Category Archives: Biographical sketch

Short occasional biographical sketches of people, places, companies, things or events

Making the most of life

I am currently researching a memorial at Hindhead. Sadly, I’ve found a few people who refuse to come out of hiding. This is sadder than the stories themselves of young people going off to die in a fruitless game of … Continue reading

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The original Apple model

Today I found the answer to a question I haven’t actually ever thought about but should have. In The Importance of Being Ernest, Cecily, in conversation with Miss Prism says “I believe that Memory is responsible for nearly all the … Continue reading

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Unsolved murder

Today, all day, the weather was relentless in its determination to keep us indoors. Not wanting to deny the weather, we stayed inside. Well, apart from brief forays for the girls to relieve themselves. And so we both worked. Mirinda … Continue reading

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Alex and Pat

A year ago today, I managed to get caught in a number of snow flurries. The temperature struggled to reach zero. While today was not record breaking it was still a stunning February day with the temperature close to 20 … Continue reading

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Slate exportation

Today I spent a while researching a chap called John Scott Huxley. (A family legend has it that they were related to Sir Walter Scott so nearly every male had ‘Scott’ as a middle name. I should add that I’ve … Continue reading

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Norway to Dover

Captain Henry Hammond Shott DSO was, by all reports, an extraordinary man. Not only did he survive the Boer War and various African uprising, he also learned to fly a Bristol Biplane shortly before heading over to France for the … Continue reading

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Charmed life

It’s very rare I find someone on a war memorial who did not die in the war. In fact, it’s so rare, today is the one and only instance I’ve found so far. To be fair, his family tried to … Continue reading

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A bit of rotten luck

I had no idea what the Boxer Rebellion was all about. I remember the name from school and knew it had something to do with China but, up until this week, I didn’t know anything else. Therefore, anyone who DOES … Continue reading

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— — .–. …!

Spare a thought for poor Herbert Charles Moore. Born in 1899, he was clearly quite a bright lad. He went to St Polycarps primary, followed by West Street School then finally Farnham Grammar. While not a lot of school for … Continue reading

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A Farnham builder

On December 22, 1909, an ice skating rink opened in Farnham. It was behind 68 Castle Street which, at the time, was a builder’s office. The builder who operated out of the office was a chap called Arthur George Mardon. … Continue reading

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