West Middlesex FHS Journal, Volume 33 (2015)

This page provides a summary of the articles which appeared in all four journals of 2015. The complete journals are also available to be viewed online or downloaded:

An Index covering the whole year is also available for view or download.

War casualty after Armistice had been declared - William Landels Wild
William gives us the story of his uncle William Landels Folkard, who served in WWI. At the end of the war he trained as a navigator, but on 15th November 1918 his pilot crashed, and he was killed.
West Middlesex FHS Journal 33(1) 4-6 (March 2015)

A sad story from World War 1 - Margaret Watson
Margaret tells of her mother-in-law Bertha Elizabeth Windle, who planned to get engaged to her soldier boyfriend as soon as WWI ended, but alas he was killed on 24th October 1918.
West Middlesex FHS Journal 33(1) 7 (March 2015)

Women in Agriculture - Philip Sherwood
The story how women in West Middlesex have a tradition of supplying the labour for market gardening.
West Middlesex FHS Journal 33(1) 8-9 (March 2015)

William Harris (1838-1911) of Egham, Feltham and Sunbury - John Seaman
Starting from the inscription on a headstone in Sunbury Cemetery, John uses census entries to find out more about William Harris.
West Middlesex FHS Journal 33(1) 10 (March 2015)

All Souls Church, St. Margaret's - Mary Brown
Margaret continues with details of those mentioned as missig or dead in the Parish Magazine from June 1917 to December 1919.
West Middlesex FHS Journal 33(1) 11-13 (March 2015)

News from the Archives
Heritage Quay Archive; York Library and Archive.
West Middlesex FHS Journal 33(1) 15 (March 2015)

Monthly Talks - Yvonne Masson
Notes on the talks given at three recent meetings: Kirsty Gray on Searching for surnames: the challenges, the pitfalls and the downright ridiculous (October); William Hunt on Heraldry and the College of Arms (November); Nick Barratt on Behind the Scenes at Who Do You Think You Are? (December).
West Middlesex FHS Journal 33(1) 16-22 (March 2015)

Family History A-Z
Unions; Vaccination records; Watermen and Lightermen.
West Middlesex FHS Journal 33(1) 23 (March 2015)

Pianos were their forte - Glynice Smith
Glynice investigates the unusual skills of pianoforte making and tuning to be found in the Machin family of London's East End.
West Middlesex FHS Journal 33(2) 4-8 (June 2015)

Trauma in Isleworth circa 1912 - Pam Butler
Pam gives us the sad tale how her aunt Dorothy got run over by a tram in Isleworth when just five or six years old.
West Middlesex FHS Journal 33(2) 9 (June 2015)

Magna Carta and all that - The Fitzwalters - Anne Golden nee Fitzwalter
Anne tells how her namesake Robert Fitzwalter played a prominent role in forcing King John to sign the Magna Carta in 1215. All today's Fitzwalters, and there are not that many, are said to be descended from this Robert.
West Middlesex FHS Journal 33(2) 10-15 (June 2015)

Some West Middlesex bell ringers remembered, Part 1 - John Seaman
John tells us of the bell ringers of West Middlsex who lost their lives during WWI.
West Middlesex FHS Journal 33(2) 16-17 (June 2015)

The Annual General Meeting
Reports and the Accounts from the AGM held on 19th March 2015.
West Middlesex FHS Journal 33(2) 18-24 (June 2015)

Miscellany
The Imperial War Museum; York Library and Archive; General Register House, Edinburgh; The American Air Museum; The British Library; Application for Patents; Frederick Jemp Morgan Crosse; Yukon.
West Middlesex FHS Journal 33(2) 25 (June 2015)

Monthly Talks - Yvonne Masson and Bridget Purr
Notes on the talks given at three recent meetings: Toni Davies on Crime and Punishment in London and Middlesex (January); Mike Brown on The Real Dad's Army (February); Val Bott on Discovering 18th Century Middlesex Gardeners Through Family History (March).
West Middlesex FHS Journal 33(2) 26-35 (June 2015)

Lt. Harold Laurence Matthews - John Seaman
Starting from a memorial to Lt. John Matthews at St. Mary's, Sunbury, John finds out more about this soldier.
West Middlesex FHS Journal 33(3) 4-5 (September 2015)

Research then and now - Wendy Mott
Wendy tells of some of her findings when it was necessary to visit Records Offices, as compared to doing research today.
West Middlesex FHS Journal 33(3) 6-10 (September 2015)

Medical and Healthcare Seminar - Muriel Sprott
Muriel provides a precis of four talks from the seminar: Dr. Christopher Hilton on Hunt the medical ancestor: the development of the medical profession and their records; Elizabeth Finn on Asylum Records - a Kentish Case study; Carmen M. Mangion on Medical Care Records and Records held by Private Archives; Penny Hutchins on Find the Midwife - Midwife Records.
West Middlesex FHS Journal 33(3) 10-14 (September 2015)

The Fitzwalters through History - Anne Golden nee Fitzwalter
Anne continues her account of the impact that the Fitzwalter family has had on our history.
West Middlesex FHS Journal 33(3) 15-19 (September 2015)

Interesting names - John Cole
John mentions a number of unusual forenames he has encountered while researching his family history.
West Middlesex FHS Journal 33(3) 20 (September 2015)

Searching for Emma - Bridget Purr
It started for Bridget when she visited her great aunt Emma when she was 7 years old. Much later when Bridget researched her family tree Emma was hard to find, but Bridget's persistence and patience were eventually rewarded.
West Middlesex FHS Journal 33(3) 21-23 (September 2015)

Some West Middlesex bell ringers remembered, Part 2 - John Seaman
John continues his exploration of bell ringers from West Middlesex who lost their lives in the two world wars, this time from WWII.
West Middlesex FHS Journal 33(3) 24 (September 2015)

Albion Julius Morath - John Morath
John gives a short account of his great grandfather Albion Julius Morath.
West Middlesex FHS Journal 33(3) 25 (September 2015)

Monthly Talks - Yvonne Masson
Notes on the talks given at three recent meetings: Alan Gilding on St. John Ambulance Brigade (April); Carol Harris on Lady Denman and the W.I. (May); Christine Diwell on Village Treasures (June).
West Middlesex FHS Journal 33(3) 26-36 (September 2015)

Only connect, or, So that's what happened to Sarah Ann - Yvonne Masson
Yvonne follows the trail of one of her great grandmothers, Sarah Ann Sewell, then Frake, then Dearlove, then Bennett, and also cousin/aunt Win and 'Auntie Gus'.
West Middlesex FHS Journal 33(4) 4-5 (December 2015)

Riverside connections - Rod Moffatt
Rod outlines his family connections to the Thames, especially the Hammersmith to Twickenham stretch.
West Middlesex FHS Journal 33(4) 6-9 (December 2015)

St. Leonard's memorials - Roland Bostock
Roland tells how it took 33 years for WMFHS to complete the project of transcribing all of St. Leonard's very many gravestones.
West Middlesex FHS Journal 33(4) 10-11 (December 2015)

Cabbages for kings - Pam Butler
Pam speculates whether her ancestor Ephraim Hand, who was a gardener and greengrocer of Windsor, may have been producing his cabbages for the royal kitchens of the castle.
West Middlesex FHS Journal 33(4) 12-13 (December 2015)

Some Sunbury connections - John Seaman
John examines the lives of several soldiers, and a war nurse, with connections to Sunbury.
West Middlesex FHS Journal 33(4) 14-17 (December 2015)

Family History A-Z
X for Cross roads; the Y chromosome; Zulu War.
West Middlesex FHS Journal 33(4) 18 (December 2015)

Extraordinary General Meeting
The minutes of the Extraordinary General Meeting held on 15th October, in which the resolution to wind up the Society was unanimously rejected.
West Middlesex FHS Journal 33(4) 20-21 (December 2015)

West London Local History Conference - Yvonne Masson
Yvonne provides a summary from two talks held at this conference; In Plain Sight: discovering the women of Gunnersbury Estate by James Wisdom; and Hounslow's Home Front: Women's Roles in World War I by Ann Greene.
West Middlesex FHS Journal 33(4) 22-25 (December 2015)

Monthly Talks - Yvonne Masson
Notes on the talks given at three recent meetings: At the Members meeting talks were given by Jill Williams, Pam Butler, Valerie Walker, Eileen Small and Bridget Purr (July); Ian Waller on My Ancestor was a Hat Maker (August); Tudor Allen on Holborn, Hampstead and St. Pancras in the Life and Works of Charles Dickens (September).
West Middlesex FHS Journal 33(4) 26-35 (December 2015)




Society news

Next Meeting

Our next meeting will be held on Thursday 21st December 2017 at Montague Hall, Hounslow. Doors open at 7:15 pm. This is our Christmas Meeting. Food and drink will be provided and there will be a quiz.

Next Advice Session

Our next Advice Session will be held at Feltham Library on Saturday 4th November from 10:00 am to 1:00 pm.

Are you able to join our Committee?

The committee meets every two months in Hounslow. We would like a few more members to join us and help to run the show. Enthusiasm is the only pre-req.

Give a lift - Take a lift

A new page has been added to the website to enable people wanting a lift to meetings to find those able and willing to give a lift (see below).


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Recent updates

17-November-2017

New image (and tip) of the month.

15-November-2017

Members' Lookup page added to Members Area.

11-November-2017

Digital copy of journals for 2004 added.

3-November-2017

Committee minutes for September added to Members Area.

20-October-2017

FFHS Australian Really Useful Leaflet added to Members Forms page.

20-October-2017

Memorial Inscriptions of St. Mary's, Twickenham are added.

17-October-2017

Meetings page updated.

22-September-2017

Give a lift introduced - see Meetings page.


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