Category Archives: Biographical sketch

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

Is it better to die by accident?

Arthur Henry Laird was an accountant. He was born in Poplar, London on 13 April 1878 to Andrew Brodie And Margaret Laird (née Barr). They had two other children, both boys. They were named Stanley Morrison and Andrew Oswald Laird. … Continue reading

Posted in Biographical sketch, Gary's Posts | Leave a comment

Affairs off the stage

On October 12, 1916, Captain Alfred Amory Sullivan of the South African Infantry, was killed in action during the Battle of Le Transloy, part of the Somme Offensive. He was just one of many casualties from the South African Infantry. … Continue reading

Posted in Biographical sketch, Gary's Posts | Leave a comment

Taxi!

While I’ve been shifting photos between apps, I’ve come across a few legacy pages from our website. I had the idea of adding them to the blog and gradually deleting them from the site at large. I figured I could … Continue reading

Posted in Biographical sketch, Gary's Posts, Lymington 2024 | 1 Comment

Why did the squirrel cross the road?

On the way to the market on Saturday, I saw a squirrel walk out of a front garden towards the busy road, stop at the kerb, look right then left before racing across to the other side. There were no … Continue reading

Posted in Biographical sketch, Gary's Posts, Lymington 2024 | Leave a comment

Fordingbridge kills famous artist

It isn’t often that we find somewhere that almost instantly turns us off, but that’s exactly what happened today when we made the instantly regrettable decision to visit Fordingbridge. Another memorably awful place we visited was Hällefors back in March … Continue reading

Posted in Biographical sketch, Gary's Posts, Lymington 2024 | Leave a comment

Family ties

Angela Lansbury died today. She was a bit of a stately galleon, as Joyce Grenfell would no doubt exclaim. She was 96 and probably just waiting to outlive QEII. We saw her a number of years ago, playing Madam Arcati … Continue reading

Posted in Biographical sketch, Gary's Posts | Leave a comment

Soldier for hire

I am currently reading a book about Swedes who have participated in wars around the world over the last 100-150 years while the country itself retained neutrality. Most of these soldiers of fortune went out and did battle for, essentially, … Continue reading

Posted in Biographical sketch, Gary's Posts | Leave a comment

Women artists of the 19th century

The Middle Floor of the National Museum in Stockholm, has art and design objects from 1800 to the present day. Included are a number of portraits of female artists. Not that you’d know that they were artists from the paintings. … Continue reading

Posted in Biographical sketch, Gary's Posts, Sweden 2021 | Leave a comment

No small potatoes

The Irish Great Famine saw a lot of people leave Ireland. One of them was a distant relative of Mirinda’s who was orphaned and sent to Australia to be married off to a man who had settled in Bathurst. Another … Continue reading

Posted in Biographical sketch, Gary's Posts | Leave a comment

Beer, art and war

Sometimes I research people whose names are included on a Surrey memorial with a tenuous connection to Surrey. Quite often, it turns out wealthy parents have sent their kids to expensive boarding schools and the school has a war memorial … Continue reading

Posted in Biographical sketch, Gary's Posts, Lockdown | 1 Comment