Cousin Thomas and Comrade Tom

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAYou may have noticed another CHAPMAN on the Gristhorpe War Memorial (Thursday’s post). Thomas William is a first cousin to Robert, and you can find him on the Shared Tree.

Serving in different regiments, it is unlikely that they ever fought side by side, but it seems that both the 12th Battalion West Yorkshire Regiment and the 6th Scottish Borderers were at Delville Wood in July 1916. Allied forces were tasked with taking the wood “at all costs” and from the 15th July into August the fighting was brutal, a satanic mix of close combat exchanges and intense artillery barrages. If the bodies of the fallen were found, many could not be identified. Thomas was killed on 23 July and, as one of the “missing”, is remembered on the Thiepval Memorial.

A comrade of Thomas in the 12th Battalion was Tom CHAPMAN, son of John William and Eliza née CAMMISH. He was not related by blood to Thomas William and Robert. Tom may well have been struck down on the same day as Thomas. He died on 27 July from wounds received during the battle for “Devil’s Wood”. He is buried at La Neuville British Cemetery at Corbie and is remembered at a family grave in St Oswald’s churchyard. Find him on the Shared Tree.

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My Sweetheart Adelaide

It is a fair step from Scarborough Station to the top end of Peasholm Glen, but it’s no hardship for an old taphophile. The way passes through the wonderful Dean and Manor Road cemeteries.

On the right of the path as it slopes down to the tunnel under Manor Road, on the right, is the eye-catching “music stone”.

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Above this fond farewell, the dedication:-

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A leaflet produced by The Friends of Dean Road and Manor Road Cemetery tells us that Adelaide was born in France. Just “Arras” is inscribed on the stone and I wondered if she may have been an East Yorkshire girl. But no, her birthplace is given in the 1911 census as France – and she married as a mature woman in 1909, aged about 57. She is registered as Adelaide BELL so Vincent Charles White was perhaps her second or third husband. He was given only a few years to dote upon her. She died in 1915 and eighteen years would pass before they were “reunited”.

Vincent’s first wife, Mary WOOD, died the year before the sweethearts tied the knot. It isn’t clear if his first marriage produced any children. There is one birth registration, for “James Henry Traltles” WHITE in 1882 but the census in 1891 finds the couple visiting a family in Leicester, without children in tow. Ten years later Vincent and Mary are the only occupants of a house in Merthyr Tydfil, Wales. (Mary is listed as “Pollie” but age and birthplace are consistent with the earlier census – and she dies as Mary.)

Vincent was a musician for most of his working life but perhaps not a very accomplished one. He seems to have wandered the land seeking work and, although offering titles like “Professor” and “bandmaster” to Victorian data gatherers he may have had to lower his sights on occasion.

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Vincent was living at 34 Green Lane, Newby when he died and a brief notice in the Leeds Mercury the following year announced the gross value of his estate to be £1,335. His “net personalty” was just £251.  But, hey, he spared no expense for his departed sweetheart.

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I haven’t yet found Vincent or Adelaide on the FamilySearch Tree. I’ll keep looking.

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Blood Red

UK Column

The first segment of today’s UK Column news bulletin deals with the attempts of a state to put down citizen protests with brutal violence. If Bashar al-Assad treated his people this way the European media would be hammering readers and viewers with righteous condemnation – and the Axis of Evil would be raining its missiles upon Syria. But because it is Macron…

I wonder how many of the 27 EU nations are providing goons to maim and kill on French streets.

And to think there are British politicians desperate for their people to remain shackled to the  European Union. (Just think how lethal the organization will be when it achieves “military unification”. Remember, its unelected bureaucrats make all the rules we will die by.)

Betrayal

You wouldn’t know it from MSM coverage but most of the yellow vest protests in France are peaceful. Paris is the biggest and most frightening anomaly. There is evidence that much of the citizen violence, destruction and looting is done by agents provocateurs. Rural France seems to prefer peaceful civil disobedience and the police don’t intervene.

Meanwhile, in London yesterday, the “ordinary people” asking for the Brexit they voted for were quiet and dignified. None were arrested. The police didn’t have quite such an easy time with Antifa. Although very one-sided, this video gives some sort of “balance”.

A Note from Canary

Nine days of December and in my ten chosen cities 51% of days have been warmer than the ten year average for the month. However, the cold days have been more extreme than the warm in both the northern and southern hemispheres. In the North the daily maximum temperatures are, overall,  .6°F lower than the 2008 to 2017 average for December 1st to 9th. In the South, they are 1.5°F lower. Anomalously warmest city – Rome (winter); coldest – Buenos Aires (summer).

Plenty of time for change this month – but Grand Solar Minimum has its beak in front at the moment. Graphs and histograms to follow early next month.

Unintended Consequences

The recent missile attack on Syria by 4 Israeli F-16s was instrumental in the downing of a Russian Il-2 reconnaissance plane. The official Federation narrative accuses one of the F-16s of “hiding” behind the much larger aircraft. The Syrian surface to air missile, locked onto the Israeli jet, turned sharply in the last seconds and brought down the Il-2. The Israeli Defence Force claims that the four F-16s were in Israeli airspace when the fatal explosion took place.

One of the parties is lying. Perhaps both are. Missing from the Russian claim is any mention of the French frigate that was initially thought to be responsible for bringing the Il-2 down. The notion that the French committed a warlike act to draw a violent response from Russia, prompting FUKUS to pile in to avenge a NATO member is a bit far-fetched, but not impossible when you consider the human sacrifices globalists are prepared to make to get things rolling.

If that was the plan, it failed. Putin doesn’t take that sort of bait.

I have a not too distant memory of Hilary Clinton pressing for a no-fly zone over Syria. I know American Psychos feel entitled but that was ridiculous. But now, for a short while at least, there is a no-fly zone over Syria. Imposed by Russia. American and Israeli aircraft beware.

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Another Russian response to the Israeli assault a few days ago is to revive the agreement to deliver S-300 missiles to Syria. Ever conciliatory, Putin put delivery on hold a few months ago when Israel objected, calling it an act of aggression. Vladimir Vladimirovich must have decided enough is enough.

I hope Russia, on Thursday, will renew the NOTAMS that effectively create the no-fly zone (that seems to have gone under the BBC’s radar), and get the S-300s operational on Syrian soil asap. At the very least, Netanyahu will be given some time to reconsider, though he blusters that his policies towards (against) Syria will not be changing. Time will tell.