How did we do?

  After four amazing years, the funded work of the Past on Glass project is finally drawing to a close. We’ve scanned over 10,600 glass plates, nearly 3000 were sent to a wonderful conservator, researched several hundred lives, and matched up families with photos of relatives they had never seen.  Work will carry on as…

Treasure in a skip

As digitising our main collection of plates has slowly but surely come to an end, we have lastly come to look at a lovely surprise we were gifted with earlier in the year, thanks to Rob Williams and Janet Rice. Below they have kindly put together an introduction to the plates and their history… We are…

Frederic Wood-Jones, FRS, 1879-1954 Anatomist, Naturalist and Anthropologist

‘Wood Jones was perhaps the greatest man of science to grace our shores, and I am very conscious of the fact that Charles Darwin visited Australia.’ Dr Barry Christophers, Medical Journal of Australia, 5 August 1972   ‘Professor Frederic Wood Jones could not appreciate the rare nature of his own industry, versatility and audacity.’ Peter…

Somme Commemorations in Sutton, Friday 1st July

This week’s post is a heads up about an exciting event happening later this week. It comes with rather short notice, for which we apologise,  but we are thrilled to be involved in the Borough’s Somme commemorations, happening on this coming Friday, 1st July.  We do hope that some of our local followers will be able to…

2nd Lieutenant Harry Anderton Squier, 8th Bedfordshire Regiment.

Today’s post is about another local soldier who featured in the recent World War One exhibition and sadly did not survive the war. Research was carried out by Kath Shawcross, Borough Archivist. 2nd Lieutenant Harry Anderton Squier. 8th (Service) Bedfordshire Regiment (originally 1/8th Service Battalion Royal Fusiliers). Lived at Cumbrae Grove Road, Cheam. Harry Squier was born…

Old School Ties – The UPS Service Battalions of the Royal Fusiliers at Woodcote Park

Among the varied plates in the David Knights-Whittome collection are a large number of military portraits. In the process of scanning and cataloguing these glass plates we have noticed a disproportionately large contingent of Royal Fusiliers – recognisable by their distinctive cap badge. Not all of these have yet been researched but from those which have, it seems apparent…

Lieutenant Stanley Michael Gashion, 1st Battalion, The East Surrey Regiment

Today’s post looks at another World War One soldier who was featured in the ‘Great War Stories’ exhibition. In contrast to other soldiers we have featured, Stanley Gashion was photographed by David Knights-Whittome as a seven year old child along with his siblings Margaret and Anthony. Rather than starting with a photographic image of a soldier in…