published by Caroline Morris on Sun, 04/05/2014 - 12:46
The next Buckets and Spades will be special. Dedicated to those who were alive during The Great War. Lets make this special. Do you have any snippets of information about your ancestor in WW1? If you wish to put an article together, however short or submit a photograph please do contact me via the website. The deadline for articles is Tuesday 20 May.
published by Caroline Morris on Tue, 21/01/2014 - 20:00
Well 2014 has arrived and I am sure you have seen lots of news stories and forthcoming events to remember World War 1. The BBC will be running special programmes across the network, both television and radio throughout the next four years.
To give you a taster of what is to come here is a special story of an amazing find involving a Weston-super-Mare family.
Please click on the link to read this special story.
published by Caroline Morris on Wed, 16/10/2013 - 19:52
The BBC have just announced they are doing a series of programmes through 2014 to remember those affected by World War 1 in our area. They are going to be covering all sorts of aspects from those who went to war in the military to what people did at home. This is very close to our project! As they are looking for stories to include I would love to go to the BBC with lots of our stories.
Please do get in touch with me if you have a story about an ancestor from 1914. You never know it could be featured on the television!
published by Michael Oram on Tue, 15/10/2013 - 21:45
My Father in Law, Harold W. R Williams was born in Weston S Mare and served in the Parachute Regiment during WW2. He was living/working in Nottingham at the outbreak of War but returned to Weston after war ceased.
Link to the Paradata site where I posted his service record.
My grandfather, ALBERT JAMES COLES, was born in May 1876 in W-s-M and went into the Merchant Navy at 17. He took all the necessary exams in Bristol and became an Extra Master in 1904. In 1914 he went into the Royal Naval Reserve - whether he volunteered or was consripted I don't know! After a very short training period he became Patrol Leader of Armed Trawlers in the Straits of Dover - The Dover Patrol - sweeping for mines. Off the coat of Folkstone on 14th September 1915 a Dutch ship almost cut his vessel, 'The City of Dundee', in half. My grandfather was on th upper bridge and became