Catherine has hit a brick wall

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SOME time ago, former Hartlepool woman Catherine Back asked for help to research her family tree.

Her first attempt appeared in Family Roots last year but it had little success. She is hoping for better luck with a second appeal.

Catherine herself worked and lived in Hartlepool until she moved to the south of England in 1964. She still has friends and family here.

She now lives in Petersfield, in Hampshire, and wants more on the history of her family on her mother’s side, called the Claydons.

She would particularly like to find out more about her grandfather Christopher Claydon who was part of the family who lived in the south, in an area of London called Poplar before his move north.

Catherine said: “My grandfather Christopher was born there in 1867 and his brother John Thomas arrived a year later in 1868.”

But both brothers swapped the South East and moved to Hartlepool where they married town girls.

Christopher’s marriage to Dorothy Wanley happened in 1898 - five years after his brother John Thomas tied the knot with Mary Ann Armstrong in 1893.

Catherine is puzzled as to why the men moved to the North-East but perhaps the answer lies in their service records, she said.

She believes they may have been serving soldiers with the Durham Light Infantry. So far Catherine has had no luck in finding definite answers on the reason for the shift from London to Hartlepool.

Catherine said: “I think our next port of call will be Kew Gardens to see if we can come up with anything on my grandfather’s service record. I have come to a brick wall via the Internet.”

“I wonder if anyone in Hartlepool can recognise the men and enlighten me as to why they moved from the south of England and where they fought during the war.”

Those who can help should contact Mail head of features Chris Cordner, using the contact details on this page.