Sunday, November 27, 2016

Sunday 27 November 2016 - Number 1067

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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 27th November

BIRTHS baptisms etc

1814 - Baptism: Susan LAWS (Hand Loom Weaver) -8606, Norwich NFK UK

1846 - Birth: Claudius Francis Clement LAWES (Solictor) -806, Bracondale NFK UK

1854 - Birth: Harry Augustus LAWES (Commercial traveller)-250, White Lion Street,                         Shoreditch MDX UK

1898 - Birth: Percival George LAWS (RN J33621) -15986, East Preston SSX UK

1898 - Baptism: Bertram John Southgate LAWS-13346, Bexley KEN UK

1899 - Birth: Mary E LAWS (MOMM1, US NAVY) -20628,

1905 - Birth: William Bernard LAWES (Farmer) -33563, Sutton St James LIN UK

1912 - Birth: Maud LAWS-35711, 


1831 - Marriage: John ROBERTS-11806 and Sarah LAWS -11807, Norwich NFK UK


1826 - Burial: John LAWES-31678, Fincham NFK UK

1893 - Death: William LAWS Engineer) -7276, South Shields DUR UK

1916 - Death: Henry James George LAWES (Commercial Clerk)1011, St Marylebone MDX 

1918 - Burial: Henry John LAWS (Private 584283) -15549, Harlington MDX UK

1943 - Death: Reginald Walter  LAWS (RAFVR Sergeant 1431816)-22330, 

1946 - Death: Elizabeth Adelaide LAWS-19361, Los Angeles CA United States

1951 - Death: Frederick George LAWS (ARMY RE 185860/87546) -26559, 
          Bournemouth DOR UK

1957 - Death: Muriel Doris LAWS-3262, 

1960 - Death: Edwin J LAWES-31911, Bristol GLS UK

1961 - Death: William Henry LAWES-40274, Portsmouth HAM UK

1963 - Death: Sara Nelson LAWS-19745, 

1972 - Death: Jewel A LAWS (PFC - US ARMY WWII) -20440, 

2002 - Death: James William LAWS-12566, Port Macquare NSW AUSTRALIA

2007 - Death: Brenda Margaret LAWS-20791, Boldre HAM UK

2009 - Death: Molly Georgia Lindsay LAWES-38578, Auckland NZ


1914 - Enlistment: Herbert Joseph LAWS (ARMY Private 23/375)-20041,

1944 - Residence: Thomas Campbell LAWS (Fireman and Trimmer Merchant Marine) -22340,           South Shields DUR UK

1951 - Residence: L G ROBERTS-17396, Rushden NTH UK

1951 - Residence: Maurice Edward Seymour LAWS-17221, Kensington MDX UK


1847 - Birth: Edward Brown CHAPMAN-40373, 

1905 - Birth: Gladys May SAVILLE-14299, Brockley KEN UK
          My 2nd Cousin once removed

1881 - Birth: Rosella BRINKLEY-43043, Hoborn MDX UK



1887 - Death: Hannah Maria HARVEY-5191, East Ham ESS UK

1923 - Death: Louise O HALL-11222, Orange co.NC United States

1943 - Birth: Paul Scott LOGAN-12111, Walthamstow ESS UK

1951 - Death: Clarence A DENT-30481, Craighead AK United States

1990 - Death: Gwennyth May BENNETT-12559, Naremburn NSW AUSTRALIA

1998 - Burial: Elsie Doris  HILLER (Milliner)-40599, Bexley Heath KEN UK

A suburban childhood of the Twenties 

Seen from the Nineteen Nineties

By John Robert Laws 1921-2008

Part 20
Food was important. For some it was in short supply; for all it was seasonal and generally less wide ranging than it is now. Until the coming of the fridge, for us in the early thirties, keeping food fresh in summer was a problem and a variety of methods were used, The larder was mandatory in all houses built from the nineteenth century until quite recently, in large houses it became a small walk in room.
Meat was often given special accommodation in a small ‘meat safe’ with perforated zinc sides to keep out the flies. This stood outside the house in the shade often near the back door. In hot weather milk would be boiled as soon as it was delivered and in summer generally it was stood in a shallow tray of water with a cover of muslin or terra cotta to soak up the water and keep it cool. These methods must still be in use in a few households but they are bygones for most of us.
It was not always summer however and in winter it was normal to eat, more as well as to wear more cloths, to keep out the cold of poorly heated houses and workplaces. Quantity was of more importance than quality, not that wives and mothers were less interested in quality, simply which standards were lower and money went further if you only cut away the inedible rather than all the rough bits. It was widely recognized that if bread was a bit hard it would be ‘harder where there’s none’.

Our household was fortunate that ‘pater familias’ was ‘a good provider’ in the language of the day. Moreover, my mother was a good cook though she would have turned her nose up at squid or octopus and olives or wine vinegar were never seen in our larder.
Even the slightly exotic like sweetbreads or whitebait were reserved for father on his evening return from work, probably being reckoned ‘not good for children’ quite apart from the cost. The roast joint was the important mainstay of diet, more often than not, a sirloin of beef which turned up for Sunday lunch with Yorkshire pudding, roast potatoes, greens and, a nice rich gravy. The joint would sometimes be mutton , it was not called lamb till much later. Pork was much less frequent, being reckoned to be  somewhat hazardous, though with how much reason I don’t know. It seems an oddity that on the other hand pork sausages were esteemed above beef which were considered in today’s parlance a bit down market.
Sunday’s joint turned up as cold meat on Monday, and would be used as hash or mince the next day or two depending on how much was left. Cold meat would be served up with hot vegetables. I do not remember any salad in my diet as a child.
Season controlled the selection of vegetables, fresh from the greengrocer not frozen from the supermarket, Cabbage was the standby; peas, runner beans, carrots sprouts and spinach came in their turn though I didn’t learn to like spinach till many years later.
There were also unidentified greens or the like, Very occasionally asparagus appeared on the Sunday table pandering to father’s fancy taste. I do not think it really belonged the Devon cuisine, that was my mother’s mainstay. Later in the week, when the joint was gone, there might be stew or sausages and occasionally fish until  Saturday when it was invariably steak and kidney pudding, a good winter warmer if ever there was one.
‘Afters’ too were often good sustaining stuff, stewed fruit and custard were popular in season and sometimes dried apricots or prunes at other times. The real favourites however were the apple puddings or blackcurrant puddings closely followed in popularity by Apple Charlotte or bread and butter pudding with a good leavening of raisins.
Suet puddings with dried fruit such as plum duff or roly-poly of the standby syrup  pudding came along from time to time but were not quite a regular feature. Pastry was popular and fruit would more often be served in a pie than on its own. There was of course no ice cream at home as there were no domestic freezers. Tinned fruit was a special but was readily available. Cream was brought round by the milkman once the changeover to bottled milk had taken place and sometimes took the place of custard to everyone’s delight.  

Even father, who was a good trencherman, did not feel the need of cheese and biscuits at the end of Sunday lunch.

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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