Reflections after Southwark & Croydon family history workshops

Sadly no photo of the group from last Thursday’s event at John Harvard Library in Southwark, but we hope some of you will post your views and some of the lovely photos I caught a glimpse of! In fact, when we started the blog we asked for photos so that we could change the banner every now and then. So please do send them in with a little info about them. The same plea goes out to the group from Croydon Supplementary School, seen here hard at work last Friday:

For those who asked about military records, check our Military section in a day or so – I will upload some links and articles.

On a final note, get down to the family history centre in Kensington. Once you get started you will be hooked!

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4 responses to “Reflections after Southwark & Croydon family history workshops

  1. For the sake of preserving our Jamaican History, and contribution to the British Empire. These are the forgotten sons of Jamaican born Police Inspector Herbert Theodore Thomas-1956 to 1930. Son No. 1. Captain Harry Reid Thomas Royal Garrison Artillery, 34th Siege Battery. He died in France on 25th Dec, 1915. Son No. 2. Captain Francis Hastings Thomas-D.S.C. He died on 15th Aug 1916, and is buried at Portsmouth Naval Memorial UK. Son No. 3. Major Arthur Crichton Thomas Royal Garrison Artillery-355th Battery. He died on 19th Nov, 1917 in Belgium. Son No. 4. Captain Herbert Pritchard Thomas, he left Jamaica to join the British Indian Army in the UK and survived WW-1. Son No. 5 Flight Lieutenant aboard the R-38, he died on 24th Aug, 1921 over Hull Yorkshire. Awarded D.F.C. These men were all born Jamaicans. and became the first Jamaican Officers in the British Army. The sad thing about these men is that their country Jamaica, has forgotten them. However the UK has all their records. with my thanks, Gerald. Author- of “A Struggle to walk with Dignity”.

  2. Hear are all the facts on my grandfather Jamaican Police Inspector
    Herbert Theodore Thomas 1856 to1930, and his contributions to the British Empire & Jamaica. These three family books are now linked to tell the total family story, for the sake of our history. Visit this site:
    http://users.pollman.com/mitchelm/h.t.thomasbook2.htm The books are:”Untrodden Jamaica”1890, “the Story of a West Indian Policeman”
    1927 & “A Struggle to Walk with Dignity”2008, by grandson Gerald A. Archambeau in Canada, with my thanks.

  3. My grandfather Police Inspector Herbert T. Thomas 1856 to 1930, and his struggle against Voodoo in his place of birth Jamaica, was covered up for decades but thankfully his writings on this subject have been preserved at the Burke Library-Columbia University. His 11 page Pamphlet is titled:
    “Something about Obeah”1891, it can be down-loaded at no cost ; Call # 1341 Burk [UTS] MRL Pamphlets, by author Thomas, Herbert T. Had it not for his work in rural Jamaica, things may be more like Haiti today. His last book: The story of a West Indian Policeman-47 years in the Jamaica Constabulary”1927 can be also down-loaded, at University of Florida. The URL is : Digital Library of UF, this link may not directly to the Book, but if you search on Jamaica you will find it. Do not throw out our History, or we will have nothing for the next generation. My thanks to all, author Gerald A. Archambeau.

  4. Dear friends at Solihull Central Library UK, some info for you . All the past Info on my grandfather Jamaican Police Inspector Herbert T. Thomas, that I have sent for your use in the past has now been archived at York University in Toronto On. Canada, in the Clara Thomas Archives & Special Collections
    under “The Archambeau-Thomas family Collection” and is available to the public for the first time. This Jamaican history was buried, lost and erased for many decades, and is now in a safe place. All the family books, Pamphlets and other info is available. Just contact: http://www.yorku.ca/mmoir the Head Archivist. Also “Untrodden Jamaica”1890 is now available at Amazon.com the first book from my family, to help preserve our history.
    Author- Gerald A. Archambeau, with my thanks to all for your work.

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