Issue 18

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Experiences of a modern emigrant

Wembworthy

Captain Bertrand William Stedeford

 

Emigration has been an underlying theme in most of the 2003 Issues of this magazine. It occurred to us one day that although we had a number of facts about conditions and family stories of success or failure, we really didn't know much about how it felt to be an emigrant.

We asked Roy Hayter (who emigrated not once but twice) if he would tell us about his experiences and we are delighted to publish his response this month. We are most grateful to Roy for his interesting and very readable "insider" view as we follow him from his student days through to the process of becoming an American Citizen.

We hope the descendents of William Stentiford and Charity Born, together with  those of William Stentiford and Elizabeth Bright will find the Wembworthy article useful in pushing their family trees back prior to 1725. We've used a little bus journey across three Parishes to point up the ease with which our ancestors moved around an area - it would be very easy in the Coldridge area to plan a 3-hour walk which crossed four or five Parishes, each with its own set of records, 50% of which may not be included in the IGI.

This month we recall Bertrand William Stedeford who died in the Malayan Campaign which lasted from 1948 to 1960. He was professional soldier who rose through the ranks to become a Captain and was only 36 when he died. Readers of the Burma Star website will find him mentioned there too - he also saw service in the jungles of Burma with the Chindits in World War 2.

Finally, we noticed during the last days of May that the opening "hits" counter had begun to show a four-figure number - not much to shout about by comparison with many websites but a real milestone for us. Our thanks to all of you for your support and continuing interest.

Keep in touch,

Muriel and Richard

 

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Experiences of a modern emigrant

Wembworthy

Captain Bertrand William Stedeford

 

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