Found Charles Sunter’s naval records today. Contained one or two surprises:1. Charles joined naval reserve as early as November 1909.2. Enlisted the day before war broke out in 1914.3. Served on patrol in the North Sea (HMS Gibraltar), laying mines (HMS Orvieto), on a depot ship (HMS Mars) at Invergordon and on HMS Inflexible at […]
During the early part of the war Jennifer Tennant and her cousin came to stay at Cecil Street as evacuees from London. They didn’t stay very long, Fred thinks about five months. Jennifer was Agnes Hill’s grand daughter. Agnes had married William Batt in 1909, shortly (er…yes that shortly!) before having a daughter, Winifred. Winifred […]
1745 WINNALL William and OLDNALL Phoebe marriage, a photo by timsunter on Flickr. Edward Hill, Fred’s great grandfather married Mary Ann Winnall. Mary Ann Winnall’s line can be traced back through the Oldswinford registers to this entry. A marriage of William Winnall to Phoebe Oldnall in 1745. If this William Winnall is the same William […]
It was a long shot. A journey to London had discovered Auntie Phylis’s will from 1980. Could it be that those named as executors were alive, well and living at the same address as 30 years ago? If so would they have any photographs, or knowledge of the missing family postcards? A quick search of […]
Adrian and Jen coming home from school walking along Wentworth Road. Jen in classic Stourbridge Girls High School uniform. Then playing in garden on the see-saw/roundabout. Adrian Sunter ahead of his time in Bay City Roller trousers, Graham Hodgets (?) wearing a hoodie and Megan Holmes. John Tipper also there? Tim wielding stick to know […]
Jen, Adrain and Tim perform gymnastics in the garden of a new house in Chawn Hill. This would be c1965. I can still do the back bends today.
In the summers the West Midlands used to decamp down to New Quay in Wales. This film shows the Hengell Caravan site with shots across the bay to the town itself. The site is now the Quay West Holiday resort. The shots have Fred outside the family caravan, Jen riding on her bike, our dog […]
Jen, Adrian and Tim playing in the garden with Lassie.
Gosh, it’s been a long time since I’ve posted on this blog. Lot’s of things have been happening: new relatives have been found and exciting stories (to me at least) have been discovered. So it’s time to share. Watch this space over the next few weeks for updates.
From Thomas Dyer and Hannah Gardner’s marriage certificate we know that Tomas’s father’s name was William. A search of the Warwickshire Country Archive for Staffordshire revealed these entries in the baptism register: 1821 07 15 Thomas William William and Alice Dyer Labourer 1823 09 28 Elizabeth William and Alice Dyer Labourer 1830 […]