Category Archives: Memorials

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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Mary Jane Underwood 1879 – 1966

Samuel and Mary ran a boarding house at, 62 Reads Avenue, Blackpool, Lancashire. Blackpool rose to prominence as a major center of tourism in the Victorian era when a railway link was constructed in the 1840s, connecting it to the … Continue reading

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William Henry Wilkes 1892 – 1958

William was in the South Staffordshire Regiment during the First World War. His pleasures in peace time were fishing and bowling, for which he won many prizes. He was a founder member of the ‘Lickey End Working Men’s Club’. He … Continue reading

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Mary Jane Bright 1902 – 1980

When Mary was in her teens she was apprenticed to a chemist in Sheffield, traveling by train every day from her home. She was the woman behind the scenes in their grocer’s shop, where they were famous for their home … Continue reading

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Hubert Victor Stallabrass 1904 -1998

Grandpa was as large in personality as he was in stature, with a voice to match. Pity his neighbours, as the walls shook with his gargantuan sneezes and renditions of his favourite songs “Sailing” being his all-time number one. He … Continue reading

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