Your Messages: The Sansom Family

I have just found this by accident, some I already knew but lovely to see photos. We used to visit relatives in Kingston, my father, George Henry Nelson Hirst, was the son of Alice and grew up at Berea Down. I have inherited a clock which was an engagement present from Henry to Eliza?

Thank you to all who have contributed to this, I don’t have much to add but will try to find out more.

I still like to visit Kingston and did so only a month ago with my son and took him on a mini tour pointing out to him where Alice and Wink, Rene, Hilda & Henry all lived all those years ago.

Gina Benson (nee Hirst)

WW2 Mustang Crashes near Smedmore Hill

Paul Doyle of Bere Regis is researching the crash locations of three WW2 Mustang fighter-bombers that crashed near Smedmore Hill on 26 May 1943 and is keen to hear from anyone who may be able to shed more light on the precise crash locations, in particular AP210 ‘Y’ which went down one mile NE of Smedmore House (just south of West Orchard) and AG550 ‘U’ which crashed into Stonehill Down 2 miles north of Smedmore House.

If you can help, please message info[at] and we will put you in touch with Paul.

Message from David Cook

Like David Cooper (who has produced an excellent history of the Cooper family), my father Christopher Seward Cook is also a great grandson of Charles Seaward Cooper.

My father celebrated his 100th birthday on 15th January 2017! His grandmother was Eliza, the second child of Charles and Sarah Cooper. Eliza married Walter Cook from Rusper and they had two children:

  • Seward James Cook (my grandfather) who married Clara Ethel Brain. Seward James was a member of London Regiment (London Rifle Brigade) and killed in World War 1 on 16 June 1917.
  • Florence Cook.

I am also trying to establish why Seward James Cook was apparently also called Sid.

Message from Mike Streeter

Interested to read that the “old vicarage” was used up until the late 1800’s. It must at some time have reverted to its former use as all the vicars at Kingston when I was young lived there. There was the Revd. Payne, followed by the Revd. Caulfield-Browne and then Revd. Jim Lloyd who I think was the last vicar to occupy it before the village lost its vicar. I can’t remember Kingston House being used as the vicarage but the Estate Office was there when I was young. My father actually rented the spare garage at the vicarage for many years.

Message from Norman Wells

Hello I am looking for any family photos of my Mother Agnes Dorey who married my father Benjamin Wells at Kingston Church in September 1929, hopefully a photo of their wedding day or any other historical photos of Agnes when she worked at Encombe House or of her parents and her brother Charles.

Message from Sarah Holland

Hi i was just wondering if any one could help me?

I am researching my family tree and it seems that all of my ancestors on my mother’s side lived in Corfe Castle and Kingston! I am stuck on my 5th great grandmother Sarah Tatchell, she was born abt 1785 and married in Kingston to a man called George Grant. I can’t find any infomation on her other than her maiden name was Tatchell, which is on the marriage certificate! I have found lots of “Tatchells” living in the area at that time but no Sarah that matches her age!

Any information would be great, thank you!

Sarah Holland
Wareham, Dorset