Watching Olivia Coleman on Who Do You Think You Are, has anyone done their family tree and found any skeletons in cupboards?
The best one I found was with Mrs CB's great grandfather, the family had been told by her grandmother that her dad had died in Cardiff when she was three in 1910.
Then I found out that he in fact hadn't but he had joined the Army, (we assume running away) as soon as she was born in 1907. He later turns up married to someone else, with a kid and calling himself a widower living in Preston.
Looking into him a bit deeper, I found out that he was discharged from the army after two years, and then when the first world war broke out in 1914, he shot himself in the foot to avoid being recalled to the Army. The foot became gangrenous and he lost his leg. He was known locally in Preston as the 'one legged tobacconist'.