A postcard sent from Italy in 1910 to Henry LONGLEY in Tunbridge Wells and a link to a Vice-Admiral

Sorting through some old postcards today I found this card sent from Rome in Italy in 1910 to Henry LONGLEY at Tower House in Tunbridge Wells in Kent – in these strange days of Coronavirus this postcard struck a chord with me as so so many people across the world are unable to travel at this time and very few postcards will be sent home to relatives and friends.

LONGLEY postcard front

What could I discover about the LONGLEY family and the sender of the postcard his loving Grandson Eric W L COOK?

LONGLEY postcard reverse

I was quickly able to find the 1911 census record as below which showed Henry LONGLEY as Father in  Law and a Widower aged 78 living at Tower House in Tunbridge Wells in Kent with his Son in law Herbert William COOK aged 40, his daughter Alice Gertrude COOK nee LONGLEY aged 42 and their children Eric William Longley COOK (the sender of the postcard) aged 12, Enid Margaret COOK aged 9 and Laurence Herbert COOK aged 1.

LONGLEY 1911 census

Source Citation: Class: RG14; Piece: 4046; Schedule Number: 319 Source Information: Ancestry.com. 1911 England Census

Herbert William COOK’s occupation is shown as a Director of Education for the County Council – had his son Eric been on a school trip in 1910 when he sent the postcard as he would only have been aged 11 years?

The LONGLEY family originated from Henfield in Sussex and Henry LONGLEY had married Susannah Margaret DICK in the Chelsea Registration District in 1865 – they then had the following children including:

Susan Mary LONGLEY in 1867, Alice Gertrude LONGLEY in 1868, Lucy Margaret LONGLEY in 1870, John Arthur D LONGLEY in 1873, Frank Ernest LONGLEY in 1880 – the 1881 census record shows Henry LONGELY’s occupation as a Draper and Farmer of 28 acres employing 34 hands in Henfield in Sussex.

LONGLEY 1881 census

Source Citation: Class: RG11; Piece: 1105; Folio: 47; Page: 5; GSU roll: 1341260 Source Information: Ancestry.com and The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. 1881 England Census

Then I made an amazing discovery when researching Eric William Longley COOK further – he was born on 6th October 1898 and died on 20th April 1983 and he had a Naval career as shown on Wikipedia and became a Vice-Admiral as per the information here Eric Longley-Cook

On another website I have been able to find a photograph of Eric and further information about his Naval career during World War 2 at this link Eric Longley-Cook

Eric married Helga M LOWLES in the September quarter of 1920 in the Windsor Registration District and I will now investigate further to see if he had children.

As I always say to people you need very little information to get your family research started as this postcard very well proves!

My next mission is to try and reunite this lovely old postcard with a family member for their family archive – so if you have a connection please send me a message or email as I would love to hear from you.

Many thanks

Simon LAST

http://www.charnwood-genealogy.com

charnwoodresearch@virginmedia.com

 

 

 

 

 

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Are you connected to the COWLISHAW or CUTTS families from Sheffield?

This recent old photographic postcard find was postally unused although it had a name and address on the back – the photograph shows what could be a father. mother and possibly their three daughters standing in their garden – could I discover more?

COWLISHAW Photo front

The postcard was addressed to a Mr & Mrs COWLISHAW at 257 City Road in Sheffield and written at the bottom was ‘from Tom & Lizzie to Tom & Harriet’ – could it be a family member sending a photograph to another family member possibly?

COWLISHAW Photo reverse

I quickly found the COWLISHAW family on the 1911 census, as below, living at 257 City Road in Sheffield and the family members were Thomas Henry COWLISHAW aged 55, his wife Harriet aged 49 and children Elizabeth aged 27, Albert aged 21, Cyril aged 19, John aged 16, Harold aged 12, Frank aged 9 and Edna aged – could the daughter Elizabeth be the sender of the postcard?

COWLISHAW 1911 Census

Source Citation: Class: RG14; Piece: 27904 Source Information: Ancestry.com. 1911 England Census

However I quickly found that this Elizabeth COWLISHAW never married and died aged 75 in 1959 so it could not be her.

Thomas Henry COWLISHAW married Harriet CUTTS in the April quarter of 1882 in the Sheffield Registration District in Yorkshire.

Harriet CUTTS was the daughter  of Thomas and Elizabeth CUTTS and had siblings including an Elizabeth aged 8 on the 1871 census record living in Sheffield.

This sister Elizabeth Ann CUTTS married a Thomas BOWER in the October quater of 1888 in Sheffield and the 1911 census, as below, shows her and her husband living at West Leigh in Walton in Wakefield Yorkshire with three daughters Jessie aged 18, Ethelwyn aged 12 and Gladys aged 11.

BOWER nee CUTTS 1911 Census

Source Citation: Class: RG14; Piece: 27366 Source Information: Ancestry.com. 1911 England Census

This seemed to be a very good fit to the family as shown in the photograph and the names Tom and Lizzie fit with the postcard message from ‘Tom & Lizzie’, so I think we have a match!

Do you have a family connection to the COWLISHAW or CUTTS families from Sheffield – if you do please send me an email as it would be great to reunite this lovely old photograph with a family member if possible.

Many thanks

Simon LAST

charnwoodresearch@virginmedia.com

http://www.charnwood-genealogy.com

 

 

Posted in 257 City Road, BOWER, COWLISHAW, CUTTS, Old Photograph, One Name Study, Postcard, Sheffield, Social History, WAKEFIELD, Yorkshire | Leave a comment

Are you related to the HILLS family from Enfield Wash?

A recent old photographic postcard find was this lovely image of a smartly dress young man which had written on the back Mr C HILLS, 34 Uckfield Road, Enfield Wash – could I find a family link?

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I started by looking for the address on the 1911 census records and quickly found the HILLS family living at 34 Uckfield Road in Enfield, Edmonton, as below:

HILLS 1911 Cesnus

Source Citation: Class: RG14; Piece: 7437; Schedule Number: 202 Source Information: Ancestry.com. 1911 England Census

The head of house was Thomas HILLS aged 49 living with his wife Laura Annie aged 48 and children Olive Hilda aged 24, Clifford Thomas Oswald aged 22, Ivy Kathleen aged 17, Vera Madeline aged 14 and Dora Edna aged 11 and I therefore believe that possibly my old photograph could be of Clifford Thomas Oswald HILLS.

Clifford was born on the 10th December 1888 and his birth was registered in the Orsett in Essex Registration District – I have also found him on the 1939 World war Registers, as below, living in Enfield, where his occupation is shown as a Skilled Labourer employed On Rifle Work At War Department. The 1911 census shows his occupation as a R S F A Viewer so Clifford was already working at the Royal Small Arms Factory before World War 1.

HILLS 1939 WW2 Register

Source Citation: The National Archives; Kew, London, England; 1939 Register; Reference: RG 101/753G Source Information: Ancestry.com. 1939 England and Wales Register

Enfield was well known for the production of guns and most well known for the Enfield Rifle and there is more information here Royal Small Arms Factory

Clifford’s father Thomas HILLS married Laura Annie MADDER in the July quarter of 1885 in the Orsett Essex Registration District.

Clifford Thomas Oswald HILLS died aged 73 in the April quarter of 1962 in Worthing in Sussex.

If you have a link to Clifford HILLS or his family please send me an email as it would be fantastic to reunite this lovely old photograph with a  family member if possible.

Many thanks

Simon LAST

charnwoodresearch@virginmedia.com

http://www.charnwood-genealogy.com

Posted in 34 Uckfield Road, Enfield Wash, HILLS, MADDER, Old Photograph, One Name Study, Orsett, Photograph, Postcard, Royal Small Arms Factory, Social History, WW1 Photograph | Leave a comment

Do you have a LUCKETT from Reading in your family tree?

One of my recent old photograph postcard finds was this lovely old image of a mother and son and on the back although there were no names there was an address and a month and year:

LUCKETT Photo front

The reverse of the postcard had the address 61 Coventry Road Reading and the date June 1917 – would this be enough to identify the lady and boy in the photograph?

LUCKETT Photo reverse

I decided that my fist area of reach would be the 1911 census and I quickly found the address 61 Coventry Road in Reading, which showed the family LUCKETT living at the address, as below:

LUCKETT 1911 Census

Source Citation: Class: RG14; Piece: 6602; Schedule Number: 316 Source Information: Ancestry.com. 1911 England Census

The family were William LUCKETT aged 26, Elizabeth LUCKETT aged 27 and Frank LUCKETT aged 2 – William and Elizabeth had been married for three years and only had one child Frank, Williams occupation was a Clerk at the Huntley and Palmer Biscuit factor in Reading – could this be the mother and child in the photograph?

There is more information here Huntley & Palmers Biscuit Factory

William Augustus LUCKETT married Elizabeth BUSBY in the October quarter of 1907 in Henley Registration District in Oxfordshire and Frank William LUCKETT was born in the October quarter of 1908 again in Henley Registration District in Oxfordshire.

I then searched the 1939 World War 2 Registers for the address 61 Coventry Road in Reading and found that William and Elizabeth LUCKETT were still living at the same address and with them were two boys Leslie and Hubert – were they Grandchildren?

LUCKETT 1939 Register

Source Citation: The National Archives; Kew, London, England; 1939 Register; Reference: RG 101/2039A Source Information: Ancestry.com. 1939 England and Wales Register

Frank William LUCKETT married Gladys M VIVIAN in the July quarter of 1930 in Reading Registration District and they had a son Anthony N V LUCKETT in the October quarter of 1931, so who were the two children above living with William and Elizabeth in 1939.

On further investigation it turned out that Leslie C LUCKETT born in the January quarter of 1920 and Hubert R LUCKETT born in the April quarter of 1926 were in fact brothers of Frank William LUCKETT.

Frank William LUCKETT died in the April quarter of 1955 in Reading Registration District aged 55.

Do you have a family connection to the LUCKETT or VIVIAN families, if so please send me a message as it would be great to reunite this lovely old photograph with a family member if possible.

Many thanks

Simon LAST

charnwoodresearch@virginmedia.com

http://www.charnwood-genealogy.com

Posted in 61 Coventry Road, Berkshire, BUSBY, Huntley & Palmers, LUCKETT, Old Photograph, One Name Study, Photograph, Postcard, Reading, VIVIAN | Leave a comment

Are you related to Hogarth George MACK from Norfolk?

On Sunday I visited the Tolworth Postcard Fair in London and among my minds was this lovely old photographic postcard of a young man very smartly dressed in his naval uniform as below:

Hogarth George MACK

On turning the postcard over I was pleased to see a name had been added of Hogarth George MACK also known as Garth, as below,  and the photograph had been taken by A & S YALLOP Photographers based in Great Yarmouth and Gorleston in Norfolk – hopefully with this information I would able to discover more information about him and his family.

Hogarth George MACK reverse

I firstly found a birth record for Hogarth George MACK who was born in the January quarter of 1915 in the Flegg Registration District of Norfolk with mother’s maiden name of SMITH.

I then found that a James William MACK married an Ethel Kate SMITH in the July quarter of 1903 in the Norfolk Registration District and I then found the MACK family on the 1911 census, as below, living at 13 Olive Road in Southtown in Great Yarmouth in Norfolk – James aged 33 and Ethel aged 31 had been married seven years and had two children Leslie James MACK aged 4 and Cecil Henry MACK aged 2. James’s occupation is shown as a Butcher and also living wit the family is James’s mother Elizabeth MACK aged 68.

MACK 1911 Census

Source Citation: Class: RG14; Piece: 11103; Schedule Number: 115 Source Information: Ancestry.com. 1911 England Census

Moving forward I found that Hogarth George MACK married Lily FORSTER in the July quarter of 1938 in Newcastle upon Tyne in Northumberland.

Sadly I then discovered that Hogarth George MACK had been killed in action during World War 2 on 18th January 1941 aged 26 on the M V British Union Ship that had been sunk by enemy action, as below – there is more information here – M V British Union Ship

Hogarth George MACK WW2 death

Source Citation: National Maritime Museum; Greenwich, England; Merchant Seamen Deaths at Sea Source Information: Ancestry.com. UK, Merchant Seamen Deaths, 1939 -1953

Hogarth George MACK WW2

Source Citation: Commonwealth War Graves Commission; Author: Peter Singlehurst; Series Title: British Commonwealth War Graves Registers, 1914-1918; Archive Name: London, United Kingdom Source Information: Ancestry.com. UK, Commonwealth War Graves, 1914-1921 and 1939-1947

If you have a connection to Hogarth George MACK or his family please send me a message as it would be fantastic to reunite this lovely old photograph with a family member if possible.

Many thanks

Simon

http://www.charnwood-genealogy.com

charnwoodresearch@virginmedia.com

 

Posted in 13 Olive Road, FORSTER, Great Yarmouth, Hogarth, M V British Union, MACK, Military, Navy, Newcastle upon Tyne, Norwich, Old Photograph, One Name Study, Photograph, Postcard, SMITH, Social History, World War 2 | Leave a comment

Do you have a connection to Richard Farmer LANE from Loughborough in Leicestershire?

I recently bought a large bundle of old photo postcards and as always I scan the backs for any clues to possibly identify the people shown in them – one that caught my eye was this lovely old photo card of a man in his garden with beautiful flowers, as below:

Richard LANE photo

On examining the reverse it had been postally used in 1906 and was sent from Bournemouth to a Master D LANE at 12 Chapman Street in Loughborough in Leicestershire, as below:

Richard LANE photo reverse

The message reads:

Dear Dick, I hope that you are well and a good boy to your mother…… Your Affect Father R Lane

Many people say to me that they do not have much information or many clues to get areas of their family research underway and I always say that less is more and to prove this I wanted to see what I could discover about the LANE family from this old postcard.

On looking for the LANE family at 12 Chapman Street in Loughborough, I quickly found the 1911 census records, as below, which shows Dick the recipient of the postcard in 1911 aged 15 – his father is Richard F LANE whose occupation is a Joiner:

Richard LANE 1911 Census

Source Citation: Class: RG14; Piece: 19113 Source Information: Ancestry.com. 1911 England Census

I then found the 1901 census for the LANE family, again as below, at the same address, however the wife’s name was Sarah Ann which was different from Amelia Elizabeth shown in 1911:

Richard LANE 1901 Census

Source Citation: Class: RG13; Piece: 2977; Folio: 144; Page: 28 Source Information: Ancestry.com. 1901 England Census

It turns out that Dick’s mother Sarah Ann LANE had sadly died in the January quarter of 1907 aged 43 and Dick’s father Richard Farmer LANE had gone on to marry again in 1909 to Amelia Elizabeth COLLINS. The first marriage had been in 1890 to Sarah Ann SHEPHERD.

Then looking for Dick’s birth I found his birth registration in the October quarter of 1895 in Loughborough Registration District and his full name was Richard Albert Farmer LANE.

Researching Richard (Dick) Albert Farmer LANE further I discovered that sadly he had been killed aged 20 during World War 1 on the 3rd February 1916 and as you will see from the Commonwealth War Graves Commission certificate, as below, his father was still living at 12 Chapman Street in Loughborough.

Richard LANE Death WW1

Richard LANE WW1

Richard LANE WW1 2

Source Information: Ancestry.com. British Army WWI Service Records, 1914-1920

Dick’s father Richard Farmer LANE senior shown on the front of the old postcard died in the July quarter of 1955 aged 88 in Loughborough and I am sure he greatly mourned his son for many years.

If anyone has a connection to the LANE family from Loughborough please drop me an email as it would be lovely to reunite it with a family member if possible.

Many thanks

Simon LAST

charnwoodresearch@virginmedia.com

http://www.charnwood-genealogy.com

 

Posted in 12 Chapman Street, COLLINS, Lance Corporal, LANE, Leicestershire Regiment, Loughborough, Old Photograph, One Name Study, Photograph, Postcard, SHEPHERD, Social History, World War 1 | Leave a comment

If only they had a clue – beautiful old social history photographs!!

I have been very lucky on my travels to find several old family/wedding photos that have had clues on the back to help identify and research the people in them to hopefully reunite them with a  family member.

However over time I have built up a collection of several other beautiful old family/wedding/ social history photographs that have no clues, but I feel are worthy of sharing with you on my blog:

It is a long shot but if you recognise anyone please just let me know!

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Many thanks

Simon LAST

charnwoodresearch@virginmedia.com

http://www.charnwood-genealogy.com

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