Monthly Archives: June 2012

William Reginald Didcock 1919 – 2002

William known fondly as Bill, passed away 4 months after the loss of his wife, Vera. Bill worked on the railways for 49 years. He began in 1935 as a booking boy, working through the grades to become a signalman … Continue reading

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Terry Rogers 1937 – 1998

He joined the army cadets and later when he was eighteen he was conscripted to do his national service for two years. National service was the common name for mandatory government service programmes (usually military service, also known as conscription). … Continue reading

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Iris Brown 1929 – 2002

Iris Sylvia Canning was born on the 28th October 1929 in India. Iris had two sisters, Ruby and Violet (Taj). Iris grew up and her family moved to England. Iris’s father died in South Africa, while Iris was still young, … Continue reading

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Neil Cox 1957 – 1996

Neil’s talents on the guitar didn’t go unnoticed by his colleagues and he was asked to accompany Finbar Furey on a UK tour. Finbar, himself a great musician, became firm friends with Neil and once described him as a “genius … Continue reading

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Grace Rogers 1912 – 2000

She had a good innings but still she deserved to live a lot longer, a very happy and kind lady who lived through two wars. She married Stanley W. Rogers and had three children by him the first being Terry, … Continue reading

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Thomas Atherton 1930 – 1949

The photograph is of Thomas Atherton’s grave, the 18 year old formerly of Blakelaw, Newcastle upon Tyne was a member of the 37th Field Squadron Royal Engineers, he is interred at Happy Valley Hong Kong. Read more… In early 1840, … Continue reading

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Samuel Bright 1891 – 1972

Sam Bright, was what you would call a real character. He couldn’t wait for the moment to tell a story or crack a joke. A soldier, a coal miner, a chef at Blackpool Casino, a fish and chip shop owner, … Continue reading

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Amy Wilkes 1898 – 1948

We remember our mother as a very quiet lady, whose life was a constant struggle. She always tried, when times were hard, to do the best for her three children. During the Second World War, food became scarce and rationing … Continue reading

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