World War One Music

In keeping with the ANZAC theme here is some of the music my grandmother, Elsie Linda Boyd (nee McKnight) had.  She played the piano and the organ beautifully.  When she was young she would play the music for the silent movies at the picture theatre.  Wherever she lived she played the organ at the church, this included when the family lived in Japan, Maldon, a Nissan hut in South Croydon and in houses in the North Bayswater area.

Rose of No Man's Land
Rose of No Man’s Land

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Anzac day

For Anzac day I have found relatives, some close, some distant, who served in the Boer War and World War 1.  They came from Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, America and England.  Where possible I have included a photo of them.  If you have a photo of anyone here I’d love a copy.  Does anyone have their medals?  Again I’d love a photo of them.  If anyone knows of other family members who served in the Boer War or WW1 please let me know.     A few of these men will feature in more detail in future blogs.  I intend to create one later for all those who served in WW11 so any service files, photos or information would be gratefully received.

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Journey of the Jane Gifford from Scotland to Auckland

In March I spent a week  in Auckland, New Zealand following in the footsteps of my 3 x great grandparents Arthur Wellesley Hood and Janet Fraser.

St Andrews on the Green, Glasgow
St Andrews on the Green, Glasgow

Arthur was baptized in St Andrews on the Green Episcopalian church, Glasgow on October 5, 1817.  He was the son of John Hood, a merchant and his wife Mary Ann Stewart.  John was a leather tanner, I believe in business with his brother William at Ladyburn in Greenock.  Janet was the daughter of James Frazer, supposedly a mill owner and his wife, maybe Mary.  They left Scotland on board the Jane Gifford in 1842.

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