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National Archives

Saffron Walden
Not sure where to put this so someone please move it into the right place.

Last week I went to the national archives, and I've found out so much, I just had to tell you all =]

We already knew that his name was William Richard Chandler, he was in the 2nd Battalion of the Border regiment, his service number was 7617 and that he was 28 when he died. We knew that he died on the 26th October 1914, In Zantvoorde in Belgium, and that he was married to my great great nan, and they lived in 39 Dove Row, in Shoreditch, London.

Then we did a search on Ancestry, and found out that he enlisted in Haggerston, he was born in Bethnal Green, he was killed in action, and his theatre of war was Aldershot (not quite sure what that means though)

The we found their marriage in the march quarter of 1909- william richard chandler and sarah a kelley.

the we found a birth March quarter 1912, for sarah a chandler, my great nan.

living at 39 dove row in 1901 we found
Joseph Chandler - 42
Elizabeth Chandler - 40
Joseph Chandler - 17
Richard Chandler - 15
Edward Chandler - 11
Elizabeth Chandler 7

its funny, because on everything but the 1901 census and my g nans marriage certificate, he shows up as william richard chandler, but on those few things he is richard, which is what my nan has said his name was right from the beginning.

then we searched bethnal green for kelleys and at 16 wharf road came up with
Sarah A Kelly - 14
George Kelly - 12
Margeret Kelly - 16
Button Maker
Samuel Kelly- 46
general dealer
sarah a kelly - 41
Thomas Kelly - 18
general dealer

Then at the 1911 census at 39 dove row we got

William Chundler - 24
general dealer
sarah Chundler - 26
Elizabeth Chundler - 18 months

also at dove row in a different entry, is
Joseph Chundles - 49
elizabeth chundles - 48
joseph chundles - 26
Edward chundles - 20
bottle washer
Elizabeth chundles - 17
feather curler

so while the ages don't quite match up, its obviously them.

but, my nan had another great aunt called flo, who was older then elizabeth, born out of wedlock.
we searched for florence kelleys in 1906, 1907 and 1908, and found two, both in march quarter of 1907, both florence amelia kelley.
we have ordered the birth certificates to find out who the father was.

i've probably bored you all rigid, but i found it fasinating and really exciting, even my mum, who'd bought a book to read while i did it, got right into it.

and i just wanted to thank yo all, cause witout your help i never wouldve got that initial info



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