Archive for June, 2004

On Wed, 25 Jun 2003 10:13:34 +1000, “Clive Manson”


Hugh, apologies for the tardiness of my reply……

Some info for your “Winter collection”

Clara Mary GEDDES, should be Clara MAY Geddes. (My grandmother)

m. 1906. James Henry MITCHELL. (I have Mitchell pedigree if you want ) d.

11.6.1967.Bentleigh, Victoria, Aust.

Children: Eliza Mae

James Henry Mitchell

b. 1882

d. c. 1924

Occupation. Pastry Cook

Eliza Mae Mitchell

b. 13.6.1907. (birth cert. shows 1/6 incorrectly)

m. 23.4.1938 (George Andrew Manson, Carpenter & Joiner) (I have Manson pedigree

if you want )

d. 22.1.2000 Tuncurry, NSW

Children: Clive Andrew Manson b.6.3.44 (ME)

ALSO: your dates for ROBERT WELLS b. 1600, & son JOHN WELLS, b. 1714 ? don’t


Thanks for making your knowledge available. I was really amazed at the depth of

your Creswell and Wells info.


Clive Manson


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West Coast: WELLS. 1860-1900.

New Zealand Post office Directory.1893.


Elisha. miner. Woodstock.

George R. sawyer. Reefton.

John. miner. Woodstock.

W.E. porter. Greymouth.

Hokitika Savings Bank Ledgers. 1866>


1878. Nora.L. Woodstock.

1880. Annie. Kanieri.

1877. Mary.

1911. Elisha John. Woodstock. baker.

1918. John Christian. Woodstock. miner.

1913. Robert. Solicitor.

Harnett’s Goldfield Directory. 1866/67.

WELLS. W.C. newsagent.(W.C.Times) Beach St. Hokitika.

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In Memory of

John Wells



2nd Bn., Canterbury Regiment, N.Z.E.F.

who died on

Monday, 11th June 1917.

Additional Information: Son of Mrs. N. L. Wells, of Woodstock, Hokitika, Westland, New Zealand.

Commemorative Information


Grave Reference/

Panel Number: I. G. 5.

Location: Hazebrouck is a town lying about 56 kilometres south-east of Calais and is easily reached from Calais or Boulogne. The Communal Cemetery is on the south-western outskirts of the town.

From the Grand Place in Hazebrouck follow the D916 Bethune road. Traverse the first set of traffic lights and the Communal Cemetery will be found 200 metres further along on the right hand side of the road, as indicated by a signpost. The War Graves Plot lies immediately inside the entrance to the cemetery.

Historical Information: From October, 1914, to September, 1917, Casualty Clearing Stations were posted at Hazebrouck. From September, 1917, to September, 1918, enemy shelling and bombing rendered the town unsafe for hospitals; but in September and October, 1918, No.9 British Red Cross Hospital was in the town. The British burials began in October, 1914, and continued until July, 1918. They were made at first among the civilian graves in the old Plots I and II, but after the Armistice these earlier burials were concentrated into the main British enclosure and the Plots were renumbered.

During the 1939-45 War Hazebrouck was on the western flank of the area occupied by the British Expedionary Force until May 1940, and was garrisoned.

There are now over 950, 1914-18 and nearly 100, 1939-45 war casualties commemorated in this site. Of these, nearly 30 from the 1914-18 War are unidentified. Of those from the 1939-45 War, the majority were killed in late May 1940 during the fighting which covered the retreat of the British Expedionary Force to the Dunkirk-Nieuport perimeter, and 20 are unidentified.

The British plots cover an area of 2,356 square metres.

The sum of 20,000 francs was contributed by the town of Hazebrouck to the construction of the British plots.


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Attracted to gold in New Zealand, John decided to go prospecting in the

South Island, leaving Melbourne for NZ on the steamer “Gothenberg” arriving

in Hokitika in 1865.

John settled in Woodstock on the West Coast, and built the family home at a

town called Woodstock just out of Hokitika. While at the Woodstock Hotel he

met a barmaid by the name of Nora Letitia Furness, eldest child of Robert

and Eliza Furness.

The Furnesses had come to NZ via South Africa and Australia, arriving in NZ

in 1867.

John and Nora married in St Andrews Church, Kanieri on 26 Sep 1871, he was 30

and she 17.

According to records he journeyed a lot of moving around Westland after he was

married, mining. There is a account that he had one of his rifles snatched by

outlaws. He had 10 children, including Thomas, my grandfather, one, Robert,

was killed by pigs at 4, and John jnr died with honour on the battlefields

of France in 1917.

He died in January 1925, and was buried in the Wells family plot in Hokitika


Ancestry.com UK & Ireland Collection

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