Category: Family History

Feb 03 2018

Milford Track, New Zealand

Anne Anderson (nee Baughen) kindly sent me a copy of the Listener dated 13 January 2018. It contains an article on Milford Track. Blanche Edith Baughan is normally credited with calling it ‘The finest walk in the world’. I’ve scanned the article and it can be found at Track – Listener 13 Jan 2018.pdf .
Blanche was one of the first women to go to Royal Holloway College (London University). I do have a collection of most of her books.

Sep 11 2017

Royal Holloway College

Yesterday in the UK was part of Open Heritage Days. Various places which may not be open to the public normally are opened up. We took the opportunity to see the Royal Holloway College near Egham. This college is part of the University of London. It was opened in 1886 and up until about 1965 it was Female only. Therefore it was one of the first to open for ladies. In those days you had to have money and in fact many of the students had servants. Mind you, in the first year there were only 28 students (Oxford had 30).

Photos from the visit can be found at
Of particular interest to Baughans is the fact that Blanche Edith Baughan was a student in the 2nd year it was opened. She became well known as a poet and authoress and emigrated to New Zealand. She wrote a number of travel guides/books, was a mountaineer and was a Prison Reformer. I’ve included photos of the college register with her entry.

Sep 01 2014

Website update

Following updates for Lives of the First World War for Navy servicemen (and some went on to what became the RAF) I’ve updated my website at for a further 8 entries (added at the end).

Aug 11 2014

Lives of the First World War

A new website has been set up by the FindMyPast group called ‘Lives of the First World War‘ (LotFWW).  Unfortunately this is a subscription site but subscribers to ‘FindMyPast’ are offered a free one year subscription. The basic idea is to link information about individuals, mainly associated with the military, that were active in the First World War. Most of the first set of records linked are references to the medals awarded to servicemen but they do include other records such as for nurses. The records cover more than the British services.

In my opinion, the website may be usable for looking up an individual soldier (e.g.) but when it comes to adding or correcting data it seemed as though it was designed by someone on their first project. To meet their desires I would be spending the rest of the year or more keying the data.

What I have done is to extract their records (based on the various spellings of the name) and matched these against my records. Out of the initial 180 hits I can identify about 150, although some records may refer to the same person. There are a few cases where the name is wrong plus one case where the person joined the army calling himself Baughan but at the end of the war said it was Vaughan (no birth certificate checks).  I’ve produced individual reports on the identified individuals. I’ve added a new entry to my website under the Genealogy ‘Military’ section called ‘Lives in First World War’ ( ). This contains a list of the names extracted exactly as in the LotFWW website. Selecting the ‘Rec No’ brings up a new page with further details about the individual. This page also has a link to the individual reports (in PDF format) that I produced and therefore you can find out a lot more about the person. If I haven’t been able to identify the individual or it is known that this person is not a Baughen etc. then it will point to a ‘Not Available.pdf” document.

As far as the LotFWW website is concerned I have set up a ‘Community’ called ‘Baughen One Name Study’. All the identified records have been attached to this ‘Community’. I’ve also added an external link to my website for each record that I have been able to match against my data. I have not tried to correct errors etc. or tried to merge information (e.g. where two or more records refer to the same person). Be aware that some of the information displayed on the LotFWW website may not be correct e.g. when a soldier has served in more than one regiment, and he gets a different Service Number for each, the Service Unit and Service Number combination may be wrong.

The LotFWW website is being updated from time to time and therefore I will update my data as I identify and match their records. In the meantime if anyone any further information that helps or adds to the information published please let me know at .