Walter SIMS (17th September 1878 – 2nd January 1915)

Walter SIMS was born on 17th September 1878 at Leigh Farm, St Mary Bourne, Hampshire. He was the son of Walter SIMS (1828-1914) and Mary BEVIS (1842-1918). Walter had a brother Sidney, eight half siblings from his father’s first marriage to Rhoda GOODYEAR (Charles, George, William, Fred, John Daniel, Annie Levinia & Wallace) and six … Read more

Edwin Pike (17th May 1881 – 19th December 1914)

Edwin was the son of Albert PIKE and Ann GIBBONS he born on the 17th May 1881 and baptised at the local Primitive Methodist chapel on the 15th July 1881. On the 5th April 1891 Edwin was living in St Mary Bourne with his parents, older brother Herbert and younger brother James. In late 1899/early … Read more

Sidney GUNNELL (15th Nov 1885 – 23rd Nov 1914)

Sidney was born in St Mary Bourne on the 15th November 1885 in St Mary Bourne, likely one of 15 children born of Thomas GUNNELL & Mary Jane GOODYEAR (the exact number of children has yet to be verified, along with all their names).  A few months after his birth Sidney was christened at the … Read more

Frederick George DAY (6th February 1888 – 2nd November 1914)

Frederick George DAY was born on the 6th February 1888 in St Mary Bourne.  His parents were George DAY and Sarah Ann SMITH, they married in Hurstbourne Tarrant in December 1883 (unfortunately the actual day is unreadable in the registers). The DAY family did not originate in St Mary Bourne, George had been born in … Read more

Exciting News!

I’ve been considering for a while setting up a One-Place Study for St Mary Bourne, well I’ve gone and done it! It is all registered with the Society for One-Place Studies and you can see the study page here. It also has it’s own website St Mary Bourne One-Place Study. Head over to the study page … Read more

The St Mary Bourne rioter’s journey on the Convict Ship Eleanor, 1831

Originally published: 13th July 2014, minor updates 5th August 2023 Before the convicts set off on their journey to New South Wales they were transferred from the Gaol they were held at to a Prison Hulk, there is a little confusion here as on Ancestry the hulk is named Hardy, a hospital ship and in … Read more

Accounts of the St Mary Bourne Swing Riots

Originally published 12th July 2014 “The Swing Riots were a widespread uprising by agricultural workers;” [1] In the St Mary Bourne area there are two recorded events. Thursday , 18th November 1830 “Friday Night – A Hay-rick, at Wadwick the property of Mr. Longman, was burnt last night. The fire was visible at Andover. It … Read more

Unidentified Royal Hampshire Regiment Band members

Can you help? I am restoring my Grandad’s photograph album full of photos of the Royal Hampshire Regiment Band between 17th July 1946 and 11th December 1946. I would love to be able to add more information about the people in the band. My Grandad Bob Bevis was the owner of the album now in … Read more