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Daff (#47503073)
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Bio Photo I was born and brought up in Wales but now live in Lincoln England. I started genealogy in 2002 and now have my family back to 18c. I stumbled across this site whilst tracing American relatives and found lots of help and information.
Through the findagrave forum I'm involved in projects to leave flowers on all memorials that don't currently have any, please don't assume I'm a relative because I left a flower or sponsored a memorial and please don't transfer without asking.
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Edwin Ridout
RE: Getting famous
Daff, thanks, yes please, I think I would like to give that a shot. It might take me a while, particularly as you've demonstrated how hard it can be.

By the way, although that exact Thatcher quote can be found repeated in a number of places online, Wikipedia says "citation needed" so I tried to find it. It's not in her eulogy at his memorial service ( ). The only online reference to a "freedom's warriors" quote prior to 3/30/2004 was a BBC "On this day" reprise of their 3/30/1979 news item ( ). That quote at least starts the same way, so perhaps she expanded on it subsequently. Or somebody else did.
Added by Edwin Ridout on Jan 28, 2015 7:22 AM
Edwin Ridout
RE: Getting famous
Daf, I think the problem might be that a famous bio is expected to be original. Perhaps they can't approve if they think it's essentially the same as a bio already available elsewhere. With the (only) one I've had approved, I got the facts from multiple sources, and tried not to repeat phrasing used by others. I hope to do more famous bios myself, but it clearly does take some time and effort. Good luck with Airey Neave -- I'm looking forward to seeing you get approved! --Edwin
Added by Edwin Ridout on Jan 28, 2015 5:06 AM
Edwin Ridout
RE: Getting famous
Certainly discourages one from submitting any more famous biographies, doesn't it?
Added by Edwin Ridout on Jan 26, 2015 5:44 AM
Kathleen Grant
Headstone request
Thanks Daff! Sorry late in deleting my request, am happy with the photo as published.
Added by Kathleen Grant on Jan 25, 2015 12:56 PM
Edwin Ridout
Getting famous
The one famous designation I got (for ) took multiple attempts also.

But if there's something wrong with your Airey Neave bio I don't see what it could be.

On one hand, I could speculate that perhaps they might think there's too much early-life detail.

On the other, I'm tempted to suggest adding that working in London for MI-9, he helped coordinate the Shelburne Escape Line which rescued 121 allied airmen from Nazi-occupied France.

Maybe you should just go through it again looking for something to refine and submit again?
Added by Edwin Ridout on Jan 21, 2015 5:21 AM
Edwin Ridout
Acker Bilk
Daff, I was so pleased to see your famous obit for Acker Bilk, right after I'd sent you the note about Airey Neave. I too have done just one famous obit on Find a Grave, and although I've not heard anything of Acker Bilk in many years, he certainly did touch my life when I was a kid with a clarinet. Airey Neave is back in my mind of late due to the book the Shelburne Escape Line. It was his role in London's "Room 900" which ran the Shelburne Line rescuing downed aviators from occupied France. I think this may not have been widely known at the time of his murder. --Edwin
Added by Edwin Ridout on Jan 20, 2015 6:20 PM
Thank you!

Hello Daff,

Thanks very much for providing the grave photo for the Capt Daniel Shepherd memorial page.

All the best to you and your family.

Added by Milou on Jan 15, 2015 8:40 PM
Ranks in front of First name
Although I appreciate your edits regarding putting the rank in front of the Forename, also your friends, as a Military Historian, the rank comes before the name, me myself being an ex "sapper", unless findagrave choose not to include prefixes to include English ranks such as "Sapper and or Gunner", also Pte and not Pvt. I shall continue to do so. I hope you take this message in the way it is meant. Regards Allan. If you can get the options changed Ie: to include Sapper/ Gunner/Pte.
Added by EHL on Dec 24, 2014 2:37 PM
Rebecca McIntosh
Thanks for the corrections you have sent regarding ranks in first names - it drives me nuts when people do that! The ones you have sent me corrections on are actually ones that I requested someone transfer to me because the photos are so bad and we like to do bios for the military - they deserve that at the very least. We haven't been able to get back to them since they were transferred (over 100) but we will clean them all up some day! Thanks again - becca
Added by Rebecca McIntosh on Dec 22, 2014 3:41 AM
RE: Sapper George Ware
Not at all, on the contrary, I'm grateful! Same to you and your family!
Added by Leilani on Dec 21, 2014 4:21 PM
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