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The theme of this presentation by Rodney Thomas Beazley" is personified by two quotations, " He who careth not from whence he cometh, careth little wither he goeth", And "I have taken pains, not for the present age, but for a future, many things which were known to our grandsires, are lost to us, and our grandchildren will search in vain for many facts, which are to us are most familiar". In covering one of the most significant periods of the history of Great Britain, from 1714 in the reign of King George 1st to the year of 2000 A.D. in the reign of Queen Elizabeth 2nd, Rodney Beazley has endeavoured to convey to those who may follow, the Great Achievements of the Age and also the Great Tragedies. In order to co-ordinate the "Way of Life" of the nation to the appropriate period of history, Rodney Beazley has also related the way of life to that of the extended Beazley family, which like history can be related to specific dates and periods. It is also appreciated that the character, integrity, achievement and traditions of a family, are equally dependent upon both the fathers and the mothers, and great care has been taking to trace the lives of those families, whose daughters, have, by marriage, taken the name of Beazley. During the many years of research, recorded in detail, it has been apparent that, if a brief meeting with grandparents had been possible, a number of questions which have taken years to resolve, could have been the subject of living recollection. Rodney Beazley has provided details of literary work, of specific, social, environmental, and military history and of statesmen and military commanders of the times. It is hoped that the next generation "will it take up the pen", so that future generations will not " have to search in vain" for facts which to us are most familiar.
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Rodney Beazley was born in Coventry in 1918 during the First World War. His father Thomas Beazley was an Artillery Designer at the Coventry Ordnance. After Coventry, the family moved to Burningham, Kingstone in Surrey, and then to Edinburgh in Scotland, and Southport in Lancashire, before moving back to London. Rodney Beazley Graduated at London University in Engineering. During the Second World War, he returned to Coventry, to carry out research on Aircraft Engines. After the November air attack on Coventry, Rodney Beazley joined the Army as a founder member of the Corps of Royal Electrical and Mechanical Engineers After service as the Engineer to the Royal Gloucestershire Hussars, he attended the Staff College and joined the War Office as a Specialist in Tank Design. Rodney Beazley return to Civil life and Industry after the war, and in 1946 he married Alma Valerie Smith. 50 years later when preparing the Book " From Whence They Came", Rodney and Alma Beazley have visited many historic villages and toured the Country In 1714, the family progressed from the villages of Cheriton Fitz Paine, Chipstable and Wiviscombe in Devonshire and Somerset, along the River Avon to Bath and via the River Kennet to Newbury and on to the capital City of London. From, there back to the Midlands City of Birmingham and to Southport in Lancashire, before returning to London, north of the Thames and on to KENT in the Garden of England in the year 1954. Here, Rodney Beazley started an Engineering Consultancy in The Design, Development, Manufacture and Marketing of New Products and became an Author. Rodney Beazley has travelled extensively in Europe and has visited the United States of America.
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