Tuesday, July 19, 2016

LFR 19th July 2016 - Number 0940

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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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                       Family Events for today 19th July, from our database

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Family Events
1746 - Marriage: Holliday LAWES-1547 & Katherine (Mrs) CROWTHER-2331, Mayfair MDX UK
1807 - Christen: Elizabeth LAWS-25017, Stepney MDX UK

1813 - Birth: Elizabeth LAWS-31559, Shadwall MDX UK
1816 - Birth: Jemima LAWS-3404,
1827 - Burial: Anthony LAWES-1336, Boston LIN UK

1855 - Burial: Ralph LAWS (Farmer 13 acres) -9693,
1856 - Occupation: Edward LAWS (Steward on Ship "TELEGRAPH") -27165,
1870 - Burial: Charles Bennett LAWS-40513, Kensington MDX UK
1877 - Baptism: Burnett  LAWS (Farmer) (DSO)-34524, Ovington NBL UK
1887 - Birth: Edith Daisy LAWS-15969, Kenley SRY UK
1893 - Birth: Wade Evander LAWS-11321,
1895 - Death: Thomas LAWES (Loan Office Keeper) -31974, Tremar, Arthur Hill, Shanklin IOW
1899 - Birth: Ernest William LAWS-22047, NFK
1903 - Birth: Walter LAWS-24659, Kingston Upon Hull ERY UK

1904- Birth: Benjamin Louis LAWS-36865,
1907 - Birth: Hudson LAWS-24378,
1914 - Death: Margaret LAWS (Spinster) -7525, St.Johns Wood MDX
1915 - Birth: Albert George LAWS-38190,
1917 - Birth: Clyde George LAWES-38337,
1918 - Birth: Dora Virginia LAWS-39912, Statesville, Iredell County NC USA
1918 - Birth: Raylmond Dwight LAWS (Air Corps Pilot) -30463, Loveland, Larimer CO USA
1945- Death: Daniel E LAWS-16670,
1955 - Death: Caleb LAWS-19757, Madison Co KY United States
1956 - Death: Dove LAWS-25290, Clarksville, Clark Co OH USA
1959 - Death: Harry Edwin  LAWS (Chemist)-6164, The Torbay Hospital, Torquay DEV UK
          Residence: Brixham DEV UK
1960 - Death: Margaret May LAWS-16540,
1961 - Death: Donald Frank LAWS-20464,
1993 - Death: Eric Walter (Bus Driver) LAWES-32663, Cowra NSW AUSTRALIA
2004 - Death: William Woodrow LAWS (Snr) (A Restauranteur) -16886, Westwood GA USA
2008 - Death: Alfred LAWS-40924, Las Vegas NV USA

1889 - Death: Mary MATHIAS-2853, Tenby PEM UK
1897 - Birth: Florence R A THOROGOOD-31852, Stepney MDX UK
1906 - Birth: Frederick William HOCKNELL (French Polisher) 23113, Catford KEN UK
1909 - Birth: Lillian May CHILDERHOUSE-23920, Bedfont MDX UK
1975 - Burial: James Lynn PALMER-29099, Blanding UT USA
1975 - Death: Edna Ona COGGINS-17075, Oklahoma City OK United States
1996 - Death: Minnie Violet MARSHALL-20780, Bedford BDF UK


John Robert Laws 1921-2008

Part 22
The school journeys abroad were more of a revelation than the camps. Package holidays had not yet been dreamed up and although the wealthy might holiday in the South of France or you could ‘Join the Army and see the world’, the general urge to travel was only just beginning.

I recall a book called  ‘France on ten pounds’ but only a few had the inclination, the time and the ten pounds  to follow  its inviting advice. Trips by school parties must have whetted the appetite of many in the later part of the years between the wars.

We went to Paris in 1937, the year of the big Paris Exhibition. It was immediately evident that our French was not their French, understanding some of the written signs seemed to be out limit. As well as the historic buildings of the city which are compulsory viewing for all visitors we were able to visit  the exhibition, grandiosely laid out with a long vista of lakes and fountains down a slope towards the Eiffel Tower. The contents of the impressive pavilions seemed insignificant  compared to the buildings particularly the Soviet building surmounted by enormous figures of a man and a woman holding aloft a hammer and a sickle.  

What we really enjoyed however was the roller coaster ride which must have made tame all previous efforts in this direction. This and the ascent of the Eiffel Tower, which laid out a map of Paris below us were the highlights of the day of sunshine and unnoticed footslogging.

Of the conventional sights of Paris, the stained glass impressed me most and then the white mass of Scare’ Coeur on its hill looking down on the city where the ever present taxis hurtled round corners blaring on their horns. The traffic must have been light or they could not have done it.   
Our few days of cultural duty in Paris done, we had a day or two at Wimereau  on the channel coast, lazing, swimming and sitting on the beach. The beach was vast and flat with a good stiff breeze for the sand yachts which trundled along and across at a fair pace. A new sight for me then, and one which I have never seen since. 

Even now there seems to be an air of the past, over the French channel coast resorts, even those destroyed in the war and have been since rebuilt, it would have been impossible to have imagined one to be on the English side of the channel.  

In 1938 the school trip was to Italy, this was much more adventurous even apart from the political troubles which led to the war a year later.  We left Southgate tube station in the late afternoon to get the train from London, and crossed the channel over night to get to another train  to trundle across France and through the fantastic alpine scenery to Milan in Northern Italy. 

Milan was just hot. We duly admired the thousand or so little spires of the enormous cathedral but saw very little or the ornate interior because we were shooed out on account of our short sleeves, 
Florence and Verona were different, they still are, despite the ravages of the motor car, and even as teenagers I think we appreciated their beauty and agelessness despite our considerable interest in ice cream and fizzy bottled orangeade which we had discovered. You see little in a couple of days but these visits like the Italian ice cream awakened a  taste for more.

No loitering however, on to Venice which was busy being itself, more quietly than it does now. We duly traversed the Grand Canal by vaporetta, under the Rialto Bridge and on to St Marks Square and the pigeons. It was memorable and it all matched the guide books so we went on to the Lido for a swim in the Med. This was a real revelation. 
The water was warm not like the sea we knew at home. You could stay in without getting cold. This was the discovery of the journey.
More trains, wooden seats, all tracks lead to Rome, a quick glimpse really, a full week spent wandering round Rome in later life only scratched the surface.

More trains, more wooden seats down south to Napoli. This was before the motor car engulfed Italy and I have photos to prove it showing the Naples seafront with nothing more than a couple of policemen and a tricycle ice cream vender. 

We did not see the slums of Naples, but we did visit a home , hutted camp that is, for orphans who were at least fed and clothed while they learned to shout for ‘Il Duce’.

We were treated to a glass of sweet wine and a speech in Italian pledging friendship from a uniformed gent who presumably ran the place. Back at the hotel that evening we ate at tables set in the open air under a lemon tree from which I had to pick a small souvenir.   

  Part 23

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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