Mark referred to my father, Stanley. He was born in 1906, in or near Watchet, Somerset.
He was named Fred (not Frederick) Stanley, after Fred Stanley - the man who found Dr Livingstone. He disliked this, and preffered to be called Stan.
The name Harvey is, or was given to the eldest son, and dates back (so I am told) to three brothers, John, Harvey and James?? These names ocurr frequently in the Nurcombe family.
My father said derivation of our surname is the family that lived `near the combe' (or valley in North Somerset). Spoken in a a deep Somerset dialect it would have been said "Nar'combe" and thence corrupted to the family name we have.
I was interested to read Mark's information about his Children - He was a very private man, and spoke little of his past life. My father married Dorothy (nee Yates) in 1947, and this was his second marriage, I being the only child.
He did talk about his childhood, and about crossing the Bristol Channel in a Collier Boat carrying Coal from Barry Docks to Watchet Harbour. The boat was owned by a relative, who later worked as an Engineer on the `White Funnel' fleet of Paddel Steamers that plied up and down the 'channel.
He talked with love of his mother who was tiny, ill, and who died early. His father was a large man, a Policeman (Sergeant?) who left Somerset and went to Cardiff as a posting.
In the course of my travels I do come over traces of the few Nurcombes out in the world - and there are not many. I estimate that there are about 100 of us. Approx 35 in UK, 10 in Canada, 5 in USA, the rest in Australia, New Zealand, Singapore etc.
I will monitor this site for further news of the `Family'
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