Category Archives: War

Researching Clara Allen

Several years ago I learned, thanks to the English census, that my great-great-grandfather John Allen had a younger sister called Clara. For some inexplicable reason, I have always felt an interest in Clara’s story – perhaps because for many years … Continue reading

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Remembering Ash Villa

There are not many buildings left standing where an ancestor of mine once lived. One of the few exceptions that I know of is a quaint yet ordinary-looking, four-bedroom house called Ash Villa, in Upper Colwall, Herefordshire. Nestled behind the … Continue reading

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Who Do You Think You Are Live! 2016

My head is still buzzing with information, my feet occasionally still hurt, and my bank account is a sad sight. Yes, the effects of the annual Who Do You Think You Are! Live trade fair are still fresh in my mind … Continue reading

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Almond John Bratt (1891-1917

Almond John Bratt was born in Colwall in early 1891, one of twelve children born to Thomas William Bratt and his wife Margaret. The Bratts, who lived in Lyttelton, Colwall were a working-class family, and in his youth John worked … Continue reading

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Walter Booton (1882-1915)

Walter Booton was born in Rock, Worcestershire, in the spring of 1882. He was one of four children born to Thomas Booton, of Cleobury Mortimer, and his wife Elizabeth (née Oliver). Walter’s father worked as an agricultural labourer, a profession … Continue reading

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Penrith Sutton Beauchamp (1893-1917)

Penrith Sutton Beauchamp was born in Colwall, Herefordshire in early 1893, the fifth of the seven children born to Frederick William Beauchamp and his wife Minnie Blanche (née Dixon); he was christened at St James “the Great” Church on 24th … 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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