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Davies Family / Re: Oxford County Coroner's records
« Last post by Nicholas on July 20, 2019, 07:57:07 PM »
Christ Church did not appoint the coroner, but the University did.
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Davies Family / Re: George
« Last post by GoScoutUK on July 18, 2019, 09:55:31 PM »
I have examined George's military papers and can confirm that among his possessions when he died were:

A cigarette case
4 pipes
A tobacco pouch
A cigar case
Princess Mary's gift box with tobacco
3 pipe lighters

I would take this as pretty certain confirmation that he smoked when on service.

Guy
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Davies Family / Re: Davies family in Tilford
« Last post by GoScoutUK on July 18, 2019, 09:15:57 PM »
Having been inside the former Black Lake Cottage, and knowing the current owner (slightly), I will do my best to find this place. I'll circulate the photo (assuming I have permission to do this), and see if I can get any more information.
Of course, if I find any more, I'll come back to the board.
Thanks
Guy
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JMBarrie / Re: Mary Ansell, her family, her life
« Last post by LynnsWaffles on July 18, 2019, 08:42:47 PM »
Thank you so much, happy holiday☺
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JMBarrie / Re: Mary Ansell, her family, her life
« Last post by Brutus on July 18, 2019, 01:55:04 PM »
Hi Lynn. Iím away from home until end of next week, but will send you the pictures on my return.
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JMBarrie / Re: Mary Ansell, her family, her life
« Last post by LynnsWaffles on July 17, 2019, 08:36:23 PM »
Oh wow thank you so much! I would love to see the photos, I would really appreciate you sharing them with me, so kind of you x My email address is lynnswaffles@gmail.com
Kind Regards Lynn x
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JMBarrie / Re: Lost Boys Script
« Last post by Andrew on July 17, 2019, 06:48:44 PM »
Oh dear, mea maxima culpa!  I will add it to my long "to do" list, and hopefully scan the rest of it by summer's end - keep nagging if I forget.
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Davies Family / Re: George
« Last post by Andrew on July 17, 2019, 04:17:47 PM »
Most answers to your questions can be found either in my book J M Barrie & the Lost Boys or else Mackail's 1941 biography, The Story of JMB. George had expressed a wish to be buried where he fell, and although this couldn't be precisely granted, I'm sure his brothers would have objected to his body being repatriated, even supposing Barrie ever proposed such a thing (which I sincerely doubt). I also don't think anyone would have wanted to guild the lily of his simple grave, more or less identical to those of his comrades. Second Lieutenant (pronounced "lef-tenant" by English speakers) is a junior commissioned officer military rank in many other countries besides Britain and the USA ...
... and yes, all the brothers smoked. Daphne du M put their emphysema down to their glass-blowing French ancestors.
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Davies Family / Re: Davies family in Tilford
« Last post by Andrew on July 17, 2019, 04:04:17 PM »
Brutus beat me to it!  I fear I can add nothing more, except to echo Brutus' hope that you'll keep us posted of any new revelations ...
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JMBarrie / Re: Mary Ansell, her family, her life
« Last post by Brutus on July 17, 2019, 10:47:44 AM »
This is great, Lynn! That collection of old photos was quite a find. Thanks for sharing your research.

I have photos of Mary's grave and house in Biarritz, if you're interested. Her villa is still there and lived in by the the descendants of Mary's housekeeper/companion, who inherited her estate. 

The name "Mary Cannan"on the tombstone is hardly decipherable because the family who inherited her estate  took over the plot for their own dead members, and have now probably forgotten who Mary Cannan was.
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