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George Padfield, Somerset, England
Posted by: Edward Bridle Date: November 27, 2000 at 17:59:07
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I've just stumbled across this site, so what I have to offer is all from memory - I'll have to check further details to contribute them later. My mother was born Jennifer Anne Padfield, only child of Edward George Padfield and Daisy Elizabeth Padfield (nee Cresswell)at Ash Vale, Surrey, Eng., in 1935. She came to Australia in 1956, met my father Donal Bridle and took him home to England to marry him, then came back Down Under, where their three sons were born (I am eldest). Her father, always known as Ted, (born 1898, died 1990) served in the Royal Navy, 1914-1945, including Battle of Jutland, 1916, and D-Day landings, 1944. His father, George Padfield, born in Somerset about 1860, joined the East Kent Regiment (the "Buffs") about 1878, rose to be Farrier Sergeant-Major, married Sarah Read about 1895, served in South Africa during the Boer War, set up as a blacksmith after leaving the Army, and died about 1923. George was a man of remarkable strength, and once won a bet which involved lifting an Army mule onto his shoulders and walking three paces. George's father was Richard, as I recall, but from this point back family memory fails, as Richard either died or left home when George was young. Earlier details have been unearthed from parish registers by my cousin Jenny in England, and it seems that all Padfields originate in a small cluster of parishes on the Mendip Hills in Somerset - one of which is the manor of Mells, the 'plum' that Sir Thomas (Jack) Horner is said to have pulled out of the Abbot of Glastonbury's pie when Henry VIII dissolved the monasteries.
Hope all this is worth contributing, and I would be happy to hear from any other Padfield descendants who can link to George and his descendants. - Edward Bridle


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