One Name Study of Gronow / Gronnow / Goronwy

One Name Study of Gronow / Gronnow / Goronwy

Tuesday, January 08, 2019

Recently Acquired Certificates

Arthur Gronow June Qtr. 1959 Neath Vol.8b page 665.

Alun G Gronow June Qtr. 1972 Surrey N.W. Vol.5g page 693.

Gareth W Gronow December Qtr. 1972 M.Glamorgan Vol.8b page 156

Sunday, April 22, 2018

Recently Acquired Certificates


Martha Gronow December Qtr. 1864 Pontypridd Vol.11a page 284.

Antony Richard Gronow June Qtr. 1966 Hull Vol.2a page 456A.


Clive Gronow September Qtr. 1965 Lichfield Vol.9b page 839.


Ann Gronnow June Qtr. 1870 Hull Vol.9d page 140.

Monday, March 19, 2018

Recently Acquired Certificates


Margaret Gronow June Qtr. 1843 Bridgend & Cowbridge Vol.26 page 328.

Margaret Gronow September Qtr. 1843 Bridgend & Cowbridge Vol.26 page 320.

John Gronow June Qtr. 1856  Bridgend & Cowbridge Vol.11a page 415.

Thomas Gronow June Qtr. 1861 Bridgend & Cowbridge Vol.11a page 432.


Elizabeth Gronow September Qtr. 1847 Taunton Vol.10 page 663.

Unteroffizier Herbert Gronow

 An interesting item recently caught my attention :

Unteroffizier(1) Herbert Gronow. Zweitschrift(2) issued in September 1944 while recovering from a fourth wound. Gronow had been wounded twice in 1942 (the first time by frostbite), then by a bullet in October 1943, and finally by shrapnel with Jäger-Regiment 227 of the 100. Jäger-Division in the Ukraine, August 1944. He was awarded the Eisernes Kreuz 2. (3) Klasse, the Verwundetenabzeichen in Schwarz (4) upgraded to Verwundetenabzeichen in Silber, and the Infanterie-Sturmabzeichen in Silber.(5) He rejoined his old unit on the front in March 1945 and was issued the Sturmgewehr 44! The 100. Jäger-Division retreated through Yugoslavia and surrendered to the Russians in Silesia. It looks like Gronow survived the war. It looks like an award was censored both on the portrait photo and on the awards page - probably the EKI. Nice portrait photo in late war Feldbluse.

(1)Unteroffizier is a military rank of the Bundeswehr and of former German-speaking armed forces (Heer and Luftwaffe). The equivalent in anglophone armed forces is sergeant or staff sergeant. However, Unteroffizier is also the collective name for all non-commissioned officers.
(2) Duplicate. (3)  Iron Cross 2nd Class.(4) awarded to wounded or frostbitten soldiers.
(5) Recognition for infantrymen who had proven themselves in the assault.

Tuesday, February 20, 2018

Imperial War Museum collection

© IWM (EPH 4468)
Benjamin GRONOW 1887 – 1967.

Ben Gronow picture was one of the best rugby league forwards in the world during the mid 1920’s, and was the only player from an English club to move to Australia in the first 50 years of the game Down Under. In December 1909, at Newport, Ben Gronow played in his first international trial match and so impressed the Selection Committee that he was “capped” for the Wales v. France match, played at Swansea on the 1st January 1910. In this match he scored a try. Next he played against England at Twickenham, the match which celebrated the opening of the Twickenham ground. As he also played against Ireland and Scotland, Ben represented his country in all her international matches that season.
The 1912-13 Medal is now in the Imperial War Museum collection [ © IWM (EPH 4468)]

Recently Acquired Certificates


Daniel Gronwy December Qtr. 1857 Merthyr Tydfil Vol.11a page 265.

Daniel Gronow December Qtr. 1857 Merthyr Tydfil Vol.11a page 322.

Daniel Gronow December Qtr. 1858 Bridgend Vol.11a page 351.


Daniel Gronow June Qtr. 1858 Merthyr Tydfil Vol.11a page 230.

Sunday, November 26, 2017

Recently Acquired Certificates


William Gronow September Qtr. 1838 Swansea Vol.26 page 401.

William Gronow September Qtr. 1838 Haverfordwest Vol.26 page 537.

William Gronow March Qtr. 1839 Swansea Vol.26 page 439.

Thomas Gronow December Qtr. 1841 Llandilofawr Vol.26 page 505.

James Gronow September Qtr. 1842 Cardigan Vol.27 page 48.

Tuesday, May 09, 2017


A complete cast lead seal matrix, of Medieval date (c. 1250 - c.1350 AD).
Found near Llangollen, Denbighshire Wales, the seal matrix has a circular die, with a large D-shaped lug on the reverse. This is rectangular in cross-section and has an off-centre sub-circular perforation, diameter 2.52mm. No marks appears to be visible to aid orientation of the die.
The die depicts four leaves arranged in an quatrefoil design, surrounded by a grooved border and then the legend around the edge. Each leaf consists of five diagonal petals or leaves. The legend appears to read + S': GRONW MON AP HOVA (Seal of Gronw Mon Son of Hova). Gronw is a known medieval Welsh name (Gronw Pebr appears in the Mabinogion). Mon is Welsh for Anglesey, although both the M and O of Mon appear to have horizontal contraction marks over them. Hova may be an approximation to the name Hywel.
The seal matrix is a light mid grey colour, with an even surface patina present. Some of the edges demonstrate a minor degree of abrasion, resulting in the illegibility of the inscription and roughening around the edges.
The seal matrix measures 15.82mm tall, 27.68mm diameter at the base and the top of the handle measures 13.63mm wide by 3.74mm thick, the die is 5.30mm thick. It weighs 30.4g.
Personal seal matrices with names were most popular in the 13th century.

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