Author Archives: Margaret Frood

About Margaret Frood

Margaret Frood is a Family and Local Historian with an insatiable curiosity about the partially told stories of a family's past. Her four war memorial blogs have been created in the hope that they will help to rescue from oblivion the stories of those listed on the war memorials of Petersham, Ham and Tur Langton, as well as Southern Africans commemorated in the UK and in Western Europe.

Ham War Memorial and its links with Ormeley Lodge

At the turn of the previous century, Ormeley Lodge was the home of the 4th Baron Sudeley and his wife, Ada Maria Katherine Tollemache, the parents of Felix Hanbury Tracy. Indeed, Felix appears as a ‘visitor,’ with his mother at that address … Continue reading

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Researching soldiers who served in the East Surrey Regiment

Many men from, or of, Ham chose to serve in the East Surrey Regiment during the Great War. A key attraction was that it was Kingston’s ‘local regiment’ and Ham was part of the borough of Kingston, Surrey. Those of … Continue reading

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Richard Charles Greenwood (1897–1917)

14841 Private Richard Charles Greenwood 13/East Surrey Regiment. Died of Wounds received in Action, 25 April 1917. Buried in the Military Cemetery at Bray-sur-Somme, near Albert. Richard’s place the Greenwood familyIn 2015 I was asked to research the men commemorated … Continue reading

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Alec Willows (c.1882–1915)

32371 Serjeant David Alexander Willows, 126 Battery, 29th Brigade, Royal Field Artillery. Died of Wounds, 21 May 1915, Buried at Bailleul Communal Cemetery, Nord, France. “He was my very best Sergeant…” Alec Willows is not commemorated on the permanent War … Continue reading

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Walter Henry Saunders (1898–1916)

68723 Gunner Walter Henry Saunders, 75th Battery, 146th Brigade, Royal Field Artillery. Died 6 September 1916 in Greece, Buried at the Salonika Military Cemetery. Note:  Here we again have two Walters in the same family unit.  After the initial Walter … Continue reading

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Their Name Liveth: the Scottish Commemoration

On Sunday 11 November 2018, the names of every Scottish man or woman who died on military service during the Great War will be projected on the façade of the Scottish Parliament.  Starting at 5 p.m., it will take seven … Continue reading

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David Archibald James Chapman (1893–1916)

2/Lieut. David Archibald James Chapman, 2 Battalion, The Scots Guards. Killed in Action in France, 15 September 1916, Commemorated on The Thiepval Memorial to the Missing of the Somme. David Archibald James Chapman was born on 18 September 1893 at … Continue reading

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