There are several public databases of war memorials, each with their own purpose and specialism. I will attempt to describe them and show the relationship, if any, between them. Efforts are increasingly being made to improve cross referencing between these databases, and to ensure that new or revised data is updated efficiently in all locations. Continue reading War Memorial Databases
William Hutchins was born in Devizes on June 8th 1877. William’s mother, Martha, nee Dally, didn’t have the best start in life. Her mother died when she was only a year old. At the age of 16, in 1855, Martha and her sister Mary Ann were convicted of stealing a muslin de laine dress, which they then sold on to a shop.
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Stafford Hope Venton was born in Taunton, Somerset, in 1892. He was the only child of William Venton and Beatrice Maud, nee Pidgeon, but he may also have had a half sister, Alice, who was born before Stafford’s parents married. Thus far I have been unable to trace a birth registration for her, but she appears with the rest of the family in the 1901 census. At that time the family were living at 16 Eastbourne Road, Taunton. His father was working as a railway labourer, and his mother as a button hole maker in a factory. Continue reading Pte Stafford Hope Venton
This is the story of my Great Uncle, Arthur James Sear, who was born on August 4th 1895 in Islington, London. He was the son of Joseph Sear, a hackney carriage driver and groom, and his wife Annie Sophia. He had one older brother, Joseph Henry, known as Joe, born on October 29th 1889, and an older sister Annie, my grandmother, born on 18th October 1891. Continue reading Drummer Arthur James Sear