Monday, June 15, 2009

more about Private Richard Ainscough, 63924

Private Richard Ainscough - letter
Private Richard Ainscough d.19.5.1918 - letter

On 15 Jun 2009, at 17:30, Geoff Carefoot ( wrote:

Dear Barbara,
I chanced upon your family history blog whilst surfing "t'interweb" and wondered if you would be interested in further information on Richard which you may not have or which you may like to pass on to other relatives with an interest in the military.
Although I now live in the south of France I was born, and brought up in Longridge, Lancs and spent some time researching local men who died in the Great War , especially as Longridge does not have a 'proper' war memorial (it has a 'memorial' playing field)
About 20 years ago I put a request in the local paper for any information pertaining to Longridge men who had died in the Great War, hoping that surviving relatives might have some information. I had but a solitary response but the lady had the original two-sided letter written in the trenches by Captain A. Park, O. C. "Z" Company, 2nd Royal Fusilers, on the 22nd of May, 1918, to Private Ainscough's mother. I have a photocopy and would be delighted to send you a copy. His details in "Soldiers Died in the Great War" are pretty similar to those supplied by CWGC but state that he was formerly 16/38196, K. L. R. = King's (Liverpool) Regiment and it would appear likely that he enlisted in the King's who were more likely to be recruiting in Lancashire and was probably transferred to the Royal Fusiliers following recuperation from wounds/injuries.
Geoff Carefoot

Saturday, June 13, 2009

'Escough Wood' - 1839 tithe map of Scarisbrick

On 12 Jun 2009, at 11:17, Andrew Scarisbrick wrote:

Hi Barbara.
I think I may have found another piece of the Ainscough puzzle for you. From some files I gave you a while back, extracted from the Cartulary of Burscough Priory, it gave you a description of where a wood known as 'Aykiscogh' was, in relation to Scarisbrick and Hurlston.
Well, since then, I have been looking at a copy of the 1839 tithe map of Scarisbrick, and attached is a small part of it. If you look at the left hand side of it, you will notice that some of the field names are 'Escough Wood', precisely where the cartulary information says it was. Also, the farm in possesion of James Moorcroft on the map was, and still is, called Wood End Farm, which in turn implies this is the site of a wood. So this would appear to be the ancient wood know as 'Aykiscogh'. What do you think?