Letter of thanks…


Oxfordshire Family History Day at Marlborough School 4th October 2014



We attended your day at the Marlborough School for the first time on Saturday and were very impressed with the organisation and helpfulness of the various stall holders.


We received some very useful information and pointers from the Oxfordshire records Office stand which will hopefully help in the search for information on my father’s family history and service in WW11.


However the best tip was from Malcolm Austen who told us we needed to speak to Graham Bandy on The Living Military History stand. This proved invaluable as Graham had a huge amount of information at his fingertips that was really helpful and gave us a much better insight into the war in Burma and the Far East where my father served. We spent nearly two hours talking and being given hints and tips and contacts where we can obtain further details and every minute was really appreciated.


It might be an advantage for future events to consider promoting Graham’s special interest in identifying and dating uniforms etc from old photos as we would certainly have been keen to bring some of our photos along for him to see.


We are very grateful to Graham and to your group for staging the event and will certainly try and attend future shows where possible.


Well done for a most interesting day.


Theirs Is The Glory: Stunning film of Operation Market Garden

This film was made a year after the actual scenes depicted. It shows the actual troops who fought there and footage from the actual battle at Arnhem. Also seen are the local civilian population re-enacting what they did at the time.

This film has largely been forgotten but is available on youtube in its entirety. It is all the more poignant due to the lack of credits as to whom we are seeing on film. Some names are mentioned, but sadly they are few and far between.

It is  a fitting tribute to those who tried to end the war early

New (to me) original Edwardian coat

Yesterday, I added to my wardrobe with a very special 1908 coat. It is very heavy and looks like some sort of felt. It was made in Savile Row by Sandon & Co, with a most generous cut and finish. The satin lining is as new, with no armpit stains, rips or tears.

original 1908 coat

original 1908 coat

It is quite, quite stunning….



The WW2 RAF command bunker at former RAF Uxbridge is to open to the public

The Bunker is available for guided visits every weekday, usually at 10am and 2pm. In exceptional circumstances evening visits will be considered. There is no charge for a guided tour, but they recommend a minimum donation of £3.00 per person.


Beginning on Saturday 23rd and Sunday 24th March 2013, the Battle of Britain Bunker will be open to visitors every weekend for a trial period of three months (until 29th/30th June 2013). There will be no need to book; visitors can simply turn up and look around between 10am – 4pm. There is no charge for admission but they recommend a minimum donation of £3.00 per person.

For more information please call 01895 238154, or email 11gpenquiries@btconnect.com

A 360 view can be seen here



Thanks to Carol DeSolla Atkin


Who Do You Think You Are Live!

Graham appeared for the second year at Who Do You Think You Are Live this weekend. Alongside author and historian Neil Storey, he identified and dated hundreds of vintage military photographs brought to the helpdesk by visitors to the popular genealogy show.

Meanwhile, Janet was helping out on the Rootschat stand – promoting the biggest and best Free Family History Forum in Britain!