Posts Tagged ‘England’

Brickwalls: Seeking Information on John Heard of Angus, Ontario and Reginald Lorenzo Heard

Wednesday, May 21st, 2014

Brickwall #1 -

John Heard/Hurd b abt 1921 England (parents listed on marriage certificate Thomas & Sarah Heard) with possible middle name of Freeman. Have never found arrival date or origins of birth in England. Heard is too common a name. Marr #1 Sarah Jane Thompson 18 Oct 1875 parsonage Barrie = 15 children. Marr #2 Rebecca Harvey born USA 2 Mar 1847 Whitby Ontario = 6 children. John Heard died 30 Dec 1895 Angus Ontario, will probated 1898 and on son William’s death 1933 it says father born Plymouth, mother born Ogdensburg New York (have traced this family) but can find no proof of John Heard & Plymouth. Anyone know which way to go on this one?

Brickwall #2 -

Heard, Reginald Lorenzo born 5 Nov 1913 Essa Twp. Registered 8 Jan 1914 (my copy dated 28 Apr 1982) no
parents named but genealogy of the family – his parents were Wilfred Charles Heard and Ida May Alexander
of Simcoe County. Reginald married Edith Elizabeth M. M. Barker (7 Sept 1912-28 Apr 1975) on 2 Jan 1937 in
Oshawa, Ontario = 3 children lived, twins died at birth. Reginald had no siblings.

Have a card re: War Service Badge GS 1070441 for Heard, Reginald Lorenzo with rank & serial numbers
issued June 26, 1985. For years city directories listed him as soldier, and for some he lived with his
mother Ida May Heard in Oshawa.

Family information from late daughters – Reg married Elizabeth Mae DeAmbroise using name Reginald
Larribee Hurd 9 Oct 1943 & had 3 children.

From copy of marriage certificate Reg then married Jean Murray Stover as Reginald John Heard 8 Aug 1964
in village of Sombra County Lambton by license as a divorcee. Here is the questioning part – statement says his
parents were Wesley Duncan Heard and Mary Alice Lander both born Texas as was he ? (He had an uncle named Duncan Wesley).

Reg died 11 March 1983 Edmonton Alberta not long after his daughters found him. So who was this man really?
I could find no connections on Ancestry & Family Search to this American family. Any suggestions?

If you think you can help Marie-Jeanne, she may be reached directly at:

Can You Help? Seeking Info on 6 RCAF Personnel Killed Over Northamptonshire in 1944

Wednesday, May 14th, 2014

This was posted on the OGS facebook page by Genie Weather and I felt it should be included on the blog as well:

“The following appeared in the Winnipeg Sun today in the Letters to the Editor. I thought perhaps someone here can help this gentleman …”

In 1944, a Wellington bomber exploded over our small English village in Northamptonshire killing all six RCAF personnel on board. Roade Local History Society are concerned that few people in the village know of this event. They would like to erect a plaque honouring the six young Canadians who died so far from home. We do not want their sacrifice to be forgotten.

The Wellington HF641 of 22 OTU had taken off on a navigational exercise from Wellesbourne, Mountford, Warwickshire on Thursday June 29, 1944 at 13:35. Over Roade, the plane was struck by lightning and disintegrated. The men who died were:

• F/O Robert J. Andrews, 21 yrs. J27301 RCAF, Pilot, from Toronto, Ont.;

• P/O Charles E. Stephen, 30 yrs. J36296 RCAF; from Montreal, Que, and the only married man;

• F/O Paul W. Tokar, 22 yrs. J27116 RCAF from Fenwick, Ont.;

• Sgt. William H. Clark, 22 yrs. R193583 RCAF, from Washgo, Ont.;

• Sgt. Allan H. MacKimmie, 18 yrs. R260780 RCAF from Bentley, Alberta;

• Sgt. John B. Sollie, 23 yrs. R150594 RCAF from Port Coquitlam, B.C.

The all Canadian crew were interred at Brookwood Cemetery, near Pirbright, Surrey, England.

In addition to the plaque, we hope to keep a fuller account of this tragic incident in our archives giving more details about the men. We have their names and ages but would also like to know more about them. We would like to be able to trace relatives, friends or obtain other information that would help us remember them as people rather than just names on a plaque.

If you think you can help, please contact:



Contact www. or Or, by mail, Roade Local History Society, 23 Bailey Brooks Lane, Roade, Northampton, NN7 2PT, UK

Heritage Photo of the Day: March 26, 2013

Tuesday, March 26th, 2013

Shrewsbury, Butcher’s Row, c.1880

Shrewsbury, Butcher's Row, c.1880













National Media Museum’s Photostream (flickr)

Heritage Photo of the Day: March 23, 2013

Saturday, March 23rd, 2013

Shrewsbury, Street View – Pride Hill and New Market, c.1880

Shrewsbury, Street View - Pride Hill and New Market, c.1880










National Media Museum’s Photostream (flickr)

Heritage Photo of the Day: March 22, 2013

Friday, March 22nd, 2013

Dartmouth, The Butterwalk From The Quay, c.1880

Dartmouth, The Butterwalk From The Quay, c.1880












National Media Museum’s Photostream (flickr)

Heritage Photo of the Day: March 10, 2013

Sunday, March 10th, 2013

Street Doctor, London, England, 1877

Note the shoe on the “Doctor’s” right foot.

Street Doctor, London, England, 1877













Library of the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE)

Heritage Photo of the Day: March 8, 2013

Friday, March 8th, 2013

Cheltenham High Street, Gloucestershire, England, c.1880

Cheltenham High Street, c.1880









National Media Museum Photostream (flickr)

Heritage Photo of the Day: February 28, 2013

Thursday, February 28th, 2013

Chester, Old Houses in Bridge Street, c.1880

'Chester, Old Houses in Bridge Street', c.1880









National Media Museum’s Photostream (flickr)

Heritage Photo of the Day: February 24, 2013

Sunday, February 24th, 2013

Another trip back in time from the British Film Institute:

Electric Tram Rides from Forster Square, Bradford (1902)


British Film Institute: Archives and Collections (YouTube)

Heritage Photo of the Day: February 12, 2013

Tuesday, February 12th, 2013

They say that variety is the spice of life, so, we are going back to posting a variety of heritage photos from as many places as we can find.

Today’s photo is from Sandhill, Newcastle, England, c.1880′s

Sandhill, Newcastle, England, c.1880's










Tyne & Wear Archives & Museums Photostream (flickr)