Category Archives: Family history articles

Ethel Mary Atcherley’s World War One

“The KING has been graciously pleased to give orders for the following promotions in, and appointments to, the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire for services in connection with the War, to be dated 1st January, 1920:— […] To be Members of the Civil Division of the said Most Excellent Order:— […] Miss Ethel Mary Atcherley. Queen’s Hospital, Birmingham.” … Read more »

Mother, grandmother and guardian: Elizabeth Atcherley, née Gittins

Elizabeth Atcherley, née Gittins, became a mother at the age of 36, and a widow (with children aged 7 and 18) at 54. Later, the deaths of her daughter and son-in-law meant that Elizabeth became guardian to seven grandchildren – at the age of 85! Elizabeth was most likely the Elizabeth Gittins who was baptised at Alberbury St Michael and… Read more »

Richard Atcherley’s World War Two – Shot down in a Spitfire

 I remember one occasion when Batchy sat with us over a flying supper in the early hours of the morning, and said, pointedly, ‘Flying is a young man’s game. You chaps are about right, I am too old for it.’ Soon after that, he left us to command Kenley …  — Jim Bailey (2005), The Sky Suspended: A Fighter Pilot’s… Read more »

A policeman’s lot: Constable Thomas Cureton Atcherley (Part 1)

As a ‘bobby’ in Bloxwich (and later in Walsall town) at the end of the nineteenth century and the beginning of the twentieth, Police Constable Thomas Cureton Atcherley found himself up against drunks, gamblers, thieves, army deserters and other assorted miscreants, not to mention a house fire. Fortunately, his job had its lighter moments too. When the 1881 census was… Read more »

A fraudster Down Under: Robert Atcherley Taylor – Part 7

< Back to Part 6 Released early from a 14 year stretch on Norfolk Island, which had itself replaced a sentence of death, Robert Atcherley Taylor returned to Tasmania. His many months of good work as a convict-chaplain, which had won him his freedom, also served to prepare him for life on the outside. He was ready to go straight…. Read more »

A fraudster Down Under: Robert Atcherley Taylor – Part 6

< Back to Part 5 A death sentence would, in most cases, bring a person’s life story to a rather unpleasant end – but not in the case of Robert Atcherley Taylor! The judgement of death initially recorded following Robert’s conviction in Sydney for “obtaining money under false pretences” was not carried out. Instead, his sentence was “Commuted to 14… Read more »