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Anonymous said...It's interesting to speculate about the continued connection of George and the Laceys; was he just close to his foster family, or was a Lacey (was ARTHUR Lacey!) George's father?
No way of telling that now, of course, short of a DNA test; but it's possible Annie did at some point tell George, even if George felt no need to pass the information on to his own kids.
July 01, 2010
That must remain speculation! The "nurse child" scenario was quite common at the time. Annie couldn't possibly have worked as a domestic servant with a young child and so an "arrangement" would have been made with the Laceys. It's unlikely to be anything more than that. I'm not at all sure how close George was to his mother Annie. Ken is visiting England later in the month, I can ask his opinion. BL

Anonymous said...
When can we expect the next profile?
June 08, 2010
 I'm struggling to sort out how to do Willie. He is, of course, my father. As I write he is not at all well. It all makes it much more difficult. I'll make a real effort this weekend. After that profile is complete, I think that the only character left is Harry himself. Then that will complete the blog. I'm not sure what happens next. Please be patient. BL

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Frances said.. More about Jack;

On the 1911 census, he was living at 149 Church Street, Kimberworth. He was a lodger in the property, and living alone. His occupation is recorded as “Clerk in Holy Orders, Established Church.”

I consulted Crockford’s Clerical directory for various years, which gave me some more information on Jack’s career.
He went to St Catherine’s College in Oxford, where he got his BA in 1905. He was awarded his MA in 1916.
He became a deacon 1905, and a priest in 1906. From 1905 until 1911 he was Curate of Kimberworth, Rotherham. In 1906, his address is recorded as 98 Regent Street, Rotherham. From 1911 – 1912, he was Curate at St Marks, Broomhall, Sheffield. From 1913 – 1915, he was Vicar of Grimethorpe, Barnsley. His address (unsurprisingly) was the Vicarage.From 1916 – 1923, he was Curate of St John, Newland, Hull. His address is recorded as 20 Ryde Street, Beverley Road. Hull. There is a reference in the East Yorkshire archives for St John’s dated 8 December 1916 which reads “Licence for assistant curate John Ernest Lamin.”

From 1923 – 1936, he was Vicar of North Dalton, again living at the Vicarage. North Dalton is small village south west of Driffield, in the East Riding of Yorkshire (where, coincidently, some of my ancestors lived).

From 1936 onwards, he was at Newton-on-Ouse, again in Yorkshire, this time north west of York. His address is the Vicarage. In 1938, he became the Officiating Chaplain at the nearby RAF Linton-on-Ouse. From June 1937 until April 1940, the Station was also home to Headquarters No 4 (Bomber) Group, which controlled the bomber stations in Yorkshire.

Frances, an impressive piece of research. Many, many thanks for helping to breathe some life into Jack's career. BL

May 14, 2010

Anonymous said...Crockford's Clerical Directory should be able to tell you all about Jack's career as a clergyman. Their online source ( is about the contemporary clergy only, but libraries, particularly diocesan ones, will have old copies for the dates you need, and the site suggest that you contact Lambeth: York Minster should certainly have information about its Canons. As a Canon Jack would probably have had allotted services when he would have preached.
May 12, 2010
I've had some information from Crockford's that confirmed the association with York Minster. I tried emailing the Minster's library and Archivist several times but, disappointingly, haven't received a reply. I discovered that one of my mother's relatives is married to the Bishop of Newcastle and so was able to get some "inside" help on Crockford's. BL

Gloria Reading said...I have loved following your blog. The following is not a criticism, but a curiosity. Would not Jack have been born to Henry AND his wife?? :) It's a wonderment. :) "Harry’s brother Jack was born in 1870 to Henry Lamin."
May 12, 2010
Gloria, it is a criticism - and it's a perfectly correct citicism. I finished the posting late at night. This morning I've made quite a few changes. I need loyal followers like you to point out the glaring errors that I make. No problem.  Hope it's O.K. now. BL

Anonymous said... I am wondering how it is that Ethel kept letters to Jack but not the letters that Harry wrote to her. What do you think? I wonder if you would post other letters exchanged among the "characters" in this fascinating story. I have been following Harry's blog for nearly two years and I still check it every day. Thank you.
May 11, 2010
Ethel hated the war. The story is that the letters so upset her, maybe Harry too, that she burned them. It's probable that she didn't get hold of the letters to Jack and Kate until the late 1940s. Maybe she didn't think that they were her's to destroy, maybe she was a little less upset by then. BL

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