West Middlesex FHS Journal, Volume 39 (2021)

This page provides a summary of the articles which appeared in our journals of 2021. 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.

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Monthly Talks - Yvonne Masson and Roland Bostock
Notes on the talks given at three recent meetings: Francis Howcutt on Finding people and working out the true story (November), Gill Thomas on One Street Studies (November); Christmas get-together (December); David Bell on The Plage Doctor (January).
West Middlesex FHS Journal 39(1) 6-12 (March 2021)

The Boscher Family and Bellevue House in Twickenham - Jeff Allen
Jeff's partner, Susan, is great grand-daughter of one Edward Charles Boscher (the third), an artist who lived for a time at Bellevue House, Twickenham. Jeff provides a full account of several generations of Boschers who lived in Twickenham.
West Middlesex FHS Journal 39(1) 13-16 (March 2021)

Extract from the WMFHS Poor Law Records - Roland Bostock
Roland is currently engaged transcribing Poor Law records of our area. He reproduces a taster of what these records contain, all of human life is here.
West Middlesex FHS Journal 39(1) 17 (March 2021)

The West London Local History Conference 2020 - Yvonne Masson
Theme of the conference was Celebrations and Commemorations. Yvonne provides a summary of two talks from the conference: James Wisdom on An Aristocratic Funeral - the mourning and burial of Sir John Maynard of Gunnersbury in 1690; and Keith Whitehouse on Come to the White City - the exhibitions at Shepherd's Bush 1908-1914.
West Middlesex FHS Journal 39(1) 18-20 (March 2021)

One thing leads to another ... - Muriel Sprott
Muriel, with John Seaman and Margaret Cunnew sets out to find out why there are some Dutch soldiers' graves in Twickenham Cemetery, which led to discovering an obelisk...
West Middlesex FHS Journal 39(1) 21-22 (March 2021)

The Eileen Stage Coastguard Index - Sarah Minney
Sarah had noted that last September's talk by Mia Bennett included mention of The Coastguard Index created and nurtured over many years by Eileen Stage. Sarah tells how the index was created, what it contains, and where it may be found now.
West Middlesex FHS Journal 39(1) 23-24 (March 2021)

From our Webmaster - Roland Bostock
Roland provides a brief overview of the most recent changes to our website.
West Middlesex FHS Journal 39(1) 26 (March 2021)

My personal King of Scots? - Yvonne Masson
Yvonne shares that her husband George had a DNA test a few months back, and it seemed to indicate that from his mother's ancestry he could be descended from none other than Robert the Bruce as one of his many 21st great grandsons.
West Middlesex FHS Journal 39(1) 28 (March 2021)

Annual General Meeting
The agenda and accounts for the upcoming AGM on 17th June.
West Middlesex FHS Journal 39(2) 3-5 (June 2021)

Monthly Talks - Yvonne Masson, Roland Bostock, Muriel Sprott
Notes on the talks given at three recent meetings: Giz Marriner on Growing up in Fulham (February); Graham Sutherland on Grave Tales and Memorials (March); and Jackie Depelle on Upstairs Downstairs: From Humble Beginnings to the American Dream (April).
West Middlesex FHS Journal 39(2) 8-16 (June 2021)

The Poor Laws and West Middlesex - Roland Bostock
Roland provides information on Poor Law records collected by the Society from 1985. He describes what Poor Law records contain, and the laws that apply. He also summarises the few records that exist for West Middlesex.
West Middlesex FHS Journal 39(2) 17-25 (June 2021)

Laurence Manley, Sergeant of the Queen's Bears - John Seaman
John contributes a short piece from the life of this Laurence Manley.
West Middlesex FHS Journal 39(2) 26 (June 2021)

Book Review - Muriel Sprott
Muriel reviews 'The Chester Creek Murders' by Nathan Dylan Goodwin.
West Middlesex FHS Journal 39(2) 28 (June 2021)

Genial Genealogy - Yvonne Masson
Yvonne shows some humerous genealogy verses, and invites readers to send in more.
West Middlesex FHS Journal 39(2) 29 (June 2021)

Annual General Meeting Minutes
Minutes of the AGM for the year ended 31st December 2020, held as a Zoom meeting on 17th June 2021.
West Middlesex FHS Journal 39(3)3-7 (September 2021)

April Wood Ashton asks for help concerning The Queen's Head Beer Shop in Hillingdon.
West Middlesex FHS Journal 39(3)10 (September 2021)

Monthly Talks - Roland Bostock, Yvonne Masson, Ann Greene
Notes on the talks given at three recent meetings: Eric Probert on Registers of Electors for Family History (May); Gill Blanchard on Behind the Scenes of Who Do You Think You Are? (June); and Sue Paul on The Long Paper Trail (July).
West Middlesex FHS Journal 39(3) 11-18 (September 2021)

An Illegitimate Family is traced thanks to West Middlesex FHS - Margaret Watson
Margaret tells of an interesting family connection between herself and Finola Cooney, who had read an article in the journal by Margaret. They turn out both to be descended from an influential man John Barry, Finola by his legitimate wife, Margaret by an illegitimate but long-running relationship.
West Middlesex FHS Journal 39(3)19-23 (September 2021)

The Untold Story - Sarah Minney
Sarah investigates the life of one Christopher Newbery after a friend had showed her a WW1 memorial plaque with his name on it.
West Middlesex FHS Journal 39(3) 24-26 (September 2021)

Daniel Blake, who inspired a spire - John Seaman
In 1898 a spire was added to St. Catherine's Church, Feltham in memory of Daniel Blake. John finds out about this man.
West Middlesex FHS Journal 39(3)28 (September 2021)

Book Review - Pat Candler
Pat reviews the book 'Jeopardy of Every Wind' by Sue Paul.
West Middlesex FHS Journal 39(3)29 (September 2021)

The Trials of Bigamy - Yvonne Masson
This is an amusing review of the law of bigamy, and of a judge's sentencing of one poor bigamist for his sins.
West Middlesex FHS Journal 39(4) 5-6 (December 2021)

WWI Military Service Appeal Tribunals - Ian Kitson
Ian outlines government legislation in respect of enlisting men into the army to fight World War I. Appeals took place if men tried to avoid being drafted into service. Middlesex is one of the few counties where these appeal records have been preserved.
West Middlesex FHS Journal 39(4) 7-10 (December 2021)

Book Review - Ann Greene
Ann reviews the book 'The Mysteries of Littleton Church' by Will Hardy.
West Middlesex FHS Journal 39(4) 11 (December 2021)

The Memorial Inscriptions of St. Thomas of Canterbury, Fulham - Roland Bostock
St. Thomas of Canterbury is a Roman Catholic church. Roland highlights some differences in the wording of memorials on Roman Catholic graves compared to Church of England, and picks out some interesting graves.
West Middlesex FHS Journal 39(4) 12-16 (December 2021)

An Unusual Source of Family History Information - Sarah Minney
Sarah Minney is a professional family history researcher and also enjoys buying and selling items on Ebay, where items like service medals are frequently up for sale. Here she describes following up on some of these items.
West Middlesex FHS Journal 39(4)17-20 (December 2021)

Monthly Talks Summaries - Muriel Sprott, Roland Bostock, Yvonne Masson
Notes on the talks given at three recent meetings: Helen Baggott on 'Posted in the Past' (August); Colin Chapman on 'Family History from Education Records' (September); and Ian Everest on 'The Commonwealth War Graves Commission' (October).
West Middlesex FHS Journal 39(4) 21-30 (December 2021)

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