Albert Edward Commins

Private Albert Edward Commins was born 10 Nov 1880 at 16 Betterton St St Giles and was my grandfather, between 1884 and 1885 was admitted to hospital with broncopnuemonia  and a diseased finger . He left 4 children between 5 and 14 at his death, and also was the cause of my Gmother,s nervous breakdown .I Knew that my Gfather [Read full story…]

Arthur Edward Commins

He was born at I St Johns Rd Plymouth and worked in Charterhouse Sq as a wholesale drapers asst . He was a war time volunteer who joined the Royal Garrison Artillery as a gunner on 26 Aug 1914 and was discharged to a commission in the 11th Battalion Devonshire Regiment on 13 Aug 1915 . The 11th Devons were [Read full story…]

William Charles Baggarley

William was born in Camberwell, where his father was an Insurance agent. But sometime after 1901 and before 1911 the whole family moved to Chichester where William worked as an assistant in his father’s refreshment bar. However William, who had attended the National School, Camberwell, emigrated on his own to Melbourne, Victoria, Australia at the age of 20 and enlisted, [Read full story…]

Christopher Rotherham

Christopher Rotherham was born on 12th April 1895 at Long Row Unstone, Derbyshire, the only son of John Henry Rotherham and Elizabeth [nee Wardle]. The couple did have a second child in 1897, who sadly died the same year. In 1901, the family set up home at 51/52 Chesterfield Road, Dronfield, when his father was working as a Sickle and Hook Maker, probably [Read full story…]

Sidney James Ashley

Sidney James Ashley was born 1888, Battersea, London, the second son of Elah Edward Ashley and Alice Ann [nee Howard]. When Sidney was three his father died and between 1891-1901 he spent some years in a workhouse. 1911, he was single, working as a porter for the L.S.W. railway and living with his widowed mother and elder brother Albert George [Read full story…]