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George Wesley Royle  1888 - 1946
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George Wesley Royle 1888 – 1946

George Wesley Royle was born on the 9th January 1888 at Kingston -on-Thames in Surrey, to Sir George Royle and his wife Lady Rosetta, nee Wilford. George had an elder brother, Ernest Rupert (1884 -1944),...

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June 09, 2020
Joseph Hull 1850-1931
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Joseph Hull 1850-1931

Joseph Hull was born on the 13th of October 1850 at his grandparents’ home at 6 Bell Court in St. John’s, Bedford. His christening was held at St. John’s Church, on the 10th November 1850....

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April 07, 2020
Susannah Gale: Funeral by Torch Light
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Susannah Gale: Funeral by Torch Light

Susannah Gale’s life was remarkable as were the days leading up to her unusual funeral. Susannah Gale, nee Bradley was born in 1796 in the village of Alwalton in Huntingdonshire. She was the daughter of a...

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February 29, 2020
Alexander Grafton 1845-1907
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Alexander Grafton 1845-1907

Alexander Grafton developed and manufactured steam-cranes.  He was a Member of the Institution of Civil and Mechanical Engineers. His firm, Grafton & Co., also known as the “Vulcan Works”, Bedford, exported cranes throughout the world...

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February 14, 2020