Those who served in World War I: From the Jones-Sexton Family Tree (Part 1)

I decided long ago to publish in 2015 what I have discovered about the World War I veterans in my family trees.  Slowly I have worked towards this objective over the past couple of years and now suddenly time is upon me.  There were many more to find than I ever anticipated and I am sure I have not found them all.

As a child I knew that a few of my family were involved in World War I and of course, due to Anzac Day observances, knew something of Gallipoli and the Western Front.  My interest then, being an aviation buff, was primarily about the Second World War and I read copiously everything I could my hands on, not to mention Commando and War comics.  I also worked for time, as a teenager, on the farm of Brigadier Arnold Potts where both wars were often the subject of dinner conversation.

Generally I have not gone further than the second cousin relationship but there are some, those on the twigs of the trees, I have included simply because I found the story or connection interesting in the family history research sense.  Some of the discoveries have caused me to be side tracked – like an Australian born relative serving in the German Army in World War I – see Delving into Diversions and Deviations.

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Delving into Diversions and Deviations – An Australian in the German Army

As Family Historians we are urged to stay focussed and stick to the research plan that we should have already worked out.  But we delve into the diversions and deviations that frequently appear in our quest – searching the internet and books for time and place material, tracking who else lived in the street and what was their trade in the 1861 census and, if you are an Ancestry member, getting inundated with tips that seem totally irrelevant.  No – Mary Ann Carey was born in Brisbane, Queensland not Delaware, Ohio!  Along the way however, there is always something to pique the interest and the grass often seems greener in someone else’s family tree!  In this manner, I discovered an Australian citizen serving in the German Army in World War I. Continue reading

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Congress 2015

This a first and last post.

The first being is this is a first time experience writing a post on the fly from a hotel room on iPad. The last because I am determined to become a better writer and this is the last post without an adequate writing structure. You see – I have comer under the spell of Carol Baxter, author of Writing INTERESTING Family Histories, among many other publications. Continue reading

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Those Who Served in World War I: From the Muir-Buirchell Family Tree (Part I)

I decided long ago to publish in 2015 what I have discovered about the World War I veterans in my family trees.  Slowly I have worked towards this objective over the past couple of years and now suddenly time is upon me.  There was much more to be found than I ever anticipated and I am sure I have not found them all. Continue reading

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Family History Research – Bits and Pieces

Here we are and it’s mid-November already with only three Blog entries for the year and this will be the first since June – not the best of efforts!  Yes, Neville Jones Services has been busy and but a lot time was expended on watching AFL! Continue reading

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Memories of an Accident

In recent times the National Library of Australia has digitised and made available through its Trove project the newspaper The Great Southern Herald.  This newspaper was, and still is today, published in Katanning just 26 miles from my home town of Kojonup.  This is a fantastic development Continue reading

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Mea Culpa

In my story of Oct 2012 “The ‘Young Thief’ was my Second Great Grandmother” I referred to Richard Norrish as a Private in the 51st Regiment.  He was of course in the 96th (‘Manchester’) Regiment which relieved the last detachment of the 51st in 1847.

A more serious error was made in “Elva Trevelion – An Untold Story from Trove” (Jul 2014). Referring to the 1934 postcard of the RMS Orford and the Australian Test Cricket team as the “Invincibles” was wrong.  The Australian team earned this sobriquet in 1948, not 1934.  Before I was a family history tragic, I was a cricket tragic! Unforgiveable!

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Elva Trevelion – An Untold Story from Trove

Elva Trevelion – An Untold Story from Trove

This is a story about a story that, it seems, has never been properly told and an example of the value of Trove.  Most family history researchers understand what a treasure Trove is – Trove being the project of the National Library of Australia to digitise the newspapers of Australia.  Trawling Trove – yes, the alliterations will flow – often produces unexpected treasures.  Some time ago, I recorded from Ancestry the passenger list references for my 3rd cousin (once removed) Elva May Trevelion in my Jones-Sexton tree.  At the time, I merely noted that it was interesting that she was on a passenger liner during World War II.  Then much later, searching family notices for the Trevelion family attributions and citations, I came across a death notice referring to Elva as being overseas.  Recalling the earlier passenger list record, I set out to find more and came across a story about Elva Trevelion having served as a nurse aboard troopships.  What a story!  But – with an unsatisfactory ending as it seems a wonderful tale has been washed away in the tides of quite recent history.  Hopefully, out there somewhere is another Trevelion descendant who has been able to put down the story of Elva in a more intimate and informed manner than I am able to here. Continue reading

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England Scotland and Europe – 2013

Well, we’re back in harness after seven weeks holiday in England, Scotland and Europe – with a rest break in Singapore and Bali.  This instalment is only intended to be an interim account of our travels and in ensuing articles I will now be able to add some ‘touch and feel’.  While I never planned to do any serious research – time simply did not permit that – the question is now how to get the cash together for a longer and more targeted trip.  Another reason for the brevity of this account Continue reading

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Family History Research Update

After a promising 2012 start to my fledgling blogger career, 2013 has proved quite unproductive!  Indeed my family history research activity has been sporadic and quite haphazard.  Sadly, I have not been able to attend at the NT Genealogical Society either to do my own research or volunteer work on the Pioneer Index.  However two weekends ago, I did attend a NTGS seminar presented by Susie Zada who as usual, imparts a great degree of knowledge and enthusiasm.  I put this down to being quite busy with having to earn a quid but also I do not discount the impact of the AFL season and innumerable hours of available television viewing! Continue reading

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