Enough of tin mines, enough of Cornwall and my mother’s “Waters” family history, time for my dad’s genealogy and the “Metters” family history! Time to delve into Devon and Durham, Cordwainers and Tailors ….. timeline ….. 1790 to 1947 ….. the year I was born (1947!). The Cordwainer’s Tale (1790-1861) A Cordwainer is/was a shoemaker, … Continue reading Is this how to write ancestry posts …… “From Shoemaker to Soldier”?
My dad was a Guardsman, a lance corporal in the Coldstream Guards, the oldest continuous British army regiment formed as part of Cromwell's New Model Army. They are an elite regiment, famous from battles such as Waterloo and Dunkirk in WWII. When WWII began, the 1st and 2nd battalions of The Coldstream Guards were part … Continue reading My dad wore a bright red jacket and a big black hat!