Saturday, November 19, 2016

Saturday 19th November 2016 - Number 1064

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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 from our database, for today 19th November

BIRTHS baptisms etc

1802 - Birth: Mary Ann LAWES-28638, Allington WIL UK

1834 - Baptism: Mary Ann LAWS-29202, Bishopwearmouth DUR UK

1857 - Birth: Ed J LAWS-20500, 

1868 - Birth: Nathan LAWS-20593, 

1871 - Birth: Herbert Austin  LAWS (Confectioner)-5630, Darlington DUR UK

1888 - Birth: Edwin George LAWS-3644, Parkstone DOR UK

1888 - Birth: William James LAWS-3643, Parkstone DOR UK

1892 - Birth: Martha Bessie LAWS (Laundry Maid) -15546, Acton MDX UK

1897 - Birth: Robert Lethbridge Murray LAWES-31959, Mayfair MDX UK

1911 - Birth: Wilford Derby LAWS (Jnr)-10022, Colonia Diaz, Galeana, Chihuahua MEXICO

1917 - Birth: Frederick Lawrence LAWS-37004, 

1918 - Birth: Joseph Victor LAWS-38472, 


1717 - Marriage: John LAWS-6908 and Susan PITTOCKE-6909, St.Mary Bredin, 
          Canterbury KEN UK

1860 - Marriage: Joseph SHIELDS-27719 and Jane LAWS-27718, South Church DUR UK

1904 - Marriage: James Rogers DeWitt LAWS -(Dentist) 36549 and Mabel Agatha KEIRLE                (Spinster) -36551, Barnstaple DEV UK

1905 - Marriage: Harry Cyril LAWS (Tea Planter) -17334 and Olive Elvira OSTREHAN-17335,           Tara, Doom Dooma ASSAM INDIA

1932 - Marriage: Thomas George LAWS (Wireless component despatcher) -33069 and 
          Grace Lavinia HETHERINGTON-31117, Croydon SRY UK

1889 - Death: Elizabeth LAWS (Spinster) -7498, Clerkenwell MDX UK

1911 - Death: Jennie Alfreda LAWS-13835, Diaz, Galeana, Chihuahua MEXICO

1945 - Burial: James LAWS-28135, Stockton-On-Tees DUR UK

1978 - Death: Ernest William LAWS (Fireman NFS) -15899, Ipswich SFK UK

                                       St Nicholas Street, Ipswich Suffolk UK

1985 - Death: Frederick Arthur LAWS-26739, Bury St. Edmunds SFK UK

                                              Arch at Bury St Edmunds Suffolk UK

1989 - Death: Jacqueline Coral LAWS-21213,

1997 - Burial: Andrew LAWS (CE2 US Navy) 16641, Chattanooga, Hamilton TN United States

1998 - Death: Waverly LAWS-40310, NC United States


1798 - Baptism: Mary BIRD-(illegitimate)21882, Penrith CUL UK

1802 - Baptism: Sarah BIRD-21883, Penrith CUL UK

1841 - Birth: Polly SHOBERT-13770, 

1873 - Birth: Emma Frances Loretta WATERS-20720, Waynesboro PA United States

1888 - Birth: William Louis Conrad NAVIER-43383, Kingston Upon Hull ERY UK

                                 Kingston Upon Hull, East Riding of Yorkshire UK

1912 - Birth: Ethel Rose HAWES-32668, Hoxne SFK UK

1916 - Birth: Ronald Joseph M HOLLAND-36344, Colchester ESS UK



1890 - Burial: Harriett OXBOROUGH-3539, Southwold SFK UK

                                                      Southwold Suffolk UK

1929 - Burial: Nellie Therasa GAGE-2784, Pine Grove Cemetery, Manchester, 
          Hillsborough NH United States

1932 - Death: James HETHERINGTON (Farm Manager) -31119, 

1957 - Death: John Samuel WESTFALLEN (Cartage Contractors Carman) -20110, 
           Bromley MDX UK

1984 - Death: Marguerite Jane TYLER-14572, Palmdale NSW AUSTRALIA

1992 - Death: Louis Edmund GRIMANI-22377, Bromley MDX UK
           My second cousin once removed


A suburban childhood of the Twenties 

Seen from the Nineteen Nineties

By John Robert Laws 1921-2008
Part 11

In those days one paid fees for attendance at grammar schools though these could be waived if a family income was a bit tight. At fifteen guineas a term, or was it a year, it seems chicken feed now but for many the amount was a big lump to find. School uniform was obligatory of course and included caps for boys and hats for girls – to hide their pretty curls.

Minchenden was, like the elementary school, one of the schools which were co-educational probably about half and half, and one soon found out that boys and girls were pretty equal at academic subjects and that some of the girls tended to work harder, There was a theory that boys worked harder in separate schools without the girls to distract them, but I doubt the truth of it, indeed it seems possible that the boys in the boys only schools had to put more time and effort into finding and meeting girls instead of working.

We were in general, fortunate with the school staff, a mix of types and personalities like any group, but as competent as any and better than a lot. They too must have been influenced by the pleasant working conditions and relaxed but disciplined mood of the unit. It was small by present day standards, some four hundred pupils, quite enough to my mind even if it can be done more cheaply with twice as many. G.B.S’s comments about doing and teaching are very true so often, but we had both, Art and Music teachers about whom the reverse was true. - They could do but not teach. It must have been frustrating in the extreme for them. The rest of the staff must have had their frustrations too with the need to produce exam results from pupils with their normal share of laziness and only interested in only a few subjects. However produce results they did, by dint of much note scribbling and even the unorthodox use of a French text of the New Testament for religious instruction.

Not all the education was in the classroom, there were occasional outside visits, two very contrasting ones spring to mind. The first to the Roman remains of Verulanium at St.Albans and the other to the Ford Car factory a Dagenham. I think I was more impressed with the factory where it seemed to me that they made everything except the tyres, perhaps there was not a lot of sub-contracting then. The molten metal being poured into sand moulds for the cylinder blocks was a wonderful bit of knowhow even if its roots went back as far as Verulanium.

Although education was fairly broad it became exam orientated as the time went by. The General Schools Certificate with Matriculation exemption was the objective for most of us and there was plenty of homework to be done in the evenings and holidays. I fear we skimped on a lot of it. Only a few went to University in those days but the Matric served as an exemption from the preliminary exams of a number of professional bodies as well as being needed before doing the Inter for University entrance.
There were other activities outside school hours and one of my interests was the Astronomical Society. Under the guidance apparently of the woodwork master a good observatory with a revolving dome was built by the boys and was equipped with an excellent five inch refracting telescope which had at one time belonged to King George V. How it came to us I have no idea, there must have been some sort of tie up between one of the science masters and the powers that be who arranged it well in advance as the observatory was built to fit it. 

Apart from the idle curiosity of looking at the moon and planets, a good deal of useful work was keeping records of sunspots movements and timings of occultation of stars by the moon. We visited the Greenwich Observatory which was still one of the great observatories of the world although beginning to be out-classed by the hundred inch reflector at Mount Wilson in the United States. The big two hundred reflectors and the radio telescopes were not even on the drawing board.

There was at that time, already speculation about the possibility of space travel and my friend Stan Law and I gave a lecture to our group about it, all carefully mugged up from a book of course. I doubt whether at that time we believed a word of it. We were kindred spirits with common interests in mathematics and woodwork. The maths did not get that far as the ‘mathematics’ – more advanced, which a few of us did as an extra subject for Matric, was only on the fringes. The woodwork turned out more useful and the final exams we spent all our time in the woodwork room making equipment for the physics lab.

Continued tomorrow
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 crypt

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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