Passchendaele 3rd Battle of Ypres Commemorative coin and Royal British Legion Passchendaele Poppy

Today I am now the very proud owner of the London Mint's excellent commemorative coin for the 100 year anniversary of the 3rd Battle of Ypres - Passchendaele. The coin comes in an excellent commeroatvie presentation pack and is a real quality piece of memorabilia. See attached pictures. I have also ordered the Royal British … Continue reading Passchendaele 3rd Battle of Ypres Commemorative coin and Royal British Legion Passchendaele Poppy

Passchendaele – 3rd Battle of Ypres Digging up the past

My Father-in-law, whilst digging in the garden, had the good fortune to find this commemorative knife, which looks to have been designed as a letter opener. From what I can make out, it appears to be made from a shell casing. If anybody knows any different or has discovered a similar item, I would love … Continue reading Passchendaele – 3rd Battle of Ypres Digging up the past

The Life and Times of Matthew Chiddicks

This is the first in a new series of blogs, tackling the life stories of my 16 Great-Great Grandparents. So strap yourself in and lets begin the journey of discovery and uncover the life story of my 2 x Great-Grandfather Matthew Chiddicks. Matthew Chiddicks was born 26th February 1844, in South Ockendon, Essex and Baptised … Continue reading The Life and Times of Matthew Chiddicks