Letter N challenge

Today is ANZAC Day here in Australia and New Zealand so I thought I could combine three things in one post.

Wreaths in Hall of ValourThe letter N is for

New Course

I have enrolled as a student in a new course HAA007 (part of the Diploma of Family History) at the University of Tasmania titled “Convict Ancestors” run by Hamish Maxwell-Stewart and his team. I have previously been involved with “Founders and Survivors” also organized with Hamish and a different team. They were looking at descendants of convicts and how their improvements in health evolved over time eg height , weight of sons, grandsons  etc

So this leads to the second part of this post which is looking at the descendants of my convicts who may have served in WWI. I will need to carefully look at my database and check them out – so far I know of three in the COLGRAVE side of the tree.

Finally to the third thing in this post is a link I found on another facebook group which is about a special blog post for Military Monday and relating to ANZAC Day. For those searching for information on their soldiers in WWI, check out the great links in that blog post.

So now let’s start the true part of the post.  My convicts and their descendants who served in WWI:

Francis COL(E)GRAVE:

Great grandson – Private Roy Graham COLGRAVE who I have researched carefully and already written a post about his life in WWI. His records are in the National Archives of Australia SERN 5996 – 56 pages

Grandson –  William COLGRAVE – SERN 834 – 66 pages

Grandson –  Walter COLGRAVE – SERN Depot – 20 pages

Great grandson –  Walter William COLGRAVE – SERN T9050 – 15 pages

Great grandson –  Tasman Allan COLGRAVE – SERN 1060 – 33 pages

Great grandson – Angus Colin COLGRAVE – no digitised record yet

William TEDMAN

Grandson – Edward James TEDMAN – SERN 6096 – 37 pages


Grandson? – Edward ENGLAND – is this Vivian Edward ENGLAND? – SERN 2177 – 16 pages

I haven’t researched the BOYD side of the tree enough to know the grandsons and great grandsons who might be mentioned in the Discovering ANZACs website.

Readers: Please leave a comment about my post or something beginning with N that relates to your family history or your research.

 letter N

18 thoughts on “Letter N challenge

  1. N = NEW, there is always something New to find or learn when researching family history.
    N= NEVER give up for the above reasons.

    Goodluck with researching your Anzac relatives. My ancestors where either too old or too young at the times of the wars, however, they were very involved in the support from the home front. As they were mostly farmers they grew vegetables and acted a Wardens for their local community. One grandmother made clothing to send to our servicemen whilst her husband was very heavily involved in raising money to support our service personnel.

  2. N = National Archives of Australia

    A great source for military service records for WW1 and WW2.

    PS: What does SERN in your post mean?

  3. Nice to have you as a fellow student for the “Convict Ancestors” National pride re Anzac Day. Does this mean your holiday is over?

  4. New to your blog.
    Also doing convict course. My hubby seems to have one or two in his background. Some were not transported here but became naughty while living here.

  5. N is for William Henry NOLAN, Sapper 3339 of 1st Tunnellers, killed in action on 8 October 1918 and buried at Nauroy, France before his body was exhumed and reinterred in the Prospect Hill Cemetery near St Quentin. He was 16 days short of celebrating his 24th birthday. His cousin Joseph Henry CHARLES, SERN 3391 of 41 Battalion Australian Infantry, was killed in action in France on 4 April 1918 and is buried in Villers-Bretonneaux.
    N is for Notices – Family – in Newspapers where information can be found on Names of relatives, date of death or funeral, marriage, birth, engagement.
    Do NOT take for granted that any information you find on your ancestors is fact unless it can be verified by other sources.
    Negative proof is valuable as this can prove that someone was not born, married, died or lived in a particular location therefore negating particular records or family myths/stories.

  6. No where to go – hit a brick wall
    Never ever give up
    nla.gov.au Trove – a great source for
    Newspaper articles which can shed great light on family News.

  7. never-ending surprises.
    notices for personal events in newspapers.
    never give up.
    new information.
    newspapers- Trove is brilliant.

  8. You should see our NEW Anzac Day Exhibition @The Grasslands Gallery in Tambo. We may be the oldest town in the West but we are not dead yet. The AWM has provided some assistance to create The Anzac Story based on Charles Beans photography of The Gallipoli Campaign. You can borrow a book about Charles Beans’ photographic work from the State Library, it is well worth a look if you want to “See’ the Anzac cove campaign. Interestingly poor Charles had also been fighting on the side of the Turks in a previous war. that must have been very emotive to suddenly find old friends were now the enemy..A number of Tambo locals are also featured with photos, postcards and letters on display, plus a full WW1 nurses uniform belonging to a Miss Greta Towner whose brother lived in Blackall. She had a very full and interesting war career and went on to (2nd)marry an American doctor. She wrote an article about the advances of modern science- when they invented nylon hosiery, such luxury! The nurses and the men they served would need to be very brave and resourceful. You could almost imagine you were in the war memorial.
    Best Wishes: The Armchair Traveller.

  9. N is for a New Start in a New Country, many of us can trace our ancestors migrating to a new country for a new start. From the Scottish Clearances; The Irish Famine; Transportation to the Colonies; Post War Migration like the Ten Pound Poms in the 50’s, 60’s and 70’s and the European Migrants of the same dates
    We all have some one to trace.

  10. N is for negotiate……..We all negotiate different channels during our research endeavours some being really sad……..I have only partially negotiated the research on my three BOTTOM brothers of WW1……..I believe two died in action overseas , the third returned but died not too long afterwards from war wounds..Not sure yet if any of them left any issue….

  11. NUGENT

    Michael Nugent was my sixth Great Grandfather, of whom I know very little. He was born in Meath, Ireland in 1676. He is a long way back and it will take me quite a while until I get to him.

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