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  Ernie Jones (Private Samuel Ernest Jones - standing,third left) and pals from 6th Loyal North Lancs Regt, circa 1916

Welcome to Shaun's family history site

I hope you find something interesting! The key families are: Bradbury of Derby and Belfast; Gilbride or Kilbride or McBride of Magheracar, Bundoran, Donegal; Gleaves of Liverpool, Seaforth and Crosby; Jones of Liverpool and Crosby; Jones (Grey Jones) of Anglesey and Crosby; Oliver of South London and Blundellsands; Crane of Liverpool, Blundellsands and Hightown; Thompson of Hull, Whitby and Manchester.

Actors/Dancers/Vocalists/Music Hall/Burlesque Artistes

  • May Thompson - Tiller girl - toured South Africa with the John Tiller company in 1914. Starred as Jill in Tiller's "Jack and Jill", Manchester and London 1914-15. On stage in Paris during German shelling,1918
  • Maisie King - stage name of May Gleaves
  • Newman and Mortimer
  • Fanny Robina - stage name of Fanny Cooper
  • Florrie Robina - stage name of Florence Cooper
  • Willie Newman (W G Newman) - stage name of William George Cooper

See Tom Bint's website for more information on the Robinas and their families


  • Henry Upshur alias Henry Tankard served in the American Civil War as a bugler in K company, 2nd US Colored Cavalry
  • Samuel Ernest (Ernie) Jones was a private in 6th Battalion Loyal North Lancs regiment in the First World War, serving in Mesopotamia
  • George Henry Jones was a sapper in the Royal Engineers in WW1. He finished the war in Italy
  • John Gleaves was a private in the Royal Warwickshire Regiment. He was killed in Mespotamia in 1916
  • Ernest Raymond Jones joined the Territorial Army in the 1930's and was commissioned into the Royal Artillery in 1940. He was acting captain at the end of the war.


  • Robert William Jones joined the engineers branch of the Royal Navy in 1855, rising to Chief Engineer. China medal 1860. He served on HMS Warrior during her first commission 1861-64. In 1880-81 he was based on HMS London off Zanzibar, supporting the Royal Navy's anti-slavery patrols. His Captain Charles Brownrigg was murdered by slavers in December 1881
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