A. Clive Mitchell-Taylor
Assoc Dip Computing,
Assoc Dip Materiel Mngt
MITCHELL, TAYLOR, DOWNES,
WINE & SMEDLEY FAMILIES
This website is mostly a means of collecting and displaying family-related information. I do not claim entitlement to any of these Coats of Arms, it's just a concise and decorative way of indicating that much of this site is based upon these (extended) families. Unfortunately I cannot find an equivalent for the Wine or Smedley Families.
Margaret A. Wine CMC JP(Qual)
M Ed (Spec Ed) B Ed
Dip Teach (Primary)
Marriage & Funeral Celebrant
The military service histories are a tribute to our WW1 and WW2 soldiers, and includes our relatives and those of some of our friends and neighbours. We hope that publishing these indicative histories will help our younger generations understand some of the hardships and sacrifices they endured in order to preserve our heritage.
While it may appear that in the early 20th century this heritage was essentially British, I assure readers that this is not the case. Many of our soldiers, sailors, air men and women were then, and are today of aboriginal, island, maori ineseinese extraction. Then and now, they came from all the countries of eg make a better future in an old land. It's a broad and encompassing heritage, and it has served us well.
My intent is to sort events into chronological order, expand abbreviations, explain the meaning of events or missing information and present it all in a way that enables family members to read, understand, download and print the records which are relevant to them.
Some events are not flattering when taken in today's context. We must acknowledge that they occurred at a time when any of these young men could be killed or maimed the next day, and judge them not. Autres temps, autres moeurs.