What’s been happening, since last post?

Oh dear I have been very bad about adding things to the blog, something I hope to rectify. Since my last post just over a year ago I have been busy.  So what have I been up to with regards to my Family History. Shortly after my last post I went to a family history … Read moreWhat’s been happening, since last post?

William & Rebekah Goodyear the first Goodyear’s in St Mary Bourne

Originally Published: 14th August 2017, Last Updated: 30th June 2016 See The GOODYEAR family of St Mary Bourne – Part 1 for the first published post regarding the GOODYEAR family and some background information. William Goodyear1,2 (also known as William Goodier, William Goodyier, William Goodiere & William Gouger) most likely born in Basingstoke, Hampshire England circa 1690, … Read moreWilliam & Rebekah Goodyear the first Goodyear’s in St Mary Bourne

Walter SIMS (17th September 1878 – 2nd January 1915)

Walter SIMS was born on 17th September 1878[1] at Leigh Farm, St Mary Bourne, Hampshire.  He was the son of Walter SIMS (1828-1914) and Mary BEVIS (1842-1918).  Walter had a brother Sidney, eight half siblings from his father’s first marriage to Rhoda GOODYEAR (Charles, George, William, Fred, John Daniel, Annie Levinia & Wallace) and four … Read moreWalter SIMS (17th September 1878 – 2nd January 1915)

Christmas Truce of 1914

Originally from the Illustrated London News[1] By Christmas 1914 Frederick George DAY, Sydney GUNNELL and Edwin DAY had all sadly been killed serving King and Country in the First World War leaving only Walter SIMS and James PIKE from St Mary Bourne’s Old Contemptible’s still alive.  Walter my 3 * Great Uncle and James as … Read moreChristmas Truce of 1914

Edwin Pike (17th May 1881 – 19th December 1914)

Edwin was the son of Albert PIKE and Ann GIBBONS he born on the 17th May 1881 and baptised at the local Primitive Methodist chapel on the 15th July 1881[1]. Primitive Methodist Chapel, Swampton, St Mary Bourne[2] On the 5th April 1891 Edwin was living in St Mary Bourne with his parents, older brother Herbert … Read moreEdwin Pike (17th May 1881 – 19th December 1914)

1st Hampshire Regiment – December 1914

Below is my transcription of the 1st Hants War Diary for the month of December 1914.  In addition to the diary there are a few extracts from the book “Good Old Somersets. An ‘Old Contemptible’ Battalion in 1914”.  The Christmas truce of 1914 is briefly mentioned in this post but more information will be posted … Read more1st Hampshire Regiment – December 1914

Sidney GUNNELL (15th Nov 1885 – 23rd Nov 1914)

Sidney was born in St Mary Bourne on the 15th November 1885 in St Mary Bourne[1], likely one of 15 children born of Thomas GUNNELL & Mary Jane GOODYEAR[2] (the exact number of children has yet to be verified, along with all their names).  A few months after his birth Sidney was christened at the … Read moreSidney GUNNELL (15th Nov 1885 – 23rd Nov 1914)

Service of Remembrance, Andover 9th November 2014

This morning was the Service of Remembrance in my hometown of Andover, although I have many times before watched the parade through town this was the first time I had actually gone to the service held at the Garden of Remembrance outside of St Mary’s Church, as expected it was packed with people there to … Read moreService of Remembrance, Andover 9th November 2014

Frederick George DAY (6th February 1888 – 2nd November 1914)

Frederick George DAY was born on the 6th February 1888[1] in St Mary Bourne.  His parents were George DAY and Sarah Ann SMITH, they married in Hurstbourne Tarrant in December 1883[2] (unfortunately the actual day is unreadable in the registers). St Peter’s Church, Hurstbourne Tarrant The DAY family did not originate in St Mary Bourne, … Read moreFrederick George DAY (6th February 1888 – 2nd November 1914)

1st Hampshire Regiment, October 1914 – France to Belgium

Since the last post the men have now moved off on night marches towards Belgium, this continued from the 6th – 15th October.  On the 15th the Hants were ordered to take NIEPPE, fighting occurred here in which the men of St Mary Bourne would have taken part.  After clearing the enemy from NIEPPE they … Read more1st Hampshire Regiment, October 1914 – France to Belgium

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