 1874 
 
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Benson - Moth Garden of Remembrance, Underberg
Benson - Moth Garden of Remembrance, Underberg
Memorial for World War II soldiers 1939-1945
BENSON H.
HAYES J.P.
McKENZIE E.C.
NICHOLSON J.
SOLOMON S.O.
TAYLOR G.K.
TRELEAVEN T.
ATWELL C.L.
MALCOLM G.
 
 
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Benson - Private Hugh Benson ?
Benson - Private Hugh Benson ?
Service record sheet provided by Pretoria of Private Hugh Benson ... not even Corporal ! 
 
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Benson - Stalag IV B
Benson - Stalag IV B
Stalag IV B where Hugh Benson was POW between about June 1942 and his death in July 1944  
 
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Benson - Survival at Stalag IV B
Benson - Survival at Stalag IV B
An excellent book "Survival at Stalag IV B" by Tony Vercoe 
 
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Benson - The Mount
Benson - The Mount
The Mount, Sparepenny Lane, Farningham, Kent 
 
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Benson - The Mount in 2000
Benson - The Mount in 2000
The Mount in about 2000 
 
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Benson - the official records from WW2
Benson - the official records from WW2
The official war records for Hugh "Pops" BENSON as supplied by Pretoria and his death certificate. 
 
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Benson - Worplesdon Golf Course
Benson - Worplesdon Golf Course
Worplesdon Golf Course, Woking 
 
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BENSON LINE  setting the scene
BENSON LINE setting the scene
The Benson branch of my tree starts around 1750 in Passenham, Northamptonshire with the birth of Thomas Benson. In 1771 he probably married Mary Littleford before going on to have six children.  
 
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Berlin 1939-45 War Cemetery
Berlin 1939-45 War Cemetery
The Commonwealth War Graves Commission - Berlin 1939-45 War Cemetery 
 
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Bill Anderson
Bill Anderson
One of the two photo's of my birth father which my birth mother had.  
 
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Bill Anderson
Bill Anderson
The only photo of my birth parents together. 
 
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Bill Anderson - his childhood
Bill Anderson - his childhood
The story of William Anderson's unsettled early years where he began life as a bastard ...... and died a hero.  
 
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Bill Anderson - the Great War
Bill Anderson - the Great War
Continuing his story and finding out about his service during WW1. 
 
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Bill Anderson - the incredible story
Bill Anderson - the incredible story
Having found him commemorated on the CWGC memorial at Alamein and his death certificate confirming him dying a POW in North Africa, it looked pretty well cut and dried.  
 
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Bill Anderson - unbelievable but true
Bill Anderson - unbelievable but true
How a memo from Churchill to Roosevelt about a bridge in Orvietto, connected to my grandfather who was being transported to Germany.  
 
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Bill Anderson - with the original ending
Bill Anderson - with the original ending
The photo of the Anderson Clan was taken in about 1930 and includes (centre) Bill Anderson. 
 
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Billy 6 months.bmp
Billy 6 months.bmp
 
 
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Bird - a birth is announced
Bird - a birth is announced
Young Florence Mary Bird (1880 - 1881) who died aged just four and a half months. 
 

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