Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Tuesday 29th November - Number 1069

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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 29th November

BIRTHS baptisms etc

1733 - Baptism: John LAWS-25752, Shapwick DOR UK

1798 - Birth: Alice LAWS-21353, Rickleton House, Chester le Street DUR UK

1835 - Baptism: Jane LAWS-29519, Copdock SFK UK

1847 - Birth: James Malcolm LAWS (Carriage maker)-11655, 

1852 - Birth: Alfred LAWES (Soldier & former Policeman) -2719, Stockbridge HAM UK

1864 - Birth: Oscar Columbus LAWS-8471, Jewett, Cumberland Co IL USA

1869 - Birth: Mary Ledoska LAWS-3648, Jewett, Cumberland Co IL USA

1875 - Birth: William D LAWS-19364, NY USA

1887 - Birth: Frederick Charles Victor Killbronnau LAWS- (Army Major/RAF Wg Cmdr OBE           CB CBE) 7409, Thetford NFK UK

1896 - Birth: Edward Cecil LAWS-13157, East Dereham NFK UK

1899 - Birth: Charles Edward LAWS-41990, 

1918 - Birth: John Robert LAWS (S2 US Navy)-16743, Limestone, Washington Co 
          TN United States

1920 - Birth: Ernest Arthur LAWS-37549, 


1770 - Marriage: Stephen LAWES-31983 and Mary ROWELL (2nd Wife) -154, 
          Cliddesden HAM UK

1798 - Marriage: John LAWS-21350 and Alice ALLEN-21351, Chester le Street DUR UK

1829 - Marriage: William NICHOLLS-11804 and Sarah LAWS-11805, Norwich NFK UK

1840 - Marriage: Frederick HAZELTON-31182 and Martha LAWS-31183, 
          St Pancras MDX UK

1860 - Marriage: Robert LAWS (Stone Mason)-26773 and Mary Ann BAILEY (Laundress)               - 8546, Bristol GLS UK

1875 - Marriage: William Hart LAWS-13799 and Jennie Ann JOHNSON-13800, 
          Salt Lake City UT United States

1885 - Marriage: William Henry LAWS Colibe (Silver Cutler)-8957 
          and Florence Lily TAYLOR-26757, Sheffield WRY UK

1912 - Marriage: James COURTNEY-19557 and Mattie LAWS-19556, 


1823 - Burial: John Peter LAWS-37539, Shoreditch MDX UK

1870 - Burial: George LAWS-2968, Wareham DOR UK

1898 - Death: Robert LAWS (Innkeeper) -7910, Horstead NFK UK

1910 - Burial: Cyril George LAWS(Infant 4 mths old) 36409, Tarrant Crawford DOR UK

1910 - Burial: Augustus LAWS (Saloon Porter) -24852, St Lousis MO United States

1922 - Death: Herbert LAWES-181, The Royal Exchange Hotel, Aldershot HAM UK

1925 - Death: Sarah E LAWS-32120, Southwark SRY UK

1933 - Death: Bernard 'Frederick' Treen LAWES (Cab Proprieter) -3165, Folkestone KEN UK

1937 - Death: Alfred James Charles LAWES (Post Office) -34949, Royal Berkshire Hospital                 Reading BRK UK

1939 - Death: Alice Matilda LAWS-11142, Hopewell Community, Frankin Co TX USA

1943 - Death: Neville James Alfred  LAWES (RAFVR Leading Aircraftman 1250653)-22220,               Singapore (on Suez Maru a japanese ship moving prisioners sunk by USS Submarine                 "Swordfish" prisoners in water machine guned by japanese on escort ship just one                     survivor) an unpunished warcrime.

1953 - Death: Alice Jane LAWS-39136, Terrington St.Clement NFK UK

1963 - Death: Stephen James LAWES (Reverend) -40243, Harrow MDX UK

1964 - Death: James Arthur Bloy LAWS (Schoolmaster)-13378, Trowse Newton NFK UK
          Resideed at Hellington NFK UK

1985 - Death: Carrie LAWS-19759, Bell County KY United States

1990 - Burial: Darrell B LAWS (RM3 US Navy) -16674, Williamette National Cemetery,                       Portland OR United States

1999 - Cremation: Peter James LAW(Machinist) -22123, 

2004 - Burial: Billy Reid LAWS-16876, Mebane NC United States


1898 - Residence: Thomas Frederick PRIEST (Labourer) -41156, Earlsfield SRY UK


1745 - Christen: Jane HOLLAND-14011, Padiham LAN UK

1883 - Birth: Edith STANLEY-37089, Broughton LIN UK

1893 - Birth: Florence Louisa POWELL-12402, Dover KEN UK

1910 - Birth: Doris ELLICK-14722, Paddington MDX UK

1910 - Birth: Norah Daphne QUIGLEY-14577, Sydney NSW AUSTRALIA

1918 - Birth: Francis CLEGG-28213, Stalybridge CHS UK



1895 - Death: Caroline FOUNTAINE-220, Taynuit, ARL UK

1919 - Burial: Isabella Agnes VINCENT-10471, Wanganui, Rangitikei NZ

1931 - Death: John Foster FISHER-25270, Gary, Lake IN United States

1991 - Death: Annie LEGGOTT-4304, Gedling NTT UK - Cremation: West Bromwich STS UK

A suburban childhood of the Twenties 

Seen from the Nineteen Nineties

By 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.   

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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