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Thursday, 23 July 2015

Alice in New York

The exhibition was in commemoration of the centenary of Lewis Dodgson and during her stay in New York Alice was awarded an honorary doctorate by the university.

Sunday, 19 July 2015

Music Break - with - Geordie's Choice

Music Break - with - Geordie's Choice

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There's a difference when people vote

There's a difference when people don't vote


Saturday, 18 July 2015

Prince Leopold

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  Prince Leopold, Duke of Albany - Wikipedia  

The youngest son of Queen Victorian, Prince Leopold met and fell in love with Alice Liddle while studying in Christ Church.

The Queen insisted that the Prince must not marry outside of a royal family, so he was unable to marry Alice.

Alice later married Reginald Hargreaves, a cricketer who also studied in Christ Church.

On the day of the marriage she wore a diamond and ruby brooch that had been a gift from Leopold.

Prince Leopold married Princess Helene Friederike, she gave birth to a daughter in 1883 and the child was named Alice.

The second son of Alice was christened Leopold and the Prince became the godfather of the young boy.

Reginald Gervis Hargreaves 1852 – 1926

  Reginald Hargreaves - wikipedia  

Alice Liddel married Reginald Gervis Hargreaves at Westminster Abbey in 1881


Age 18

Through The Looking Glass

A K Hargreaves
Military Details

A K Hargreaves D,S,O. Capt R B

Alan Knyveton Hargreaves born in 1882 and was brother to Leopold (see below). In 1891 Alan and his 2 brothers are living with their parents at Cuffnells Park, Lyndhurst, where their father states he is 38 and living on own means and has 9 staff incl. a Governess. The transcriber of the census has not been too kind and has totally mis-transcribed Knyveton. By 1900 Alan was a serving soldier and a London Gazette entry for 10 August gives his promotion. He was KIA on 9 May 1915 aged 33, the same age as his brother Leopold when he died, and he rests in Le Trou Aid Post Cemetery, Fleurbaix.

An entry in the London Gazette for 24 March 1915 tells of him being awarded the D.S.O.

Alan Knyveton Hargreaves D.S.O.

Captain, 2nd Battalion, Rifle Brigade (The Prince Consort's Own). Killed in action 9th May 1915. Aged 33. Son of Reginald G. and Alice Hargreaves, of Cuffnells, Lyndhurst, Hants. Awarded the Distinguished Service order (D.S.O.). Buried in LE TROU AID POST CEMETERY, FLEURBAIX, Pas de Calais, France. Plot/Row/Section R. Grave 3.

Extract from du Ruvigny's Roll of Honour:

HARGREAVES, ALAN KNYVETON, D.S.O., Capt., 3rd Battn. The Rifle Brigade (The Prince Consort's Own), eldest s. of Reginald Gervis Hargreaves, of Cuffnells, Lyndhurst, by his wife, Alice Pleasance, dau. of the Very Rev. Henry George Liddell, Dean of Christ Church; and brother to Capt. L. R. Hargreaves (q.v.); b. Cuffnells, Lyndhurst, co. Hants, 25 Oct. 1891; educ. Eton, and the Royal Military College, Sandhurst; gazetted 2nd Lieut. Rifle Brigade 11 Aug. 1900; promoted Lieut. 15 Jan. 1902, and Capt. 22 Jan. 1910; served in the South African War, 1902; took part in the operations in Orange River Colony, Jan. to 31 May, 1902, and those in Cape Colony, Jan. 1902 (Queen's Medal with three clasps); acted as Adjutant to 4th Battn. from 15 Dec. 1910, to 14 Dec. 1913; served with the Expeditionary Force in France and Flanders from Sept. 1914; was wounded near Hazebrouck the following month; rejoined his regiment in March, and was killed in action at Fromelles 9 May, 1915. Buried near there. He was awarded the D.S.O. [London Gazette, 24 March, 1915], in recognition of his services with the Expeditionary Force.

Extract from Distinguished Service Order 1886-1915 published by Naval & Military Press:

HARGREAVES, ALAN KNYVETON, Capt., entered the Rifle Brigade 11 Aug. 1900; became Lieutenant 15 Jan. 1902, and Captain 24 March, 1910. He served in the South African War, 1902; took part in the operations in Orange River Colony, Jan. to 31 May, 1902; also in Cape Colony, Jan. 1902 (Queen's Medal with three clasps). Capt. Hargreaves served in the European War from 1914, and was created a Companion of the Distinguished Service Order [London Gazette, 18 Feb. 1915]: "Alan Hargreaves, Capt., The Rifle Brigade (The Prince Consort's Own). For services in connection with operations in the field." He was killed in action 9 May, 1915.

Alan Hargreaves was killed at Aubers Ridge at in the action at Rouge Bancs and is mentioned in the Regimental History for The Great War in an action.

On 9th May 1915 after a postponement from the previous day, the bombardment began at 5am. A number of shorts caused severe casualties in the advanced sap where "B" and "D" Companies of the 2nd Rifle Brigade were assembled to lead the attack.

"B" and "D" Companies (Capt. P.A.Kennedy and Capt. C.A. Werner) swept across to the German trench taking it in their stride, and pushed on to the Battalion objective, followed by "A" and "C" Companies (Captain S.A. Sherston and Capt. A.K. Hargreaves) who occupied and consolidated the German trench.

"B" and "D" Companies had to withdraw from the Battalion objective as very few of the Battalion to the left and right of the 2nd Rifle Brigade managed to keep with them. They withdrew to the German trench and made a stand there. They fought until nearly 3am on the 10th being attacked on three sides, from the German 2nd line and from each side in the trench in quite an action.

They were finally overwhelmed by 3am with the 2nd Rifle Brigades losses amounting to 654 Officers and men.

The fighting was severe and hand to hand the severity can be judged by a letter written by a priest who was serving with the German forces at the time "After two hours fighting the enemy was beaten back. You can scarcely have an idea of the work this represented. How these Englishmen had in twelve hours dug themselves in. The hundred or so fellows who were in our trench had brought with them an enourmous quantity of ammunition, a machine gun and one they captured from us. Almost every single man of them had to be put out of avtion with hand grenades. They were heroes all, brave and true to the end, until death..... men of the active English Rifle Brigade".

I will include credit for the above text if I can find it:

  Medal Card
Alan Knyveton Hargreaves  

L R Hargreaves
Military Details

L R Hargreaves - M.C. Capt Irish Gds

Leopold Reginald Hargreaves was the son of Reginald G and Alice of Cuffnells, Lyndhurst. Alice was formerly Liddell, the inspiration for 'Alice' in Alice in Wonderland.

Leopold was born in 1883 in Lyndhurst. The 1901 census Leopold is recorded as living on Keats Lane, along with other Eton students, in the house of Arthur Stringer a 59 year old Schoolmaster. He served in the Irish Guards and died on 25 September 1916 aged 33 and is remembered at Guillemont Road Cemetery, Guillemont. His citation reads in the London Gazette reads :

For conspicuous gallantry in action. He set a find example of coolness and courage at a somewhat critical period, and personally took forward and established a covering party.

Leopold Reginald Hargreaves M.C.

Captain, Irish Guards. Died of wounds 25th September 1916. Aged 33. Son of Reginald G. and Alice Hargreaves, of Cuffnells, Lyndhurst, Hants. Awarded the Military Cross (M.C.). Buried in GUILLEMONT ROAD CEMETERY, GUILLEMONT, Somme, France. Plot I. Row C. Grave 4.

Extract from du Ruvigny's Roll of Honour:

HARGREAVES, LEOPOLD REGINALD, M.C., Capt., 1st Battn. Irish Guards, eldest surv. s. of Reginald Gervis Hargreaves, of Cuffnells, Lyndhurst, by his wife, Alice Pleasance, dau. of the Very Rev. Henry George Liddell, Dean of Christ Church; and brother to Capt. A. K. Hargreaves, D.S.O. (q.v.); b. Cuffnells, Lyndhurst, Hants, Jan. 1883; educ. Eton, and Christ Church, Oxford; was formerly in business in Canada; joined the army 15 Aug. 1914; gazetted Lieut. 1st Battn. Irish Guards 23 Dec. 1914; served at the front in France from Nov. 1914, to Nov. 1915, when he was invalided home; returned to France in Aug. 1916, and was killed in action at Les Boeufs 25 Sept. 1916. He was awarded the Military Cross:

Capt. L R Hargreaves, 1st Bn Irish Guards, DoW 25/9/16. He went to France 10/11/14 with a detachment of Special Reserves as a Lt. Promoted to Capt, 13/09/15, at Loos, then wounded 15/09/16 at the Quadrilateral. Oviously not too badly, as he was back " a few hundred yards East of Lesboeufs" when he was badly wounded again, probably by his own barrage, and died while being carried back.

  Medal Card
Leopold Reginald Hargreaves  

  Alice Liddell
Julia Margaret Cameron  

  Alice Liddell - Age 20  

by Julia Margaret Cameron

There are two photographs in a series of three that I am aware of by Julia Margaret Cameron of Alice Liddell that were taken soon after each other, the above photograph is the better of the two in particular but there is very little difference between one and the other.

The greatest difference is in the eyes, in the better of the two Alice seems to be thoughtful, while in the second image she looks a little more stern.

If at first you cannot distinguish one from the other then take note of the little finger on the left of the photograph that can be seen HERE.

  Julia Margaret Cameron - Wikipedia  

  Gravestone of Alice Hargreaves
1852 – 1934  

The church of St Michael and All Angels, Lyndhurst

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In the church is a memorial to her sons killed in WW I.

Caryl Liddell Hargreaves, the youngest son was born 19 November 1887. He served in the Scots Guards and survived the war.

C L Hargreaves with daughter Mary-Jean Rosalie Alice