Kate Miles, Harold Clark & Sir G & Lady J Wombwell.



When you find an old photo with names on the back, you think instantly..Whoopee !  But it’s not always easy to find a link. I have searched all the possibilities, and there are a lot ! Here’s just one I found on Find My Past.. Harold William Clark married Minnie Catherine Miles on the 24th September 1919 at St Marks, Ford, Devonport, Devon (Demolished in 2007 & a new one has been built) You either find a fairly common name where you have many options or just as frustrating, people used their middle names or a variation. So without more info I cannot be sure at all….But nevertheless it is a very beautiful photo, and it’s lovely to know the lady’s name.

Do have a Kate Miles or a Harold Clark in your Family History ??



Something a bit different….Found among a bag of photos I bought….An old photo of an old portrait..written on the bottom ‘Presentation portrait Golden Wedding’…This is of Sir George Orby Wombwell & his wife Lady Julia Sarah Alice Child-Villiers, they married on 3 September 1861, so this was a portrait from 1911.

They had two sons, George (1865) and Stephen Frederick (1867) who were both killed on active service. They also had two daughters, Julia Georgiana (1862), who married firstly Vesey Dawson, 2nd Earl of Dartrey in 1890 & late in life, John St Aubyn, the 2nd Baron St Levan & Cecilia Clementina (1864) who married William Menzies.

Sir George was the 4th Baronet b 23 November 1832 d 16 October 1913, Lady Julia was b 11 May 1842 d 24 October 1921. When Sir George died he was the last surviving officer of the Charge of the Light Brigade and was buried in Coxwold churchyard in York. His title and 12,000 acre estate passed to his younger brother Henry Herbert Wombwell.

17th Lancers

This information below & photo above, is taken from the British Empire  Website about the 17th Lancers….It’s a wonderful site & has some amazing information about ‘The British Empire’ & it’s history. Do take a look…

‘This hand coloured engraving from a portrait of Cornet Wombwell illustrates the uniform worn by officers of the 17th at the time of the Charge of the Light Brigade in 1854. It is very similar to the uniform shown in the 1845 portrait, but in 1853 officers were ordered to remove the gold embroidery from their collars and cuffs. The height of the collar was also reduced. The same order stipulated that the size of the czapka be reduced as well. These changes must have been very welcome at the time as campaigning in stiff high, heavily embroidered collars and heavy head-gear would have made things even worse than they were. His charger behind him shows the bridle with the motto on the cross straps, and a glimpse of the shabracque.
He looks the part of a proud victor with his foot on a Russian cannon. It is likely that this was painted in England on his return from the Crimea, and the debris of battle has been reconstructed, including the basket-weave trench re-enforcements on his left.
Sir George Orby Wombwell was 22 at the time of the Charge. He had joined the 17th in 1852 and was appointed ADC to Lord Cardigan for the campaign. When he reached the guns, his horse was killed under him. He mounted another, which, however was wounded and he was shortly after pulled off and taken prisoner, his sword and pistols being taken from him by some Russian Lancers. He managed to escape, catch another loose horse and ride, hell for leather back to the British lines, hotly pursued by Russians. In 1855, he succeeded his father to become Lord Wombwell of Wombwell, Yorkshire. His uniform still exists and can be seen at the regimental museum at Belvior Castle, Grantham.’

Wonder where the original portrait is now ?

I love all the different paths my old photos take me down…….

UPDATE from a lovely lady Sue, who sent me an email…

‘Your recent Wombwell entry rang a bell, as there is a road in Gravesend Kent of that name. Googling brought up this webpage which refers to a Yorkshire connection as you have found.
Likewise the reference in this article to the Colyer Ferguson family. That name too rang a bell for, as a former Major Donor Fundraiser for charities, I know that there is a Colyer-Ferguson Charitable Trust. The family were the last owners of Ightham Mote in Kent, now a National Trust property.
I don’t know if this adds to your digging and delving but thought I’d pass it on,

With very best wishes. Keep up the good website work, it’s fascinating!
How wonderful to have all this extra info, very kind of Sue to let me know….

Till next time then………..

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