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The Ashbys

14th October 2017

Kevin Regan:

Yes, Sir James retired to Ninfield.
This is the info I have for him
Ashby, Sir James William Murray RN KCB (1902) CB (1857). Magistrate for Sussex, Battle Division. Born 25 August 1822, son of Captain W R Ashby, RN. Married 1873 Catherine, daughter of the late F F Magenis. Educated RN School, Camberwell. Entered Navy 1839, retired 1878. Served at the taking of Bomarsund, Kertch and Sebastopol, 1854; China 1859-62. Was Secretary tp Sir George Seymore; Sir James Hope; Sir Houston Stewart; Sir Charles Freemantle; Sir Rodney Mundy and Admiral George Elliott. Decoratedfor General Service. Address: Little Park, Ninfield, Battle, Sussex. Club: Junior Conservatives. Died 21 October 1911.
1902 Coronation Honours
Knights Commander of the Order of the Bath (KCB) Military Division
Paymaster-in-Chief James William Murray Ashby, CB (Retired)
Name: Sir James William Murray Ashby R.N. K.C.B.
Sir James (comptroller of the Navy) Address: Little Park, Ninfield.
Notes: Sir JAMES WILLIAM MURRAY ASHBY, R. N. , K. C. B. , Deceased: Pursuant to 22 and 23 Viet. , cap. 35. NOTICE is hereby given, that all persons having any claims or demands' against the estate of Sir James William Murray Ashby, R. N. , K. C. B. , late of Little Park, Ninfield, in the county of Sussex, deceased (who died on the 21st day of October, 1911, and whose will, with a codicil thereto, was proved by Julie Ellen Ashby, the sole executrix, on the 24th day of November last, in the Principal Probate Registry), are hereby required to send particulars, in writing, of such claims or demands to us, the undersigned, on or before the 15th day of January next, after which date the executrix will proceed to distribute the assets amongst the persons entitled thereto, having regard only to the claims and demands of which she shall then have had notice; and the said executrix will not be liable for the assets of the said Sir J. W. M. Ashby, deceased, or any part thereof, so distributed, to any person or persons of whose claims or demands she shall not then have had notice. —Dated this fifteenth day of December, 1911. LANGHAM, SON and DOUGLAS, 44A, Robertson-street, Hastings, and at 10, New-court, Lincoln's Inn, London, W. C. , Solicitors to the Executrix.

The Second Anglo-Chinese War ("Opium war") of 1856 - 1860. The storming of the Taku Forts.
Rear-Admiral Hope, in his dispatch, mentioned with commendation Capts. C. F. A. Shadwell, N. Vansittart, and George Ommanney Willes; Commanders John Edmund Commerell, William Andrew James Heath, and Armine Wodehouse; Lieuts. John Jenkins, Robert James Wynniatt, Arthur John Innes, George Dacres Bevan, William Henry Jones, Charles John Balfour, George Doherty Broad, Herbert Price Knevitt, George Parsons, and John Crawford Wilson; Master William Donaldson Strong; Mates Claude Edward Buckle, George Spotswood Peard, Frederick Edward Gould, and Visct. Kilcoursie; Mids. G. Armytage and Charles Lister Oxley; Paymaster and Secretary James William Murray Ashby; Asst.-Paymaster John St. John Wagstaffe ; Second-Master Oscar Samson; Staff-Surg. Walter Dickson (2) M.D.; Surg. John Little, M.B.; Asst.-Surg. William James Baird, M.D.; Lieut.-Col. Thomas Lemon, R.M., Capts. (R.M.) Richard Parke, W. G. R. Masters, and Ponsonby May Carew Croker; Lieuts. (R.M.) Langham Rokeby, John Frederick Hawkey, Harry Lewis Evans, and John Straghan; Sergt.-Maj. Woon, R.M., Q.M. Sergt. Hailing, R.M.; Major Fisher, R.E., and Lieuts. (R.E.) J. M. Maitland and G. Longley.

As this hotly contested action resulted in a defeat, those who participated in it were never directly rewarded by the issue of medals or clasps, the granting of honours, or promotion; yet it must be admitted that, as, indeed, the exceedingly heavy loss indicates, officers and men behaved in a manner which added distinctly to the glories of the Navy, and which could have been scarcely more creditable had victory rewarded their efforts. The attack failed, firstly, because the narrowness of the channel, and the artificial obstructions crippled the usefulness of the ships, and, secondly, because the assault, a frontal one, was made over most difficult ground against works which were supposed, but wrongly supposed, to have been silenced; and was attempted with insufficient force. It must also be admitted that, as usual, the British were very ignorant of the exact strength and dispositions of the enemy.

Awaiting updates from our History Group if any more local knowledge available - apart from being a church warden at St May's for many years.
If you could add your family knowledge to ours then I'm sure it would be much appreciated.
You can contact Ninfield Local History Group via their website, if you don't want to add it here.

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The Ashbys

13th October 2017

Jo Ashby:

Hi Kevin,

My parents met Georgina and her family a few years ago - it is my father (Thomas) to whom she refers. He is now 90. We know of no Kathleen Lemmon and Daphne makes no mention of how she was involved with the family. My father's half-brother was also James and born in 1901. He lived at Little Park, I believe.

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The Ashbys

13th October 2017

Kevin Regan:

Hello, our Ninfield Local History Group does have some info, but we could always do with more!

Have you seen this, and do you know of Georgina?

http://hooe.east-sussex.co.uk/message-board/44/ashburnham-family-of-hooe/

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The Ashbys

12th October 2017

Jo Ashby:

Hi there, I am Sir James' great grand-daughter and just found this as I was casually researching the family. We have his portrait here and a lot of Ashby family memorabilia, but would love to know more about his life in Ninfield. Thank you.

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Foord's

14th April 2016

Lyn Bishop:

My Great Great Grandmother, was Phoebe Foord, she was born in Ashburnham. She married a John Chapman. She came from quite a large family. I believe there are Foord's in Ninfield. I would love to speak with anyone, who has a connection with Phoebe Foord.

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Saving Ninfield from the Builders

10th September 2015

Lee Luckham:

I back the people of Ninfield for no new houses to being built in this lovely village plus no new built near your wonderful and in the lovely countryside surrounding your your lovely village. Thank You. Kind Regards Lee. Mr L Luckham.

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SS Abukir 1940

8th August 2015

Kevin Regan:

With reference to enquiries regarding both Albert Percy Whiteman and Victor Davey, I believe I may have some helpful information for you both.

From further internet research, I can definit6ely confirm that Albert Percy Whiteman was a member of No 3 British Air Mission to Belgium. He is identified as being aboard the SS Aboukir when it was sunk by S34 and many of the survivors of the torpedoing were subsequently machine gunned where seen in the water using its searchlights. Only some 33 or so were rescued, mainly by the destroyer HMS Codrington some 6 hours later at daybreak.
Naturally there is a deal of confusion as very little of any passenger manifest survives, but the presence of other Army and particularly RASC casualties could support the contention that Victor Davey was also aboard.
The Army used the date of 27th May for Abukir casualties, even though the vessel was lost in the early hours of the 28th May. Bodies were washed ashore in the UK as well as France, Belgian and the Friesian Islands. However, I haven't yet found anything definitive to him actually being aboard Abukir rather than one of the 220 plus vessels sunk during the Dunkirk evacuation. He could therefore have been on another vessel unless we can discover why he was linked to Abukir.
I believe you both have my email address, so please respond via that if you have anything further.
Regards, Kevin

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James Osborne

24th March 2015

Thomas Davey:

Hi Gents,

I'm looking for an email address for Kevin Regan. I have been researching the SS Abukir for the past thirteen years, my Fathers brother was aboard the Abukir on the night she was torpedoed and he perished along with his mates, he didn't drown, he was shot in the water by the german schenellboat.
My email address is thdavey@outlook.com and I look forward to making contact with Kevin.

Many thanks,

Tom Davey

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James Osborne

14th January 2015

Hannah Brignell:

Dear Peter,

I am trying to get hold of Victoria Wigan, whose mother Mrs S Riddle lived at Bell Road, East Molesey. After much searching on the internet I believe she may be your wife?

I am writing from Museums Sheffield about a loan we have of a painting. If you would be so kind as to contact me, my email is hannah.brignell[at]museums-sheffield.org.uk

With best wishes,

Hannah

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James Osborne

11th December 2014

Peter Wigan:

We have some original paintings by James Osborne of Ingrams Farm.

Please give me a telephone number and we'll get in touch.

Peter

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