Another long shot, but could you have a connection to any of these old photographs?

Following previous blog posts on old photographs that I have found on my travels and some being sent off to new homes or people with a surname connection, I am now sharing ten more that I have recently found and hope someone might make a link!

Could you have a connection? Do you recognise a familiar face from your own family tree? Do you have a particular interest in any of the photographic studios shown? – if you do please get in touch, as I would love to reunite / rehome any many as possible – although I know this is a long shot!!

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I hope to hear from someone with a connection and will keep you updated!!

Simon Last

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UPDATE: Looking for a DIX family from Staffordshire not Suffolk!

Further to my recent blog post about a DIX family photograph I had recently found that was unconnected to my own family tree, I am now pleased to say that the photograph has now been reunited with the correct family.

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When researching for my previous blog I found a family tree on Ancestry that contained the names DIX and RINGROSE as written on the reverse of the photograph so I sent a message to the tree owner to find out more.

It was great to then hear back from Daniel who instantly knew the names on the photograph and confirmed there was indeed a connection to his family tree and he kindly provided the following details:

The Mrs RINGROSE in question is undoubtly Florence RINGROSE nee DIX whio is known in my family as “Aunt Floss” – she and her husband, Frank RINGROSE, only had one son, Frank Rudolph RINGROSE who sadly died (unmarried) in a flying accident during WW2, so there aren’t any living descendents. However Floss and Frank were very close to their neice and nephew – my grandmother and great uncle – who died in 2012 and 2016 respectively. Frank and Floss are still fondly remembered in the family to this day.

Daniel acts as the archivist for his family so I have sent the photograph on to him for his family records and he kindly sent me two photographs of Florence ‘Floss’ RINGROSE and her husband Frank in later life, which he has very kindly given me permission to share on this update blog post.

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Florence ‘Floss’ RINGROSE nee DIX

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Frank and  Florence RINGROSE

I have also further investigated the sad death of Florence’s son Frank Rudolph RINGROSE in World War 2 and found the following newspaper reports:

RINGROSE Walsall Observer, and South Staffordshire Chronicle Saturday 27th November 1943

Walsall Observer and South Staffordshire Courier Saturday 27th November 1943

RINGROSE Walsall Observer, and South Staffordshire Chronicle Saturday 6th May 1944

Walsall Observer and South Staffordshire Courier Saturday 6th May 1944

RINGROSE Walsall Observer, and South Staffordshire Chronicle - Saturday 4th December 1943

Walsall Observer and South Staffordshire Courier Saturday 4th December 1943

Many thanks to Daniel for sharing his family information with me and it is great to know that this old family photograph is now back with the relatives where it belongs.

Simon Last


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Looking for a DIX family from Staffordshire not Suffolk!!

Having DIX  ancestors in my paternal family tree from Dunwich in Suffolk I was intrigued to recently find a super old photo postcard with writing on the back which read:DIX and RINGROSE photo 6 3 18

Mr & Mrs George DIX my God Mother Mrs RINGROSE Mum & Dad

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Was this George DIX a possible connection to my own Suffolk Dix relatives!!

However on further investigation I firstly looked for a marriage record for a DIX to a RINGROSE and found that Florence E DIX married Frank RINGROSE in the December quarter of 1922 in the Walsall Registration District.

Florence Emily RINGROSE nee DIX died on 22nd March 1986 aged 91, again in the Walsall Registration District and her date of birth is shown as 16th August 1894.

Using her year of birth of 1894 I found Florence DIX on the 1911 census aged 16, occupation Milliner living with:

Father George DIX aged 53 an Engine Drive on the Railways born in Stowe in Staffordshire

Mother Mary DIX aged 52 and three brothers George aged 22, Arthur aged 20 and Frederick aged 13 – their address was 26 William Street in Walsall Staffordshire.

I also found a passenger list to Canada in 1957 which shows Florence E and Frank RINGROSE and confirms Frank’s date of birth as 11th January 1890 and their address was 273 West Bromwich Road in Walsall in Staffordshire – their occupations are shown as Retired and Housewife.

I have also found one child for Florence and Frank a son Randolph F RINGROSE born in the September quarter of 1923 again in the Walsall Registration District.

As far I am know there is no link to my own Suffolk DIX family and on a quick scan of family trees on the Ancestry website I have found an amazing family tree for the RINGROSE family which has lots of photos, but none of Florence Emily DIX and Frank H RINGROSE, so I will be sending a message to see if they would like a copy if my old photo postcard to add to their family tree research – it would be great if they know who the mystery God Child is and where the photo may have originated from!!

I will keep you updated on developments……….

Simon LAST


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Dear Mother from your ever loving son Reg October 1917…

As you already know I am always intrigued by the messages and addresses on the back of old postcards that I buy and sell and I have recently found a postcard of South Parade Pier in Southsea sent in October 1917.

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The postcard was sent to Mrs W F MOON at Hillside, Battle Road, Hailsham in Sussex and the message on the back reads:

Dear Mother

The doctor put catarrh on my medical card and I have to attend Sick Bay 3 times a day for medicine. He is going to examine my chest again on Monday. They treat me far better here than they did when I was at Barracks and do not regard me as a malingerer. I am eagerly waiting for the ‘ weekly budget’.

I remain

Your ever loving son


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Firstly I was curious to see if Reg had survived World War 1 and thankfully could find no record of his death on the Commonwealth War Graves website – however when I traced his family further it would appear that Reg was indeed his middle name!!

As the postcard was addressed to a Mrs W F MOON I started by looking for her and found that Edith Maud BEAVIS married Walter Finnis MOON on the 3rd May 1898 in Ventnor on the Isle of Wight.

The 1911 census record, as below, shows Walter MOON aged 41 born in Peckham London working as a Pastry Cook / Baker, Edith MOON aged 35 born in the Isle of Wight and three children Reginald aged 11, Constance aged 3 and Iris aged 2 living in a shop in Perrymount Road in Haywards Heath.

1911 Census MOON

Source Information: 1911 England Census Source Citation: Class: RG14; Piece: 5001; Schedule Number: 171

Reginald was born Arthur Reginald MOON on the 13th June 1899 in Ventnor on the Isle of Wight and I found UK Navy Service record for him dated 30th July 1917, when he would have been aged 18, as below, and just four months before his postcard home saying that he was sick;

Name: Arthur Reginald Moon
Gender: Male
Birth Date: 13 Jun 1899
Birth Place: Vetnor Isle of Wight
First Service Date: 30 Jul 1917
First Ship Served On: Victory I
Last Service Date: 28 Mar 1919
Last Ship Served On: Kingfisher
Service Number: J75020

MOON Naval WW1 record

Source Information: UK, Royal Navy Registers of Seamen’s Services, 1848-1939 Source Citation: The National Archives of the UK; Kew, Surrey, England; Royal Navy Registers of Seamen’s Services; Class: ADM 188; Piece: 797

As already mentioned I could thankfully find no death record for Reg during World War 1 and on further investigation I found his death and probate records, which show that he died on 19th July 1980 aged 81 and amazingly he was living at 55 Marine Parade in Leigh on Sea in Essex, which is about two miles down the road from where I live in Southend on Sea.

MOON Probate 1980

Source Information: England & Wales, National Probate Calendar (Index of Wills and Administrations), 1858-1966, 1973-1995

Therefore this random postcard that I found at a fair in Clacton on Sea in Essex during the summer last year not only had links to World War 1, but also to my home town and Essex – I am now going to look for a relative to see if I can reunite this interesting postcard sent home from Reg in October 1917!!

Simon LAST

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I Don’t Care I Kissed Her – Another Easton WW1 Postcard

As part of my Easton WW1 Red Cross Hospital research I am always on the lookout for old postcards that have been sent by the soldiers who were recovering in the Suffolk village away from the frontline trenches in France and Belgium.

I have recently fund this old postcard that seems to indicate a possible romance between a soldier and his nurse, as the front of the card says – I Don’t Care I Kissed Her.

However as the postcard must have been sent in an envelope I have no idea of the name of the young lady he was sending it too…

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The reverse of the postcard reads as follows:

Easton – Thursday evening

Dear Nurse,

Thanks so much for your letter. Yes I am better off than if I was in France, but I am fed up already and this is only my second day. I hope I shall see you on Saturday. I am in No. 1 ward, but am carried outside on the lawn by the tennis courts, bed and all, every day, so that is where I shall be if you should have time to look in, I shall be very pleased to see you.

Life is as usual here Nurse G Green was on duty last night & Tuesday night, Mrs Taylor again tonight.

Well, goodbye and be good,

Yours sincerely


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Again because the sender has only included his initials I have no idea who this soldier was and unfortunately there is no date either , so this possible romance will remain a complete mystery for evermore.

How different must it have been to suddenly arrive from the hell of the frontline WW1 trenches to be at a mansion in Suffolk being carried out onto the lawn to sit by the tennis courts!!

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Simon Last

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Edith Drummond HAY – ‘Aunt Tuck’ postcard connection!

As well as my interest in postcards sent during World War 1 I have always found the life of Queen Victoria fascinating and also like to collect items or postcards relevant to her life and reign.

I was therefore intrigued to recently find a postcard (as below) sent on 30th January 1901, just eight days after her death on the Isle of Wight, obviously in recognition of her life and a tribute to her.HAY postcard front 20 9 17

The postcard had been sent to Miss Edith Drummond HAY at Seggieden from E FORBES in St Leonards on Sea in Sussex:

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I therefore decided to see if I could investigate Edith further and discover more about her life and though this discovered an amazing connection to her life during World War 1.

Edith Maud Drummond HAY was born on 28th February 1872 in Kinfauns in Perthshire Scotland the daughter of Henry Maurice Drummond and Charlotte Elizabeth Richardson HAY.

The 1891 census record shows the family living at Seggieden Mansion House in Perthshire and Edith is aged 29 with her occupation shown as Living on her own means – her father Henry is aged 76 and her mother Charlotte is aged 57.

By the 1901 census Edith’s mother Charlotte is a Widow still living with her family at Seggieden Mansion House.

Edith had three sisters Alice, Constance and Lucy and two brothers James and Harry.

Through my research on Ancestry I found a fascinating document showing the family’s connection to Royal blood as below:

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Source Information: North America, Family Histories, 1500-2000 [database on-line] Source Citation : Book Title: The blood royal of Britain : being a roll of the living descendants of Edward IV and Henry VIII

Also as part of my research I googled the name of Edith Drummond HAY and found a newspaper article in the Daily Record newspaper dated 2nd July 2016 with the headline – Perthshire Family discover ‘Aunt Tuck’s’ incredible diaries from World War 1 – the article is so amazing as it reports that Edith was a talented Amateur Artist who left a fascinating pictorial history of her time as a nursing volunteer with the Voluntary Aid Detachment (VAD) –

Edith, who never married, lived in Glencarse in Perthshire in Scotland, where she was a pillar of the church, until her death aged 88 in 1960.

Hopefully a member of the HAY family will see this blog post and maybe the postcard can be reunited with them and added to the Edith Drummond HAY family archive.

Simon LAST


Posted in Aunt Tuck, Edith Drummond HAY, Old Photographs, One Name Study, Perthshire, Postcard, Scotland, Seggieden Mansion House, VAD, World War 1 | 2 Comments

Do you have IRELAND relatives from Erdington?

Another recent postcard find was sent in December 1916 to Sapper L J IRELAND 1953 from his mother in Erdington, so with further investigation I wondered what I could discover about this family!

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The message reads:


Dear Leslie, Many thanks for your P.P.Card. I expect you are glad that the snow has gone. Hope you are quite well and that we shall see you soon love from Mother

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The 1911 census record, as below, shows Leslie John IRELAND aged 16 occupation Draftsman living at 15 Oxford Road in Erdington near Birmingham with his father John IRELAND aged 46 occupation an Accountant, his mother Minnie IRELAND aged 46 and sister Elsie May IRELAND aged 17.

IRELAND 1911 England Census

Source Information: 1911 England Census Source Citation: Class: RG14; Piece: 18327

John IRELAND married Minnie HYDE on 15th August 1891 in Handsworth Birmingham

IRELAND Birmingham, England, Church of England Marriages and Banns

Source Information: Birmingham, England, Church of England Marriages and Banns, 1754-1937 Source Citation: Reference Number: DRO 90/20; Archive Roll: 564

and I have found them on the 1901 census, again as below:

IRELAND 1901 England Census

Source Information: 1901 England Census Source Citation: Class: RG13; Piece: 2875; Folio: 94; Page: 11

Leslie John IRELAND survived World War 1 and died in 1980 aged 86 in Birmingham and his Probate record shows his actual date of death as 25th September 1980 and his final address as 114 Milverton Road in Erdington.

The September 1939 World War 2 Register shows Leslie John IRELAND occupation Senior Draughtsman living at 114 Milverton Road in Erdington with his wife Elsie A IRELAND who was born 13th November 1896.

Leslie John IRELAND married Elsie A HALL in the July quarter of 1922 in Tamworth Staffordshire Registration District.

On searching the British Newspaper Archive I found a Forthcoming Marriages announcement, as below, for Dorothy Jean IRELAND daughter of Mr and Mrs L J IRELAND to Arthur Sidney ALLDRIDGE, who was a Sergeant in the Army, son of Mrs and late Mr W H ALLDRIDGE also of Erdington, on 5th January 1944.

IRELAND Birmingham Mail - Monday 3rd January 1944

Birmingham Mail – Monday 3rd January 1944

Dorothy Jean IRELAND was born 31st December 1924 in Birmingham and I have found that she and Arthur emigrated to the USA on 30th June 1950 on board the Ship Georgic part of the Cunard White Star Line – Arthur’s occupation is shown as a Theatre manager.

Dorothy Jean ALLDRIDGE nee IRELAND died on 5th June 1997 in Washington USA and sadly Arthur Sidney ALLDRIDGE had died many years earlier 12th May 1960 in San Francisco.

If anyone has a connection to the IRELAND or ALLDRIDGE families and would like this postcard to add to their family history archives please make contact, as it would be great to reunite it with a  family member.

Simon LAST


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