Beverley (Drayton) Melchior

Beverley (Drayton) Melchior

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Beverley D. Melchior formerly Drayton aka Leonard
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Profile last modified | Created 19 Jan 2013
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I first started my Genealogy studies in 1997 and finished a course on Family History the following year.

Over the years have I been off and on with my studies, until I connected to the internet some years later.

I discovered Wikitree a couple of years ago and have been forging ahead and have been reunited with many extended family relatives.

Now my children have grown up, I like to keep adding to my family tree, so that in a couple of hundred years, maybe some family members will come seeking out their back roots.

It is also great therapy since losing two of my sons and my only Daughter from Acute Myeloid Leukaemia on 27th June, 2014.

Sadly my only sweet Daughter passed away after a brave fight...She fought for one year with grace,courage and dignity..She is missed by many, especially her children and is now at peace and I am left with a broken heart.

I have another two sons living. I am a avid reader and love anything Australiana or British and am interested in the Civil War era in America.

Also have many relatives who immigrated to the United States in the early 1920's and beyond.

I am very interested in any Military History, as I have several extended family members who served in WW1 and WW2.

One, Harris Henry "Skippy" Horder, I am very proud of, earned a Purple Heart for his services in the U.S.A. fighting for America in 1942, after he born in New South Wales,Australia in 1900 and becoming a well known Bicycle Champion in both countries.

He joined the American Air Force in 1942, at age 42 years, where he became a war hero as a gunner air fighter and received many medals including the Silver Star and the Purple Heart, for downing many attacking aircraft near New Guinea.

His plane went missing in action on Sunday 8th August 1943 after the plane crashed into the Pacific Ocean near Port Moresby. I'm not sure if they ever found his body, but there is a Memorial at Honolulu giving Harris's plot number as P row 0, grave 55 located in Honolulu, HI, USA. Harris was Ranked as a Staff Sergeant in U.S. Army Air Forces, 321st Bomber Squadron, 90th Bomber Group,Heavy. The name of the plane was called a B-24D-1-CO "Big Emma".

Harris was also the inspiration for the famous American comic writer "Percy Crosby" who knew Harris in the 1930's and created a red headed comic character called "Skippy",after Percy listened to Harris telling his funny tales of his early life in Australia as a newspaper boy. This comic strip "Skippy" made Percy Crosby a millionaire. What a great man he was in his short life!

I also wrote two stories in 2011 that were published regarding my Uncle Harold Webber's death on the Kokoda Track during WW2 in 1942.

I actually located his two war buddies in 2011, who were with Harold when the mortar bomb exploded back into Uncle Harold's face, killing him instantly and saving these two mates.

These two diggers were still alive in their early 90's, when I located them in 2011 and arranged to meet on Anzac Day 2011. One mate handed me Harold's personal leather pouch, that he had retrieved from the body and kept it safe for some 69 years in the hope of finding a relation to pass it onto them. It was the most fulfilling,emotional moment of my life, that I will never forget!

Sadly this mate passed away in June 2015 aged 95 years.

In 2014, I actually located my Father's youngest sister who was still alive aged 91 years. We had a wonderful reunion on Mother's Day in 2014 and she told me many interesting family stories, one very special,regarding how my Mother met my Father and fell in love...Things I never knew about.

I learnt that my Aunt and Mother attended the same school.

Sadly my Auntie passed away some months later in 2015 just before I was to revisit her again.

So in that light I am very thankful that I had that short time in our reunion and writing letters and sending cards to each other....God bless her.

Queen Elizabeth II of the Commonwealth Realms is 20 Degrees from Beverley Dawn Melchior


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Very proud to have a number of Anzacs in my family.
My 2nd G/Grandmother Mary Ann Thomas 1831-1909 used to hide Mary Ann Bugge (Ward) wife of Frederick Ward Aka Captain Thunderbolt at her home in Wilberforce.
I have several extended relatives who were convicts and am very interested in doing research on them.
My 2nd G/Grandfather William James Bartle arrived in Australia on the convict ship "Morley" in 1829.
My 2nd G/Grandfather Charles William Cook was transported on the convict ship “Woodbridge” under Captain Dobson, George S Moxey was the Surgeon on board, and arrived in NSW on the 26/02/1840..Charles Cook Convicted at: Leicester AssizesSentence term: 15 yearsShip: WoodbridgeDeparture date: 12th October, 1839Arrival date: 26th February, 1840Place of arrival New South WalesPassenger manifest Tra
My Maiden name.

My 3rd G/Grandfather Henry Drayton Immigrated as a paid passenger with his wife, from Somerset England aboard the ship "Plantagenet" which arrived in Australia in 1857.

My 4th G/Grandfather Thomas Easterbrook, one of 136 convicts transported on the ship Prince of Orange, 02 October 1820. Sentence details: Convicted at Devon Assizes for a term of life on 31 July 1820. Vessel: Prince of Orange. Date of Departure: 02 October 1820. Place of Arrival: New South Wales.
The Maiden name of my Grandmother on my Mother's side.
My 3rd G/Grandfather EMANUEL MYERS, Theft > Pocket picking, 17th February 1819.

Details: Sentence details: Convicted at Middlesex Gaol Delivery for a term of life on 17 February 1819. Vessel: John Barry. Date of Departure: 30 April 1819. Place of Arrival: New South Wales.

My G/Grandfather Laurence Lewis Parker was a paying passenger who Immigrated from London to Australia.
My 5th G/Grandfather Samuel was sent to Australia in the First Fleet Convict ship."Charlotte" in 1788.
My G/Grandfather Walter William Webber was a paid passenger who Immigrated from Devon,England and arrived in Australia on the ship "Albergeldie" in 1884..He was then aged 26 years old.
My 2nd G/Grandmother Isabella Woolf. Hebrew Name:Beila (Isabella,Bella) Born "Baruch".

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On 16 Aug 2018 at 04:25 GMT Simon Ross wrote:

Hi Beverley

I added to parents for Eliza (Oxford) Matley aka Leonard/Lenord and included a fairly detailed write up about her father Josiah Oxford. I have more information about other people in the tree as well though.

Do you know anything else? It would be great to combine info, if you do.


On 2 Jan 2018 at 16:07 GMT Guy Constantineau wrote:


Wish you a Happy New Year. May 2018 bring you all you need to be happy.

Congratulation for adding your contributions in December. Whatever the quantity of your contributions, they all count. As I always say "Quality is better than quantity" to make a great family tree.

Thank you for being a Wikitreer,

Guy Constantineau - Wikitree leader

On 8 Nov 2017 at 00:46 GMT Dorothy Barry wrote:

Its me again, just wanted to say "Congratulations" on becoming one of the newest Green Badged "Generous Genealogist"! Thank you for all your contributions and help with the various projects you belong to!

On 25 Aug 2017 at 03:09 GMT Dorothy Barry wrote:

Hi Beverley, I just wanted to say "Congratulations" on becoming one of the newest Blue Badged "Generous Genealogist". Your dedication to Wikitree has been an asset and great help to us.

On 24 Jun 2017 at 01:15 GMT Keith Hathaway wrote:

Hello Beverley,

I'd like to invite you to join in the "Weekend Chat" on G2G Today!

Share personal successes, stories about ancestors, tips, projects you are working on, or anything else you wish.

New members stop in and say Hello, introduce yourself, share your story, or ask for help.

Pilots, Mentors, and Leaders of all kinds please add something... your advice is always greatly appreciated.

Hope to see you there!

On 3 Jun 2017 at 10:06 GMT Joe Twitchin wrote:

Thank you Beverley, it was great of you writing up on Louisa Harding I do very much appreciate it.


On 23 Aug 2016 at 08:46 GMT Terry Wright wrote:

Hello Bev just wondering how you have been. I hope everything is ok with you Terry

On 20 Apr 2016 at 03:03 GMT Dennis O'Brien wrote:

Hi Bev

Thanks for finding this duplication. Happy to merge the persons. Are you a member of the Mary Wade Society?

On 17 Apr 2016 at 04:36 GMT Terry Wright wrote:

Hello Bev how have you been?

I will add your convict to the Convicts after the third fleet page this afternoon. Thanks for all the info it makes the convicts easier to add :)

On 5 Mar 2016 at 18:50 GMT Debra (Downs) Allison wrote:

Hi Beverly,

I added a couple 'Moule' profiles that connect with your Henry Moule (1801-1880); and there are several more at:

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