George Lilley, resident in Reigate in 1901, listed his place of birth as Norwood, Surrey. But George Simmonds, who I have come to believe was one and the same person as George Lilley, listed his place of birth as Walton-on-the-Hill, Surrey. Why should I believe … Continue reading Who was George Lilley, and where did he come from?
The 1911 census is fascinating as it pertains to George and Mabel Simmonds, of Heston, Middlesex. As can be seen from this document, George and Mabel had been married 10 years and lived in Hounslow. Their address, recorded elsewhere on the document, was 10 Courtney Place, … Continue reading “Married 10 years”
A question that has fascinated me is how Mabel Simmonds, formerly Butler, of Heston, Middlesex, wife of a market gardener and carman before WWI, could have been invited to garden parties at the spectacular Osterley House, which was so close to where the young family … Continue reading Mabel and Osterley
The only one of the Simmonds boys that I ever knew was John (Jack), my grandfather's brother, who must have been in his 70s when I met him one sunny day in Brisbane - could it have been in the 80s?. I can't remember how … Continue reading Uncle Jack remembers Osterley