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Canadian Home Child

George Bowdrey was born to Robert and Anne Bowdrey on 30th June 1890 in West Drayton, Middlesex. He was the seventh of nine children. His mother died in 1895 when her youngest child was just 3 years old. When his father died in 1899 the older children found jobs as...

St. Valentine’s Day

Winter 2010Treason, Espionage and High Society In Search Of Grandfather Bennett My Town: Vancouver The Man From Hell’s Kitchen Cousin Maisie Canadian Home Child St. Valentine’s Day In Life I Loved You Dearly The Nanny Letters of Love Family Treasure: The...

In Life I Loved You Dearly

On 2nd December 1915 my great great uncle, Charles Sylvanus William Guilford, married his sweetheart Rebecca Fawcett at Woolwich Parish Church. The Great War had been raging for almost sixteen months, and whilst Charles was working as a chef at the Royal Arsenal in...

The Nanny

T}here was a story in our family that, long ago, a nanny fell so much in love with the little baby boy she looked after, that when his mother died she married his father solely to stay with him. It has taken me several years of research, but I have managed to confirm...

Letters of Love

Josiah Twyford Smith was born on 20th February 1824 in Preston, Lancashire. His parents were William Smith, a draper, and Elizabeth Sophia Twyford, who were married on 6th February 1823 at Manchester Cathedral. Josiah was followed in the cradle by Ellen (1825) and...

Family Treasure: The Sideboard

My small sideboard is quite literally a family piece as it was made by my great uncle, Lawrence Crisp. Laurie was born in Deptford in 1883, but by 1890 the family had moved to West Wittering in Sussex. In due course Laurie became a carpenter and joiner, later taking...