Research Requests

LOWE family, Stratford

We are trying to trace descendants of William and Ethel Maud LOWE (nee PAYNE).

In 1926 the family was living at 125 Maryland Road Stratford and in 1930 at The Cottage, Ninehams Lodge.

We would like anyone with a link to this family and especially the siblings of Ernest Alexander Lowe (born17/11/1926).

The siblings are Alan, Clara, Les, Frank and Arthur.

If you have a connection, please contact Trish Sarago (nee Lowe)

Harry Paul, East End Boxer


The most recent "Cockney Ancestor" cover shows the celebrated East End Boxer, Harry PAUL on the left of the picture.

He was born at 147 Eastfield Street, Limehouse in 1875 and was the son of a rope-maker called William Richard Yew (a misspelling of Hugh) PAUL and Margaret COAP (COPE).

He was baptised and registered as Richard Henry Paul, signed his name Henry, but was known to everyone as Harry. The name Richard only reappeared once, ninety years later, on his death certificate.

Harry was the youngest of 11 known children and his father died when Harry was nine years old.

His full story is described in "Cockney Ancestor" number 141, Winter Edition on page 4.

We have been contacted by his grandson, Nick Paul, who would like to get in touch with anyone who is related.

You can contact Nick Paul here

Looking for BULLOCKS


Bob Hartmann in Australia is researching a great uncle John KNOTT who migrated to Australia in 1912.

His sister Martha Elizabeth KNOTT (aka Lizzie) married Charles Henry BULLOCK.

The family were living in Stepney on the 1911 census (see below).

Bob would like to contact BULLOCK descendants.

Click here to email Bob

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CWGC Search for relatives

The Commonwealth War Graves Commission intends to carry out work on a number of the War Graves in the UK.

They wish to make contact with any family members of the casualties concerned.

If you are a relative of any of the casualties listed below, please contact:

The Commonwealth War Graves Commission
Jenton Road
Sydenham
Leamington Spa
Warwickshire
CV31 1XS

Tel: 01926 330137

E-Mail: ukaoffice@cwgc.org

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POLLEY Surname

The Society has been contacted about the POLLEY family as follows:

"I live in Cambridgeshire and am a member of Cambs FHS. I have been sorting through some things belonging to a grandfather who came from the Mile End area.

I have found two World War 1 medals inscribed '143907 Gnr A A Polley R A'.

There are no Polleys in my family and I do not know how they came into my grandfather's possession.

If one of your members is researching the Polley family then I will happily send the medals to that person as that is where they belong. "

Contact Mr. Clinton Tweed

Major John Buckley VC

The Society has been contacted by the Lancashire Family History & Heraldry Society with regard to the grave of Major John Buckley VC (1813-1876).

There is growing concern about the condition of his grave in Tower Hamlets Cemetery and there are moves to sort out the grave.

Any information about Major Buckley's family history would be greatly appreciated.

If you are a descendant of Major Buckley or have any information you think might be useful, please contact Mike Coyle, Chairman Lancashire Family History & Heraldry Society here:

Contact Lancashire Family History & Heraldry Society

BRITTON Family DNA

I am looking for the English ancestors of John Britton who was born in England about 1672 or 1673 and was living in Henrico County, Virginia by June, 1684.

Since the links between Henrico and London in the 17th century are strong and well documented, I believe that he was sent to Virginia from the London area, probably in the autumn or winter of 1683/4.

DNA results of seven of his descendants indicate that the family was of Anglo-Saxon, Danish Viking, or perhaps Norman stock, with a probable origin somewhere in eastern England.

Even a low-resolution match to another Britton family in England should be proof of common ancestry, because our DNA signature is so rare that we do not match anyone else of any surname within the past 750 to 1,000 years.

Elizabeth Lindsey Britton
Administrator of the Britton DNA Project

You can email me here