Silent Witnesses

The Russian Government requested an emergency United Nations Security Council meeting be held today to discuss the Bucha atrocity and I hope it will press for a thorough forensic analysis of the bodies. These were not seen in the streets immediately after Federation forces left the area but appeared two or three days later. The unfortunate dead would certainly tell their tales if given the opportunity.

Alternative narratives on Bucha and the maternity hospital.

There are at least three birth dates for Ethel Mary WELBURN. The Primitive Methodist baptism register gives 4 April 1895, the Gristhorpe National Schools Admissions Log Book (1899) has 5 March 1895 and the 1939 Register offers 5 April 1896.

There is no knowing if today’s George Hebden is a blood relative of his namesake yesterday.

I have put photographs of the AVISON and MAINPRIZE stones on the Shared Tree.

Beach 163 · Hunmanby Sands


Flight of Fancy 44 · Iron Sheep

Briefly: The HEBDEN family lived in Outhert’s yard  (off Murray Street?) for a while and then “disappeared”.

Gertrude had a brother with the middle name “Noble”, so how could I resist. Father Edwin kept the Royal Crescent Hotel for a while but also had interests in Bridlington and Hull. Births of his children with Margaret BINNS were registered in all three towns but in a puzzlingly haphazard fashion. Gertrude is a single woman approaching her forties when a man pays her court. I am not sure yet who she chose to marry in 1902.

The GARNETT grave is typical of most plots bounded by a kerb – a sorry sight.

Ruth ETHERINGTON may have spent all her thirty-nine years in Garton on the Wolds, but she is a third great-grandmother of Samuel TOWSE, grocer and sub-postmaster of Filey.

Robert SIXTON, a bachelor, shares a memorial inscription with his brother Thomas, a married man. I’m still figuring.