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668 » Dale Lewis

Location: Cape Town, South Africa
Date: 22.12.2010
Time: 16:57:37
Looking for information on Wheelers Cromac Springs mineral waters and found your site. Lots of interesting information generally. Enjoyed the visit!

667 » Ray Brooks

Location: Hove East Sussex. England.
Date: 20.12.2010
Time: 22:14:39
Does anyone know the name or whereabouts of J.C.K., the writer of the poem "Indian Twilight" on this site.
We met in a village called Comilla in India during WW II. He was in the Army and i was in the R.A.F.
I remember that we sat together whilst we refined his poem.
I still have a copy of it as it was then.
A memory of "ships that pass in the night", and it would be wonderful to make contact with him after all these years.

666 » wesley Agnew

Location: Tamlaght O Crilly, Now livin near Hillsborough Northern ireland
Date: 17.12.2010
Time: 18:20:20
This is a wonderful site so much information.Any info on Agnews, Murphys or history of Tamlaght O Crilly or Hillsborough. As iam working on Agnew/Murphy family tree Wesley +Ruth Agnew

665 » James

Location: Ireland
Date: 13.12.2010
Time: 01:18:10
its an excellent site and a very good site for research on family
names and for other research work,

664 » S.H. Pollock

Location: BELFAST
Date: 11.12.2010
Time: 04:50:14
Originally from East Belfast. Traveled a lot with the RAF, the Kenya Air Force and Canadian Air Force. Now retired in Toronto..

I would like to hear from anyone who remembers me ....

Excellent site for expats.

663 » Virginia Lutz

Location: United States
Date: 29.11.2010
Time: 04:02:09
Is David Robert Ross from Colchester, England?

662 » Donna Smith

Location: Canada
Date: 27.11.2010
Time: 00:49:28
Your web site has been invaluable to me in finding my grandfathers family in Belfast and I really appreciate all your hard and enduring work. A labour of love. Thank You.

Would like to point out a slight information error in your WW1 Section under Fitzroy Presbyterian Church. Service and Sacrifice, Three Belfast Congregations. The great work done by Nigel Henderson list personal information on a solider named Samuel Hayes, Service # 10/14867. His PreWar Addresses have been identified as 5 Jerusalem (1901) and 23 Hatfield (1909). The 5 Jerusalem address was not the home of this solider Samuel Hayes but that of my grandfather, his sister and his father as shown in the 1901 Irish Census Records. Going by the second address, 23 Hatfield, in the 1911 Irish Census this Solider Samuel Hayes does appear at that address with his mother Agnes and stepfather Charles Collins. Taking a second look at the 1901 Irish Census, you will actually find Solider Samuel Hayes living with his mother (and same listing of brothers and sisters) at 169 Vernon St. Belfast.

This has been a fun little family research project for me today in thinking that my Grandfather had 2 half brothers and 2 half sisters that he never told us about. His father was actually widowed about 1882 and never remarried.

661 » Nellie

Location: U.S.A.
Date: 26.11.2010
Time: 05:37:52
Grateful for your site. Looking for information on families, Andrews & Barbour residing in North Ireland.

Kind Regards,


660 » chris

Location: london
Date: 25.11.2010
Time: 03:04:47
Nice site guys.

659 » Jane

Location: Coleraine
Date: 18.11.2010
Time: 19:11:51
Excellent reading. Found my grandfather and great uncle on roll of honour, Henry and Joseph Hamilton,from Portstewart. They both fought at the Somme, my grandfather was approx. 21yrs. He was wounded twice and returned to The Front. Near the end of the war he was taken prisoner. They returned from the Great War and suffered ill health the rest of their lives due to gas at the front, the two of them died on the same day, my grandfather was 48 he had went on to be the station master at Magilligan station and father ten children! The youngest being 3 when he died.

658 » Clair Scott

Location: Islandmagee
Date: 18.11.2010
Time: 18:18:23
What an excellent site. I'm helping my parents trace their family
tree (their are originally from Ligoniel) and found your website a
valuable asset. Thanks

657 » Heather Coid

Location: Glengormley
Date: 16.11.2010
Time: 13:58:01
To Mary many thanks for putting my third cousins on ww1 page. To Trevor Jones please email me we are related!!

656 » Moira Draper

Location: New Zealand
Date: 15.11.2010
Time: 02:48:04
Great Site! I am searching for Richard Story who married Margaret Mulholland about 1840-50. Not sure, but I think it is in Northern Ireland.

Many thanks, I enjoyed my visit. thumbup

655 » tony mc gurk

Location: belfast
Date: 14.11.2010
Time: 13:10:29
try to find family of kate leonard whos death cert was signed in this area

654 » Tristam McCabe

Date: 10.11.2010
Time: 22:46:32
great site and valuable source, well done and great work

653 » Michael McCormack

Location: Hillhall, Lisburn
Date: 05.11.2010
Time: 17:34:38
Excellent website that has helped me trace information on a relation (Campbell McNeill McCormack, MC+2bar) from WW1 that I knew very little about. THANK YOU smile

652 » Alan Smyth

Location: Belfast and Dublin
Date: 05.11.2010
Time: 15:34:12
Trying to contact McBrides formerly of 232 Roden Street (about 1948) or any of the chidlren of William McBride, Dorothy Maude Mcbride or Albert Norman McBride.

What is the best source to find McBrides of Roden Street?

Thanks, Alan smile

651 » B Flannery

Location: Belfast
Date: 05.11.2010
Time: 11:52:17
A wonderful resource for those looking into the past. Many thanks are due to you for taking the time and energy.

Good Luck,

B Flannery smile

650 » Dawn Connor

Location: Belfast (orignally)
Date: 05.11.2010
Time: 08:47:19
for this while looking up my husband's uncles book about Coleraine - fab insight and think i may have found his Great grandfather

649 » george morris

Location: Donaghadee
Date: 03.11.2010
Time: 20:58:11
Can anyone help with any detail about a Ralph Orridge/Orredge who ran a glass cutting business in Smithfield in 1819. It appears to have been taken over by his wife Frances Orrige in 1824 according to the Street Directories. Their daughter Hanna/Anna married George Morris (Born 1806) (my great great grandfather) who came from Newcastle upon Tyne to work for Orridge and had a glass cutting business on the Shankill Road later after 1857.

648 » john

Location: belfast
Date: 02.11.2010
Time: 03:23:25
I have just found this site it is great, please can anyone give me some info on John Murray a seaman who lived in Shamrock Street Belfast in 1950.

647 » Di

Location: West Sussex-- formally Sydney
Date: 02.11.2010
Time: 02:06:30
Brilliant site which I have just discovered. Have found lots of my Sloan deaths in Belfast--fascinating to know their causes of death.It was grim to live in those days!!
I am interested in finding out about the Sloan and Mclean families
Sarah Sloan and her husband James Mclean left Belfast in 1882 to travel to Sydney Au where some of their adult children lived. They settled in Nth Sydney. James had descended from Francis McLean of Ladyhill,Antrim --Sarah from John Sloan---bankers.
Would appreciate any information especially about the ones back in Northern Ireland

646 » rn franklin

Location: ireland
Date: 30.10.2010
Time: 18:12:56
great website,any one looking or researching ww1,should buy a copy of /wexford war dead/ published last year by tom burnell and margaret gilbert, published by nonsuch publishing,dublin. We to have our war dead and the book lists the names of over 800 local men from county wexford who paid the ulimate sacrifice.

645 » Heather

Location: Originate from Ireland, Live now in UK
Date: 26.10.2010
Time: 14:57:15
Lovely site, thank you, Could anyone help me. I am trying to find if there are any COCHRAN(E)'S around related to HUGH HALL COCHRAN(E) born about 1805, but not sure if it was in Armagh or area, or Renfrewshire, Scotland.
HUGH HALL COCHRAN(E) was a watch and clock maker, who lived in LURGAN in the later 1800s He married a Margaret Belshaw, and had a number of children. one or two became watch and clock makers themselves.
What I would love to know, but don't know how to find them, is who were HUGH HALL COCHRAN(E)'S parents. baptisms didn't become registered until about 1864, and as he was born in about 1805 it is difficult to find his parents.

Is anyone else researching this particular Cochran(e) family and do you have more information than me to share.

I look forward to hearing from you.


644 » Hilda (Wylie) Baker

Location: Sligo Ireland
Date: 25.10.2010
Time: 13:48:43
My ancestors were Wylies from Armagh.

643 » Trevor Jones

Location: Chester, U.K. (Originally from Belfast)
Date: 25.10.2010
Time: 11:23:15
Just bumped into yoru site - very interesting.
My G/Grandmother was Jane Coid who married Thomas Palmer (founder of Crusaders F.C.) who lived in Nth Queen St. Your site has pointed me towards the only other Coid's in that area for the period 1901 & 1910. Thanks for that. I need to research further.
As Arnie said, I'll be back.........

642 » James Reid

Date: 24.10.2010
Time: 20:58:32

27147 Private John Reid is actually lieutenant John Reid if you look at his collar the two pips denote it, he was my great grandfather

Reply: Hi James, You didn't leave an email address so I'm hoping you will come in and check the guestbook some time.

I actually just copied the details from Robert Thompson's books, you can drop Robert an email and I'm sure he can explain why he's listed as such.


641 » Niall c Dougal

Location: Co Donegal
Date: 20.10.2010
Time: 20:43:32
I was very interested to see the name of Cpl Joseph Dougal appear in your list of casualities 1916, this was my Mother's uncle, i was wondering if you had any more information on this man and also his brother william.

Yours Sincerly,


640 » Gordon Walker

Location: Ilford, Essex.
Date: 17.10.2010
Time: 16:41:03

Well done. Alot of hard work has been put into your web page.

My great uncle William Thomas Walker is shown as died.

I believe he died of influenza. Am I correct.

639 » David Coome

Location: belfast
Date: 17.10.2010
Time: 10:26:35
first time user

638 » Maureen Kane

Location: Portrush
Date: 15.10.2010
Time: 23:37:04
I was delighted to watch Claire Savage's report on television last week and to see a photograph of my dad Thomas H Kane in it he is in the photograph near the beginning of the report and is the 3rd man marching. My sister saw it too and was just so delighted to see her dad. Thank you. I am looking forward to exploring this site. Many thanks. smile

637 » Heather Myers

Location: IRELAND
Date: 15.10.2010
Time: 17:24:11
HI I was researching my family tree and I thought I knew everything
about my grandfather Alex Myers but I was so proud to see his name on your list my grandfather was a very quite shy person we Knew that he was in the army during the war, but it just makes your heart feel good to see his name on a list of heroes your site is fab

636 » ralph bell

Location: Godmanchester, Cambs
Date: 13.10.2010
Time: 13:18:21
I happened upon your excellent site in the process of researching my grandfather(1523851 Gunner Burns ) unfortunately without much luck.
I had made the assumtion that he had served with 8HAA but ur superb site leads me to look elsewhere.
In exploring your site I came upon the Love family of Downpatrick, a town where I went to school.
To lose 1 son to the Boer war must have been terrible for the family but how did the parents deal with the loss of 4 more in the Great War
It's a very sad story and not one that I was aware off growing up in Northern Ireland.
Thank you for your dedicated work.
Ralph Bell

635 » Gary Hopkins

Location: Alberton.,South Africa.
Date: 12.10.2010
Time: 11:59:13
Your extensive work has really helped me put a few more pieces of the puzzle concerning my great,great grandfather and his service in the RN and Coastguard.Your records show he was the Chief Officer at The CURRAN in 1901.Still trying to find out more about this coastguard station.If anyone can help, please drop me a mail.Many thanks.

634 » Adam

Location: Slovakia
Date: 11.10.2010
Time: 16:32:37

Witam. Good site, greetings from Slovakia.

633 » Marie Payne

Location: Sydney, Australia
Date: 11.10.2010
Time: 01:48:16
Hi! I have just discovered your site. Congratulations it is just great and you have done so much work.

I appreciate your work. I am researching a convict JAMES DEVLIN married to SARAH MCCRACKEN. James was transported to Oz in 1832. He was of 56 years of age with 3 male children and 3 female. He petitioned for his wife and children to come to Oz. In the petition Sarah is noted as residing at Upper and Main St., Antrim and the referees were: Mr. Crawley, Bishop of Belfast, Mr. Curr, Mr. Thomas Skelton, Mr. McNally, Mr. Chan, Linen Mercer and Mr. Nathanial Craig, all of Antrim. Sarah was born circa 1788 in Co. Antrim.

If anyone can assist or point me in the right direction it would be great. Many thanks.

632 » Kim Irwin

Location: Suffolk
Date: 10.10.2010
Time: 19:24:01
I was facinated to read about Major E.J.H Haughton DSO, in fact I am related by marriage. I have the christning mugs from Thomas Hutchinson Haughton as he was the godfather to my husband and aunt Hermione Patricia Irwin (young Toms Niece)Married Major Robin Wright who are both still alive and living in the west country. thumbup

I also have the book called A Famous Indian Regiment, The Kali Panchwin where he is listed. On the Irwin side the history goes back to Robert the Bruce's Armour Barer.

631 » Gwen Stirling

Location: near Austin, TX
Date: 04.10.2010
Time: 01:33:14
Thank you so much for Ballymoney Heroes 1914-1918. I have been trying to find out where 2nd Leut. John Hamilton died and when. Would it be possible to get a copy of his photo? The only one I have he is just a young boy.

He was the son of James & Lily Hamilton and brother of William, James and Margaret. Margaret married William Stirling and lived in Denver Co. William is son of Alexander Ramsey Stirling of Ballymoney.

630 » Janet Holland

Location: Newtownards, Northern Ireland
Date: 03.10.2010
Time: 11:54:36
A great site. I was looking for the whereabouts of a children's home/orphanage in Gray's Hill, Bangor (haven't found it yet) when I happened to look at the WW1 records. My sister remembered she had been taken to visit an uncle who had been wounded in the war. Lo and behold I came across the records of my uncle and perhaps a link into the background of my mother who apparently had been put into the Home when her mother died when she was quite young.

I'm delighted with this possible new source of information.

629 » Karen

Location: Lisburn
Date: 03.10.2010
Time: 08:05:10
Just starting my family history search but pages like this one inspire me to do more, but one can become so easily distracted that you lose hours of the day. Will be back again to look at directories in due course.

628 » fiona mccrea

Location: north wales
Date: 02.10.2010
Time: 21:40:02
a thumbup m searching for a george or edna watt from belfast related to my father thomas john mccrea your pages have given me new leads

627 » kathryn gregory

Location: Scotland
Date: 01.10.2010
Time: 15:53:28
I found an old water bottle whilst walking in Glen Affric.
It is stamped 'Corry & Co' Cromac Springs.
I thought I would do some research - your site very helpful.


626 » joan lennon

Location: liverpool
Date: 30.09.2010
Time: 13:35:02
Hi Would love to find out my family roots my dad who is deceased came from limerick and i believe he was born at fitzgerald cottages if there are any other Lennons out there who could recall such a place i would love to hear from them

625 » Alex McKillop

Location: South Of England
Date: 29.09.2010
Time: 20:08:00

This Web page is a wonderful resource for family research, so congratulations on your efforts and perhaps you, Mr Thompson or your Web visitors may find the following information useful. The 5 rating is TOO Low! 1000% - at LEAST!!!

I discovered your page when trying to find information regarding Joseph McKillop DSM and his name appears on the Roll of Honour on Page 4 of Mr Thompson's research. That discovery REALLY took me aback.

Beneath his listing is one Alex McKillop of the 12th Inniskilling Fusiliers, which I am positive, is my father. I would be interested to discover where Mr Thompson sourced this particular information on the part of these two individuals to confirm if this assumption is correct.

The reason is the fact is that my father's name was Samuel Alexander McKillop and he was born on the 6th February1900, in 22 Shuttle Hill, Coleraine. His mother was Margaret Graham (Maggie), who was a weaver, (her father was James Graham - a joiner and her mother I believe was Elizabeth) and she had several siblings, including a brother Hugh Graham who moved to Port Glasgow (near Greenock in Scotland) where he had a family.

Maggie's Husband and my grandfather was Alexander McKillop a newspaper compositor - a Coleraine paper - (father, Samuel McKillop and his mother was Matilda McGrotty). Unfortunately, Alexander (the compositor) died at the age of 27 years old; when his son - my father - was only four months old and his brother John McKillop (aged 21) registered his death.

Maggie then married Joseph McKillop -her husband Alex's cousin in Coleraine. This is the same Joseph McKillop DSM that is listed on Mr Thompson's Roll of Honour - immediately above the "Alex" McKillop - who was then not only Joseph's second cousin, but his step-son as well.

My father Samuel Alexander McKillop went by the name "Alex" (Alec) and his young life was disastrous as he had lost his father in 1900 when he was only four months old. His mother and Joe had a son Norman who died as a toddler, I believe another son, Michael, who died as a toddler and Maggie then died at home with complications with twins she was carrying in 1914, when she was in the company of 14 year-old Alex.

Samuel Alexander (Alec) McKillop then joined the “Skins” in 1914 as a boy soldier of 14 years old. I believed he was injured on the Somme in 1916 (aged 16) when he was blown up and he was also apparently shot in the head - but survived both incidents to join the Blackwatch Regiment and he moved to Scotland, married and had a family. He died in Scotland in 1960 aged 60.

Joseph McKillop was a great tenor singer and was apparently referred to as the second John McCormack. Joseph died in 1946 aboard a ship (the Rangemore, I believe) in Victoria Docks, Hartlepool. I believe that Joseph was awarded the DSM for sinking a German U-boat (he was a merchant seaman), although I have not established in which war this happened.


624 » clare hodgen

Location: doncaster
Date: 29.09.2010
Time: 01:57:00
im trying to find info and history of my surname :)
many thanks clare

623 » Paula McCormick

Date: 28.09.2010
Time: 10:18:00
My father (Jack O'Neill) was a long time member of the Burma Star until his recent death. I have looked at your website several times over the last year or two but have usually been too busy browsing through to notice you had a guest page! My hearfelt thanks for your site and may these brave, brave men never be forgotten - their like will never come again!

622 » dawn gallagher

Location: Gateshead
Date: 27.09.2010
Time: 21:19:30
I am trying to trace relatives of John Gallagher and Thomasine Griffiths born 1903 from Gateshead. My grandad was Thomas Henry Gallagher born 1935. His siblings were Mary, Martha, Rachel, John and James. Martha married Ralph and Rachel married Eric Scott Any information on John and Thomasine would be great. John may have been born in Donegal and came to England. thumbup smile

621 » Patrick Button

Location: South Africa (durban north)
Date: 26.09.2010
Time: 17:45:36
I have in my possession a WW1 medal belonging to my great-- uncle. it is inscribed on its edge: 9183 Pvte E. Collins R.IR. RIF. and on its one side The GREAT WAR FOR CIVILISATION 1914-1919. oddly i cannot find it in the war office records. we have no photo of him and i do not know his christian name. His sister Annie Wardlow (nee Collins) lived at Donard and then Delaware.

620 » Patrick Button

Location: Durban North South Africa
Date: 26.09.2010
Time: 17:22:34
Very interesting website. Thank you. I hope to let you have some details of my maternal great-uncle (surname Collins) who served with the RIR in WW1. I have one WW1 medal of his in my possession.His sister, Annie Wardlow (Nee Collins) was married to Charles Wardlow and they lived in Delaware and Donard Streets. They were my maternal grandparents. My mother. Margaret Wardlow was born in 1920 in Belfast and served in the WAAF in Algiers and Cairo. Prior to coming to South Africa she lived at Donard Street and then at 12 Delaware Street off the Ravenhill Road. Her own father, Charles Wardlow was a french polisher at Harland and Wollf and reputedly worked on the Titanic. Her brothers John Collins Wardlow (worked for General Electric, Canada and James Wardlow who was an Episcopalian minister emigrated to Canada (Peterboro) and USA Ste. St. Marie, Michigan, respectively, whilst her brother Charles remained in Belfast (164 Merville Garden Village) all his life working for Wiggins Teape. Her other brother Robert reputedly estranged himslef from the family and surfaced decades later in England where he died at Bexhill-on-Sea. My late mother's ashes were returned to Belfast by myself and my later sister Lorraine in the late 1990's and lie at Roselawn at the same location as her brother Charles and her mother Annie. My Mother always termed Ireland as home despite coming to Africa in about 1946 and never fully lost her Belfast accent.

619 » Maureen

Location: Perth, Australia
Date: 25.09.2010
Time: 09:54:03
This is amazing - I am a direct descendant of the Haughton's and came across your site by mere accident and I am overwhelmed. I have nearly all the links as back as 1645 when they arrived in Ireland and now this opens up more avenues for me. If anyone has a direct connection with the family please contact me. One of the best works to date! thumbup

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