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Barrie Callender

My name is Barrie Callender. I am a freelancer working as a Project Management System Implementation Consultant

On finding Grandma

On finding Grandma

I now know where my Grandmother was born, married, died and where her remains are. This is what my Mother asked for. Unfortunately I found this out too late to tell her.

Armistice Day

Armistice Day

On Armistice Day I remember my 2nd great uncle Alexander Solomons who lost his life on the battlefields of Flanders on 28th April 1917 (6 Iyyar 5677)

The story behind the stories

The story behind the stories

Family history isn't the only thing I'm interested in, and so I hope this post is the first of many to not only cover the story behind my family history, but also some other topics I have an interest in or wanted to learn more about since I began this journey.

Hannah and Jacob Solomons

Hannah and Jacob Solomons

My Great Great Grandparents, Hannah and Jacob Solomons came from Eastern Europe to Whitechapel. They had five daughters and three sons. Alexander was lost in action in WW1 and both my Great Grandmother, Esther, and her sister Kitty were murdered. This is my family.

Esther Solomons was my great grandmother

Esther Solomons was my great grandmother

Esther Solomons was born in Little Patternoster Row, Whitechapel. She was the eldest of her siblings, married a hungarian hairdresser, a turkish cook, travelled to New York and was brutally murdered in Prince Rupert, Canada where she lived the last 14 years of her life. She is also my Jewish Great Grandmother.

Where's Grandma

Where's Grandma

Before my Mum died in 2004, she often talked to me about her Mother who she had lost contact with and wanted to know what happened to her. Me finding my Grandma has lead to me learning about my Jewish heritage.