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WW2 Letter from Royal Artillery
published by Pat Hase on Wed, 01/09/2021 - 9:45

This letter has been found in Weston behind a fireplace.  It has lost the signature at the end but I would love to find out who wrote it.  Can anyone help with suggestions?

It is probably dated in the 1940s as it later mentions

"when we leave Tidworth we start combined operations training, beach landings etc. - this is the only thing that prevents us being really browned off - the thought of landing on the continent, which I am sure will come off soon"

I contacted the Royal Artillery Museum who sent the attached document but I would like some advice on how to proceed.

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Free to view pages on the British Newspaper Archive
published by gricharduk on Thu, 12/08/2021 - 11:52

The British Newspaper Archive has announced that 1 million pages, covering the years 1720 to 1880, are now available free of charge. A subscription is not required, however, you will need to register to view and download pages. In partnership with the British Library, and other projects, they hope to grow the number of free to view pages to around 3.5 million over the next three years. See here for more information: Introducing Free to View Pages on the British Newspaper Archive



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Emily Janetta JARVIS
published by Les Martels on Tue, 03/08/2021 - 13:29

I am trying to find the baptism of Emily JARVIS born 29th April 1864.  I suspect she was the illegitimate daughter of Ann JARVIS b.1843 and possibly Harry Han(d)cock. 

The family lived in Brent Knoll and Emily married there to William COX in 1897. 

I have looked under the name HANCOCK as well but it is possible she was not baptised.  As the family, on the whole baptised their children, I would be surprised if Emily was the exception.

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Payne Family
published by JulieAPayne on Sat, 24/07/2021 - 15:07

I am making a last attempt to find the birthplace of my x4 great grandfather John Payne born about 1774. He married Hannah Sarah Bailey in Bleadon in July 1798. Hannah was from the Parish but the record states he was from Blagdon Parish.

He married again in 1808, as a widower of Bleadon, to Mary Petheram. 

Having searched all the Blagdon and nearby Parish records, I have not been able to match him with any likely parents.

He had two sets of children from his marriages so wondered if any of this information sounds familiar to other Members with Pain/Payne ancestors from Bleadon or Uphill.

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John HARRIS - Weston Worthy
published by Pat Hase on Fri, 23/07/2021 - 20:22

I have heard from the Somerset Archives that on the back of the portrait of John HARRIS is this writing.  Does anyone know which Lodge this refers to and where Channel Road was?


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Walnut tree
published by conrad on Thu, 22/07/2021 - 10:52

Does anyone know where I can find a photograph of the original house or cottage where the walnut tree pub now stand

Thank you 


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