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  1. 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.
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    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
  3. 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
  4. Mark Haselden

    Canal Side - Where was it?

    Out of interest, what year was the map from which the chip was taken?
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    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
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    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.
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    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
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    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!).
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    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.
  10. One group of my ancestors moved around the town a fair bit. The birth certificates for the children identify a number of residences including Sankey Place, Canal Place and Canal Street, all of which are identified in the St.Helens Connect list of Street names. However, a couple of the certificates identify a residence at Canal Side. Is that just another name for one of the other listed locations or is it somewhere else, and if it's the latter, where was it? Hope some experts can help with this question.
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    Burial Plot search St.Marys Church Graveyard Prescot.

    Hi Ned, Re-reading the thread, I realised I had not explicitly confirmed that William Hayledon and William Haselden are the same person (although the inference was strong). I suspect his surname was mis-spelled as Hazledon and that the "z" was, in turn, perhaps mis-transcribed as a "y". The Lancashire Online Parish Clerks lists William Hazledon, aged 27, buried 15 Oct 1895 and the online image of this record could be misinterpreted as Hayledon. However, I'm better than 99 percent convinced this is my relative. Cheers, Mark
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    Union work house whiston 1889

    Check out the "St helens archives" thread. Apparently, people can book an appointment to access the archives and a couple of phone numbers are mentioned in the thread. AFAIK, nobody has actually tried this approach so it may not work in reality..but it might be worth a try.
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    GG Grandmothers family name?

    It could just be a case of the recorder mishearing the name. One of my Great Grandmothers had the maiden name Gamble but her marriage certificate was written up as Campbell. Phonetically, it's not a huge leap from Canning to Cannon.
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    Burial Plot search St.Marys Church Graveyard Prescot.

    Simple nowadays but back then we were barely out of leeches and bleedings as cures. His Army medical record shows they tried all sorts of "treatments" including diet, tonics, arsenic and opium!
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    Burial Plot search St.Marys Church Graveyard Prescot.

    Hi Ned, William's parents were John Haselden (b 1841, d 1890) and Elizabeth Spencer (b 1842, d 1883). They lived at 40 Morley Street, St.Helens. William wasn't married. As far as I know, the only connection with Prescot is because William was in the Workhouse. His Mum's death left his Dad to care for the remaining 8 kids (the eldest had died in 1879), the youngest being just a year old. When his Dad died, the family split up, some going to older siblings and some to their maternal Grandmother. William joined up in 1888 and was overseas when his Dad died. Kind regards, Mark

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