Author Archives: Margaret Frood

About Margaret Frood

Margaret Frood is a Family and Local Historian with an insatiable curiosity about the partially told stories of a family's past. Her four war memorial blogs have been created in the hope that they will help to rescue from oblivion the stories of those listed on the war memorials of Petersham, Ham and Tur Langton, as well as Southern Africans commemorated in the UK and in Western Europe.

An incomplete tale of three Deutschmann servicemen

On a visit to the Scottish National War Memorial last year, on the trail of Scots I have researched who are commemorated on War Memorials outwith Scotland, I spent some time in ‘Section M’, which is where you will find … Continue reading

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Guardsman Walter Hardy Geddes, The Scots Guards (1924–1944)

On a sunny Saturday in October 2018, we visited the South African Cemetery in Castiglione dei Pepoli.  This cemetery has 502 war graves from the Second World War, the majority being for South African servicemen.  The 24th Guards Brigade, however, … Continue reading

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William Victor St Clair McLaren: his McLaren and Sinclair lines

Earlier this year, I discovered that there is a memorial to William McLaren’s brother in the Dean Cemetery.  I was aware that it was an imposing memorial, and thought that it would therefore be relatively easy to identify.  This was … Continue reading

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A different kind of milestone this year: TWO South Africans!

The South African War Memorial in Richmond Cemetery is where my husband and I have been observing the two minute silence, ever since my incorrigible curiosity, led me to research the South African Military Hospital in Richmond Park. In this … Continue reading

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Cecil Stanley Groves (1899–1918)

16650 Private Cecil Stanley Groves, 1/South African Infantry Regiment. Killed in Action, 23/24 March 1918, Commemorated on The Pozières Memorial. This one is personal; Stanley is one of my great uncles.    I am posting a day early because one … Continue reading

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Finally! South Africa remembers: Remembrance Sunday 2017

As we walked through Richmond Cemetery on Remembrance Sunday, there was an icy wind to chill the 8ºC on the mercury, and I regretted not giving my gloves an outing.  As the South African War Memorial came into sight when … Continue reading

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Charles Henry Green (1882–1917)

Major Charles Henry Green, 1st Battalion South Staffordshire Regiment, attached 3rd Battalion, Nigeria Regiment, West African Frontier Force. Died of wounds, near Mkwera, 8 November 1917. Buried in the Mkwera Cemetery, whose war graves were ‘lost’ and is now commemorated … Continue reading

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