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  1. Mark Haselden

    Gamble family...no, not THOSE Gambles

    Yep, got it. Thanks for reaching out. I'm working on a reply to your email.
  2. Mark Haselden

    GRO PDF trial second session

    The trial has been extended indefinitely. Seems like it was a success. Now will they please add the ability to order marriage certificates? Yes...I'm being greedy (yet again!).
  3. Mark Haselden

    Gamble family...no, not THOSE Gambles

    Hi there p.colquitt. Wonderful to hear from you. I've been in touch with Gina who still lives in California. Any chance you could send me an email at mark_rae@msn.com? I have some info about James and the rest of the Gamble clan that I'd love to share. Kind regards, Mark
  4. My Great-Grandma, Eliza Pickavance, was born at the Eccleston Arms in 1872. Her Dad, George Pickavance, was the landlord. I've searched online but can't locate any old photos of the pub prior to 1900. Wondering if anyone on the forum has any suggestions. The closer to 1872 the better, although an obscure pub in St.Helens would be an odd topic for a photo as early as the 1870s. Any ideas/pointers would be gratefully received. Many thanks, Mark
  5. Mark Haselden

    Grave Search

    Have you used the Lancashire Online Parish Clerk's project (www.lan-opc.org.uk/)? If not, it's an AMAZING resource. Each parish is identified, including subordinate chapelries (in this case, Burtonwood was a chapelry of Warrington Parish). There's also an alphabetical list of names baptized in Burtonwood which is an added bonus to the pretty capable search function. Apols if you're already familiar with this resource but it's my go-to for Lancashire records.
  6. Mark Haselden

    Unidentified Soldiers from Family Photos

    Here's one more to add...and it's an unusual one. I suspect she's the sister of a Royal Army Medical Corps corporal. Again, no clue as to who it is but definitely taken in St.Helens:
  7. Mark Haselden

    Unidentified Soldiers from Family Photos

    The photos came from my Grandmother's family, John and Mary Lee, who lived at 50 South John Street. John and Mary lived there from the mid-1890s until they both passed away during WW2. Their daughter, also Mary, lived there with her husband, my Grandfather, Henry Haselden, until the terraced houses were condemned around 1967. My Great-Grandmother Mary Lee's maiden name was Gamble and a couple of the photos show her nephews who lived with their parents, William and Louisa Gamble, across the street at number 49 South John Street. As far as I can tell, none of these unidentified soldiers align with any Lees or the Gambles, at least not as far as I can uncover. The photos were definitely taken in St.Helens, with Jordan and Metcalfe Photographers of George Street featuring prominently in most of the images. Here are a few more. The first is possibly a Lancs Fusiliers soldier wearing a Queen's South Africa Medal: Next we have a RAMC soldier. One of my relatives was in 1/3rd West Lancs Field Ambulance but this isn't him...so perhaps the photo shows one of his mates? Then again, he could just be another distant relative or even a neighbour.
  8. Mark Haselden

    Unidentified Soldiers from Family Photos

    Thanks Ste. It's certainly possible but it's hard to be certain when lots of details of CSM Johnson's face are lost in the contrasts of his photo. The age issue is a concern but, then again, these old photos can play tricks when assessing ages. I have a couple of my Grandad taken around the same time and he looks about 15 years older in one of them. My bigger question is how any of my family might have come into contact with CSM Johnson. AFAIK, none of my relatives served in the Sigs Coy (but we have 2 who served in the Field Coy). Also, my family all came from Parr so it's not like they were neighbours of the Johnson's. I wonder if anyone has researched 1st West Lancashire Field Company in any detail or perhaps compiled a nominal roll of soldiers before they embarked for France? Cheers, Mark
  9. My Mum brought me a trove of family history memorabilia and photos, including a number of unidentified military personnel from the First World War. I'll post them a few at a time in case anyone on the Forum can help identify them. Let's start with an easy one. This is a Sergeant Major in the Royal Engineers. I suspect he's from 1st West Lancs Field Company given that my family has connections with that unit. His 'tache in the first pic is particularly striking - General Melchett would be proud. I'm fairly certain he's the seated man in the second pic - cap badge and rank both match and the facial features are not dissimilar. I have no idea who the Sergeant/Staff Sergeant is in the second pic. Given that Sergeant Majors were rather rare birds, I'm hoping he'll be easy-ish to identify. Cheers, Mark
  10. Mark Haselden

    Canal Side - Where was it?

    Out of interest, what year was the map from which the chip was taken?
  11. Mark Haselden

    Canal Side - Where was it?

    Thanks for this map chip, Ratty. It helps hugely. Apols for the delay in getting back to you - been away on business the past week. Cheers, Mark
  12. Mark Haselden

    Air raid shelters?

    There used to be a large concrete shelter near the current site of Mill Green School. We used to walk past it going swimming there when I was at Allanson St. Junior School in the late 70s.
  13. Mark Haselden

    Canal Side - Where was it?

    Hi Ratty, Wow, that's a lot of info you've uncovered. Given that James Gamble owned a flat in 1851, it would make sense for him to be close to potential customers. That said, the did move around a lot. I'll post a list later to illustrate that. I've struggled to precisely locate Canal Place. It's certainly not named on the 1848 maps that I have. Any chance you could ping me a scan of the location from the 1849 map? Cheers, Mark
  14. Mark Haselden

    Canal Side - Where was it?

    Dunno..one of the birth certificates from 1862 lists the residence as Canal Street, and the Sankey was still very much in use at that time. Now it may well be that the modern Canal Street was built on top of the Canal but the birth certificate indicates pretty strongly that there was a Canal Street in the 1860s (assuming, of course, that the registrar wrote it down correctly!).
  15. Mark Haselden

    Canal Side - Where was it?

    Hi Ratty, That's a great idea but, alas, the family moved around frequently and lived at different addresses when the censuses were taken. The closest I can get is 1851 where the death certificate for their infant son, George, lists Canal Side as their residence but the census that year has them at Sankey Place. added 0 minutes later Hi Hiss. My relatives were James and Hannah Gamble. Sounds like I should look to the east of Canal Street as a likely area.

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