Monthly Archives: February 2015

Roy Atcherley Vosper’s World War One

< More Atcherley stories from World War 1 Updated 7 March 2015. The name Atcherley, mentioned in connection with flying, usually brings to mind Richard and David Atcherley of the RAF. There was however another bearer of the name who beat the famous flying twins into the air, and into battle, back in the days before the RAF even existed…. Read more »

Constant companions? The Misses Mary Cureton Atcherley

I have not found a baptism record for Mary Cureton Atcherley, daughter of William Atcherley and his wife Mary (Cureton). However the ages given for Mary on census returns and on her death all indicate that she was born in 1810-11. The census returns, from 1841 to 1881, are consistent in one other respect too: they all show one of… Read more »

Sugar, slaves and the dry bellyache: Edward Atcherley in Jamaica

Sometime in the early 1670s Edward Atcherley, a young man in his twenties and a native of Shrewsbury, gave up his career as a merchant in London and set sail for the West Indies. There, as a plantation manager in Jamaica, he grew sugar, bought slaves, drank rather too much rum – and suffered from a crippling colic known as… Read more »

An Atcherley family’s World War One: The Canadian Home Front

< More Atcherley stories from World War 1 The ‘military fete’ and garden bridge party to be held at the home of Mrs. A. E. Bull, ‘The Hedges,’ 1375 Burnaby street, on Wednesday, August 25, from 4 to 6 p. m., under the auspices of the Burrard chapter of the Daughters of the Empire, promises to be one of the… Read more »

Till he grew disordered in his mind

The Reverend Richard Atcherley (or Acherley, as his family’s surname was typically  written), was the eldest son of Thomas Atcherley, ironmonger of Wrexham. A report on a legal case in Chancery stated that “Thomas Acherleydied in June 1741; leaving Richard Acherley Clerk, a lunatic, his eldest son and heir at law”. The antiquarian Samuel Garbet, in his History of Wem,… Read more »