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Who Do You Think You Are? - Kate Humble

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Who Do You Think You Are? - Kate Humble

Kate Humble - Who Do You Think You Are?

Kate Humble - Who Do You Think You Are?

29 July 2009

Television star Kate Humble was reduced to tears after discovering a tragic secret in her family history.

The BBC's wildlife presenter was shocked when she discovered her ancestor was caught up in a mining disaster that claimed the lives of 204 men and boys in 1862. Kate's great, great, great-grandfather, Joseph Humble, was the manager at the New Hartley Colliery in Northumberland when the tragedy occurred. He was devastated, especially as the accident claimed the life of his 27-year-old nephew, also called Joseph Humble.

However, Kate's family history is not just tales of disaster. Her research leads her to drama in the wartime skies and a Second World War prisoner of war camp. It emerges that Kate's grandfather, Bill Humble, was a well known RAF pilot in the Second World War.

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