Leicestershire Antills and Connected Families

Roots mainly in the Mountsorrel and Rothley area, but have spread to Canada, USA, Australia and New Zealand

Lamsdorf Death March Route

My father was captured on the retreat to Dunkirk and was a guest of the Nazis until January 1945 in Lamsdorf, Poland. With the Russian army closing in the camp's occupants were force-marched 375 miles into Germany over the Czech mountains arriving in the spring before VE day. This map marks the route which was recorded by one of my father's fellow POWs.

Clicking on the map will open up the Lamsdorf POW web site where there is a gallery of photos from his POW days found in my late father's effects and some notes made of places encountered on his Long March to Freedom.

My father never knew his father in law (search for Thomas William Bamford on this site), who rests in peace having been killed in action on 16 August 1917 during the 3rd Battle of Ypres (Ieper) known also as Passchendaele. With my brothers we attended on 31 Jul 2017 the UK Government's official commemoration event for this Battle which was held in the presence of Belgian and British Royalty at Tyne Cot Cemetery, where my grandfather's grave can be viewed.

Welcome - by John Antill

Welcome to my web site! Although this site started with my antecedents, spreading out there are now a number of well-known names on it that are connected (through many marriages) to me, my wife and sisters in law.

All UK Monarchs back at least to William the Conqueror with Oliver Cromwell and both US Presidents Bush. Former Prime Ministers Winston Churchill, the Duke of Wellington, Admiral Nelson, Robert Peel, Herbert Asquith, Neville Chamberlain and Margaret Thatcher; Airey Neave; and party leader Jo Grimond; William Penn, founder of Pennsylvania, Jethro Tull (lawyer turned agriculturist); Florence Nightingale; "Origin of the Species" Charles Darwin; the Strutts and Josiah Wedgwood line and Ralph Vaughan Williams, the composer; the diarist Samuel Pepys; Richard Arkwright, the inventor; Sir Bernard Lovell; Thomas Andrews, the designer of the TITANIC and who perished with the ship; W H Auden; W G Grace; Sir (Herbert) Nigel Gresley who designed steam locomotive engines; Lord Henry Plumb, formerly President of the National Farmers Union; the tar manufacturer William Butler of the Bristol area; MPs Alfred Arthur Denville the founder of the Denville Home for actors and abolitionist William Smith; authors Gavin Maxwell and Vita Sackville-West; poets Robert & Elizabeth Browning; Admiral Maitland, who accepted Napoleon's surrender at Waterloo; Sir Edwin Lutyens; the Rothschild who built Waddesdon Manor; Clare Balding and Kate Silverton, BBC Broadcasters, and Archers actor Earl of Portland (David Archer) and actress Helena Bonham Carter and her forebears; the aircraft designer Sir Geoffrey de Havilland and his actor cousins Joan Fontaine and Olivia de Havilland; Elizabeth Fry, the penal and social reformer and her relatives who founded the J S Fry chocolate empire, with the founders of the Clarks shoe company; Ralph Allen, the postal innovator and Bath quarry owner; the founders of the Haig (scotch whisky) firm and the Jameson (Irish Whiskey) firm.

This site contains my ancestors Antills (Leicestershire) and Bamfords (Northamptonshire)), plus lines of Westons, Merrimans, Saundersons, Needhams, Trueloves, Tyackes and Swinnertons all connected at living level. I try to ensure that details of anyone living are not uploaded unless the data has been made publicly available on the internet or in another medium. With over 107,000 names, years of work have been put into the research and documentation of these ancestors.

Searching. Many Swynnertons are referred to in records as De Swynnertons but I have indexed all as surname Swynnerton. Additionally there are various spellings of Swinnerton, Swinerton, Swynnerton etc, so it may pay to search all varieties.I hope you will benefit from the information I present here.

Thanks: Particular thanks for help, research and data go to: Antill data - my Mother and elder brother, Terry, Wayne, my fifth cousin Ann Jones (search for Ann Lawrence on this site), Greg Hunter, Roy, Barbara, Danny, Lindsay, Cassandra, Peggy, Sally, Cheryl, and Bob; Weston data: Geoffrey, Joy, Adele, Beverley and Paul; Stewart: to Ann and clanmacfarlane web site; Hinds: Ken and rootsweb; Truelove and Tyacke: Margaret; Swinnerton: Margaret and Iain; Stock: to Derek Stock and his fellow researchers - see http://freepages.genealogy.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~essexstock/index.htm; Britton: to Gladys Britton Spilsbury for her book "The Brittons of Kingswood Chase and some Gloucestershire Connections" as updated by Andrew Plaster's research; Rod for southern hemisphere Brosters; Lyn Paterson for Paterson/Moncrieffe information; olivercromwell.org for his information. Thanks also to Jen at leicestershire.webs.com for parish records. Some of you live in other continents and so I know that the sun is always shining on at least one one of you somewhere.

Air Commodore E W (Peter) Merriman CBE, DFM

Peter, my wife's uncle, started his RAF career in World War II flying a Spitfire in Douglas Bader's big wing and in 1966 flew Rhodesian Prime Minister Ian Smith to Gibraltar for the independence talks with British Prime Minister on HMS Tiger.