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Did Grandad Crew a Landship at Flers Courcellette?

Flers Courcellette was an insignificant backwater in France and played a small part of the battles of the Somme, but what made it momentous was the unveiling of the British Army’s secret weapon, the battle tank. General Haig, the British Commander-in-Chief, was...

Little Imber on the Downe

In November 1st, 1943, the inhabitants of the tiny village of Imber on Salisbury Plain were called to a meeting in the schoolroom and given 47 days notice to leave their village – they thought the meeting would be about the installation of piped water. On November...

Well that was a fight and a half!

My husband’s great great grandfather, Thomas Pickering, was a farmer at Keysbeck on the North Yorkshire Moors at the time of the 1841 census. He lived there with his wife Jane and his children John, Ann and William. William is my husband’s direct ancestor. 10...

Grandma’s Tea Set

I have what remains of a tea service given to my paternal grandparents at their wedding in 1910. The china came to my parents on their marriage, as by then Grandma had died and Grandad wanted his son’s wife to have it. I remember seeing this set in the china...