Help Requests

We regularly receive requests for help with research from various quarters.

John Titmuss had a request for help from Linda Phillips from Sydney, Australia in July 2014  asking for help in identifying her Grandparents grave in Ocklynge Cemetery, as I (John Tyhurst) had the MI details I identified the grave in Section Z No. Z454 in the name of Bradford,  I then took three photos to identify where the grave was situated and also the condition of the grave.

Linda mentioned she would be visiting England including Eastbourne during September and she was invited to be our guest at our September / October meetings. Sadly Linda departed Australia on Friday 6th September and our meeting was on the 5th. and she arrived home on the 24th September thus unable to join us on the 2nd October.

Two emails from Linda:

“Dear John,
What can I say but thank you!  I am overwhelmed by not only the very quick reply but also with the wonderful details that you found and sent to me.  The photos are very clear and will make it so much easier for me to locate the site.
You have obviously taken time to visit and to ensure the best possible answer to my request. I look forward to my visit in early September and in fact am quite excited! I will also be visiting Meads Village to see No. 46 Meads St where my mother used to live in the old Bradford Dairy.
Heartfelt thanks once again,
Linda Phillips ”

“Dear John,
I arrived home in Sydney a couple of days ago.
Thanks to your clear directions and photos I was able to find my grandparents’ grave within minutes of parking the car. It was such a very emotional visit for me. I hadn’t realised just how important I felt it was to find them. I was able to clear away some of the grass and photograph the inscriptions.
Once again thank you for the trouble you went to, it has been greatly appreciated.
Linda Phillips”

Another result for Family Roots.


I am a historian currently trying to find information regarding a resident of Eastbourne in the early 20th century. Arthur Winton was a young man who left behind him a series of cycling diaries which form part of my research. (More information on these diaries here.)
Unfortunately, I have had difficulty obtaining information about this man, even after meticulous searches on Ancestry., and I was wondering whether you have any information about him or know how I may learn more about him.
As I am currently based in Sweden, I am afraid I have no access to the local records or newspapers of Eastbourne, and am consequently in great need of a local historian to help me with this query. If there is anyone among you who may help me, I would be truly grateful.

Peter K. Andersson Ph D
Department of History
University of Lund, Sweden
Tel: (0046) 46 222 79 52


Then John Criddle asked this:-

My name is John Criddle. I am a member and room assistant at the Gold Coast Family History Society, Queensland, Australia.
I am hoping you can provide a contact which may help my Griffiths family research.
Recently I discovered details of the descendants of Mark Griffiths of Eastbourne at www.familytreemaker/
The information was uploaded by Roger John Griffiths of Eastbourne. Sadly, Roger passed away in June  2011.
I have gathered extensive information about the family of Mark Griffiths of Eastbourne, and am seeking any other Griffiths family member who may be interested in sharing information.
I would appreciate any help you can provide.

John Criddle
Palm Beach, Gold Coast, Queensland.

John later told me he thought there was a cousin named Anthony P Griffiths living in Eastbourne. I have found an A Griffiths living in Upper Ratton Drive
Is there any member who can help with these queries? I would particularly like to help John Criddle as he is a fellow FHS member.

The next items are not so much requests for help as offers to supply it.

The first is from Andy Nicholson in Northumberland:-

By way of introduction I have seemingly acquired an interest in genealogy from my late mother who had researched her side of the family quite
extensively, they were Forbes from Perthshire and I note that you have a member no. 1423 who may have an interest in that family name – they are
welcome to contact me to see if I can assist them further, with the caution that the Forbes clan was/is extensive so it remains to be seen if there is any
connections. It is remotely possible that a connection might be through the surname Moffat but that’s a long shot !

However on a separate note I have acquired through a late relative some photos of The Ladies College in Eastbourne circa 1910/1911.
Unfortunately I have no record or even indication of which family name this group of photos came from and even the photos while having first names written next to them there are again no surnames to indicate family names.
Many of the first names are unusual eg. Sydney and Capel ( or are those surnames as often used in private school courtesies) ?
There are about 20 x photos in all ( most in good condition ) and I would be happy to copy and email these to your group should you like to
receive them ?
As a taster I enclose 4 x photos for your interest and information.
If anyone wants to contact me I am happy for them to do so and will reply soonest work time permitting.
Kind regards
Andrew Nicolson
Tel: 07789871305

Lastly Robert Fox, son of a recently deceased member of ours, Alfred Fox, has asked if anybody is interested in taking over the fruits of
his father’s researches about the Wybourne family (various spellings I understand) which amount to several boxes.

Is there anybody there with an interest in this family? If so, this will be a bonanza for you.

Any information on any of the above please contact:
John Crane, Secretary.