Over the last few weeks, I have received abnormal quantities of requests for user accounts to the Funnell family history database. These are generated by spammers using sophisticated software which fills in all the fields of the form with bona fide names and true postal addresses and is even capable of writing a little story […]
Could anyone help locating these scenes?
Feb 11th, 2014 by Andy Funnell
Could anyone help us date this photo (1) taken outside the Purley Arms, Brighton Road, South Croydon?
Thanks to Sarah Russell for sending this. The sampler was worked by Ruth Sparks and owned by Winifred Louisa Funnell born 1897 in Hastings (died 1988 in Eastbourne)…
I found this story dated 20th August 1913, from a New Zealand newspaper, The Northern Advocate, published on the site “Papers Past”.
It relates Australian seaman Bert Funnell’s lucky escape from drowning when he was rescued from the ocean waters 3 hours after falling overboard from the S.S. Aorangi. Bert was from Stanmore, Sydney.
From a newspaper clipping, probably Sussex Express, sent to me a couple of years ago, sorry I can’t be more precise on the source:
“STEPHEN Ziegler from Horam is writing up his family history.
His grandmother, it turned out, had six brothers who served in the Great War and remarkably they all came back, though two died later due to wounds.
His gran married Sydney Funnell in 1923…”
More pictures of Edward Funnell’s work with this 3 train turret clock and a carriage clock respectively for sale in the U.K. and Australia.
If you own one of our ancestors timepieces, we would be pleased to show photos of it on the site.
Victor Ernest Funnell, born in 1892 in Hove, was the fourth of James Funnell and Naomi Packham of Chalvington’s eight children.
He joined the Royal Navy at 16½ and boarded the battleship “HMS Triumph” in August 1915. Three officers and 75 ratings died in it’s sinking.
Victor Ernest Funnell was one of them.
At a time when climate change is becoming ever more preoccupying, researching family history once again allows to put things into perspective. An article in an 1853 edition of satirical magazine “Punch” relates a fictive “Thames steamer Captain Funnell’s” arguments during a meeting called to oppose Home Secretary, Lord Palmerston’s London smoke abatement act. An early insight into continuing public ignorance supported by industrial propaganda. For researchers, this site gives a very interesting environmental timeline.