Wednesday, November 16, 2016

Wednesday 16th November 2016 - Number 1061

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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 16th November

BIRTHS baptisms etc

1712 - Christen: Susannah LAWS-14001, Padiham LAN UK

1819 - Birth: Joshua Hoole LAWS-27392, Gateshead DUR UK

1842 - Birth: Jane LAWS-27718, South Church DUR UK

1869 - Birth: Albert William Leopold LAWS- (Gas Stoker) 32599, Cardiff GLA UK

1881 - Birth: Alfred  LAWES (RN 193816)-24482, Fareham HAM UK

1892 - Birth: Ethel Annie L LAWS-35910, 

1912 - Birth: Phoebe LAWS (Shop Assistant Confectionery) -43243, 

1914 - Birth: William Arthur LAWS-21311, Townsville QLD AUSTRALIA

1740 - Marriage: Richard LAWS-26858 and Alice COXFORD-26859, Brandiston NFK UK

1740 - Marriage: William LAWS-21617 and Ann MCNEAL-21618, Ponteland NBL UK

1806 - Marriage: Walter WEATHERLY-10657 and Barbara LAWS-10656, Berwick upon Tweed           NBL UK

1843 - Marriage: James LAWES (Innkeeper) -2017 and Ann WITT-9358, Breamore HAM UK

1845 - Marriage: James WARRINER (Comber) -37616 and Mary Ann LAWS (Dressmaker) 
          -37615, Bradford WRY UK 

1924 - Marriage: Victor Thomas LAWES (Farmer) -10803 and Doris TARR-24523, 
          Merthyr Tydfil GLA UK

1610 - Burial: Anis LAWES-28071, Chichester SSX UK

1773 - Death: Thomas LAWES-20334, Coombe Bissett WIL UK

1869 - Death: Albertina LAWS-10877, Upper Hellesdon NFK UK (Cook & Spinster) 

1910 - Death: Mary Ann LAWS (Widow) -8053, Workhouse Infirmary, Doddington CAM UK

1911 - Burial: Samuel LAWS (Farmer) -24866, Pine Cemetery

1917 - Burial: John  LAWS- (Soldier) 6792, Trois Arbres Cemetery, Steenwerck France

1918 - Death: G F  LAWS (ARMY Corporal 7698)-22273, 

1944 - Death: Edward Joseph  LAWES (ARMY Trooper 410896)-22192, KIA in Greece
           Residence: Finsbury Park MDX UK

1963 - Death: David Jacob LAWS-36397, Bonne Terre MO United States

1963 - Death: Edwin Sydney LAWS-11826, 

1964 - Death: Edward William LAWS (Australian Army) -12901, Canley Vale NSW                             AUSTRALIA

1982 - Death: Dorethy V LAWS-42001, Van Buren, Crawford County, AK United States

1998 - Burial: Levi Timothy LAWS (Cpl US Army) -16772, Augusta MI United States

2001 - Death: Margaret Dorethy LAWS-12578, Girraween NSW AUSTRALIA

2001 - Burial: Robert James LAWS (Jnr) -12461, San Bruno CA United States

2002 - Burial: Arabell A LAWS-12450, Maroa Cemetery, Maroa  IL United States

2005 - Death: Jesse LAWS-36665, 


1914 - Enlistment: Herbert LAWS  (ARMY Private 21260)) -4298, Folkestone KEN UK

1915 - Residence: Frederick Compton LAWES(Canadian ARMY Private 814293) -22169,                     Campbellford ONT CANADA

1915 - Residence: Frederick John LAWES (Commercial Traveller) -10297, Reading BRK UK


1840 - Birth: Anna CANEY-30385, Feltwell NFK UK

1851 - Baptism: Robert Frederick MOONEY (Police Constable Killed on Duty) -7193, 

1851 - Birth: Sarah DOUGLAS-5249, Swalwell DUR UK

1862 - Birth: James Albion TURNER- (Tram Driver) 24611, Hambledon HAM UK

1886 - Birth: Alice Eliza SANDYS-8110, Camberwell SRY UK

1892 - Birth: Ethel Annie Louise MYER-8528, Charlestown CON UK



1903 - Death: Elizabeth PEEL-21807, 

1913 - Burial: John W ZIEGLER-20721, Ringgold Cemetery MD USA

1964 - Death: George S WOOD-41425, Fresno CA United States


A suburban childhood of the Twenties 

Seen from the Nineteen Nineties

By John Robert Laws 1921-2008
Part 9

In the High Street there were those who offered oddments from doorways, matches and lemons spring to mind. Along the gutters the sandwich board men, walked, enclosed in their advertising matter or calls to repentance, sometimes singly sometimes in threes or fours in a straggling crocodile. Occasionally there was an organ grinder on the corner of a side street, winding his handle and his mechanical music would add to the general street noise. There is an impression of noisiness in the High Street. Apart from the street traders there were trams clattering on their steel rails, horses were iron shod and so were the wheels of most of the carts. Lorries vans and cars were less well silenced and there was even the occasional Steam traction engine. However there were no motor scooters and the few motorbikes did not roar around.  

One faint memory of Green Lanes is of the buses with their cabs shrouded in wire netting to protect the volunteer drivers during the National Strike of 1926. What a good job there were no television cameras to encourage the attackers.

As well as the main shopping area in Green Lanes there were a few little shops around the railway station. The sweet shop was to me the most important and in those impecunious days many sweet shops kept a halfpenny and farthing box with a selection of sweets at those prices for kids with pocket money. It is a sign of of changing times that as I type this computer throws out the word Farthing as not being in the dictionary.

The dress of the period is familiar from photographs but the black and white of these photos does not tell us how much to colours changed. These monochrome photos are perhaps appropriate to the rather drab colours of every day wear. Grey, black and white was definitely favourites except for special occasions. Green was thought unlucky by some though my mother had a brilliant green evening dress for one special occasion. Red tended to be associated with the immoral so one was left with brown and blue and usually dark at that. Even holiday wear was much less colourful, white flannels and a navy blue blazer being about the height of seaside fashion for Pater families. The ladies did much better with flower patterned fabrics. For better or for worse the mini skirt hadn't been invented and bikini was still the name of an unknown Pacific island.

Among the street people with distinctive dress the policeman stood out. A big man in his navy blue tunic and trousers, a leather belt around his middle with a bull’s-eye torch at the rear and his outfit completed with a proper Bobbies helmet on his head and big black boots on his feet for pavement pounding. Just occasionally his whistle might be heard shrilling as he chased some malefactor down the road. More often he was seen but not heard as he came by on foot or on his bike with his rain cape neatly folded over the handlebars.

Our family doctor lived just across the way in a sizable corner house. I saw him from time to time when I had various childhood ailments but his likeness escapes me. My mother always thought me thin and needing fattening up but rather doubting when the doctor included pork in his dietary recommendations. Anyway I ate like a horse the only dislike I can remember was the kidney in steak and kidney pudding. The doctor had installed a machine for 'sun-ray treatment' and my mother took me over to him several times for a dose of the beneficial light. It was some sort of ultra violet light emission which would no frighten a quack silly today but in small doses probably did neither good or harm.       

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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