Monday, July 18, 2016

LFR 18th July 2016 - Number 0939

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Your tombstone stands amongst the rest, neglected and alone
The names and dates are chiselled out on polished marble stone
It reaches out to all who care, it is too late to mourn
You did not know that I exist, you died and I was born
Yet each of us are cells of you, in flesh, in blood, in bone.
Our blood contracts and beats a pulse entirely not our own

Dear Ancestor, 
The place you filled one hundred years ago
Spreads out amongst the ones you left who would have loved you so,
I wonder if you lived and loved, I wonder if you knew
That someday I would find this spot, and come to visit you. 



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from June 30, 3016
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                       Family Events for today 17th July, from our database

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Family Events

1773 - Birth: Elizabeth LAWIS-10578, Morpeth NBL UK
1773 - Burial: Hannah LAWES-2294, Stourton WIL UK
1800 - Birth: Pleasance LAWS-10794, Downham Market NFK UK
1836 - Burial: Edward LAWS-3625, Witchampton DOR UK
1847 - Marriage: William Henry LAWS (Carpenter) -9399 and Sarah Ann CHAMBERS-
          8111, Alverstoke HAM UK
1860 - Christen: Evelyn Emma Murray LAWES-31954, St.Marylebone MDX
1866 - Birth: Sarah Agnes LAWS (Servant / Spr) -7700, Mile End MDX UK
1871 - Marriage: Robert LAWS (Farmer) -3520 and Hannah Maria YALLOP-5514, 
          Hoveton NFK UK
1871 - Death: Susan LAWS-16430, Lakenheath NFK UK
1885 - Birth: Robert B LAWS (Apprentice Gas Fitter) -15814, Gorleston on Sea SFK UK
1886 - Residence: Arthur Ernest LAWS-41656, Hanwell MDX UK
1886   Baptism: Alice Annie LAWS-41655, Hanwell MDX UK
1888 - Residence: Bertram Harry LAWS-41654, Hanwell MDX UK
1886 - Residence: William James LAWS (Commision Agent) -41652, Hanwell MDX UK
1893 - Death: Martha LAWS-38277, Johnson, Kane Co. UT United States

1900 - Birth: Victor Sidney L LAWES-33792, 
1917 - Death: Thomas Eric LAWES (ARMY 2nd Lieutenant) -1284, FRANCE
1920 - Death: Matthew LAWS (Chemist) -17823, Anfield Plaine DUR UK
1920 - Death: Matthew LAWS (Blacksmith) -3060, Anfield Plaine DUR UK
1923 - Residence: Arthur Frederick LAWS (Marine Engineer) -3362, Mackay QLD                               AUSTRALIA
1925 - Marriage: James Arthur Robert HONEYFIELD-40054 and Evelyn LAWES-40053,                   Bedminster DOR UK
1943 - Death: Alfred John LAWS (ARMY Sapper RE 1079316) -30838, KIA Middle East
          Residence: East Ham MDX UK
1945 - Death: John William LAWS (Farmer) -34189, Chatteris CAM UK

1964-  Marriage: John Christopher BERNY-FICKLIN-16822 and Janet Caroline LAWES-                   16821, 
1968 - Death: William Hart LAWS-13806, Monticello, San Juan UT United States
1970 - Marriage: Russell Robert ENDERS-3253 and Rosalind Annette LAWS-3207, 
1971 - Death: Roy T LAWS (PFC US Army) -16797, 
1980 - Birth: Lakeishaw Renae LAWS-19062, TX United States
2013 - Death: Donald R LAWS-41584, Pittsfield MA USA

1831 - Birth: Joseph Rawson LUMBY (Reverend Proffesor DD) -11442, Stanningley WRY UK
1846 - Birth: Elizabeth Ann L BURVILLE-3151, Folkestone KEN UK

1910 - Birth: John Lyle CARPENTER>40641, Vernal, Uintah Co UT USA
1919 - Death: David HOWITT (Ag Lab) -26799, Castle Bytham LIN UK
1973 - Death: Amos Manan MCELWEE-30459, W. Frankfort, Franklin IL United States
1975 - Death: Rupert Ernest Giles CARTER-11529, 
2013 - Death: Charles Henry SPENDIFF (Colour Sgt Irish Guards) -14284, Orpington KEN UK


John Robert Laws 1921-2008

Part 21

We spent all the family holidays on that little bit of east coast and going further afield did not arise until I could go off on my bike alone or with a friend. I had already been to scout camps, all on a shoestring. About the same time school journeys were started, only in the holidays of course not in term time like today.  The camps were for boys only. I doubt whether our devoted school staff thought they could cope with the tribulations of a mixed camp. The journeys to foreign parts  however were co-ed without any problems.

I recall one school camp at St.Audries Bay, near Watchet in of course wonderful summer weather. Our site was in a field between the coast road and low cliffs above the beach. 

We must have gone to Somerset by coach, an uneventful journey of which I remember nothing except that our kit was moved by horse and cart from the road down a narrow track to the field beside the farm where a line of bell tents had already been erected for us.

We had the luxury of palliases which we filled with straw from the tumbledown buildings near the farmhouse and the cooking was done by the school caretaker with a small amount of help from us on a rota basis. A few cows were kept by the farmer and we were able to see the milk he supplied to us hand milked into the pail.

Behind and above our camp on the other side of the road, rose the warm late summer colours of the Quantock hills, an almost impenetrable terrain of bracken and bilberries guaranteed to stain ones fingers and lips and scratch ones knees to ribbons. We had time to wander on our own and there were organised trips when we visited Dunster and walked to the top of Dunkery Beacon. 

The timeless stone cottages and ancient butter market of Dunster were already an attraction to visitors but as boys we were too keen on looking forward to really appreciate the glimpse back into the past that such places are able to give us later in life. Exmoor’s wide vistas and stony ground thatched with heather and berries were pure joy, the purples and crimsons of the foliage stretching out through the sunshine to a distant hazy horizon and the world at ones feet.

In our free time we wandered into the little town of Watchet  lying somnolent in the sunshine, seemingly untouched by tourism. There was a corner shop selling sweets and buns, and Cydrax to refuel the inner man for a walk into the hills.  Watchet was minding its own business  around its tiny harbour where cargoes seemed to be black coal in and white china clay out. There must have been a few holidaymakers about however because one day we went by paddle steamer along the coast to Lynmouth where  we disembarked in small boats  and had a day to explore and wade up the river to Watersmeet. This was decades before the catastrophic flood  destroyed the town which had previously stood secure for centuries. 

Nearly everyone who holidayed around Somerset visited Lynmouth but the numbers were small and it was not crowded.

Back at St Audries Bay the beach is stony with grey rocks and flat stones ideal for skimming the waves. The most interesting find was that it abounded in fossils of spiral creatures up to a foot across, ammonites I believe, which had been preserved when their nice grey slimy mud was pressed into rock a few million years back.

Another boys only school trip took us youth hostelling to the hostel at Millersdale in Derbyshire. There were about fifteen in the group with two of three school stall including ‘Sammy’ Stewart one of the most popular masters. He taught geography and seemed to be a member of nearly all the journeys. We walked the hills and dales and went by train to Edale where the station name board said ‘HOPE for Castleton’ though we never saw Castleton as we walked away from Hope over the hills.

A visit to the Blue John Mine where blue fluorspar is mined showed us something new in this glowing rock and in an underground trip by boat through a low tunnel which led us to a cave where there is a hefty waterfall from above which went down below us into the depths of that the guide told us was a bottomless pit. At least it never filled up with water.

Part 22
Lord, help me dig into the past
and sift the sands of time
That I might find the roots that made
This family tree of mine

Lord, help me trace the ancient roads,
On which my father's trod
And led them through so many lands
To find our present sod.

Lord, help me find an ancient book
Or dusty manuscript,
Thats's safely hidden now away
In some forgotten crypy.

Lord, let it bridge the gap that haunts
My soul, when I can't find
The missing link between some name
That ends the same as mine


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