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    One of WMD’s descendants has sent a very positive...

    One of WMD’s descendants has sent a very positive reply.

    WMD’s son is approaching 80 years of age and the family feel that he will be delighted to have his father’s medals returned to him, which...
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    Perhaps I should have said not yet been...

    Perhaps I should have said not yet been digitised. Only about 5% of the NA’s Archives have been digitised. Many have been indexed, hence the page that you can view here:

    https://discovery....
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    There is a public family tree on Ancestry with...

    There is a public family tree on Ancestry with William Marshall Dodds at various addresses in Australia from 1958 onward and his death in Sale, Victoria in 1976.

    He is shown as married with one...
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    Service record has wife’s name Edna . Wiiliam M...

    Service record has wife’s name Edna
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    Wiiliam M Dodds married Edna Smith in 1940 Cleethorpes, Q1 7A 2339.

    Service record gives 7 Newbury Avenue, Great Coates, Grimsby, as one of several...
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    There is a record at The National Archives in the...

    There is a record at The National Archives in the name of Lieutenant D S Hickman, service number 160621, which mentions his escape from a train en route from Sulmona, Italy, to Germany, and his...
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    Hi Julie, welcome to BritGen. There is a...

    Hi Julie, welcome to BritGen.

    There is a service record at The National Archives with that service number in the name of William Marshall Dodds, born 1910.

    I’ve downloaded the record (free at...
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    My home town of Godalming had a public...

    My home town of Godalming had a public electricity supply and experimental street lighting as early as 1881.

    On the 3rd September 1881 the Godalming Borough Lighting Committee “had under their...
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    She's there as an employee, not necessarily as an...

    She's there as an employee, not necessarily as an orphan.

    Peter
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    The 1901 Census also has an Annie McGovern, born...

    The 1901 Census also has an Annie McGovern, born Bootle, aged 14, as a working inmate at The Liverpool Seaman Orphan Institution in Orphan Drive, Newsham Park. Liverpool.

    RG13, Piece 3502, Folio...
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    Deceased Wife's Sister's Marriage Act 1907 -...

    Deceased Wife's Sister's Marriage Act 1907 - Wikipedia

    Peter
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    Sorry James, I can’t help. I haven’t personally...

    Sorry James, I can’t help. I haven’t personally used this site.

    It may be something to do with the insecure connection. Attempting to log-in (I can’t see a registration option) brings up the...
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    I tried to follow Lesley’s link to the...

    I tried to follow Lesley’s link to the Worcestershire Regiment website but it carries a security warning, so I googled it:

    https://www.worcestershireregiment.com/a_foreign_french.php

    It lists...
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    This may be it: Esther Emily GIBB b. Tonbridge...

    This may be it:

    Esther Emily GIBB b. Tonbridge 1867, Q4, Vol 2A, Page 529, mother’s maiden name Lippard.

    Note the surname spelling.

    The Findmypast transcription has it as Tunbridge Wells but...
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    I also used FreeBMD but just entered Janet (no...

    I also used FreeBMD but just entered Janet (no surname) and searched Poplar 1851 – 1853.

    The only result is a Janet Steel 1853, S qtr, Poplar Union, Vol 01C, Page 393.

    This shows up in GRO with...
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    If you’re right Mitch, then perhaps it reads ‘I...

    If you’re right Mitch, then perhaps it reads ‘I wish my tow (two) sons Robert and William and Wife….’

    Do you know if Thomas had died, because then it would make more sense?

    Also, could it be...
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    Another excellent find, harle769. It looks...

    Another excellent find, harle769.

    It looks like Sarah’s employer in Richmond, John Hunt Gosling, married his wife Mary in Aston, Birmingham in 1841. Perhaps Sarah joined the family as a nurse...
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    Great find Alma and it certainly makes it more...

    Great find Alma and it certainly makes it more complicated!

    If John Lees is genuinely a nephew, one would have to establish a family connection between Elizabeth Lees and John’s mother (Sarah...
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    Winifred married in 1947. The actual date of...

    Winifred married in 1947.

    The actual date of the marriage appears on the left of the entry, together with the letter M.

    Winifred M Black m. Anthony Smith 1947 Northumberland South, Q2, Vol 1B,...
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    There is a baptism for a John Lees in Lichfield,...

    There is a baptism for a John Lees in Lichfield, 16th January 1848, no father’s name, mother’s name Sarah Lees! (FMP, transcript only).

    Perhaps this is the same John Lees as in my #12 above.
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    John Lees b. Lichfield 1848, Q1 Vol 17 Page 70....

    John Lees b. Lichfield 1848, Q1 Vol 17 Page 70. would seem to be a good candidate.

    FMP has him with mmn Lees but GRO has no mmn.

    Strangely (?) GRO has two entries for John Lees, the second one...
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    1851 Census via FMP. Piece 2056, Folio 276, Page...

    1851 Census via FMP. Piece 2056, Folio 276, Page 54

    There is a Thirza de Lees, born 1827 Langton (sic) Staffordshire, living as a governess in the household of a Birmingham surgeon.

    Either she...
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    William! Peter

    William!

    Peter
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    Yes Chris, From 7th July, 1903, initially for...

    Yes Chris,

    From 7th July, 1903, initially for 12 years, but he was demobbed on 26th November 1918, so he must have signed on for a further 3 years.

    Peter
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    Findmypast has a record of naval service for a...

    Findmypast has a record of naval service for a Richard Paxton, born 15th February 1885, Sunderland, occupation Heater. Service Number 304451.

    He served as a stoker on many vessels, including HMS...
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    A committee was formed by “The many friends and...

    A committee was formed by “The many friends and admirers of Scribe Fraser” to organise the event. Councillor James Jardin presided over the event and was supported by, among others, Prof. W...
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