Cecil John L’Estrange Malone (7 September 1890 – 8 June 1965) was not only blessed with a tremendous name, but he also led a very interesting life. Malone came from a well-connected background and went into politics as a Liberal MP after serving in the military. A pioneering naval aviator, during his time in the Royal Navy and then the RAF, he was known to be an anti-communist in his earlier career. The author of a number of articles strongly criticising left-wing activists, he then changed his political views and went on to serve as the United Kingdom’s first ever communist Member of Parliament. Dissociating himself from the Communist Party of Great Britain he later turned to the Labour Party and was part of Ramsay Macdonald’s 1929 government.
Since ancient times, Britain’s commerce and defence have depended on the sea. But our treacherous waters exacted a terrific toll of ships, cargoes, mariners and passengers annually. Victims often lost their lives within sight of shore, either because they could not be reached in time, or because no vessel was strong enough to reach them safely.
The village lock-up was once a famous, and indeed, infamous building in many rural settlements. Although architecturally it could vary enormously in style, either being refurbished from a prior building or created specifically for this one purpose, it always served a primary use: that of holding arrested people or those suspected of deviance, for a short duration.
TheGenealogist has added almost 700,000 entries for prisoners to its Court and Criminal Records collection. Sourced from the HO 8 registers held by The National Archives, these documents contain records from the years 1821 to 1876. This expands the site’s criminal collection to over 1.3 million individuals between 1801 and 1876.
Although jewellery is mainly associated with women, for millennia our male ancestors have adorned themselves with diverse ornaments. Decorative items fashioned initially from natural materials, later from metals, have been worn on the head, at the neck, on the breast, around the waist, wrists, hands and fingers, for religious and ritualistic reasons, as fashion statements, or as visible symbols of wealth, status and power.
This book is an exploration of a life at sea in the time of Captain Cook and Admiral Nelson, covering topics as wide-ranging as science, exploration, mutiny, and discipline, focusing on the period from 1714 to 1820. This ‘Sailor’s Guide’ explores the lives of the Navy’s officers and sailors, using extracts from contemporary documents and writings.
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