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  • Herbert George Columbine VC (28 November 1893 – 22 March 1918) was an English recipient of the Victoria Cross, the highest and most prestigious award for gallantry in the face of the enemy that can be awarded to British and Commonwealth forces. Columbine was 24 years old, and a private in the 9th Squadron, Machine Gun Corps, British Army during the First World War when the following deed took place for which he was awarded the VC. On 22 March 1918 at Hervilly Wood, France, Private Columbine took over command of a gun and kept firing it from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. in an isolated position with...
  • Alan was born on the 14th june 1976 and sadly passed away on the 27th february 2014 aged just 37.Always the hard worker, alan built up his own business from car valeting to a pioneering small dents and minor car body repairs company, being years ahead of his competitors by trialing the latest equipment from around the world.Alan was immensely in to his music, going to many concerts, owning hundreds of CDs and only having the best music systems whether at home or in one of his vehicles, Pink Floyd being his favorite and even having the tattoos to prove it! 
  • The Royal Naval Association has been running a project to mark the 60th anniversary of its Royal Charter in 2014. The RNA National Council wanted an all-inclusive memorial that commemorates those who have served, serve today and will serve tomorrow regardless of rank, trade or fighting arm. We sought designs for a memorial to be placed in the Naval Section of the National Memorial Arboretum (NMA) to be a place for shipmates and their families of the Naval Service to quietly remember their comrades and loved ones. The Naval Service consists of;Royal NavyRoyal MarinesRoyal Naval ReservesRoyal...
  • An audio sample of Penny and Richard Townsend practising for a performance for The Jane Austen Festival 
  • Born on: 17th September 1881at Basford, Bulwell, Nottingham.Son of William & Mary HarveyBrothers and sisters: Emily, Rose, William, Halyn, Frederick, George, Hennery and Ellen.Moved to Ipswich 1884 aged 3.( Vernon st.Joined  the army 1905 1st Battalion York & Lancaster Regiment 8273 Pte.S.HarveyServed 7 years in IndiaRegiment sent to France in 191425th September-16h October 1915 the Battle of LoosCompared with the small-scale British efforts of spring 1915, this attack of six Divisions was a mighty offensive indeed - so much so that it was referred to at the time as 'The Big Push...
  • Harry was a Fireman on the Titanic and was lost at sea on the night of 14th / 15th April 1912 at the age of 37. He was born at "Cross House", Itchen, Southampton, Hampshire and was the third of five children born to parents George and Ellen WITT (nee SILLENCE). He began work around the age of 15 as a Rivet Boy in a Southampton ship builders yard, but soon decided to take up a position as a fireman stoker on board some of the many passenger and cargo ships, which berthed at Southampton docks. He does not appear on either the 1901 or 1911 census, so was presumably abroad on a vessel at...
  • John Henry Taylor was born John Henry Towle at 11 Marlborough Place, London, England, on 21st January, 1912. He was the youngest child of Arthur Edward Towle and Mabel Ethel Towle (nee Taylor). His father was Manager of the Midland Grand Hotel at St. Pancras Station, part of Europe's biggest hotel empire, the Midland Hotels Group, of which his grandfather, William Towle, was Controller. His parents became estranged while he was quite young and he grew up with his mother, Mabel Ethel Taylor. They experienced a somewhat peripatetic existence, moving around Kent and Sussex as the mood took his...
  •  Northampton 1912 - 1930Joyce Winifred Lyne was born in Northampton on the 17th February 1912, the only child of Arthur William Lyne and Rose Jane Lyne (born Hall).At the time of Joyce's birth Arthur, alongside most of his seven siblings, was working in Northampton's boot and shoe-making industry. Starting as an office boy at around fourteen years of age, by the outbreak of the 1914 - 18 war Arthur had risen to the clicking department of Messrs. Church and Co., one of Northampton's most famous shoemakers, still proudly in existence today.  Clickers were responsible for cutting out...
  • Gwilym (usually known as Gwil) was born in Barnsley on 7th June 1980 and moved to Haxby in 1987. He was the son of Joan and David and brother of Tom and Lizzy.He attended Ralph Butterfield and Joseph Rowntree Schools and York College. He was a member of the scouts in Haxby, the youth group at the Methodist church and later the Army Cadets at Strensall.He played in Rowntree’s Junior Band and the York Schools Orchestra. He was a keen runner and mountain biker. At the time of his death he was a student in Wrexham studying for a degree in electrical engineering.Gwil had a wide circle of friends...
  • Patsy seen here at her 40th wedding anniversary. She died on 27th November 2010.As one of her friends said:"A flame has gone out, but what a lot of bonfires she left behind."A seat in memory of Patsy has been installed opposite 131 Queens Road, Richmond, TW10 6HF.  John lived here since he was 3 and in 1971 he and Patsy bought the house from his parents and their children Katharine, Matthew and Rachel (who was born in the house!) lived there until 1984.Here are their tributes given at her funeral:Katharine's TributeMatthew'sTributeRachel'sTributePatsy's favourite hymn was "O love that...

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