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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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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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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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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 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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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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Booth Survey - the dwellings
Booth Survey - the dwellings
A number of relatives, whose stories are included on this website, have addresses within the boundary where Charles Booth carried out his surveys between 1886 and 1903. The following include a few transcripts I have taken from his online notebooks www.booth.lse.ac.uk). 
 
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Catherine Lucy Wilhelmina Powlett, Duchess of Cleveland (1819 - 1901)
Catherine Lucy Wilhelmina Powlett, Duchess of Cleveland (1819 - 1901)
A genealogist nearly 200 years ahead of her time who in 1889 transcribed and researched the history of The Battle Abbey Roll of Honour and the names on it ..... supposedly those who fought with William the Conqueror. 
 
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Charles Booth Survey
Charles Booth Survey
Between 1886 and 1903 Charles Booth carried out a detailed survey of life and labour in London. The notes he made provide a fascinating insight into the streets of our capital city.  
 
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Charles Clare (1849 - 1904)
Charles Clare (1849 - 1904)
My wife's great grandfather was born, married and died in Cambridge. He was a cook. 
 
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Charles Clare (1884 - 1920)
Charles Clare (1884 - 1920)
My wife's grandfather was born in Cambridge, lived there all his life before dying at the relatively young age of 36. 
 
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Chestham Park
Chestham Park
The manor house at Chestham Park was purchased by John Coveney around 1874 and then left to his nephew, Henry Ross, whose widow, Eliza Bird, lived there until her death in 1904.  
 
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City of London School
City of London School
School where William Hill went before entering Cambridge. 
 
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Clan Anderson
Clan Anderson
The Clan has been around for hundreds of years. 
 
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Criminal ancestors (1780 – 1830)
Criminal ancestors (1780 – 1830)
Appeals for clemency - if you have an ancestor who was convicted of petty larceny (minor theft) and sentenced to either death or deportation then the trail may not end there !  
 
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CWGC - Berlin 1939-45 War Cemetery
CWGC - Berlin 1939-45 War Cemetery
Hugh Benson, who fought in three wars and who was given a military funeral by the Germans in a German POW camp, is remembered on this memorial. 
 
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Distinguished Conduct Medal (DCM)
Distinguished Conduct Medal (DCM)
At one point I thought Hugh Benson may have been awarded the DCM during action in WW1, but this turned out not to be the case.  
 
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DO’s and DONT’s of finding your birth mother
DO’s and DONT’s of finding your birth mother
I realise each and every adoption case is entirely different but there are common threads and lessons which I certainly learnt and hope that I can perhaps pass these on to at least one person out there.
 
 
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Ellis Wareham (1817 - 1868)
Ellis Wareham (1817 - 1868)
Coffee maid to Queen Victoria for 25 years at both Buckingham Palace and Osborne House. 
 
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Escape and Evasion Reports
Escape and Evasion Reports
Reports made by returning escapees. 
 
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Eton College Records Transcribed
Eton College Records Transcribed
Volume 28 - documents relating to Everdon, County Northants - I now know that the Birds of Everdon are NOT mine but I spent so long researching them that I intend to keep the record in case it becomes of use to any other BIRD researcher.
 
 
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Execution : John & George Bird
Execution : John & George Bird
There were numerous newspaper reports leading up to the brother's execution. 
 
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Execution of Edward Cockerell (1797 – 1826)
Execution of Edward Cockerell (1797 – 1826)
At The Old Bailey on 12th January 1826, EDWARD COCKERELL was sentenced to death for trying to pass a forged bank note to a shop owned by my great great great grandfather, WILLIAM HASKINS, who was a jeweller in Regent Street. This is the story of the days leading up to his execution. 
 
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Executions in the Victorian Age
Executions in the Victorian Age
Execution was used liberally during the 1800's. 
 
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First World War Diaries
First World War Diaries
Introduction to the War Diaries, 1914-1918 of The Queen's Royal West Surrey and The East Surrey Regiment
 
 
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Frank Arthur Musgrove (1898 - 1917)
Frank Arthur Musgrove (1898 - 1917)
Frank was fatally wounded towards the end of the Third battle for the small village of Passendale. He was just 19 years old.  
 
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George Bird (1806 - 1881)
George Bird (1806 - 1881)
This is the story of my great great grandparents, George and Margaret BIRD of Chessington Court Farm, and their six children.
 
 
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George Bird - coffee planter (1790 - 1857)
George Bird - coffee planter (1790 - 1857)
His obituary in the Morning Chronicle provided by the Colombo Observer. He died 1st March 1857. 
 
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George Henry Musgrove (1896 - 1945)
George Henry Musgrove (1896 - 1945)
George was born in the slums of Kensington and was awarded the Distinguished Conduct Medal during WW1. He lost his two sons before he also died during WW2 and are all remembered on the Wendover War Memorial.  
 
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Georgie Bird, The Rhodrons & the motor car (1851 - 1930)
Georgie Bird, The Rhodrons & the motor car (1851 - 1930)
The fascinating story of Georgie Bird who started on The Farm, bought a Manor House and then had a fight to the death against the new fangled motor car.  
 
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Hannah Elizabeth Wild (1866 - 1959)
Hannah Elizabeth Wild (1866 - 1959)
Hannah brought up her large young family single handed in the slums of Kensington after the death of her husband. She died aged 92, apparently, with her veins full of whisky ! 
 
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Hannah Ross, mother of Percy and daughter of Elizabeth Bird
Hannah Ross, mother of Percy and daughter of Elizabeth Bird
The quite remarkable lady who sent her son to war and nursed the dying in South Africa. 
 
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Help !  Where do I start ?
Help ! Where do I start ?
I am often asked "How should I go about my research and which websites would you recommend ?"

 
 
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Henry Ross Bird (1854 - 1926)
Henry Ross Bird (1854 - 1926)
This is the story of my great grandfather. There are more questions than answers at the moment but all will become clear one day ! 
 
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Horn Snuff Box 1793
Horn Snuff Box 1793
On a silver ring around the top of the horn, it has “James Hill Baker N.Shields 1793” engraved on it. 
 
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Horse Drawn Buses
Horse Drawn Buses
An article about etiquette from The Times on 30th January 1836. 
 
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Hugh 'Pop' Benson (1882 - 1944)
Hugh 'Pop' Benson (1882 - 1944)
Corporal Hugh 'Pop' Benson OBE, Major, MC .... or perhaps not ? After fighting in three wars, he died aged 62 in a POW camp, given military honours by friend and foe alike. He was "generous to a fault, kindly, and often took guard duties and unpleasant chores away from younger chaps in the Regiment." A fascinating story.  
 
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I was adopted over 50 years ago ............
I was adopted over 50 years ago ............
This is the story of the successful search for my birth mother, who had been forced to give her little Billy up for adoption.  
 
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James Hill (1750 - 1809)
James Hill (1750 - 1809)
He was a baker and specifically a gingerbread baker ! 
 
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James Johnson (1811 - before 1881)
James Johnson (1811 - before 1881)
The story of a surgeon, an eccentric and a publisher of a treatise on poisons and antidotes with a connection to cattle thieves !  
 
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James Walker Sandeman (1893 - 1917)
James Walker Sandeman (1893 - 1917)
Served with the Royal Scots Fusiliers and was killed many miles from home, in Palestine. 
 
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Jane Hill (1889 - possibly 1952)
Jane Hill (1889 - possibly 1952)
Jane was the sister of William junior. Apart from her attending her father's funeral, little else is known about her. 
 
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John Clare (about 1776 to ?)
John Clare (about 1776 to ?)
John is almost certainly the father of Thomas (born 1810) but there is no definitive proof. Just circumstantial evidence. 
 
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John Martin and Jane Wareham
John Martin and Jane Wareham
The story of John and Jane who worked in The Royal Household for Queen Victoria and then married each other. 
 
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John McTear (1872 - 1939)
John McTear (1872 - 1939)
John's parents had come south over the border into Whitehaven, Cumberland in about 1878 to find work in the blast furnaces of Scotch Street and John would take his family much further south.  
 

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