You mention that Richard William was a brass foundry worker in Bermondsey and was killed during a Blitz in WWII. Would you have any idea how old he might have been when he was killed because I have found one entry for a birth that may possibly fit.
Richard William Croucher
District - St Saviour
Volume - 1d
Page - 66
December quarter 1883
This Richard William would therefore have been about 57 at the time the Germans started to bomb London.
The District of St Saviour is in Southwark, London, and only about 2 miles as the crow flies from Bermondsey.
The Volume and Page numbers are the only references that can be accessed for free in the UK. With that information you can order a copy of the original birth certificate for £6.50 locally.
The books were written up on a quarterly basis so December 1883 could be anytime from 1st October through to 31st December.
If this does turn out to be your Richard William then the next step is easy because youíll have his parents details from the birth certificate.
Iím quite happy to look these up on the 1881 Census, if you donít have a copy, which will give
Fathers approximate age
Where the father was born
Mothers approximate age
Where the mother was born
Any children, with their approximate ages and where born, who were still living with their parents at the time of the Census.
With that under your belt you should be back to around the 1860ís
If we were really lucky and Richard William linked back to Crouchers that were living in Frittenden, Kent, from about 1750 onwards then I could supply you with a family tree currently containing about 280 individuals.
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