My sister’s birthday, 1935

Postcard sent “with love from Lil xxx” to her sister, Mrs G Roberts, 2 Parsonage Lane, Church Street, Chesham, Bucks.

4 March 1935

If anybody knows who Lil or Mrs Roberts were, please shout so we can return this great piece of history back to where t belongs.

Your Fidgety Old Grandma (1934)

This wonderful letter recently arrived here at Special Branches. Whilst the lack of surnames means that we stand very little chance of ever identifying this lovely lady, we thought that this just simply had to be shared with you all.

Written from Elm Dene, Heath Road, Leighton Buzzard, Bedfordshire on 20 August 1934:

Dear Grace & Gladis

I was very pleased to receive your nice card, and so glad you are both enjoying yourselves, but don’t go in any lonely places by yourselves, as you never know what rebels of men are lurking about, what rot you will say, but take good advice my dears. I expect there are a good many visitors at the sea-side places, Canterbury Cathedral is lovely inside. I and your Aunts have been into the town once and are going again to-day if it keeps fine, but the wind is blowing a gale this morning and it looks very stormy. To-morrow is your birthday dear Glad and we all wish you a very happy one and hope you may be spared with health and strength to see many more yet. I enclose a Postal order for 2/ which is all I can afford just now, but you shall have more in October when I get my money. I thought it would buy you a few sweets for both of you. I expect you felt quite an important young damsel going all the way by yourself. Your Uncle’s garden is looking very nice now it is full of flowers. I wrote to your dear Mother yesterday and asked her is she could not come down for a day as it would make a little change for her, I expect she misses you both very much. Mr & Mrs Baines next door have gone away for a week so we are very quiet, but it is a nice change from noisy Balham. I expect it is very pretty country all round where you are and I hope the weather will keep fine so that you can enjoy it. Goodbye dears for the present, I shall be very pleased with a few lines if you have time to write. Fondest love from us all to you both, trusting you are both well, mind and don’t put on anything damp.

Your ever loving fidgety old grandma LM xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx Image



George Richard Atkinson and Margaret Alma Rapley


This is the original certification for Banns of Marriage called between George Richard Atkinson and Margaret Alma Rapley. It came to us along with some rather lovely letters which George had wrote to Margaret (or Peggy as she was known) whilst he was training with the Royal Navy in Fareham, Hants, 1940. The couple did marry and my research shows that there was a possible daughter, Jasmine A Atkinson whose married name could have been Turner. If anybody knows of this family, it would be delightful to get these very special items back home where they belong.

Dear Mother postcard, Dorothy Parr, Widnes, 1915


TUCK’s postcard of a Coldstream Guard.

A postcard written to Dear Mother, I hope you have arrived safely. I have enjoyed myself very much there. Yours, Dorothy. Dated 5 August 1915, sent from Chester to Mrs Parr of 47 Irwell Street, Widnes, Lancs.

Looking to be returned to the PARRS family.

Research notes: we found Dorothy Parr in the 1911 census, at 47 Irwell Street, Widnes. She was 11 years old and living with her parents, George Frederick and Mary Elizabeth Parr, along with her two brothers, Frances Naylor and James Ronald. Dorothy’s father, George, was a schoolmaster at the local council school.


Irwell Street, WidnesIrwell Street


Wartime Greetings, Kathleen Williams, Gloucester, 1917


We have some wartime greetings here, a ‘Many Happy Returns’ postcard sent to Kathleen Williams, of 96 Linden Road, Gloucester, and postmarked 3 September, 1917…”Dear Kathleen, Please accept my heartiest congratulations on this, your birthday. Love Phoebe.”

We found Kathleen, aged 11, living at the same address in the 1911 census, along with her parents Charles and Frances, and her siblings, Edward Charles, William Alfred, Isobel Elizabeth, Kenneth Gordon and Maude Florence.

Somebody must know of this family in their family tree….

Daniel Ivor Williams, 1944


This is the Life Assurance premium receipt for Daniel Ivor Williams. He paid a premium of £2 12s 8d on 6th March 1944. Let’s hope it was a long while before it was called upon.

There is a good candidate on Ancestry – Daniel Ivor Williams, born 23 March 1898 in Llangyfelach, Wales. He died in Bournemouth, Dorset, in 1975.


Hilda Ward attends the Albert Hall, Leeds, 1911

Albert Hall 


It’s Saturday, 18th March, 1911 and Hilda Ward is about to attend the Albert Hall in Leeds, (shown above, this was the Leeds Institute and is now the City Museum)  to collect a prize awarded to scholars from the RSPCA. She has her ticket ready, a seat has been reserved for her (Row C, No.11) but she must hurry to arrive no later than 2.45pm.

Do you have a Hilda Ward in your family tree?

World War 1 Medal – Sgt R Rhodes, Army Service Corps

War MedalAbove all other things, finding war medals makes me feel sad. Here we have the First World War medal awarded to Sgt R Rhodes S/4 128210 of the Army Service Corps (ASC).

I have found his medal card, which tells us that his name was Robert.

Robert Rhodes

Sergeant Robert Rhodes fought for our country – let’s try to get his medal back home to his family.