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red mail Hart - Hodgins, 1944 1945
RAYMOND B. HODGINS (of Woodstock Ont.Canada) was in UK during the war, & married JOAN MARGUERITE HART in BROMLEY Kent on 21 Sept. 1944, Vol.2a, pg 1793. Joan's address was 93 St.James Ave., BECKENHAM, Kent. My dad (Ray)was with the RCRs, badly injured in Sicily on 24-25 Dec.1944 & shipped back to Canada in April 1945. Ray had lied abt his age to get into the army, said birthday was Nov.1921, rather than Nov.1923, born in St.Marys Ont.Canada. Perhaps there was a child from this marriage, or were they ever divorced? In late 1960s I saw a Death Certif. in a drawer, I remember it said "Wife", & put it right back since I knew it was something I shdn't be seeing, so I think Joan died circa 1960s. Ray died Dec.25 1975, & my mother (not Joan Hart) passed away 2 yrs ago. Another twist: when applying for my "long form" birth certif. for a job offer in the US in 1981 (I was 35, born April 1946), all I got from Ottawa was the short form not naming parents, & was told then that I was adopted (by my true parents as a young child). Since Ray had already died, mum had to admit it, but said, "You ARE Ray's son"; that was the first I knew of this. Now I have dad's service records & found details of marriage to Joan Hart. So I'm wondering if I have a half-sibling in the UK, & perhaps somewhere other than Beckenham, since during war people got displaced. If anyone has info on Joan M. Hart Hodgins, or a child born 1944-45-46, I'd be very appreciative.
red mail Blacksmiths
Looking for any details of James Alfred Holmes and his son William Harvey Holmes who were blacksmiths in the Beckenham area.
red mail Lilian Bennett
I've just picked up an evacuee? child's bracelet. It says Lilian Bennett, Links Way, Beckenham and on the back is CJAW 40/2. If anyone can provide any information I would be grateful. Perhaps it could be returned to the family.
red mail ROBERTS, Oliver, son Philip Stephen Roberts
Oliver ROBERTS married Frances Dawson lived in Beckenham Kent and they had a son Philip stephen Roberts born 3 Nov 1940 who married Susan Colt. Anyone with a connection to this family please contact me
red mail DAWSON family Beckenham
Trying to find information on the Dawson Family in 1901 Census living at 64 Croydon Road. Walter Dawson born 1866 Architect, his wife Helen G Dawson (Guimaraens) and daughter Margery born 1900. Please contact me kandy
red mail VALERY PHOTOGRAPHERS
has anyone any information on F.VALERY Portrait Photographers of The Parade, Beckenham (can't find it on map or Directory - we have an old photograph which we want to research!)
red mail Bowles at Parkhurst, Beckenham, Kent
Have finally traced down an ancestor, Joseph Bowles, who was a pharmacist in Quebec City in the 1870's. Found the family in the 1881 British Census living at Parkhurst, Beckenham, Kent. He is now 63, not employed but has a domestic and a cook so is probably retired to Britain. I am trying to find out anything about what may have happened to them after that (deaths, marriages of his two daughters etc.) about Parkhurst, and generally why Kent? Were there other family connections which may have taken them from Canada back to England (he was born Ireland)? They is some family connection to Kent as I found a reference that their niece, Mrs. Joseph Bowles Learmont, donated the former home of General Wolfe in Westerham, Kent, "Quebec House", to the National Trust. I would also be very interested if someone could explain the Bowles family connection to Quebec House.
red mail German family seeks lost contact
A german family has lost contact with family T. Hobbs, that lived (at least until the middle 70's) in Beckenham.I am trying to help them re-establish contact.I would appreciate any help in this matter.
red mail Willby Hubert
Looking for information relating to the Willby family. William James and Harriet Willby who lived at 89 Crampton Rd Beckenham in 1901. They had the following childern Hubert James Willby b c1901 Beckenham kent, May Rhoda Willby b c1895 Islington London, William George Willby b c1898 Steeple Essex, who were all living in Beckenham Kent in 1901. I have a picture which I beleive is of Hubert on his wedding day and believe he had a son David James born in 1943.
red mail White family
Looking or info on Michael White born abt 1811 in Beckenham Kent. I believe most of his family came from this area. He marriedMargaret and had sons Norris and Michael and daughter Caroline. Any family history helpers out there please.

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