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On Hiatus
I know that I have been away for several months but I plan to resume blog posts in the very near future - both here, and at my other history blog site Relics of Beccles . I cannot promise they will be as regular as they once were, but I will definitely be k...
I know that I have been away for several months but I plan to resume blog posts in the very near future - both here, and at my other history blog site Relics of Beccles. I cannot promise they will be as regular as they once were, but I will definitely be keeping this treasured family history ...
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Christmas in wartime Beccles, 1914.
We have all heard the now-famous story of the 1914 Christmas Truce. At this time of year we reflect on our ancestors who fought in the Great War and we commemorate their wartime sacrifices with services, cards, advertising an...
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This advertisement is beautifully done. Very powerful.
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Very, very powerful - such a moving message for Christmas! Congrats to Sainsbury's (Merry Christmas).
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Bussey Woodrow
My second great granduncle Bussey Woodrow was born in Fulham, county Middlesex in 1842. He was the first born son of my three times great-grandparents, Bussey Woodrow and Louisa Powell. Bussey is a unique name, and one I had not heard of in my family histor...
Bussey is a unique name, and one I had not heard of in my family history until I received my two times great-grandmother's birth certificate in the post. My first thought on reading the father's name was that it said "Bufsey". Of course, I now realise the written meaning of the double S in ...
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I've revamped my 'Relics of Beccles' blog site and written a new blog post. This time it's about James Beales.
James Beales was the bill-poster and town crier for Beccles from the 1850s through to his death in 1909. Before the days of affordable newspapers and improved education laws, men like James Beales would have held a position o...
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New blog post on 'Relics of Beccles'
Beccles man, George Simmonds, assaulted his wife Sarah Jane and a police constable in 1895. In 1903 he tried to kill his wife and then he committed suicide by slitting his own throat with a razor. In July 1895 George Simmonds...
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Winifred Ellen : 100 Years
This is a very special post which is dedicated to my paternal grandmother, Winifred Ellen Waters, who was born on this day 100 years ago. I have written about her here: http://pocketfulloffamilymemories.blogspot.com.au/2011/08/winifred-waters-1915-1996.html...
Nannie Freda taught me many things but most of all she taught me the true meaning of family and its history. She always encouraged me to explore my family history and to write about it. She often said I had the gift for writing, as did her own mother Eva who wrote articles for the church ...
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Lovely - I went back and read your earlier post too. She sounds like a special lady and I particularly liked your fondest memories - some of which recalled my own grandmother.
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James "Jumbo" Jolly
I have previously posted about my great grand-uncle James Jolly, particularly at times of Remembrance. He was killed in action on this day, one hundred years ago. The Great War was barely three months old when James was fighting on the front lines during th...
I have previously posted about my great grand-uncle James Jolly, particularly at times of Remembrance. He was killed in action on this day, one hundred years ago. The Great War was barely three months old when James was fighting on the front lines during the First Battle of Ypres.
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On my blog Relics of Beccles, I share the story of 'Billy' Beane
William Beane was born in Beccles in 1831, the son of John Beane and Lydia Lester. In 1841 John and Lydia and their seven children resided at Jones's Score in Beccles. Their neighbours were my four times great-grandmother Mar...
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Thank you very much, that would be lovely x
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The Children of Conflict: How the First World War Shaped the Next Generation - a guest blog post by Suzie Grogan, author of Shell Shocked Britain.
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Commemorating my Great-Grandfather on the first Centenary
Today marks 100 years since the sinking of three Cressy-class armoured cruiser ships, HMS Hogue and her sisters HMS Aboukir and HMS Cressy. All three ships were hit by German U-Boat torpedoes in the morning of 22 September 1914. The three ships which were to become known as the "Live Bait ...
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I've been nominated for the One Lovely Blog Award.
If I've nominated your blog, please don't feel under any obligation to join in with this; I was just pleased to be nominated so that I could share the blogs that I like. Here are the rules for the One Lovely Blog Award: • Thank the person that nominated you and link back to that blog.
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Congratulations yourself by the way Debra. Also most deserved! 
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Writer. Blogger. Loves Music, Cats, Reading, Family History.
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Beccles, England