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    i am the grandson of Henry Pickering Hutchinson, who is listed on your Express and Star 1880s. This evening I was looking through a family tree produced by my uncle because we are about to visit the Isle of Wight where I remember 40 years ago my father showing me the graves of two great aunts and his great grandmother Mary Heywood. I was staggered that a few seconds of clicking on your site traced an ancestor of mine born in 1478 (Richard Blackwyn), whereas in the pre-internet age my uncle's pourings through stained parish records rarely reached back further than the 18th century.
    However, your site has not answered the specific query that brought me to it, and I wonder if I can interest you in addressing the little puzzle. One of my father's great aunts, Eliza Beales, married a Charles Chard, both listed on your site. My father knew well that Charles Chard was a relative of John Rouse Merriott Chard, the commanding office at Rorke's Drift, for which he received a VC (as depicted in the film Zulu). Unfortunately I have no note of the exact relationship. Even from John Chard's entry in Wikipedia I can ascertain that he was one of three brothers, one called Charles, but evidently not the man that married Eliza Beales. With my lack of knowledge of genealogical tools I have got no further but perhaps it would be easy for you.
    In any case many thanks for a quite amazing site. Should you be interested I would be pleased to provide further information on the Hutchinson and Duffield branches (the latter can be traced back to an Angus born in 1585) and I have some photographs of Eliza Beales, her sisters Ann and Martha, and her husband Charles Chard

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    Looking for details on a mining explosion in the 1960s at Hem Heath colliery my father was part of the clean up operation and made the papers

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