In this centenary year of the start of the First World War, one of my ancestors fought on the side of the Austrians. My great great uncle Felix Kohn/Kerber was born on the 5th April 1894 to Rudolf Kohn and Gisela Löwenstein.
At the present time, I do not know when he joined the Army, but by the time he died on the 9th December 1917, he had been awarded the Silver Bravery Medal and the Karl-Truppen Cross.
Most of the forenames in my family tree are fairly similar, I have generations of John's and Richard's, with some Seymours on the Waterfall side. But I think my favourite forename has to be on my father's maternal line. It is the name of my grandmother Ilse Frankenbusch, so much so in order to remember her I have given the name Ilse to my daughter as a middle name. I have written about Ilse before here and here.
I suppose my favourite surname has to be the Waterfall name as that is my name and I get a lot of comments about how unusual it is. This does help when I come to researching my family history as there are not huge numbers of Waterfalls around. It also makes a change from the Williams, Evans and Jones names that are on my maternal line.
A bit belatedly, I signed up to the #52ancestorschallenge so I am starting on week 5. Over the years of researching my family history I have gathered a lot of information on the Waterfall side of my family and it has turned into a One Name Study. So here is a graph to show how many Waterfalls there were in each census for England and Wales from 1841-1911
In 1841 the most people with the surname Waterfall are in Yorkshire with 42, followed by Derbyshire with 36 and Staffordshire with 26. By 1911 Derbyshire has 159 people with the surname Waterfall, Yorkshire 134 Waterfall and Nottinghamshire with 67.
A bit late posting last weeks post, but here goes.
The theme last week was Valentine and my blog post relates to my grandparents Sidney Waterfall and Ilse Frankenbusch and how they met.
In 1945, as World War 2 was drawing to an end, my grandfather Sidney Waterfall had been repatriated back to the England after spending most of the war as a POW in Stalag VIIIB Lamsdorf. He had survived the Long March and was repatriated home. On arriving back in England he was sent to an Army camp near Colchester, Essex for rest and recuperation.
It was while he was in the camp that my grandmother Ilse Frankenbusch, who was a member of the ATS was also at the camp. One day while Sidney was in the swimming pool, Ilse wandered by and she thought that Sidney was handsome so she decided to dive into the pool almost on top of him in order that they had an excuse to talk.
The rest as they say is history, in January 1946 they married and in the November their first child was born. Sidney and Ilse were togethe…