Author Archives: Dawsr

About Dawsr

Citizen of the world, but born a century too late.

La epidemia de cólera de 1854: Puerto del Son

Muchos conoceréis a estas alturas mi interés por la epidemia de cólera que afectó no sólo a España sino al mundo entero entre 1854 y 1855. No entraré aquí en los orígenes ni las consecuencias que tuvo la epidemia en nuestro país, … Continue reading

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Galicia y la Primera Guerra Mundial

El pasado 28 de junio se cumplieron 100 años del asesinato del Archiduque Francisco Fernando, el heredero al trono austro-húngaro, y su esposa, en el transcurso de una visita a la ciudad bosnia de Sarajevo. Las repercusiones políticas de aquel … Continue reading

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Forrest Beauchamp (1883-1918)

Forrest Miles Beauchamp was born on 19th October 1883 in Cotham, Gloucestershire, the eldest son of Frederick William Beauchamp and his wife, Minnie Blanche (née Dixon). Forrest had three brothers (Frederick Gordon, Arthur Kenneth and Penrith Sutton Beauchamp) and three … Continue reading

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Percy Barrett (1886-1914)

Percival Sydney Barrett was born in Gorse Hill, Swindon in or around 1886, the youngest son of George and Naomi Barrett’s seven children. When he was about 5, Perival’s mother died. His father, who worked on the railway, remained a … Continue reading

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Raymond Barnett (1895-1917)

Raymond Whitmore Barnett was born in Colwall in late 1895, the son of James Henry Barnett, a roadman and labourer, and his wife Annie (née Jolly). Raymond was baptised in the local church of Saint James “the Great” on 20th … Continue reading

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Brave Colwallian Soldiers

The Colwall War Memorial was erected in the aftermath of the First World War to honour the memory of the Colwallian men who fought and died during the First World War (1914-1918). The Memorial makes no distinction between those soldiers … Continue reading

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The Smith family I am (not) descended from

History can often be ironic with its unexpected and unusual twists and turns. But sometimes we carry those ironies with us for ever. Having been brought up in Spain, I always lived among my peers conspicuously for having an undeniably … Continue reading

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Jane Austen’s family tree

Like so many other great British female authors, such as Virginia Woolf or the three Brontë sisters, English novelist Jane Austen (1775-1817) was a wonderful and prolific writer, but left no children. But although there are no descendants of the … Continue reading

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Los noyeses que emigraron a Nueva York

A pesar de la creencia popular de que en el siglo XIX y principios del XX los habitantes de Galicia sólo emigraban a América Latina, he podido constatar que entre 1914 y 1920 más de 60 gallegos (por lo menos) … Continue reading

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Our elusive ancestors

Elusive ancestors. We all have them. We all chase them. And very often, they remain a mystery. Who among you has not come across a distant forebear who will just not turn up in the usual sources? In England and … Continue reading

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