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… to the Atcherley family history website

On this page (last updated 5 Aug 2017): Featured photo | Dr Rowland Anthony “Tony” Atcherley, 1925 – 2017 | New here? | Recent discoveries | Events in August – past and present 


Featured photo

This coachwork on this beautiful Alfa Romeo was completed by brothers William Clive and Robert Clifford Atcherley. The new owner, sitting in the driver’s seat, is Robert Clifford Atcherley’s grandson Dave Atcherley! Thanks Dave for allowing me to use the picture (actually, two pictures) on the Atcherley website. It has been added to the Atcherley artefacts page.

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Dr Rowland Anthony “Tony” Atcherley, 7 June 1925 – 15 July 2017

It is with great sadness that I share with you the news of Tony Atcherley’s passing, at the age of 92. The following short bio is taken from the website of Barnes & Noble (publisher of Tony’s book, written with Mark Carey, about Ernst Röhm):

Tony Atcherley, BA, MA, Diploma in Sociology, Teacher’s Certificate, Ph.D. Born 1925 in Leeds. After fighting in the N.W. Europe Campaign from D Day to VE Day, served for three and a half years as an interpreter in Germany from which arose his lasting interest in modern German history. Studied Philosophy and Sociology at the University of London and Intellectual History at the University of Sussex. Spent thirty years as a teacher in Secondary, Further and Higher Education ending as Principal, later visiting, Lecturer at the University of Brighton.

Tony’s funeral took place on Tuesday 25 July at Woodvale Crematorium in Brighton. Donations in Tony’s memory may be made to his favourite charity (it’s one of mine too), Hillside Animal Sanctuary in Norfolk, and can be sent via the funeral directors: Christopher Stringer, 67 High Street, Rottingdean, BN2 7HE or through the C.P.J. Field website.

In memory of Tony, I have added the first part of his WW2 story to this website – Tony Atcherley’s World War Two: D-Day.

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New here?

Welcome! First of all, I recommend you learn more about this site. Then, you can search for your Atcherley ancestors in the new Atcherley Family Tree. Or why not check out the virtual Atcherley family albums in the Pictures section of the website? You can also read the stories of Atcherley family members, both ordinary and extraordinary, from the 1600s to the 1900s: for a full list of over 150 articles and stories see Contents – Stories and Articles.

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Recent discoveries

I recently acquired a 3 volume set of books on the “History of England” and added them to my ‘Atcherley Archive’. The story behind them is this: Elizabeth Hester Isabella Loftie, born about 1816 in Paris, “with the Army of Occupation”, married William Shairp Langton Atcherley (son of Captain James Atcherley of the Royal Marines) at Stoke Damerel, Devon, in 1836. Records suggest that Elizabeth spent her entire adult life in southern England. However, these books show that she spent some time in Edinburgh after the death of her husband in 1842. She inscribed all three in the name of Mrs. W. S. L. Atcherley.

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Events in August – past and present

I am kicking off this month’s round-up of Atcherley events with one which, at the time of writing, is set to take place in the near future. Congratulations in advance to Sean Atcherley and Jennifer Shaw, who are due to get married on 26 August 2017! If you would like to buy a wedding gift for Sean and Jennifer, you can do so via their registry at Macy’s.

Also married this month – but on 5 August 1933 and for the fourth and last time, was Lucy Eleanor Louisa Atcherley. Her husband on this occasion was Alan James Levinge Whyte. For more on Lucy’s marriages, and her stage career, see Lucy Eleanor Louisa Atcherley: Her life and loves in the spotlight.

Jane Plymley, who was baptised on 10 August 1669 at Shrewsbury St Chad, joined the Atcherley family when she married Thomas Atcherley of Shrewsbury, on …. oh wait, no record of their wedding was kept! I did however manage to track down more information on their nuptials than I ever thought would be possible. See Thomas and Jane Atcherley: Evidence of matrimony in a case at Chancery for the full story.

Born on 22 January 1836 at Canterbury in Kent, Henry Mount Langton Atcherley was baptised on 30 August 1837 at St Marylebone in Middlesex. He spent most of his adult life in New Zealand, where became an artist of some repute. For an image of one of his works, and link to a web page where you can view more, see Atcherley artefacts.

Most members of the Atcherley family were reasonably well off. However  John Atcherley, like his sister Sarah, ended his days in the workhouse and was buried (in John’s case on 3 August 1874) at Wellington, Shropshire. Find out more in Sarah and John Atcherley: From Waters Upton to the Workhouse.

Finally, on 4 August 1914 Britain declared war on Germany and entered what would later be known as the Great War, and later still the First World War. For links to stories about Atcherleys who served in the field and on the home front, see World War 1.

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