Monthly Archives: March 2013

Grandmother – Lavinia Barfoot – Morton’s Shoe Shop

This is my grandmother, Lavinia, outside the shoeshop that my grandfather, Arthur, managed in Maidstone, Kent. She met him here and they’d clearly worked for a while together before they were married in 1921. It shows the name ‘Morton’s’ and … Continue reading

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Grandad… Arthur Goodman

Grandad sometime between 1914 and 1918… he was in the Machine Gun Corps and reached Sgt Major.

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Grandad in ‘the Suicide Squad’!

According to my dad his father was in the Machine Gun Corps and eventually attained the rank of Sgt. Major. In my dad’s words, ” they were to the fore in major actions, or bearing the brunt of spirited offensives … Continue reading

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How will today’s ‘data protection’ impinge on family historians of the future?

I love the way I can look at the census returns and see my forbears, the way in which I can search for and download my father’s ex-POW Questionnaire¬† after WWII, (from National Archives)¬†that old Wills are available to me … Continue reading

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Wow… the book has gone live!!!

I’m still reeling a little from having a book up there on Amazon… and I didn’t even write it… although I acted as midwife in many ways. There’s so much to do and think about once it’s ‘up there’! Making … Continue reading

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Eileen and Bill

Their marriage was on 1January… a small affair, I gather. I’d like to say that their marriage was happy… well it was in parts but it was also a rather volatile relationship in some ways.

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Decisions, decisions!

I’ve written about my father – or at least – included his words in this blog about his time in the police force in Manchester… I’ve mentioned his book that is in the process of being published and I’m wondering … Continue reading

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