As a follow up to that, I've just watched something on my brother's Facebook page which I thought may be well worth passing on. It's a clip from YouTube featuring Patrick Stewart at a recent convention in Texas, where he discusses his background and his discoveries at the Imperial War Museum about his father, as well as the campaigning work he now does through a UK charity called Refuge (http://refuge.org.uk) to oppose violence towards women, and his role as a patron of another UK charity called Combat Stress (www.combatstress.org.uk).
Here's the clip:
You will find some of the original episode of WDYTYA featuring Patrick Stewart on YouTube, which I have also embedded here. The clip shows how Stewart discovered his father's story from the Second World War.
(With thanks to Robert Paton)
My new book, Tracing Your Irish Family History on the Internet, is now available from Pen and Sword. My next Pharos Scottish course, Scotland 1750-1850: Beyond the Old Parish Registers, starts May 15th - see http://britishgenes.blogspot.co.uk/2013/04/scotland-1750-1850-beyond-oprs-starts.html. Time to smash a few brick walls...!