One Name Study of Gronow / Gronnow / Goronwy

One Name Study of Gronow / Gronnow / Goronwy

Thursday, May 19, 2016

Joseph Henry Gronow Moses

A Great War Military MBE Belgian Order of The Crown Group of 5 awarded to Q.M & Capt. Joseph Henry Gronow Moses, comprising The Most Excellent Order of the British Empire, M.B.E. (Military) Member’s 1st type breast badge, Hallmarked for 1919, in case issued by Garrard & Co; 1914-1915 Star (2871 Quater Master Sgt Joseph Henry Gronow Moses. York Dns.); 1914-1920 British War and Victory Medals (Q.M. & Capt. J.H.G.Moses); Belgium, Order of the Crown, Knight’s Breast Badge, with silver palm.

M.B.E. London Gazette, 12 December 1919
Belgium - Order of The Crown London Gazette, 21 October 1919.

Pte. Henry Gronow Moses was born on 9 September 1877 in Manchester. His Great War Attestation papers state previous service with the Queen’s Own Yorkshire Dragoons. He was embodied in the rank of Corporal with the Yorkshire Dragoons 31August 1914; Sergeant 11 October 1914; Regimental Quarter Master Sergeant 29 May 1915; appointed Quartermaster, Honorary Lieutenant 23 September 1915 1/1st Yorkshire Dragoons. He landed in France on 1 August 1915; Demobilised 15 July 1919, rejoined 1921.

On the 4th September 1906 at St. Peter's Church, a district church for part of the township of Hale, Cheshire he married Marion Hudson the dau.of John Schofield Hudson. Marion died on the 19th December 1928 at 67 Aireville Road, Frizinghall, Bradford. Her Administration was made on the 17th May 1929.

In 1939 Joseph was living at 12 Rydal Avenue , Bradford C.B., Yorkshire (West Riding), England, a Railway Clerk.

Joseph Henry Moses Gronow died 31st January 1962 at 29 Marlborough Avenue, Kingston-upon-Hull, his Will was prroved in York on the 6th April that year.

Monday, May 16, 2016

Recently Acquired Certificates


Muriel Gronow December Qtr. 1911 Newcastle T. Vol.10b page 68.

John S. Gronow June Qtr. 1920 Elham Vol.2a page 2549.

Ronald Gronow March Qtr. 1928 Bournemouth Vol.2b page 1036.


Henry Gronou September Qtr. 1857 St. George Hanover Sq. Vol.1a page 155.

Sunday, April 17, 2016

Recently Acquired Certificates:

Megan M Gronow March Qtr. 1920 Pontypridd Vol.11a page 1346.

Gertrude K Gronow June Qtr. 1977 Ealing Vol.12 page 167.

Tuesday, December 08, 2015

Recently Acquired Certificates:


Patricia M Smith December Qtr.1938 Mansfield Vol.7B page 78.

Friday, November 13, 2015

The Voluntary Aid Detachment (VAD's)

"Their sufferings will be great and it is to us that they will look for comfort and relief. That comfort must not be denied them.”
Queen Alexandra, president of the British Red Cross Society in 1914

At the outbreak of the First World War, the British Red Cross and the Order of St John of Jerusalem combined to form the Joint War Committee. They pooled their resources under the protection of the red cross emblem. As the Red Cross had secured buildings, equipment and staff, the organisation was able to set up temporary hospitals as soon as wounded men began to arrive from abroad. One such place was the Pontyclun Red Cross Hospital, Wales.
When the call came, two daughters of Samuel and Elizabeth Ann Gronow of Coed Bychan, Llanharan, Glamorganshire volunteered for nursing duties. Gwladys Maud Gronow 22, her sister Edith Mary Gronow 30, both usually helped on their fathers dairy farm, but from January 1915 until March 1918 both worked part time doing nursing duties at Pontyclun. Gwladys worked 300 hours & Edith 700 hrs. Both women were awarded a roll of Honour Certificate.
(Family Tree No.30)

Pontyclun Institute/hospital during WW1, where members of the Llantwit Fardre Red Cross attended on servicemen c.1916

Friday, October 30, 2015

Recently acquired certificates:


Gladys Turvey Gronow June Qtr.1909 Kensington. Vol 1a page 102.
Winifred A. T. Gronow June Qtr.1909 Kensington. Vol 1a page 102.

Wednesday, October 21, 2015

Battle of Trafalgar 1805

       It’s Trafalgar Day

On October 21, 1805, just off Cape Trafalgar in South Western Spain, the British fleet under Admiral Lord Horatio NELSON defeated the combined fleets of France and Spain, sinking 22 ships for the loss of none.
 Serving on board HMS Royal Sovereign was John Gronow a Marine Private (Ship's pay book number: (ML 36)1 March 1805 Catalogue reference: ADM 36/15755)

There were 136 Royal Marines on board the Royal Sovereign during the Battle of Trafalgar. Their job during a sea battle was to stand in the rigging firing on the enemy with their muskets or lobbing grenades whenever an enemy ship was in range and to be ready to repel enemy boarders if required. They might also be expected to help with the guns and guard strategically important positions around the ship, such as the weapon store.   

In his General Order, written the day after the battle when he had assumed command of the fleet following Nelson's death, Admiral Collingwood wrote:  "Where can I find language to express my sentiments of the valour and skill which were displayed by the Officers, the Seamen and Marines in the battle with the enemy, where every individual appeared a hero on whom the glory of his country depended?"