Wednesday, 15 December 2010


It was not so long ago, on Remembrance Day, that we thought of those who lived or died through the many wars and conflicts around the world. We may not know them individually but when you find names that are connected to you through your Family Tree, you want to know more!!!!

There is more information available now using Genealogy sites, especially about World War 1 and even some conflicts going further back, so I hope its interesting to enlighten you on a couple that have now appeared in my Family Tree.

We have Henry Frederick Nickisson and Leonard Nickisson who served in the First World War.(both my 1st Cousins 1x removed)

Henry Frederick Nickisson, Military Service No. 3956, served in the 1st World War for just one day (explain later).

He was 5ft 3 inches in height with good vision and good physical development, Chest measurement 31 inches (surprising what information you can gather).
He enlisted on the 6th of February 1915 in Stockport and joined the 6th (2nd Reserves) Battalion Cheshire Infantry Regiment.

Why one Day?
Henry Frederick was sent home on the same day he enlisted because of "Wrong declaration of age on enlistment".
He enlisted under the name of Frederick Nickisson and declared his age as 18 years and 2 months.
His actual age was only 16 years.

Now we have;
Leonard Nickisson, Military Service No. 10322 & 45227 (sounds strange, two service numbers, more later)
Leonard was 5ft 4 inches in height, weight 113 lbs with good vision and physical development, Chest measurement 31 inches. He had a fresh complexion, brown eyes and light brown hair.
He enlisted in Stoke on Trent on the 11th of August 1914 (Military Service No. 10322) and declared his age as 20 years and 65 days (true age). He joined the North Staffordshire Regiment but was discharged 6 weeks later.
Leonard was discharged on the 25th September 1914 under Paragraph 392 (iii) (c) of the King's Regulations 1912:
(iii) Not being likely to become an efficient soldier.
(c) Recruit within 3 months of enlistment considered unfit for service!!!!!!!!!!!!

Leonard Nickisson was to prove them wrong

The same Leonard Nickisson, now Military Service No. 45227, again enlisted in Stoke on Trent on the 28th May 1915 and joined at Hounslow into the Royal Fusiliers. Declared age as 19 years and 11 months (how did he get away with it????) and this was is service:
  • 27th July 1916 Transferred to the Machine Gun Corps
  • 7th August 1916 Posted to France
  • 8th January 1919 Returned to England. Demobilisation
  • 30th January  1919 Transfer to Reserve
  • 6th February 1919 - 14th February Admitted to Stoke on Trent War Hospital, suffering from Dyspepsia and Bells Palsy
  • 24th July 1919 Requested for Discharge Documents
Final Service: 3 years 247 days, of which 2 years 155 days were served abroad during the 1st world war.
13th September 1922 Certified the British War Medal and Victory Medal

Leonard Nickisson definitely proved them wrong


A little girl came home from school and said to her grandmother, "Grandma, guess what? I was reminded on how to make babies today." The grandmother, more than a little surprised, tried to keep her cool. "That's interesting," she said, "how do you make babies?" "It's simple," replied the girl. "You just change 'y' to 'i' and add 'es'."


I cannot believe the weather we have been having!!!!!!!
The allotment has been a near no go area since my last Blog.

Remember I told you we had Winter Cabbage, Cauliflower and Onions growing in trays in the greenhouse?

Well they are out of the greenhouse and into the allotment beds. We have covered the areas with fleece and netting, hopefully, to protect them from the winter weather.
Then the snow came......... and we haven't seen them since.
Lets hope we can remember where they are and the coverings worked!!

Can you remember what was the best thing BEFORE sliced bread?

A picture is worth a thousand words, but it uses up a thousand times the memory

If you can smile when things go wrong, you have someone in mind to blame

Remember. Be nice to your kids: they'll choose your nursing home

And finally,
Remember. If at first you don't succeed, then skydiving definitely isn't for you