Monumental Error

Private James Cale

Here is another in my occasional series about the men commemorated on the war memorial in the churchyard to St James, Ogley Hay, in the West Midlands of England. The sad thing about this one is that the name on the memorial is wrong.

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Going Gregorian

Or when was your ancestor buried, exactly?

The Times, Saturday June 19 2021, includes The year when 11 days of British history vanished (p32 col1). I had known about this, and even remembered the correct dates from a pub quiz question: What happened in England between the 3rd and 13th of September 1752? Answer: nothing! I was tempted to skip to the next piece, but something kept me reading.

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Boating in lockdown: annual review

Essential cruising, broken alternators, and the cost of living on the cut in the tax year 2020-2021.

Field path near Cropredy, Oxfordshire.

At the start of the tax year just ended I was moored at Cropredy in Oxfordshire, it was the thirteenth day of lockdown. Although I have not counted miles walked, I must have covered many times the distance travelled by boat, which was a mere 155.7 miles. For much of the year boat travel has been restricted to the essential, so my exercise on foot has covered much more ground.

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Viking hokey-cokey

Back in July Ancestry revised their output on DNA, based on a much larger, and growing sample of test results, 44,000+.

Previously, I have considered this topic in Ancestry Genetic Communities (March 2017), and Pardon my French! (September 2018). In the second of these I found it hard to believe the complete absence of any Scandinavian component to my genetic heritage, other than indirectly via Normandy.

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Another Bick in the wall

A while back I found a hint on Ancestry about John Cowley, the ancestor of Ellen, who married Tom Dennis, long time publican of the Railway Inn / Tavern, in Ogley Hay, then in Staffordshire. Previous episodes in this strand can be found at: Excavating the Cowley branch, Cowley’s the Name, and Navvy army. These are not direct ancestors, but I have found their story intriguing.

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Remembrance: Pte 306722 David Caulton

Here is another in my occasional series about the men commemorated on the war memorial in the churchyard to St James, Ogley Hay, in the West Midlands of England. There is no particular order to these posts. Previously, I have tried to focus on the actions that the men were involved in, but for many there is little information available online (without subscriptions beyond the ones I already have), and this is mostly the case this time. This means that my research is incomplete, but I am encouraged by a recent positive reply to my exploration of Pte Hubert Sanders. But what of the man prior to the war?

My first port of call was Ancestry, where I discovered that Pte David Caulton (in military records “Coulton”) died on 3 May 1917, and that he was born on 13 Nov 1893, mother Annie Elizabeth Crannage. From there I was able to locate him in the 1901 Census:

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The Mystery of Edwin Owen

A long, long time ago, when my family history research was in its infancy, I came across one of those pieces that don’t seem to fit the puzzle. Now, thanks to a reply from Emma, it is a mystery no more.

Compton Bridge House, 2019.
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Remembrance: Pte. C Dennis

Fazeley cenotaph

It is rare to find men named Dennis commemorated on war memorials, as most of them were miners, or in other reserved occupations, so it was a surprise to find one C Dennis on the cenotaph at Fazeley, Staffordshire, near to Tamworth. So who was he? Was he related to me?

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