A few years ago I was fortunate enough to visit the National Arboretum in Staffordshire, which holds over 300 memorials to those lives that have sadly been lost in conflict and civilian life. The Arboretum stands as a place which honours the fallen and recognises their service and their sacrifice for their country. It was first … Continue reading My Visit to The National Memorial Arboretum
Great-Grandad’s World War 1 Medals Framed
After such a long time, I have finally had my Great-Grandfathers WW1 Medals Professionally Framed. To say that I am pleased with the outcome is an under statement, I am truly blown away by how amazing the frame and Medals look. This is without doubt one of my proudest ‘Family History’ moments. It was a … Continue reading Great-Grandad’s World War 1 Medals Framed
#52Ancestors Week 28 “Multiple”
Welcome to week 28 of my Genealogy challenge, from the wonderful Amy Johnson Crow, of writing something about your Ancestors for a whole year, #52Ancestors in 52 weeks. This week's prompt is 'multiple'. This week I am keeping it simple as I don't have any Multiple Births on my Tree, so I am going for … Continue reading #52Ancestors Week 28 “Multiple”
It's now Week 11, of the wonderful Genealogy prompts from Amy Johnson Crow's 52 Ancestor's in 52 weeks and this week we are looking at the subject of "Luck". We all need a little bit of "luck" sometimes with our Genealogy and sometimes it can come when we least expect it. I am always going … Continue reading #52Ancestors “Luck”
The Life and Times of John Edwin Barnes
This is the latest and recently updated biography of my great-grandfather, John Edwin Barnes. It's always good practise to periodically review and revisit your work and I have included here some new information and some additional records, plus I have been able to add some new photographs to my collection, all of which help to … Continue reading The Life and Times of John Edwin Barnes
How the mechanics of war have changed……..
Is today's modern warfare any different to the way in which we previously fought wars? Absolutely for me thats a Yes! Today's war, if you want to even call it war, is vastly different to previous wars such as WW1 or WW2. Trying to fight against the threat of global terror, or wars in Afghanistan … Continue reading How the mechanics of war have changed……..
Is it fair how we judge History?
I would like to open this up for debate, the fact that we judge history and those that made history, today, with the benefit of hindsight? Is that fair? I don't think there will be a definitive answer to this debate and I'm sure that more learned academics than myself, will have studied this … Continue reading Is it fair how we judge History?
The Dublin Connection
My dear old Nan, Martha Annie Barnes was born on 21st April 1911 in Stevens Hospital, Dublin, the only child of John Edwin Barnes and Elizabeth Daniels (Lizzie). The family home at the time was 7, Woodfield Place, Dublin. John Edwin Barnes was a soldier in the Essex Regiment of the British Army and was … Continue reading The Dublin Connection
Helles Memorial Gallipoli
The attached pictures are of the Helles Memorial, Turkey and show the name of my 2 x Great-grandfather John Edwin Barnes. John Edwin Barnes served as a Private in the First World War in the Essex Regiment, 1st Battalion, Serial number 8987. He was killed in action in Gallipoli, Turkey on 25 April 1915. His … Continue reading Helles Memorial Gallipoli