A LITTLE ABOUT ME
I was introduced to family history research by my sister, Jill CHAMBERS in the 1980's, both she and I have diversified considerably since then. She is interested in 'Convicts and men transported, as well as rioters and protestors', and her publications and indexes are considerable, my interest is military history in relation to family history specializing in the Napoleonic period.
I was born in Edinburgh, Scotland, but having been brought up in the Royal Air Force have no particular home town, I now live in East Lothian. My family, however originate from opposite ends of Britain. My father's family the CHAMBERS had lived on the Isle of Wight which is off the south coast of England, for at least a couple of centuries. With one exception until my grandfather moved to Portsmouth, Hampshire, which is just across the water from the Island in around 1914, all branches of his family were from the Isle of Wight. The Island names are CHAMBERS, GUBBINS, CLARKE, BANNISTER & DAY among others. The exception being the COLLETT family, a Mary COLLETT formerly of Arlington Row, Arlington in the parish of Bibury, Gloucestershire, married Jacob CHAMBERS at West Cowes, Isle of Wight on 20th October 1852. Her father Thomas COLLETT had a brother John. It was John COLLETT that began my interest in the Military History
Arlington Row, Arlington, Bibury, Gloucestershire
My mother's family all came from the east coast of Scotland, either from East Lothian or Berwickshire, my parents met while they were both serving in the Royal Air Force during the 2nd World War. The family names there are among others PEARSON, HILL, NESBITT, GREENLAW, AITCHISON.
I have been researching the Napoleonic Wars in general and more specifically the 1st or Grenadier Foot Guards for around 1993. I have had considerable help and encouragement from the Regiment, and still frequently visit the Regimental Archives as the work is still on going. My interest is in the people, although I have learnt a considerable amount about the involvement of the Army during this time. Among my work I am publishing some information on other Regiments in the form of indexes.