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Susan M S (#48245832)
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Bio Photo I live in Kent, England and enjoy gravestone spotting. I have been taking photos for a while but didn't know I could contribute them.
I also take photos of the war memorials of the various churches, town and villages around here.

I have two trees I work on, my own and that of my god daughter. Names I research mostly are in the UK:


Edwards (Kent)
Cheesmer, Cheesemore, Cheesemere variants

My other project is to list all the names on the various war memorials of the town of Tunbridge Wells and slowly painfully put some bone on their skeleton and build a bio! I am using CWGC and Ancestry as well as local newspaper archives to check the names are the correct ones. I appreciate any help you are able to give!
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RE: John Grainger
Dear Susan,

Thank you for replying to my suggested edit, this will help me list a cenotaph or additional page to a memorial against family trees.

Appreciate all you do !
Added by JennyG3136 on Feb 11, 2017 10:15 AM
Eric Gower
Thank you
Dear Susan

I am writing to thank you for the photograph of the memorial in St James's Church, Tunbridge Wells, recorded on the Find-a-Grave site. My Uncle--Eric Gordon Gower (after whom I am named) served in the Norfolk Regiment, although he was born and brought up just round the corner from St James's Church in St James' Park, Tunbridge Wells

He was a twin of my father and was taken across the Channel in the Normandy Landings. His regiment fought their way up to Holland, where he was killed on 16 October 1944. He is buried in the Military Cemetry in Overloon, Netherlands.

My father's family scattered during their adult life and I have now no known relatives in Tunbridge Wells. Now that I am retired and living in Wales, I probably shall not be able to get to see the memorial in St James's Church. So it was very heartening to discover the photograph of it through your activity.

I have been a member of the Tunbridge Wells Family History Society for some time and yesterday received their last newsletter as they have now disbanded. There was an article about Red Plaques in Tunbridge Wells and a list of the prominent people so remembered. In the list was a "Pauline Gower", a pioneer aviator. Out of 'surname curiosity' I Googled her, came upon your page in Find-a-Grave listing all the Gowers in Tunbridge Wells and was very surprised to find Eric's details, given that I knew his grave to be in Holland!

So it was with interest and gratitude I thought I would let you know that had it not been for this 'accident' and your diligence I might never have known that Eric's name was recorded publicly.

Thank you.

Eric Gower
Added by Eric Gower on Jan 08, 2017 11:45 AM
Glad you got me looking at Pembury entries - these are some of my early ones and I didn't know then what I've learnt since! So they could use improvement. Am working on it!
Added by Adrienne on Oct 24, 2016 2:50 PM
RE: Irina Holman
We are very grateful for your information and support. I am pretty sure the funeral director would be mentioned, but we can find out when we are in the UK. I just wanted a confirmation of the source. Are you going back to that cemetery? Please shoot anything you think could be Russian. Thanks in advance
Added by julia&keld on Oct 21, 2016 10:55 PM
Irina Holman
Thank you for trying to fulfil the photo request. Do you mind to share the source of your information regarding the removal of the ashes? Thank you in advance.
Added by julia&keld on Oct 21, 2016 8:53 PM
Brisbane Cookie
Ronald Nelson Chatfield
Hi Susan, Thank you for taking the time out to take these photos. It's very much appreciated.
Added by Brisbane Cookie on Oct 21, 2016 2:59 PM
Ken Smith
Jane Jeffrey Pembury
Susan, I'm certainly not upset with you, but I wish Find -a-Grave didn't make it so dang difficult to search for cemeteries in England. I found the correct graveyard, thanks to you, and finally had to make a whole new memorial for Jane and delete the other one. The new number is 171474362. Thanks
Added by Ken Smith on Oct 18, 2016 12:52 PM
Ken Smith
Jane Jeffrey Pembury
Susan, thank you for giving me the information about the two churches in Pembury. Or maybe I should be angry with you (just kidding), I just went through the whole list of 800 St. Peter's churches in Find-a-Grave's stupid cemetery lookup, but I couldn't find anything for the old church. Can you give me any help finding the old churchyard?
Added by Ken Smith on Oct 18, 2016 10:28 AM
Robert Brotherhood
RE: Ernest Edwin Lamb
Hello Susan,
How "far" in Kent do you live? I have some "LAMB"s in my tree. Ernest W. LAMB born 1931 Hounslow died May 2006 Medway, Kent according to England Death Index.
I find it almost impossible to get cemeteries for people in England. Newspapers of last 50 years are not online and cemetery lists are not online either as they all want (lots of) MONEY for looking up names. Exorbitant.
Last year I went to 10 cemeteries mostly in/near Bristol & Chippenham to find graves of 30 people. I found ALL of them, but it took hours of searching...... Cemeteries abandoned, unattended, uncharted ("go and look for yourself, numbers are not giving a location"), etc.
Unfortunately families of our name (Brotherhood) exist in Kent and in Frant, not related.
We are from Hounslow, some emigrated to USA in 1843, others in 1870-1880, also to Brazil and Canada. Rowland Brotherhood (1812-1883), the famous Chippenham railway engineer is MY greatgrandfather (!!).
Thomas BRO married Mary QUELCH in Hounslow in 1699. Any idea how to link him to "us"? Henry BRO was born 1761 and lived in Hounslow until 1845.
R.J. Brotherhood
Added by Robert Brotherhood on Oct 10, 2016 8:11 PM
Robert Brotherhood
RE: Ernest Edwin Lamb
Thank you for your extensive explanation.
I see what you mean.
As the site is called "Find a grave", I had not included the possibility of cenotaphs.....
In my tree there are some who fell in various wars, and they are commemorated in different places. Of course they should be included on Findagrave.
Added by Robert Brotherhood on Oct 09, 2016 8:58 PM
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