Monday, November 17, 2008
On this day in 1878
At Bridgend Petty Sessions on Saturday (before the Rev. C.R. Knight and Col. Turbervill), Enoch Gronow, farmer, Drehir Farm was charged by another farmer named William Butler, Caegarw, near Brynmenin, with stealing five turnips from his field. Mr Thomas Stockwood Jnr. appeared for the defendant, who was dismissed, the bench considering the evidence against him rather contradictory. (Western Mail (Cardiff, Wales.) Monday November 18th 1878 Issue 2974)
Enoch Gronow was the son of Thomas & Mary Gronow of Drehir Farm, Llangeinor. According to the 1871 Census Enoch is living with his parents on the farm,(described as a Blacksmith) living next door is a Thomas Buttler of Caegarw a Bailiff. (RG10/5414 Folio 117 page 8.)
Tuesday, November 11, 2008
"Lest we Forget"
Let us remember not only the fallen on this, the ninetieth anniversary of the Armistice, which brought the First World War to an end, but all those that entered into that conflict.
The list below is a combination of names taken from the Medal Roll, Service & Pension Records of men who served in the Army during 1914-1918.
If you can add information to those on the list, please leave a comment in the space provided.
Friday, November 07, 2008
1 of 4 children, Stephen was born at Llandeloy near Solva, Pembrokeshire, the son of John & Frances (nee Nicholas) Gronow. When both his parents died young the orphaned boy was cared for by Capt. Thomas Evans of the Black Horse, Dinas Cross. Thomas was Master of the Mispah. Stephen’s brother John died whilst on his 1st voyage as 2nd mate aboard the Mispah. Stephen became Master of the following vessels: Ascania, Volodia, Saxonia, Valacia, Vardulia, he was also an officer on the Aquitania.
During WW1 he was mentioned in despatches for good services whilst employed on transport duties in the Dardanelles(Times 1st June 1916 & London Gazette 31st May 1916) He was awarded a Silver vase by Cunard Co. and Lloyd’s silver medal in connection with the loss of the “Vinovia” of which he was the Master. (Anglo-Bolivian was purchased by Cunard in 1916 and renamed Vinovia, she was sunk when on passage from New York to London on the 19th December 1917 8 miles south of Wolf Rock by U-105. Torpedoed at 3:30pm without warning and sunk by submarine, with 9 lives lost) Stephen was awarded Lloyd’s Medal for meritorious service on the 13th Feb 1918 for his extraordinary exertions with his encounter with U-105.
He also invented & patented (No.20,753) Improvements in and connected with the Storage and Lowering of Ships Boats.
Stephen married his wife Jennie Sharpe in West Derby Registry Office in 1903. And both now lie together in St.Michael’s church, Nannerch Flintshire. Wales.
Sunday, November 02, 2008
At Pontypridd Police Court on Wednesday Nicholas Gronow a commercial traveller, Llanbradach Street Cardiff was charged with forging a cheque for £20 and embezzling the sums of £20 & £2 18s moneys belonging to his employers messrs Corfield Son & Co Cardiff. Evidence was given which alleged that the defendant obtained a cheque for £20 from John Williams Builder of Aberdare. Gronow was committed to the assizes on these charges bail being allowed himself in £100 and two sureties of £50.Western Mail (Cardiff, Wales), Wednesday, November 2, 1898; Issue 9187
Nicholas it would seem stayed in the shadows, no Birth, Death or Census entry can be found for him (unless you know different?)
Sunday, October 19, 2008
Tuesday, September 16, 2008
To Russell & Sarah Gronow
on the birth of their son
The newest addition to the family weighing in at 10lb 13oz (4.91 Kg) and born at 1:24 pm on the 15th September 2008
Friday, September 12, 2008
James Gronow June Qtr. 1875 Liverpool Vol.8b page 135.
Mary Lydia Grono Sept. Qtr. 1881 Poplar Vol.1c page 1055.
Martha Gronow Sept. Qtr. 1888 Liverpool Vol.8b page 227.
Emmeline Gronow Sept. Qtr. 1891 Liverpool Vol.8b page 26.
Margaret Gronow March Qtr.1900 Liverpool Vol.8b page 11.
Edwin George Gronow Sept. Qtr. 1903 Liverpool Vol.8b page 27.
Robert Gronow Dec. Qtr. 1911 Liverpool Vol.8b page 46.
Edith Winifred Mary Gronow June Qtr. Wrexham Vol.8a page 877.
Sunday, June 01, 2008
An interesting new research project has got underway “The Soldier in later Medieval England” which can be found at
Thursday, May 22, 2008
Thursday, May 08, 2008
British Army WWI Service Records, 1914-1920
This database contains the surviving service records of non-commissioned officers and other ranks who served in WWI and did not re-enlist in the Army prior to World War II. The type of information contained in these records includes: name of solider, age, birthplace, occupation, marital status, and regiment number.
(Contains 9 entries)
British Army WWI Medal Rolls Index Cards, 1914-1920
The Medal Index Cards collection is the most complete listing of individuals who fought in the British Army in WWI, containing approximately 90% of soldiers’ names. The Index Cards were created in order to keep in one place details about a soldier’s medal entitlement.
(Contains 50 entries)
Wednesday, April 09, 2008
On this day in 1891
Pontypridd (Before Mr J. Williams, Stipendiary, and Mr L.G. Lenox) Licensing Offence.
Gwilym Gronow, Landlord of the Queen's Hotel, Penycoedcae, was summoned for having his house open for the sale of beer, on Sunday the 29th March. Two men from Pontypridd were found on the premises, having been supplied with beer. The landlord in reply to questions of the police officer, stated that he did not know the men in question came from Pontypridd. This being his first offence, he was fined £1, and a similar fine was imposed on each of the two men found on the premises.
(Western Mail (
Wednesday, April 02, 2008
On this day in 1890...... (
"A sad case of suicide was discovered at Grangetown on Wednesday morning, Mrs Gwen Gronow, the wife of a seaman, living at 32, Knole Street was shortly after 9.am., found, by another inmate of the house, named Isabel Pearson, hanging from one of the rafters in the ceiling of the washhouse. Mrs Pearson called in Eli Trim, of No. 18, in the same street, and when he had cut the rope he saw that the woman had been dead for some hours. This has been corroborated by medical testimony. The sister of the deceased, Mrs Norman, who lives a few doors off, stated to Sergt. Murley at the police station that she could attribute the committing of so rash an act only to the fact that Mrs Gronow had been for the past eight or nine years suffering from a chronic affection in her leg, and that latterly it had caused such acute pain as to have affected her mind"
(The Bristol Mercury and Daily Post (Bristol, England), Saturday, April 5, 1890; Issue 13072.)
Gwen (nee Lloyd) was the wife of Evan Gronow.
Wednesday, March 26, 2008
Tuesday, March 25, 2008
National Library of Wales ex 1616
A small group of papers, 1840-64, relating to the army career of Daniel Gronow of the parish of Llangan, Co. Glamorgan.
Troop Sergeant Major Thomas Gronow 1819 - 1885 (2nd Dragoon Guards.)
Embarked for the East Indies 25th July 1857, Landed 27th November 1857.
He was at the Siege and Capture of Lucknow March 1858.
At the Action of Nawabganj 13th June 1858
At the Action of Bhinga Jungle 27th April 1859
At the Action of Jerwah Pass 23rd May 1859.
Friday, January 25, 2008
27th January 2008
This marks the anniversary of the liberation of the Nazi concentration camp Auschwitz-Birkenau.
page 894/Fa. 18 Jul 1925 born Kiew Funduklewska 68 No.35584 Sch.R. ( literally, protected prisoner, but really simply prisoner. Sch is often followed by one or two letters, e.g. Sch. P. (Polish prisoner) or Sch. P.J. (Polish Jewish prisoner).
arrived. 02 Sep 1942 to. 25 Apr 1944 Natzw. zck. 11 Aug 1944 Natyw. liberated (at end of war). Dachau.
(Taken from Dachau Concentration Camp Records)