Family History – September meeting

Our September meeting started with a show of images taken by Shaun and John Hammond at the July trip to Southwell Workhouse, village and Minster.
This was followed up by Bernard Bowen’s further research into WW1 records.  His studies have included his own relatives as well as ancestors of other U3A members, all of whom served in the Army or Navy, some surviving war service, some not so lucky.  He has also researched nine men with Market Harborough connections killed in the Great War, whose names are commemorated in MH Catholic Church.
Fred Goodman followed this up with his search for his family connections, including his grandfather killed on the last day of the Battle of the Somme in November 1916 and his grandmother’s five brothers, all of whom served, with two never to return.
Lastly, John Hammond revealed the tales of William Henry Bragg and his son William Lawrence who shared the Nobel prize for Physics in 1915 and whose family home is now Caffe Nero.  Bragg the younger served in the front line in France in WW1 developing novel acoustic methods of locating enemy artillery fire and he returned unscathed.  His younger brother Robert Charles was not so lucky and perished in Gallipoli.  Shaun Coles.