Monday, 2 November 2009

Remembrance Day - still relevant?

The eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month marks the signing of the Armistice, on 11th November 1918, to signal the end of World War One. At 11 am on 11 November 1918 the guns of the Western Front fell silent after more than four years continuous warfare.

Remembrance Day is on 11 November. It is a special day set aside to remember all those men and women who were killed during the two World Wars and other conflicts.

But is Remembrance Day relevant to us now?

I have been to numerous Remembrance Parades as a child, marching up the high road, standing round the war memorial, watching old people lay wreathes. It meant very little to me as a child. My main memories were of being freezing cold and having to stay quite until the bugle sounded. The bugle was my favourite bit.

Last year however Remembrance Day had a whole new meaning to me. Not because of the continuing conflicts abroad, even though I do know people in the armed forces that are out there. Not because my two granddads fought in the Second World War. I know very little of what they did. One died when I was very small and the other chose never to speak to us of what happened when he was posted in Burma.

My friend and I decided to take photos of the local church for our local history website and included in these photos were the war memorial and war graves.

At home we started to go through the photos and became curious as to who these people were? Where they had lived? Were they local or had they been stationed at RAF Chigwell during WW2? So we did some research.

I can’t say how others should remember or even if they should at all. However for me, the act of finding out about the soldiers buried in my local church yard and those remembered on the war memorial has brought home to me what a huge sacrifice they made for the freedom of our country.

They were normal men and women; they had families, mums, dads, brothers and sisters. Some had wives and children. Some were younger than my son is now. The thought of him having to go to fight on the front line is terrifying and must have been for the families left behind.

On 11th November I will remember those men and women. In some strange way I feel I know them. Obviously I don’t, I know hardly anything about them, only bare facts. However, I feel I owe them a huge dept and am proud to wear my poppy and say ‘We will remember them’

Leonard Alfred Aylott, Sergeant W. Op, RAF Volunteer Reserves, 233 Sqdn, 747979Died 15th April 1941 aged 32

Leonard Alfred Aylott was born 1908, in Leyton, Essex. As a child Len lived in Aukland Road in Leyton with his parents Harry Herbert Aylott, a railway goods guard from Hillingdon and Ellen Aylott (nee Tarling) from Buckhurst Hill. Len had younger sisters Nellie, Dorothy and Elsie. Harry & Ellen also had another child who died as a baby or small child.

Leonard was killed, along with his crewmen Douglas Green, Pilot, Fredrick Lown, Co-Pilot and Wilfred Rooks, Wireless Operator/Air Gunner, when their plane crashed on Ben Lui in Central Scotland during the evening of 15th April 1941 in poor weather conditions.

Leonard was a Wireless Operator in the RAF. He was single and lived in South Woodford when he joined up. Leonard died in the flying accident from compound fracture of the scull and multiple injuries. The wreckage of their plane is still in the Scottish mountains where it crashed 68 years ago.

Sidney A C Crisp, Boy 2nd Class, Royal Navy, HMS Powerful, J/92427
Died 25th September 1918 aged 17

The youngest casualty to be buried at St John’s Buckhurst Hill.
Sidney was the son of Albert, a General Labourer and Elizabeth Crisp, of Alfred Rd, Buckhurst Hil. Sidney has three sisters Violet, Dorothy Mabel and Martha.

Aged only 17, probably away form home for the first time, Sidney died on the HMS Powerful in Devon. The CWGC records show there were at least 10 other young men who died on HMS Powerful between September & December 1918. This possibly could have been as a result of the Influenza Pandemic of 1918-19.

Leslie & William Black, two brothers from Buckhurst Hill.

Lesley Sub-Lieutenant, Royal Navy Vol. Reserves, "Hawke" Bn. R.N. Div.Died 13 December 1916 aged 32 of wounds received in the advance on the Ancre
William Lieutenant, Essex Regiment, 4th Battalion Royal Engineers, Died 24th September 1917 aged 38, buried Voornezeele, Belgium

They were the sons of George and Charlotte Black. Lesley was a pupil at Bancrofts School, Walthamstow.

Charles Walter Alderton, Private, Non Combatant Corps, 4076Died 29th October 1918 aged 29

Charles was a 28, Insurance Superintendent from Romford. His mother Mary Ann Harriett Alderton lived in Beech Lane, High Road, Buckhurst Hill.

Charles was Plymouth Brethren and as such was exempted from combatant service on conscientious Grounds. Charles suffered with asthma and died from Influenza, Pneumonia in Gravesend Military Hospital.

We will Remember You

St Stephen’s War Memorial

To the Glory of God and in Grateful Remembrance of those who have given their lives for GOD and the RIGHT

“Greater Love hath no Man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends”

Frederick Adams, Alfred T. Allen, William Andrews, George T.J. Auker
Albert E. Baker, William A. Balaam, Arthur E. Barlow, Henry C. Barrett, William E. Brewshear, John R. Bond, Reginald Bonshall, Christopher C. Bradley, Arthur G. Bird, Henry W. Brett, Frederick Brewer, Henry Bull, Thomas Bush
William T. Catling, Charles V. Cowler, Sidney.A.C. Crisp, William G.Croucher, Walter J.R. CurtisGeorge Dawkins, Alfred Day, William G. Driver

Alfred G. Ellis, Charles Eldred, Herbert J. Everett
Robert T. Foster, Percival G. Fuller
Thomas W. Gardiner, Alfred G Gardner, Alexander R. Gibbs, Charles Glasscock, Reginald Gratton, Walter G Gray, Edward Griffith, Thomas Griffiths, John Green
Albert L. Hales, Charles Harris, Frederick W. Harris, Richard Harris, Albert E. Heath, Herbert J. Hicks, Alfred J Hockley
Samuel Jefford
William C. Knight
Ernest Martin, Walter W. Mayes, William McCullum, Frederick C. Metson, Henry Montano, Thomas G. Morris
Albert Nicholls
William Palmby, Richard Parrish, Isaac Pearson, John Poulton, Joseph Poulton

Reginald A. Raven, Herbert A. Ringe, Frederick D. Ringwood, Frederick Rose
Alfred W. Sampson, Henry A. Sampson, Henry Shuttle, Arthur H. Simpson, Arthur P. Simmons, James H. Spencer, Leonard A. Street
George F. Tanner, Thomas H. Tomblin
Albert T. Vigar
John A. Watson, Arthur M. Webb, Herbert F. Whitbread, James Whitworth, Samuel Whitworth, Richard Whybrow, Alfred E. Woodward, Albert V. Wright, George W Wright
Alexander E. Young
War Memorial inside St James Church

To the Praise of God and in memory of our Glorious Dead who fell in the Great War 1914 – 1918

Percy Harold Chidgey aged 27 Years 2nd Lieut 200 Fld CoreArthur Hennell aged 41 Years 2nd Lieut 14 Worc RJohn Maurice Legge aged 26 Years L/CPL Sherwood FsGeoffrey O. Richardson aged 20 Years 2nd Lieut 1/4 Essex RClifford Vernon Tee aged 20 Years 2nd Lieut RGAGeorge Fredk Teverson aged 20 Years Rifleman LRBMaurice Godfrey Wells aged 20 Years 2nd Lieut RFA
"They died that we might live"

Memorial Gate, St John's

Includes all those named on St Stephen’s and St James’ war memorials, plus

World War 1

Charles Alderton

A.G. Bond, F. Bowyer, George Brown

William Dexter

Frederick Ellis

E. Farmer, Frank Foster, Frank Freeman, William French

James Green, Laurence Gurten, Walter Gurten

Haley, Donald Harnett, Thomas Heath, Henry Hensman, William Heyward, E.G. Hill, Leonard Hirst

Raymond Keefe

Harry Landsdell

James Martin,

Frederick L. Nash, Herbert M. Nash, R.A. Nethercott, W.M. Norden, C.O. Nutt

T.N. Palmer, F. Pearce, Arthur S. Piper, A.W. Powlis

Thomas Radmall, Charles E. Robertson, G. Robertson,

S.A. Smith, Arthur Stock,

Arthur Taylor, J.K. Thurlow, Geoffrey R.Y. Thurlow, William Trundle

Cyril H. Underwood

Joseph Wakelin, Charles Woollard, Herbert Woollard, William Wright

World War 2

Dudley Ballaam, Joseph Barber, Gordon Beer, Anthony Borradaile, John Brand, Robert Brittain, Donald Brooks, Henry Brown

Douglas Catlin, Joseph Coffey, Stafford Crossman, James Chinnery

Henry Gardner, Bernard Goatley, Frederick Goddard
Arthur Hemmings, Lloyd Howard,
Raymond Hanser, Percival Hawkins, John Huskisson, Stanley Hyde

Elizabeth Jackson

Ivor Laughlin, Leslie Lissette, Ernest Leftwich

Cyril Nicholls

Jack Payne

Ernest Rix

John Salter, Arthur Street, Hamish Skelton-Smith, Douglas Street, Donald Street, Ernest Seager, Stanley Snashall, Donald Smith

William Tanner, John Taffs

George Wilson, Albert Withy, Sidney Wilson, George Wilson, Florence Williams

Sunday, 1 November 2009


The Essex Christmas
Craft & Gift Fair
Park Inn Hotel
Southern Way
Saturday 7th November
10am - 5pm
Sunday 8th November
10am - 4pm
Crafts include hand made jewellery, christmas cards, decorations, sweets, eduactional books for children, face paining, children & adult clothing, personalised gifts, hand made gidts and lots more
Come and visit One Stop Genealogy there for genealogy gifts including family tee charts, One Stop Website List & How to trace your family history CD-ROMs, gift packs for adults and children, historical maps and stocking fillers for all ages.
Entry by donation to the Essex Air Ambulance Appeal Fund
For further details

Monday, 19 October 2009

Gift packs now on sale

Good News our children's and adult's gift packs are now on sale at Parish Chest the largest UK based Online Family History and Genealogy Shop providing family history and genealogy products to trace a family tree.

You can buy both chidlren's and adult's packs here as well as One Stop Genealogy's original One Stop Website List's for Genealogists

Christmas is coming at a great pace and there are only a few family history fairs left in 2009. The next FHF One Stop Genealogy will be attending is the HOME COUNTIES FAMILY HISTORY SHOW at Bletchley Park, Bletchley, Milton Keynes, Bucks, 22 Nov 2009

To be held in the Mansion House, Admission £4 with carpark available onsite (£5), or across the road at Bletchley Rail Station.

Visitors to the Family history Show will also have the opportunity to have a tour around Bletchley Park at a reduced cost of £6 (normal adult admission price £10)

The show is open from 11am to 5pm, with BBC TV's Dr Nick Barratt of "Who Do You Think You Are?" giving talks at midday and 2pm"

Bletchley Park is the historic site of secret British code breaking activities during WWII and birthplace of the modern computer. This historic site makes a fantastic day out more information on both the family history fair and visiting Bletchley Park can be found here

In the new year One Stop Genealogy will have a stall at The East of London Family History Society Fair on 23rd January more info and Bracknell Family History Fair on 31st January more info

In addition for Christmas we will be exibiting at the Essex Christmas Craft & Gift Fair at the Park Inn Hotel, Harlow, Essex, just off M11 at Harlow. The fair will be opern 10am - 5pm on 7th & 8th November 2009

Wednesday, 14 October 2009

Genealogy for children

Ok, the 4 generation charts have arrived back from the printers and are ready to go.

Perfect for Christmas and just gone on sale. We have 3 and 4 generation Children's famiy tree gift packs with stickers suitable for boys and girls and 6 generation family tree chart gift packs for adults.

All can be purchased online at Parish Chest

Monday, 12 October 2009

New in for Christmas

Brand New!

The perfect Christmas gifts for your children to get them interested in their family history.

Each set contains a full colour three generation family tree with stickers to decorate, a packet of felt tip pens and a back & white tree to colour in.

Four genearation family trees should arrive from the printers in the next couple of days.

Details on how you can buy these comming soon!

Monday, 5 October 2009

One Stop Genealogy will be making their way down to Devon next weekend for this exciting new event !!

Find Your Roots

Saturday 10th October 2009
10.00am until 4.00pm
Matford Centre, Marsh Barton, Exeter EX2 8FD

This brand-new family history event for the South West is an excellent place for you to explore your ancestry with the help of informative and educational experts.Whether you have just begun this fascinating journey, would like to know how and where to start or you are looking for help, then this is the place to be.Come and listen to the informative talks, ask advise and have the opportunity to buy from a variety of exhibitors. Let the family history quest begin!

Be educated and entertained!
Featuring in the lecture theatre...
Dr Nick Barratt – Genealogical consultant from TV’s ‘Who Do You Think You Are?’ and ‘So You Think You Are Royal’. Lectures include "Starting Your Family Tree" and "Ancestral Home"
Chris Pomery – ‘How family historians use DNA testing’
Mary Hyland – Plantagenesta – ‘Dare to climb your family tree’
Devon Family History Society – ‘Devon Family History’
Paul Blake – ‘Military Records’
(lectures are free with no booking involved. Space will be limited and sets will be on a first come, first served basis).
FREE on-site parking
Refreshments available all day
Paul Blake – ‘Military Records’
(lectures are free with no booking involved. Space will be limited and sets will be on a first come, first served basis).
FREE on-site parking
Refreshments available all day

Exhibitors List
AMP Family History Services
Ancestral Atlas LTD
Birmingham & Midland Society for Genealogy & Heraldry
British Genealogy
Bound Biographies
Cab Search
Devon Family History Society
Exeter Memories
Family Genetics
Family History Monthly
Family History Shop
Family Silver
Genealogy Printers
Hall of Names
Heavitree History Society
One Stop Genealogy
Maxbal Genealogy
Military Heritage
Military Figures
Nottingham Family History Society
Parish Chest
Robert Blatchford Publishing
Somerset & Dorset Family History Society
S & N Genealogy Supplies
This Way Books & Cassini Historical Maps
Victoria County History (England's Past For Everyone)

Thursday, 17 September 2009

Family History Fairs

We spent last weekend in the North East of England for the National Family History Fair in Gateshead on Saturday. The fair was very busy, loads of visitors, loads of cars, too little car parking spaces and a football match in the Stadium on Saturday afternoon. We met lots of new and existing customers and as always heard interesting stories about their quest to search their ancestors.

This fair saw the launch of One Stop Genealogy’s Gift Pack which was received very well. As usual our best seller was the English Ancestors of the One Stop Website List for Genealogists, although in Gateshead the Irish & Scottish versions were also popular. Also magazines took CD’s to review so look out for those in the coming months.

The next visit for One Stop Genealogy is the Hampshire Genealogical Society Open Day in Horndean on Sunday. We will of course be selling out One Stop Website List CD’s along side the Gift packs, a variety of family tree charts at very competitive rates and hope to launch out Children’s Gift pack which has be specially designed to encourage children to take an interest in their own family tree.

Parish Records Online
“The births, deaths and marriages of millions of Londoners spanning nearly half a millennium have been posted on the internet by, the genealogy website.
The records cover the years 1539 to 1980 and include the burial records of many of the 100,000 people who died in the capital during the Great Plague of 1665-6.
The website hopes that the collection will allow the estimated 33 million Britons with ancestors who lived in or passed through London to trace their roots - whether to the City's slums or its more affluent suburbs.
The records, which parishes began compiling on the orders of Thomas Cromwell, Henry VIII's Vicar General, are the only way to trace the key events in the lives of people before 1837, when births, deaths and marriages began to be registered centrally.
Dan Jones, international content director at, said: "Official records were not kept by the government until Civil Registration in 1837, which makes these parish records essential for tracing anyone who was born, married or died in London before the 19th century. ” Telegraph 6th September 2009

Tuesday, 8 September 2009

The best of both

Exciting news!! One Stop Genealogy have teamed together with Maxbal Genealogy to bring you the best of both of their products in the form of a Family Tree Gift Set.
The gift set includes an six generation A3 Heirloom sticker chart in full colour and a One Stop Website List for Genealogists CD-ROM all for £9.99.
So what is an Heirloom Sticker Chart?

Maxbal Genealogy describe this unique chart as follows:

"Our Heirloom system is based on a range of full colour charts and fully transparent stickers. You write or print your information on to the stickers before transferring them to the chart so no more mistakes. It really is that simple.

A chart displaying 6 generations in our unique double bow tie format - a total of 63 individuals. Every chart is supplied with a sheet of 65 transparent stickers. The charts are A3 (420 x 297 mm) size and printed on 160 gsm heavyweight coated paper for outstanding colour reproduction and are ready for framing."

And what is on the CD-ROM?

The One Stop Website List for Genealogists in the Ultimate CD-Rom Directory containing hundreds of FREE Genealogical Websites to help you trace your English ancestors.

Organised into counties for ease of use and includes hundreds of FREE websites relating to your genealogical research including free to view parish record & census transcripts, immigration & migration, maps, cemetery inscriptions, old newspapers & trade directories.

An essential buy for all genealogists, both experienced and beginners,who want to use the Internet to trace their ancestors.

The CD-ROM's are also available for Irish, Scottish, Welsh and European & Russian ancestors.

"The information on this CD has been well researched and is useful for whatever stage of research you are at. I came across sites I hadn't heard of before" Practical Family History

"well worth investing in a copy" Your Family Tree

"its easy-to-navigate format trumps printed guides" Who Do You Think You Are?

The new Gift Pack will be launched at the National Family History Fair in Gateshead on Saturday. For information on the other fairs and events One Stop Genealogy will be attending click here.

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Friday, 28 August 2009

The National Family History Fair 2009

National Family History Fair , Gateshead International Stadium
Saturday 12th September
10am - 4.30pm
Admission £4.00Accompanied Children under 15 Free

One Stop Genealogy will be there with the One Stop Websitoe Lists for Genealogists - pop over and say hi if you are there. A great fair not to be missed.