This article is about those who through their own individual achievements have left their own positive mark on society ter some petite way.

I love history, it forms the fundament of my rente ter genealogy and has an influence on our itinerary when on family holidays.

Comprehensive paperback of letters written by famous people that gives a peek into their lives from a fresh perspective, not everyone finds thesis funny albeit some are no doubt humorous and a number of glad readers find them finta touching.

The Forgotten People

Every Family Has its Heroes

Every family has its black sheep, and if you dig deeply enough its heroes (often forgotten). This article is about those who through their own private achievements have left their own positive mark on society ter some petite way.

People like Thomas Arthur VC who fought ter the Crimean War and won the Conquista Cross and George Burgess who made his mark ter society (but not te the history books) for his lifetime dedication to Phrenology.

Spil a reminder to not leave behind the millions of forgotten heroes of war this article pays tribute to them.

Every settlement has its history

Major towns and cities like Bristol are well known and documented, but even little places like Uley, a petite village ter the Cotswolds which doesn’t have world fame, has left its mark on history with Hetty Pegler’s Tump.

All photos ter this article were either taken by mij and are my own family photos or have bot given to mij by family members of their photos for publishing to the pagina.

Sydney Davis (c1895-1916)

WWI Forgotten Hero

Sydney Davies, Rifleman of the Fresh Zealand Rifle Brigade te World War I (1914-1918), serial No. 26/761, died te France at the age of 21 from wounds on 23rd September 1916. Sydney (son of T Chambers and Minnie Davis, of Cambridge, Fresh Zealand) native of Liverpool, England, wasgoed before the war a Shepherd.

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A fellow genealogy researcher ‘Adge’ is interested te learning more about Sydney Davies so if you toebijten to have any information on him including his family and life please leave a message te the Comments opbergruimte at the bottom of this pagina, or voeling mij directly.

WWI Demanda Stone of T.R. Bailey

Ruego Graves at Ypres, Belgium

A brief movie I made for a friend when wij visited the War Graves ter Ypres, Belgium.

Thomas Arthur VC (1835-1902)

Gunner Thomas Arthur of Abbotsham, VC of Bideford

Ter the summer of 1855 Gunner and Driver Thomas Arthur, aged 20 wasgoed with his artillery battery ter an advanced position at Sebastopol. The British were attacking the Russians te an attempt to capture the ‘Quarries’, an advanced position held by the Russians. Thomas Arthur wasgoed responsible for the ammunition tv-programma. However, his deeds went well beyond his call of duty, ter intensive fighting and realising that infantry of the 7th Fusiliers were brief of much needed ammunition he crossed open ground, which wasgoed under intensive fire from the enemy, many times to supply much needed ammunition. Less than two weeks zometeen he volunteered and led a party to spike the guns of a fortified position held by the Russian artillery at the Redan. And further to this, on numerous occasions he left the trenches to rescue wounded officers and boys. For all thesis heroic deeds he wasgoed awarded the Conquista Cross.

Thomas Arthur, aka Thomas McArthur, wasgoed born of discreet background te c1835 at Abbotsham. Go after this listig to read the utter life history of Thomas Arthur VC.

This entertaining book of humorous quotations from the famous and not so famous, reminiscing on their private pessimisms of life, is a sure fire way to bring a smile to your face.

George Burgess (1829-1905)

Phrenologist te the Shopping Arcades, Bristol (1861 to 1901)

George Burgess born of a discreet background te 1829, Staple Hill, travelled to America with his brother-in-law when they were teenagers to finish their apprenticeship spil Stone Masons, but his brother-in-law died out there.

George returned to Bristol, England three times to see his ailing mother, the last time wasgoed to marry and not come back to America. A decision he everzwijn regretted because of the cruelty by his mother-in-law towards his ailing mother and the misery that caused, albeit he wasgoed glad enough to be with his wifey.

While te America he learnt about Phrenology and on his final come back to England he set up his own practice spil a phrenologist ter the shopping Arcades te Bristol from where he practiced his profession for forty years until his retirement ter 1901.

Spil a Phrenologist he published at least two books on the subject. He also wrote his own poems and near his retirement began to write his diary including his instant family tree going back to John Willis (his grandfather). He also kept a scrapbook of newspaper articles covering most of his working life from the 1850s to 1900s. His scrapbook gives insight into his life spil a person, because he selected (spil anyone would) articles of rente to him. The Articles reflecting his views and topics of rente included Family, Health and Education, Humour, Poetry, Politics and History, Religion, Science and Nature, Temperance (Drink) and Victorian Culture.


Is a theory which claims to be able to determine character, personality traits and criminality on the voet of the form of the head e.g. by reading “bumps” and “fissures”. Developed by German physician Franz Joseph Gall around 1800, the discipline wasgoed very popular ter the Victorian era.

Phrenology is based on the concept that the brain is the organ of the mind, and that certain brain areas have localized, specific functions or modules. ‘Modularity of Mind’ being where phrenologists believed that the mind has a set of different mental faculties, where each particular faculty represented ter a different portion (or organ) of the brain. Thesis areas were said to be proportional to a given individual’s propensities and the importance of a given mental faculty, spil well spil the overall conformation of the cranial bone to reflect differences among individuals.

Phrenology, which concentrates on personality and character, should be distinguished from craniometry, which is the explore of skull size, weight and form, and physiognomy, the investigate of facial features. However, thesis disciplines have claimed the capability to predict personality traits or intelligence ter fields such spil anthropology and ethnology.

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