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History Section - Family Trees

Mr Cooper’s second cousin, who lives in Solihull, has thrown some light on this mystery. By an extraordinarily set of coincidences he found a book in the local bookshop about the Solihull School during WW1. It contained details of Lieutenant Joseph Cecil Smith of the Royal Warwickshire Regiment, son of Mr and Mrs F J Smith of The Manor House, Solihull, Warwickshire who was killed on 28 July 1917, age 19, while flying with the 70th Squadron, RFC. He is remembered on the Arras Flying Service Memorial at Pas de Calais.

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David Mason writes:

My wife and I are researching her family tree, but have run into a major problem. We are hoping someone local may be able to help her. Her Grand Mother (an East Boldre local) Lily Parker born 1885 married an Albert Marshall born 1879. They where married in the East Boldre church on the 13th of April 1913. Albert Marshall died in October 1917 whilst serving on the H.M.S. Begonia. The ship is believed to have been sunk with no survivors. The East Boldre war memorial mentions him but does have his date of death wrong. The problem though is their son was born on 31st January 1919. (No father's name on Birth Certificate), but we have been told that Lily was very friendly with American personnel at the airfield. For ‘American’ this could possibly be ‘Canadian’. Is there anyone who may have any records which could help my wife find out who her real Grand Father is.


If it helps Lily's parents were a Bradford Parker (a blacksmith) and Louisa E. Parker

If you can help, please contact the website and we will put you in touch with David.

Malcolm Slocombe replied:

My great grandfather was Bradford Parker, the blacksmith that he [David] mentions, and I believe that my grandfather, Harry Reginald Stephen Parker, may have been  Lily's brother.

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Jon Willis writes:

I am researching my family history and have traced my family records back to East Boldre/ Beaulieu Rails from around 1810 to 1690. The family were also linked to the Thorne, Langtree,Dolery & Elliot.

I would be most grateful for any information or links to my family tree from local residents or distant relations.

I have recently visited St Pauls Church and located a distance cousin 'Susanna Jane Willis' who is buried in the far rear grave yard.

I look forward to hearing from anybody with a similar interest or link to my family.

Look forward to hearing from you

Jon Willis

PS - I have an online tree on & Genes Reunited.

Contact Jon:  

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Can you help Julia & Keld Smedegaard who are seeking information. They ask:

We are researching Russian emigration to England and at the moment we are trying to locate the burial place of Tait [née Wardropper; other married name Simpson], Sylvia Agnes Sophia (8.01.1917-28.02.2003), biochemist and endocrinologist. She was born in Russia and her mother Ludmilla was Russian.

We read that Sylvia used to live in East Boldre and were wondering if she (and even her mother) could be buried there.


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Can you help to locate members of local families?

Being of the old school, Lawrence Cooper of Winchester put pen to paper, enclosing these photos, and asked if we have any information about the uniform or the airman. Lawrence thinks his name might be Cecil Smith and related to his late mother. The lady in the photograph might be his wife and they might originate from Solihull. Can anyone help?

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