Mark referred to my father, Stanley.He was born in 1906, in or near Watchet, Somerset. He was named Fred (not Frederick) Stanley, after Fred Stanley - the man who found Dr Livingstone. He disliked this, and preffered to be called Stan.
The name Harvey is, or was given to the eldest son, and dates back (so I am told) to three brothers, John, Harvey and James??These names ocurr frequently in the Nurcombe family.
My father said derivation of our surname is the family that lived `near the combe' (or valley in North Somerset).Spoken in a a deep Somerset dialect it would have been said "Nar'combe" and thence corrupted to the family name we have.
I was interested to read Mark's information about his Children - He was a very private man, and spoke little of his past life.My father married Dorothy (nee Yates) in 1947, and this was his second marriage, I being the only child.
He did talk about his childhood, and about crossing the Bristol Channel in a Collier Boat carrying Coal from Barry Docks to Watchet Harbour.The boat was owned by a relative, who later worked as an Engineer on the `White Funnel' fleet of Paddel Steamers that plied up and down the 'channel.
He talked with love of his mother who was tiny, ill, and who died early.His father was a large man, a Policeman (Sergeant?) who left Somerset and went to Cardiff as a posting.
In the course of my travels I do come over traces of the few Nurcombes out in the world - and there are not many.I estimate that there are about 100 of us. Approx 35 in UK, 10 in Canada, 5 in USA, the rest in Australia, New Zealand, Singapore etc.
I will monitor this site for further news of the `Family'