On This Day...8th - 14th September


1916 - the 8th September sees the anniversary of the tragic death of my great-grandfather, Henry James Weaver, killed by accident in World War I. He was reportedly killed with two others by a bomb or hand grenade accidentally detonating in a soldier's hand while they were resting at the base in France after serving in the trenches. Henry was buried in Merville Communal Cemetery Extension and his daughter, my gran, visited his grave for the very first time in 1999 when she was aged 83. She'd been born 10 days after Henry's death.

Phyllis Grace Geake (nee Weaver) placing a wreath on her father's grave with her great-grandson
Phyllis Grace Geake (nee Weaver) placing a wreath on her father's grave
with her great-grandson

1919 - Alfred Joseph Hibbitt & Georgina Emma May Williams were married in the Register Office, Plympton St Mary, Plymouth, Devon, 92 years ago. Sadly the marriage was not to last and the couple were divorced in 1928.

1911 - Rosa P M Fryer was born exactly 100 years ago in Chepstow, Wales.


1888 - 123 years ago Thomas Williams & Georgiana Priscilla Jones Fryer were married in Tidenham in Gloucestershire. Thomas was a widower and one of the witnesses, George Fryer, was most likely Georgiana's youngest brother.


1851 - the youngest child of Richard Fryer and Ann Bailey Pitcher, Benjamin Thomas Fryer, was born at Penylan Farm, Llangattock Vibon Avel, Monmouthshire, Wales. I visited the farm a couple of years ago. The original house is in private ownership but the barns have been converted and the owners now run a B&B and self-catering holiday cottages. This video shows a series of photos of the sun rising over the Black Mountains seen from the front of the B&B. There are also wonderful views from the fields at the back of the farm house.

Views from the fields behind Penylan Farm
Views from the fields behind Penylan Farm


1856 - when Benjamin Fryer (above) was 5 years and one day old, his mother, Ann Bailey Fryer (nee Pitcher), died at Etloe, Awre, Gloucestershire. The cause of death was described as a 'visitation of God'!

1886 - Malcolm Douglas Mateo Dando was born 125 years ago in Marylebone, London. He was the son of my 2 x great-grandfather, William Elbert Dando, and Emma Sheriff.

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