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Kimberley, South Africa - 1900 Saturday February 10th 1900 was another day under siege for James Atherton. He was serving with the Loyal North Lancashire Regiment engaged in defending Kimberley in South Africa and urgently in need of relief which came five days later. His friend on duty next to him was Samuel Hall from Preston in Lancashire, a town some 11 miles from Ja Kimberley, South Africa - 1900 Saturday February 10th 1900 was another day under siege for James Atherton. He was serving with the Loyal North Lancashire Regiment engaged in defending Kimberley in South Africa and urgently in need of relief which came five days later. His friend on duty next to him was Samuel Hall from Preston in Lancashire, a town some 11 miles from James home in Darwen. The following day Samuel would be dead. The friends had travelled to fight as professional soldiers together twelve months earlier and Samuel may also have been with James in Ceylon on his previous posting. The death of Samuel was a crushing blow to James but on his return he visited Samuel’s widowed mother Sarah now also living in Darwen. Sarah was born in Lisburn in Ireland and had settled with her husband William, a man from County Cork, now an Army pensioner. It was here that he found love amongst the tragedy. Samuel’s sister Lydia was 22 and they were married some two years later. Did Lydia know of James troubled past? Let us see but the ending returns to South Africa, via Spain, Cornwall, Cumbria, Ireland, France, Italy and Lancashire and spans two centuries - The ending is heartwarming in the most unexpected coming together of a family line in an amazing coincidence - Life truly does hang by a thread  - or a bullet This a story that has taken some 12 years of research and although it was fun to unravel all the complex details it was like most family research also at times frustrating and I conclude the book with some research tips that I trust will be helpful.


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Kimberley, South Africa - 1900 Saturday February 10th 1900 was another day under siege for James Atherton. He was serving with the Loyal North Lancashire Regiment engaged in defending Kimberley in South Africa and urgently in need of relief which came five days later. His friend on duty next to him was Samuel Hall from Preston in Lancashire, a town some 11 miles from Ja Kimberley, South Africa - 1900 Saturday February 10th 1900 was another day under siege for James Atherton. He was serving with the Loyal North Lancashire Regiment engaged in defending Kimberley in South Africa and urgently in need of relief which came five days later. His friend on duty next to him was Samuel Hall from Preston in Lancashire, a town some 11 miles from James home in Darwen. The following day Samuel would be dead. The friends had travelled to fight as professional soldiers together twelve months earlier and Samuel may also have been with James in Ceylon on his previous posting. The death of Samuel was a crushing blow to James but on his return he visited Samuel’s widowed mother Sarah now also living in Darwen. Sarah was born in Lisburn in Ireland and had settled with her husband William, a man from County Cork, now an Army pensioner. It was here that he found love amongst the tragedy. Samuel’s sister Lydia was 22 and they were married some two years later. Did Lydia know of James troubled past? Let us see but the ending returns to South Africa, via Spain, Cornwall, Cumbria, Ireland, France, Italy and Lancashire and spans two centuries - The ending is heartwarming in the most unexpected coming together of a family line in an amazing coincidence - Life truly does hang by a thread  - or a bullet This a story that has taken some 12 years of research and although it was fun to unravel all the complex details it was like most family research also at times frustrating and I conclude the book with some research tips that I trust will be helpful.

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