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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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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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Thanks very much Alona 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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100 years ago today...
4 August 2014 marks the 100th year since Great Britain declared war on Germany. The 1914-1918 campaign would become known as The Great War. This blog post honours those Beccles men who served and died "for King and Country". ...
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Writer. Blogger. Loves Music, Cats, Reading, Family History.
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Beccles, England