Richard GURNSEY (b1780) – Richard and his family were devout Baptists, and were members of the Zion Baptist Chapel in Chatham – reputed to be the first Baptist chapel in North Kent, built in 1644. The baptisms and births are recorded in the Non-Conformist records of the church.
Ernest GURNSEY (1879 – 1942) – Ernest emigrated to Kenya with his wife and his brother Sid and his wife; they worked on the railways and then Ernest became Pier Master on Lake Victoria Nyanza. He and his wife Edna returned to the UK on their retirement. Their daughter married a wealthy hotel owner in Mombassa.
George and Amy – my Great Grandparents – were both born in 1884 into a world that is so different from today that it is difficult for us to imagine. Married in 1909 they lived well into old age, and were devoted to each other until the end.
The fall of Singapore to the Japanese Army on February 15th, 1942 is considered one of the greatest defeats in the history of the British Army. Here my Great Uncle Fred recounts his lucky escape from the city that day…