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AHERN Thomas Farrier,Military 1916: Thomas Ahern was a farrier sergeant in the 1st world war. He was mentioned in dispatches according to the london gazette, on 1st January 1916 & 9th November 1916. I have no other information. Listed in both Farriers Index and Military Index. Contact Eddy
BAILEY Thomas Blacksmith,Shoeing Smith 1825: Thomas Bailey, blacksmith,shoeing smith, Boer War. Born about 1825 Launceston, Tasmania. Thomas moved to the Brighton district. Thomas married Mary Ann Barber at Green Ponds in 1847 and raised a large family. He followed his trade at Green Ponds, Bothwell, Broadmarsh, Hamilton, Pontville and New Norfolk. He died at New Norfolk on 15th April 1920. His sons were all skilled artisans and served in the Boer War as shoeing smiths. See also in the Farriers Index & the Blacksmiths of Australia Index. Contact Lee-Ann by.
BENOY George Henry Blacksmith,Royal Navy 1877: George Henry Benoy, blacksmith RN. Born in Devonport 26 Nov 1877. Died: Plymouth 14 Aug 1941. He was indentured as a blacksmith apprentice on 23 May 1893 and completed his apprenticeship on 20 Dec 1898. He joined the navy in 1902 and served until 22 Dec 1923. He was also a clown and worked as a bootmaker when he left the navy. Also listed in the Blacksmithsof Devon Index . Copy of Apprenticeship Contract can be seen in the Interesting Stories Link. For further information contact his granddaughter Norma-Jean by .
BILES William (2) Blacksmith,Royal Marines 1835: William Biles (2),blacksmith royal marines. Bapt. Nettlecombe, Powerstock, Dorset. Died 25 January 1920 age 89yrs & buried in Portsmouth, Hampshire. Before enlistment aged 19yrs (1835) , as a Gunner in the Royal Marines 30/1/1854 at Portsmouth, it is stated on his Naval Records that he was a blacksmith. Left with 3 Good Conduct Medals and CHINA MEDAL with CLASP for Canton. He married and had children. See also Blacksmiths of Dorset. Contact his great-granddaughter April by.
BROWN David Blacksmith,Farrier, Military 1886: David Brown, blacksmith, Farrier, MIlitary (see index for each one). Born about 1886-1887,Nottinghamshire, England. David served in Sherwood rangers yeomanry in WW1 at gallipoli, macedonia and mesopotamia and attained position of farrier staff sargent. He was at Suvla Bay (dismounted) receiving the kings colours for their actions. Then sent to macedonia (bulgaria) and on return to egypt was torpedoed while on the ship Cestrian. Then ,as part of Allenby's big push he fought from egypt through gaza, palestint (israel) and on as far as aleppo in syria as well as jerusalem Somewhere along the palesinian shore is mount carmel which was held by turkish artilliery which they charged while mounted and at sword point and took the turkish position. He was eventually demobbed in 1919 and spent the rest of his working life as a farrier/blacksmith at Creswell colliery, passing away in 1972 aged 85.These are just a few of David’s talents. For more information contact Terry by
BROWN John Blacksmiths, Military 1830: John Brown, blacksmith. Born in Cromford, Derbyshire, England. John started 100 years of blacksmiths in the Manchester area 1830-1930's . Listed in Blacksmiths Derbyshire and Military Blacksmiths Indexes. Contact Jim by
BROWN Solomon Blacksmith,Farrier,Army 1818: Solomon Brown, army blacksmith,farrier. Born in 1818 in Beaminster Dorset,he enlisted in the Army (10th Hussars) at Dorchester as a blacksmith on the 24th December 1839 and he achieved the rank of Farrier Major,serving in the East Indies and The Crimea,and was in service for a total of 24 years 55 days on his retirement he went back to Beaminster wher he died in 1871,he was my great great great grandfather. See him also in the Blacksmiths of Dorset and the Farriers Index. Contact Sue by.
BUTLER Thomas Shoeing smith FRA 1889: Thomas Butler, shoeing smith RFA. Military number 70689 Farrier Sgt Major (WO1) Royal Field Artillery , 31 yrs Colour Service . 1889 - 1920, Served in India, UK and Ireland, and part of 57 Bty RFA in WW1. Contact David by .
CASH Sidney Blacksmith,Farrier, Army 1894: Sidney Cash, blacksmith, farrier. Born about 1894, Birmingham, Warwickshire, England. The 1911 UK census lists Sidney as 17yrs, unmarried , blacksmiths assistant. Living at the home of his sister & brother-in-law William (a blacksmith) and Millicent Buckley 33yrs and their children. Also listed is his father Richard Buckley, 85yrs,widower. Richard served as a shoeing smith in WW1 and is listed in the Farriers Index; Blacksmiths of Shropshire, Warwickshire and Military Blacksmiths. Contact Andrew by
COOK Henry Blacksmith,Military Gunr Driv. 1828: Henry Cook, military blacksmith, gunr.driv. Born about 1828, Newcastle upon Tyne, England. The 1851 UK census lists Henry as 23yrs, at 1-Frederick & Legonier Squares Artillery Barracks, Stoke Damerel, Devonshire.
CORNISH George Boilermaker, Military Gunr Driver 1828: George Cornish,military boiler maker,gunr.driv. Born about 1828, Redruth, Lancashire , England. The 1851 UK census lists George as 23yrs, at I-Frederick & Legonier Squares Artillery Barrack, Devonshire.
CUTLAND James Blacksmith,Military Gunr Driv. 1823: James Cutland, blacksmith,military gunr driv. Born about 1823, Charles, Devon, England. The 1851 UK census lists James as 28yrs, at Stoke Town, Barnstaple, Devon; lodging with the THORNE family.
DARRAN Joseph (Jnr) Gunsmith,Military 1822:Joseph Darran (Jnr). Gunsmith, armourer, military. Born about 1822, Chatham, Kent. The 1891 UK Census lists him as 69yrs, living at Rainham, Kent with wife Mary. A. 65yrs and son Alfred.G. Darren, 24yrs (coach builder). Joseph (Jnr) joined the 40th foot in 1840 as armourer sergeant. He was discharged 1862 and was gun maker in Essex (see 1871 census). In 1876 became an armourer in Chatham Kent for ten years and gave 32 years service as armourer to army. He later worked as a gunsmith, until his death 1899. Listed in the Gunsmiths and the Military Indexes.
DUPONT Louis Blacksmith 1889: Louis Dupont, blacksmith,horse and wagon. Born 1889, in pont-rouge and died in 1965 in Québec city. Louis was Blacksmith during ww1 for the 68th bat of Regina (1917-1919). I have picture of him and still have if military Rank. He move with his family to Lisieux, Saskatchewan in 1905 and came back to Québec city in 1937. During his time at Lisieux, he was the blacksmith for this town . Listed in Blacksmiths of Canada and Military Blacksmiths. Contact Eric by .
FORD Manalcus.C. Blacksmith,Bapt.Minister 1826: Manalcus C. Ford, blacksmith and Baptist Minister and Calvary Captain. Born July 10, 1826, in Princeton, Caldwell County, KY. He the son of William Ford Jr. and Sarah Chapman married Maria Sawyer July 9, 1849. Manalcus was a Blacksmith and Baptist Minister. Also served in Kentucky Calvary as Captain CSA. He was the Superintendent of the Centertown Sabbath School in Centertown, Ohio County, KY in 1894. "Mack" died March 12, 1896 at Centertown. Listed in Blacksmiths for Military and for USA. Contact Rick by.
HALPIN James Blacksmith ,Military 1846: James Halpin, blacksmith British Army. Born Tipperary/Limerick , Ireland. James was a blacksmith for British army until emigration to USA circa 1846. Later based in Pennsylvania. Listed in Blacksmiths of Ireland and Military Blacksmith. Contact Brian by
HENRY James Blacksmith,Military 1835: James Henry, blacksmith, Army Service Corps. Born about 1835, Ireland. The 1871 UK census lists James as 35yrs, living at Woolwich, London, England with wife Mary 42yrs (born Ireland. Children: Charles 12yrs (born Montreal Canada 1859); daughter Bann 5yrs (born 1866 Woolwich); William 4yrs (born 1867 Woolwich). 1871: James is listed as 'Smith, Army Service Corps. The ASC had only just been formed (1870) and presumably he had been transferred in quite recently. James was presumably in the Montreal Garrison in 1859 when son John was born. The next definite sighting is in 1901 when James is retired and sharing a house with his wife and son and family, still in Woolwich. There is a possible sighting in 1891 again in Woolwich and another in 1911 however neither is certain. Obviously there are no records for the ASC before 1870 and so far no trace of James in earlier Cavalry or Artillery regiments nor has anything yet been found about the Montreal garrison around 1859. Listed in Blacksmiths of London plus Military Blacksmiths. Any help is appreciated. Contact Peter by
JESSE Frank (Francis) Edward Blacksmith,Royal Navy 1881: Frank (Francis)Edward Jesse, blacksmith in Royal Navy based in Portsmouth. Born December quarter 1881 Portsea, Hampshire. See http://www.freebmd.org.uk/ Vol: 2b Page: 440 and died December quarter 1962 Portsea, aged 61yrs, Vol: 6b Page 463. In WW1 Frank was on HMS Hampshire and lost a leg at Scapa Flow as the result of an accident. Ship was sunk with no survivors while he was in hospital. He later became a watch maker in Denmead, Hants. Listed in the Clock/Watch Makers, Military & Hampshire Blacksmiths Indexes. Contact Madeline by or Contact his granddaughter Susan by
LEECH Herbert James Saddler,Harness maker 1895: Herbert James Leech, saddler. Born 1895, Chingford, Essex, England. Herbert followed in his father's footsteps and became a saddler possibly working for Jones Brothers of Chingford. 1914 war joined Army Service Corps number 4893 using his trade in France. Listed in both the Saddlers Index and Military Index. Contact Geraldine by
LEECH William James Saddler,Harness maker 1868: William James Leech,saddler, harness maker. Born 1868, Chingford, Essex, England. William aas a saddler/harness maker during 1914 war joined the Royal Regiment of Artillery/Royal Horse & Royal Field Artillery his regimental number 82681 served in France as a saddler. Listed in both the Saddlers Index and Military Index. Contact Geraldine by
LONG Frank Blacksmith,Farrie,Military 1915: Frank Long, blacksmith, farrier. Born about 1864, Coggs, oxfordshire, England. Frank is the son Arthur, blacksmith, 1st forge at Fordwells & then Cogges, Witney, Joined the Army Veterinary Corp, in 1915 went to Aldershot School of Farriery,as farrier instructor until 1919,then returned to the forge at Cogges. Listed in Blacksmiths of Oxfordshire and Military Blacksmiths. Contact Peter by.
McCOURT Robert Blacksmith,Military Gunr Driv. 1827: Robert McCourt, military blacksmith. Born about 1827, Armagh Ireland. The 1851 UK census lists Robert as 24yrs, at 1-Frederick & Legonier Squares Artillery Barracks, Stoke Damerel, Devon.
McGOWAN Samuel Farrier,Military Gunr.Driv. 1832: Samuel McGowan.military farrier. Born about 1832, Down Banbridge,Ireland. The 1851 UK census lists Samuel as 19yrs, at 1-Frederick & Legonier Squares Artillery Barracks, Stoke Damerel, Devonshire.
McGRATH James Blacksmith 1811: James McGrath, blacksmith. Born about 1811, Carlow, Ireland. Occupation blacksmith in 1830, when he joined 34th Foot Regiment in Milbank, Kildare, Ireland. See Blacksmiths of Ireland Index as well. Contact Godfrey by.
McPHERSON John Blacksmith,Military Gunr Driv. 1830: John McPherson, military blacksmith. Born about 1830, Inverness, Scotland. The 1851 UK census lists John as - 21yrs, at 1-Frederick & Legonier Squares Artillery Barracks, Stoke Damerel, Devonshire.
MURPHY Michael (Army Major) Blacksmith Awarded Victoria Cross 1860: Michael Murphy,Army Major, Blacksmith, Victoria Cross 1860: Army Major Michael Murphy, born in Cahir, Tipperary , Ireland. Awarded Victoria Cross 1860 whilst serving in The British Army in India. Died 1893 in Darlington. Listed in Blacksmiths f fIreland & Military Indexes. Contact Geoffrey by
OTTY (OTTEY) Robert Farrier & Coal Miner 1883: Robert Otty,farrier,coal mine., Born 1883 in Hetton le Hole was a coal miner he served in a British Artillery Regiment in world war 1 as a farrier, in Gallipoli and France. Also listed in the Farriers Index. 1833: Robert born 1883 in Hetton le Hole was a coal miner he served in a British Artillery Regiment in world war 1 as a farrier, in Gallipoli and France. Also listed in the Farriers Index. See Blacksmiths of Norfolk, Durham & Australia for other family members. Contact Roberts grandson - Robert by.
PAUL John Blacksmith,Shipwright 1860: John Paul, Royal Navy Blacksmith. Born 1860, Penzance, Cornwall . England. John joined the navy in 1881, serving as an Armourer's Cooper, then as a Shipwright, although his official rating was Blacksmith. He was pensioned off in 1901. He was my Great-grandfather. I still possess a pair of brass smoothing irons that he made in the 1890s. Contact Barbara by
POPE James William Blacksmith ,Military 1876: James William Pope, military blacksmith. Born 1876, Exeter, Devon, England. James William Pope became a Stoker in the Royal Navy and saw action during the Boxer Rebellion aboard HMS Algerine at the taking of the Taku Forts in 1900. He served in the Royal Navy during WW1 as a stoker first class and died as a result of injuries in 1921. He is buried at Exeter Higher Cemetery and is listed on the War Memorial. He is listed in the 1891 Census as a relative of George Pope (blacksmith) born 1859 in Shobrooke, Devon. George Pope was James William Pope's uncle. James. W. Pope is listed in both Blacksmiths of Devon and Military Blacksmiths Indexes. Contact Lara by
RACK Edward Farrier, Military 1914: Edward Rack, military farrier with the RFA in WW1 1914-1918. No other information given. Listed in the Fariers and the Military Indexes. Contact Kevin by
REYNARD Mr. Blacksmiths,A.R.P. Special Constable 1940s: Mr. Reynard. Hardley Smithy Forge was in a cottage near what is now Hardley roundabout and, during World War 2, Mr. Reynard the Smith was a special constable with A.R.P. duties, killed on duty in the bombing. He is commemorated on the War Memorial plaque in All Saints Church, Fawley. Information compliments of David Dowd, HANTS.
REYNOLDS Ernest William Blacksmith, Farrier, Military 1887: Ernest William Reynolds, military blacksmith,farrier. Born in Roughton, Norfolk in 1887. Sergeant Blacksmith (Farrier) in Norfolk Regiment. Later a Smith in Cromer, worked at Cromer Hall. Married Mary Elizabeth WARD 1909. See him also in the Blacksmiths of Norfolk Index and Farriers Index. Contact Sue by.
ROSS William Blacksmith,Military Gunr Driv. 1829: William Ross,military blacksmith, Gunr,Driv. Born about 1829, Oldmacker-ABD. The 1851 UK census lists William as, 22yrs, at 1-Frederick & Legonier Squares Artillery Barracks, Stoke Damerel, Devonshire.
RYAN Bernard Blacksmith, Farrier,Military 1913: Bernard Ryan, military blacksmith, farrier. Born 30 June 1887 at 41 Forgate Street, Stafford, Staffordshire, England. The 1891 UK census lists him as 3yrs living at ?26 Gaol Road, Stafford with parents Patrick & Julie plus siblings. In 1901 he is 14yrs (blacksmith) at 40 Grey Friars, Stafford with parents & siblings. In the 1911 census his name appears as a blacksmith but the whole line has subsequently been crossed out. In the meantime the family have moved to 25 Forgate Street. I’m not sure why his absence occurred but in January 1913 he signs his Attestation form for the Territorial Force ( Staffordshire Yeomanry ) and gives his place of work as Corporation Stafford, Borough Hall and his trade as a Shoeing Smith. On his Military History Sheet his service is for 3 years and 177 days at Home and is discharged for defective vision on the 5th July 1916. I suppose I’m curious has to who he worked for from 1916 up to the time he got married in 1929 when he married Elizabeth Mary Alcock. Children: John Daniel 1930, Elizabeth Agnes Anne 1931, Patrick 1933 and Michael 1936. Listed in Blacksmiths of Staffordshire, Farriers & Military Indexes. Any help appreciated. Contact Michael by
STANDEN Elias Farrier, Blacksmith,Military 1779: ELias Standen, military blacksmith,farrier. Born 1779 at Burwash, Sussex, son of Samuel Standen & Frances(nee Fuller). Married Barbara Heathfield, they lived sometime in Canterbury. Elias was a Sergeant Farrier at Waterloo. After Napoleonic war lived in Waresley,Hunts. Died: 1867 at Gamlingay, Cambridge. Elias & Barbara are grandparents of Harry Henry Standen who married Annie Pashley, daughter of George & Emma.
SUTTON Mark Farrier,Military 1832: Mark Sutton,farrier, shoeing smith in the Crimean War. He received medals with three clasps. He is my great, great grandfather. He was born about 1832 in Leire, Leicestershire, England. He joined the Royal Regiment of the Artillery around 1850. He served as a shoeing smith and his father was a blacksmith - seems a line of blacksmiths. Mark Sutton died while still in the service, stationed in Limerick, Ireland, on Feb. 8, 1864. His wife was Eliza Ann,"with the company." They married in Charlton, England. Mark was stationed in Athlone, Ireland, in 1863, Ballincollig, Ireland, in 862, Aldershot in 1859 and Woolwich, England, several times. He received several medals for his service in the Crimean War in 1855-? and was with the Royal Regiment of Artillery of Battalion. His Crimea War Medals included three clasps: Inkerman (battle) and Turkish (battle), and also Seb(v)astapol. My mother has his war docket and, I believe, a photo. It is believed his medals are with an uncle in our family. Contact Stacey by
SYMONS Henry Blacksmith,Military Ordnance 1818: Henry Symons, military blacksmith. Born about 1818, Plymouth, Devon, England. The 1851 UK census lists Henry as 33yrs, at 13 Charlotte Row, Morie Town, Devon; with wife Ann 31yrs (born Plymouth).
THOMPSON Joseph Blacksmith,Farrier, Military Gunr Driv. 1830: Joseph Thompson, military blacksmith, farrier. Born aout 1830, Barnstaple, Devon, England. The 1851 UK census lists Joseph as 21yrs, at 1-Frederick & Legonier Squares Artillery Barracks, Stoke Damerel, Devonshire.
VINSON Reginald Stewart Blacksmith,Ironworker, Wheelwright,Farrier,Military 1920: Reginald Stewart Vinson,military backsmith, ironworker, wheelwright, farrier. IIn the 1920's he was a blacksmith/wheelwright/iron worker, he served his apprenticeship with Metters of Tavistock. His daughter Valerie say "my knowledge is a bit vague im afraid but it must have been about the late 1920s. At the time Reginald lived at Devon Great Consols Lamerton. We however shifted to quite a few moorland villages as the work dried up. When the horse was supplanted by the tractor he went to work at Devonport dockyard and was sent to Gibraltar just after WW2. He also served so I believe as a farrier in the N/Devon Hussars" Reginald is also listed in the Wheelwrights, Ironworkers,Blacksmiths of Devon & Farriers Indexes. To share information contact Reg's daughter Valerie by
WILSON Frederick William Richard Blacksmith, Farrier,Military 1891: Frederick William Richard Wilson, blacksmith, farrier. Born 1891 and died 1964 or 1965 in Klerksdorp. Married Lillian Wilson lived in Kimberley. Had 3 daughters, one who disowned her family and became a famous Carven model in Paris (Audrey/Irene). His medal from the great war records him as Pte W Wilson of the 2nd S.A.H. (South African Horse). Listed in Blacksmiths of South Africa; Farriers and Military Indexes. Contact Jennifer by
YOUNG William Blacksmith,Military Gunr Driv. (2d). 1830: William Young, military blacksmith. Born about 1830, St. Cuthberts, EDN. The 1851 UK census lists William as 21yrs, at 1-Frederick & Legonier Squares Artillery Barracks, Stoke Damerel. Devonshire.
    
    
    
    
    
    
    
    
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