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1st Assault Brigade Royal Engineers 1943 - 1945

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Reggie Report 27 Dec 2012 09:08


Please remove your e-mail............not allowed by site T&C's

The OP should have been given the same advice....................but clearly wasn't

I hope you manage to make contact, and that the book hasn't been disposed of


jansmith Report 26 Dec 2012 21:33

John Terry posted an email address on this post so i suggest you give that a try as this is an old thread and he may not see your message


John Report 26 Dec 2012 13:15

My wife is Jean Chrstine Wright. Her father was Lawrence Underhill Wright, who was the brother of Frank Leonard Presland. Both of their mothers was Grace Wright. As Doris Bullen predeceased her husband Frank, and they had no children, it woulod appear the my wife would be the next of kin.

We would be very interested to see the book, or have a copy of the book please.
Hope to hear from you.


Terry Report 14 Aug 2010 10:27

Thank you for all of this it has been very informative. Doris was obviously my mother in laws sister and with my husband and mother in law both now passed on (my husband was just 51 when he died) I have limited contacts to ask. I have it that she died in 1957 but do not have any real information. Thanks


Dea Report 14 Aug 2010 09:17

He could 'possibly' have remarried in 1970 but I won't post details as it is
recent' and may not be him ? - Will pm them to you if you want the info.

No apparent children from the second marriage either.

Dea x


Dea Report 14 Aug 2010 09:13

Looks as though Doris may have died quite youg?

England & Wales, Death Index: 1916-2005
about Doris C Presland
Name: Doris C Presland
Death Registration Month/Year: 1957
Age at death (estimated): 40
Registration district: Hampstead
Inferred County: London
Volume: 5c
Page: 830

Dea x


jansmith Report 14 Aug 2010 09:06

birth index for Doris and Elizabeth
Name: Doris C Bullen
Mother's Maiden Surname: Mason
Date of Registration: Oct Nov Dec 1916
Registration district: W Ham
Registration county: Essex, Suffolk
Volume Number: 4a
Page Number: 792

Name: Elizabeth E Bullen
Mother's Maiden Surname: Mason
Date of Registration: Oct Nov Dec 1924
Registration district: W Ham
Registration county: Essex, Suffolk
Volume Number: 4a
Page Number: 654


Dea Report 14 Aug 2010 09:05

Thanks Jan,

It doesn't look as if Leonard and Doris had any children ?

Dea x


jansmith Report 14 Aug 2010 09:01

presland /wight marriage? his parents to look in search trees for the names
Name: Frank L Presland
Year of Registration: 1915
Quarter of Registration: Jul-Aug-Sep
Spouse's Grace Wright
District: West Ham
County: Essex, Greater London
Volume: 4a
Page: 1026


Dea Report 14 Aug 2010 08:56

Thanks Jan,

I had just noticed that and edited my post.

Thanks though,

Dea x


jansmith Report 14 Aug 2010 08:54

Dea post above yours says there was a sister Doris!
doesn't seem to have been any children if thats the couple


Dea Report 14 Aug 2010 08:48

Possible marriage:

England & Wales, Marriage Index: 1916-2005
about Leonard F Presland
Name: Leonard F Presland
Spouse: Doris C Bullen ************** NOTE the name !!
Date of Registration: Jul-Aug-Sep 1939
Registration district: Essex South Western
Registration county (inferred): Essex
Volume Number: 4a
Page Number: 1422

Do you have a Doris C Bullen in your tree?

Dea x

AAhh - just re-read above and see that you DO know who Doris was !!

Dea x


Dea Report 14 Aug 2010 08:45

This is very probably the death to match the birth posted by Gwyn:

England & Wales, Death Index: 1916-2005
about Leonard Frank Presland
Name: Leonard Frank Presland
Birth Date: 14 Jul 1916
Death Registration Month/Year: Aug 1985
Age at death (estimated): 69
Registration district: Colchester
Inferred County: Essex
Volume: 9
Page: 1789

Dea x


Terry Report 14 Aug 2010 08:38

It would be ice if the book could go to someone related to this man and if at the same time I could find what the link betwwen him and my husbands aunt was.


Terry Report 11 Aug 2010 17:43

Thank you Gwyn my late husbands aunt Bet (Elizabeth) had the book and was born in 1924 I thought the gentleman in question may have been a boyfriend or he may have had something to do with her sister Doris Bullen who was born in 1916.


Cynthia Report 9 Aug 2010 19:20

Hi Terry, you can try putting the name into the search box above to see if anyone on this site has them in their tree. If you find a connection, you can contact the tree owner. Cx

Gwyn in Kent

Gwyn in Kent Report 8 Aug 2010 22:40

Any idea of age..?

Maybe a possible

Births Sep 1916

Presland Leonard F ...Wright ...Bromley 2a 987



Terry Report 8 Aug 2010 22:18

My husbands aunt Elizabeth Bullen left a book with her belongings when she passed away and I am trying to find the family of the owner of the book, Cpl. Presland L F. I can be contacted on