The following extract was originally published in A guide to the coasts of Hants & Dorset by Mackenzie Edward C. Walcott in 1859 and digitized by Google on March 19, 2007.
Whilst clearing out a friend’s house in Bournemouth following her death, Robert Mott found a letter by Betty Marston, who served in the RAF as an armoury truck driver. The letter is a fascinating account of the D-Day landings.
There are many books available about the Somerset and Dorset Joint Railway between Bournemouth and Bath and the branch line to Highbridge and Burnham-on-Sea.
Bob Joliffe reviews Michael Welch’s Somerset & Dorset Sunrise in the Daily Echo
Hugh Ashley has known the Bournemouth Pavilion for more than fifty years and has written a history of it. He tells its story.
See the full article in DorsetLife
The story of how Bournemouth man, Arthur West perished on the Titanic after helping his wife Ada and daughters Constance and Barbara to safety can be told for the first time.
Read the full story in the Daily Echo.
One of Bournemouth’s most important buildings, Shelley Manor, had fallen on hard times but can now look forward to a brighter future. In this article from the Dorset Life Magazine Lee Rowland tells its story.
Thirty years ago this month enthusiastic family history addicts met up in a house to discuss forming a local group. Now the Bournemouth and District Family History Group has celebrated its 30th birthday with an anniversary dinner.
Read the full article in the Daily Echo
Derek Anthony Seagrim was born at Bournemouth, Hampshire, England on September 24, 1903 the third of five sons of the Reverend Charles Seagrim and Amabel Emma Halsted Seagrim. His younger brothers was Hugh Seagrim GC, giving these two brothers the distinction of being the only siblings to receive the Victoria Cross and George Cross. Derek was educated at the Norwich School, Norwich, where Derek and his younger brother Hugh also attended later.
Frederick Charles Riggs was born on July 28, 1888 at Christchurch, then in Hampshire, England. In the 1891 census Fredeick is living in the household of James & Elizabeth Fowler at 55 Garfield Avenue, Springbourne, Bournemouth where he is described as an orphan. His entry in the Commonwealth War Graves Commissions roll of Honour describes him as the ‘Adopted Son of Elizabeth Burgum, of 39, Capstone Rd., Bournemouth.’