Chameleon Ancestors – Part 2

Introduction A person's name is very much bound up with their identity and as a result, they can challenging to trace if it changes. In Part 1 of Chameleon Ancestors, I looked at some of the reasons why an ancestor might appear in the records under a different name. Many people, then as now, hated…

The “Dunkirk Warriors” of 54 Squadron – Battle of Britain – July 1940

54 Squadron's A Flight.(pre-27th May 27th 1940 as F/Lt. Pearson was reported missing on that day)L to R: F/ Lt Max Pearson, Sgt Jack Davis, P/O George Couzens, F/Lt James Leathart, F/O George Gribble, P/O Johnny Allen and P/O Alan Deere.http://www.bbm.org.uk/airmen/DavisJ.htm This year sees the 80th anniversary of the Battle of Britain, the decisive campaign by Fighter…

Basing versus Basing

In my previous blog, The Footman, I discovered that Fanny Basing, the wife of William Basing, was living with her children in Poplar, in the East End of London, in 1881. Fanny was recorded as the head of the household and married, but where was her husband? William Basing, now a butler and valet, may…