Category Archives: Biographical sketch

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

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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Uncovering lives

Today, rather than highlight the poor chap who lost his life in France, I thought I’d write more about his family. Naturally I’ll include him as well given he was a major part but not just the fact that he … Continue reading

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Worse job in the navy

Today, at the dockyard library, I entered a lot of volumes mainly concerned with naval and marine terminology. One of these books was the Navy List of 1766…though it was a 2001 reprint with a few explanatory notes helpfully provided … Continue reading

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Foreign names in foreign hands make strange names

I decided it was a good idea to do very little today. I spent the first bit in bed then, while Mirinda strummed her guitar at class then dined at the Holly Bush, I lay on the sofa watching Netflix … Continue reading

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One ship; three deaths

Today at work I reached a milestone. I’ve been working backwards from about 1911 and have finally, reached the end…or the beginning, I suppose. Yay! Mind you, Nick at Work reckons a few Shipping Gallery objects were not on the … Continue reading

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The doctor will see you now

John Spurgin (1796-1866) is on MIMSY as being an engineer who applied for and received a patent in 1837 for his ‘endless paddle chain’ which he felt was just the thing to improve steamships. His People record was very sparse … Continue reading

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Archibald Robertson

Back in December 2016, I researched a ‘ship carver’ called Archibald Robertson for the Science Museum (here’s the entry). I didn’t write him up in any biographical sense. The other day I had a comment from a chap wanting to … Continue reading

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