I have updated the Lefever GB records set with 72 additional entries. I have also de-duplicated another 10 individuals and tied another 70+ single individuals into families. The majority of these changes have been made possible by the release of the 1939 Register. I have not even completed all the first name beginning with A entries in the 1939 Register yet so a lot more work to do.
Many new records have been added to the UK dataset. These are mainly from the late 1600’s through to the early 1800’s. There are now over 3,000 individuals in the UK dataset. I have also been adding some records to the Belgium and France datasets and I will be uploading these to the website in the next few days.
I have now finished inputting the remaining marriages in India into the database. This has added nearly 40 additional individuals to this record set. Whilst browsing the images on FindMyPast I found that several had been transcribed as India when in fact they occurred in Burma (now Myanmar). As a result I have added a new country and 26 individuals into this new record set. All data is now up to date on the website. I have an update to check and upload to the South Africa dataset and hope to have that available in the next few days.
FindMyPast has added several new sources to its Indian record collection. I have added a significant number of marriages to the Indian records mainly from the Calcutta area. I am about 50% of the way through inputting these new records so more to follow shortly.
Over the last few weeks I have updated the UK records with an additional 168 individuals. I have also added additional data to another 67 records and rectified 5 duplicate records. These new and updated records are mainly from the period 1700 to 1840 and the majority are non-conformist records. So if you have any early ancestors that you have not found previously now may be the time to search for them.
After some time off doing other things genealogical I have just done a fairly large update to the UK data file set. I have added 270 new records, updated just over 100 records adding additional life events and also pruned nearly 50 duplicate records.
I have added some data supplied by Simon Last and by Brian Hawkins. My thanks to them for contributing to this ongoing study.
Peter was born in 1918 in Cambridge but his birth was registered in Canterbury (Canterbury 2a 1458 Jun 1918) Kent the son of Frederick Charles and Lilian Edith LEFEVRE nee Langford. Frederick Charles LEFEVRE was mayor of Canterbury but that is a story for another time. Lilian died when Peter was less than a year old in the flu outbreak of 1919 (Canterbury 2a 1677 Mar 1919). His father married Winifred M Blundell in 1921 (Canterbury 2a 2089 Jun 1921) and so he had a woman in his life.
In my research so far Peter’s early life was unremarkable being educated at Tonbridge School and subsequently at Pembroke College, Cambridge. He joined the RAF on a short service commission in March 1938 and was posted to 38 (some research says 46) Squadron in December 1938. He was involved in the first battle of that squadron in October 1939 off the north cost of Britain. His squadron was posted to Northern Norway in June 1940 and then later in 1940 he returned to Britain where he fought in the Battle of Britain. On 3rd September 1940 he was shot down in combat over Chatham and ‘baled out’ with minor injuries. In 1941 the squadron was posted to the Mediterranean and in May 1941 the squadron was serving on Malta and re-designated as 126 Squadron. On 10th October 1941 he was posted to command 185 Squadron, this post only lasted for a week and he then returned to command 126 Squadron. For his actions in the North Sea, the Middle East and the Mediterranean he was awarded the DFC on 12th December 1941.
He returned to the UK in December 1941 and served with 52 Squadron. Early in 1943 he was posted as Flight Commander of 129 Squadron and then in April 1943 he was given command of 161 Squadron. On 16th April 1943 he was shot down by ‘flak’ whilst escorting bombers to Brest. He was found by the French resistance and smuggled into Spain and then to Gibraltar and returned to the UK on 13th July 1943. He re-joined 616 Squadron on 11th August but shortly afterwards was posted to command 266 Squadron.
On 6th February 1944 whilst leading an attack on anti-aircraft guns at l’Aber-Vrac’h, Brittany he was shot down by ‘flak’ and baled-out but unfortunately was too low for his parachute to deploy (200 feet) and he was recorded as missing presumed killed, his body never being recovered from the sea.
Peter was a confirmed fighter Ace with 10 confirmed ‘kills’ [2,3]. He is remembered on the Runnymede Memorial on panel 200 .
 SUPPLEMENT TO THE LONDON GAZETTE, 12 DECEMBER, 1941:
Acting Squadron Leader Peter William LEFEVRE (40719), No. 126 Squadron. This officer has shown the utmost devotion to duty over a long period of operational flying, in which he has destroyed several enemy aircraft. He carried out over 250 hours flying on convoy patrols over the North Sea as well as participating in other operational missions. Squadron Leader Lefevre has participated in operations in the Middle East, and in July, 1941, he attacked an Italian E boat which was forced to surrender.
 Aces High: A Tribute to the Most Notable Fighter Pilots of the British and Commonwealth Forces in WWII By Christopher Shores, Clive Williams
 Photograph courtesy of Stephen Daglish member 1110
On Friday as usual Family Search updated their list of new records. As normal I took a look at the records see if there were any Lefever’s contained in the new recordsets.
One of the new recordsets was Utah, Pioneers and Prominent Men of Utah, 1847-1868 on searching this set I found a ‘lost’ Lefever from Crowland in Lincolnshire. I already knew about William Lefevre, the son of John Lefevre and Ann Dalton, born in Crowland, Lincolnshire on 31st August 1833. His existence is mentioned on his father John’s memorial in Liverpool. This record on Family Search also includes the photograph of William on the left side of this post.
William’s life, from what I have been able to piece together was both challenging and tragic. On 29th January 1849 aged 16 he emigrated from the UK to the USA, whist aboard ship in Liverpool waiting for a break in the weather his father John was taken ill and died on 26th January and was buried in Liverpool on the 29th, the day that the ship Zetland finally left Liverpool. The Zetland arrived in New Orleans on 1st April 1849 where William, his recently widowed mother Ann and sister Sarah and nephew Tom took passage on the steamship Iowa to St Louis where they arrived on 13th April. The story of the voyage is documented on the Mormon Migration website.
The family were all present in St Louis during the cholera outbreak in the summer of 1849. His nephew, sister and mother were all victims of the outbreak unfortunately Sarah did not recover and was one of the 4,500+ victims in a city of around 75,000.
So far I have found that William married Hannah and dies on 3rd March 1920 in Panquitch, Garfield, Utah, USA. I have yet to find any more of William’s life story, how he went from St Louis to Utah and how he became a pioneer of that state. So I still have plenty of research to do about him.
After a couple of months doing other things I have just added another 67 records to the UK dataset.
A friend recently visited Devon and Wiltshire record offices doing some personal research and whist she was there she tracked down some Lefever records for me. As a result of the records she sent me I was able to create some more families and tie down a couple of strays that I had. Thanks to Kirsty Gray from Family Wise for getting these new records for me.
I found some data on births in India. These were British expatriates living in India during the 1800’s into the early 1900’s.
What I was expecting to find was a lot of births to British Servicemen who were serving in India but it turned out that most of the children who were born did not have fathers in military service.
There are a total of 27 individuals added so far and I have a similar number of records still to enter into my database.