West Middlesex FHS Journal, Volume 36 (2018)

This page provides a summary of the articles which appeared in our journals of 2018. The last four published journals may only be viewed by Society members or our Exchange Journal partners using Our Recent Journals page, which is password protected.

An index for the year will be provided in Spring 2019.

From Southall to Australia - Val van Raay
Val van Raay shares the story of her grandfather Thomas Watson, born in Southall in 1872, serving in the Boer War, and then emigrating to Australia in 1913.
West Middlesex FHS Journal 36(1) 5-7 (March 2018)

The Isolated Tomb - Dr Phillipe Clerc
Phillipe Clerc tells how he discovered an abandoned tomb in the scrub while he was on vacation in Corsica, and the detailed history he uncovered of the soldier who was buried there.
West Middlesex FHS Journal 36(1) 8-13 (March 2018)

We are moving! - Muriel Sprott
Our meetings from April onwards will be at St. John's Centre, Isleworth.
West Middlesex FHS Journal 36(1) 14-15 (March 2018)

St Mary's Twickenham, and its Overflow Burial Grounds - Roland Bostock
Roland provides the story of collecting the Memorial Inscriptions from St. Mary the Virgin church, Holly Road Garden of Rest, and Oak Lane Cemetery, all in Twickenham.
West Middlesex FHS Journal 36(1) 16-21 (March 2018)

The Lloyds of Harley Street - Yvonne Masson
Following a generous gift to the Society of the book 'The Lloyds of Harley Street' by Christopher Lloyd, Yvonne takes on the challenge of summarising from the many letters and stories included, with particular focus on the family members living in West Middlesex.
West Middlesex FHS Journal 36(1) 22-25 (March 2018)

In our spare time we... - Muriel Sprott
Muriel describes some of the events the Society has attended and sponsored recently.
West Middlesex FHS Journal 36(1) 26-27 (March 2018)

Rugby Football Union War Memorials
A description of the war memorials to be found at Twickenham Rugby Ground.
West Middlesex FHS Journal 36(1) 28-30 (March 2018)

Monthly Talks - Roland Bostock and Muriel Sprott
Notes on the talks given at three recent meetings: Dig for Victory was intended for October, but actually Roland ran an interactive session of what can be found on our website; Phil Tomaselli on Tracing Your Military Ancestors (November); Christmas Celebrations which included a quiz (December).
West Middlesex FHS Journal 36(1) 33-36 (March 2018)

Captain John Gray and Montpelier Road, Twickenham - Emma Louise Tinniswood
Emma describes the history of Montpelier Road, Twickenham with particular emphasis on Captain John Gray's role, and mentioning many well-known names who have lived in this elegant part of Twickenham.
West Middlesex FHS Journal 36(2) 5-11 (June 2018)

Isleworth 390 - a plea for help - Susan Casey
The Isleworth 390 project is to provide short biographies of the 390 names that appear on Isleworth War Memorial. Susan lists 32 men for whom the project is seeking help in their identification.
West Middlesex FHS Journal 36(2) 13-14 (June 2018)

The Annual General Meeting
Reports and the Accounts from the AGM held on 15th March 2018.
West Middlesex FHS Journal 36(2) 15-21 (June 2018)

Monthly Talks - Ann Greene, Roland Bostock, Muriel Sprott
Notes on the talks given at three recent meetings: Leigh Dworkin on Tracing Your Jewish Ancestors (January); James Wisdom on The Layton Collection (February); and Jef Page on London in the 1880s (March).
West Middlesex FHS Journal 36(2) 22-30 (June 2018)

Looking for great grandfather James Page.
West Middlesex FHS Journal 36(2) 32 (June 2018)

Sapper Smith - A woman on the frontline
Filmmaker Liza Jane Wiedemann asks if any member of the Society can help with her research into the World War 1 war correspondent Dorothy Lawrence.
West Middlesex FHS Journal 36(2) 33 (June 2018)

Our 40th Anniversary - and how we can reach our Golden Jubilee
Editor Ann Greene puts the spotlight on the issues facing Family History Societies today, and asks all members to help the Society to increase its membership.
West Middlesex FHS Journal 36(2) 34-35 (June 2018)

Family History News
Birmingham City Council's Bereavement Services, London Metropolitan Archives (LMA), Public Record Office of Northern Ireland (PRONI), Norfolk Family History Society, New Zealand Probates Records, and Railway Ancestors all get a mention.
West Middlesex FHS Journal 36(2) 36 (June 2018)

Ramblings of an editor - Ann Greene
Editor Ann Greene provides a short insight into what some of the symbols found on the graves in Kensal Green Cemetery mean.
West Middlesex FHS Journal 36(3) 6-7 (September 2018)

How (and why) we started - Vic Gale
This is a reprint of an article written to mark the Society's 21st anniversary, and is very informative on how the Society began its life 40 years ago.
West Middlesex FHS Journal 36(3) 8-10 (September 2018)

Monthly Talks - John Seaman, Ann Greene, Roland Bostock
Notes on the talks given at three recent meetings: Dr Judy Hill on Victorian Life Upstairs and Downstairs (April); Elizabeth Owen on How can memoroabilia help with family history? (May); and Jane King on The History of the Foundling Hospital (June).
West Middlesex FHS Journal 36(3) 11-18 (September 2018)

Isleworth Civilian War Deaths - tracing the victims - Ann Greene
Ann outlines the Isleworth Civilian War Deaths project, which started in 2014, and ended in 2018, and her particular role in it, which was the tracing of living relatives to the 57 victims who died in Isleworth as a result of WW2 bombing.
West Middlesex FHS Journal 36(3) 19-21 (September 2018)

Our Fortieth Anniversay Celebrations
A must-read for all who have even the slightest interest in our Society. The article describes the events of the celebratory meeting, and provides transcripts of the memorable contributions from Yvonne Masson, Valerie Walker, Pam Butler and Margaret Harnden.
West Middlesex FHS Journal 36(3) 23-31 (September 2018)

A photographic challenge is given us by Trev Valler of New Zealand, and an offer of free DNA testing is given for males with the surname of Clay.
West Middlesex FHS Journal 36(3) 33-34 (September 2018)

Book Review - Bridget Purr, Ann Greene
A review of the book titled The Wicked Trade and the Suffragette's Secret. Genealogical Crime Mysteries by Nathan Dylan Goodwin.
West Middlesex FHS Journal 36(3) 39 (September 2018)

Society news

Next Meeting

Our next meeting will be held on Thursday 18th October 2018 at St. John's Centre, Isleworth. Doors open at 7.15 pm. The focus of the meeting will be a talk by Susan Moore titled Chancery Proceedings.

Next Fair

The next fair that we will be exhibiting at is the Full of Life Fair at the RFU, Whitton Road, Twickenham on 26th October.

Next Advice Session

Our next Advice Session will be held at Feltham Library on Saturday 20th October from 10:00 am to 1:00 pm.

Previous news

Recent updates


Committee minutes for July 2018 added to Members Area.


Parish Map page is updated.


Parish Information page is updated.


New image (and tip) of the month.


The Memorial Inscriptions for St. James, Hampton Hill are added.

Previous updates

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