Edre Henry

One of Ebbie’s memorable moments was in a car park in Monaghan. Trying to park her battered, dog eaten Austin Mini Metro into a space that was not big enough, she decided that the only way to achieve this desired manoeuvre was to hit the cars to her left, right, rear and front. The two Jack Russell Terriers that were perched on the rear window shelf braced themselves. She parked the car exclaiming, “Sure it was just a kiss.” The two Jack Russell Terriers that were perched on the rear window shelf relaxed. Read more…

Monaghan (Irish: Muineachán) is the county town of County Monaghan, Ireland. Its population at the 2011 census was 7,452 including suburbs and environs. The town is on the N2 road from Dublin to Derry and Letterkenny.

www.independent.co.uk  – Amid the chaos sat Sprite, her gaze baleful at this interruption to her routine. A less aptly-named creature you couldn’t find: she was two solid stone of Jack Russell, shaped like a brick and in full moult, her hairs apparent on every black trouser leg in the room. The mourners would all be taking a piece of her home whether they liked it or not.

“The dog knows, you know,” wailed Mrs P as she rushed the kettle from the Aga to wet the tea. “The dog knows…” Read more

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Thomas Orlo Dailey 08/04/02 – 12/04/02
Liberty N.Y.

Thomas Dailey passed away April 12th. at Albany Medical Center Albany,N.Y. He was born April 4th.2002 To Thomas and Danielle Dailey of Liberty,N.Y.

Received 1st February 2003

Iris Sylvia Brown 28th Oct. 1929 – 25th June 2002
Reading, Berkshire (Housewife)

Iris Sylvia Brown died on 25th June 2002 in Readings Royal Berkshire Hospital. Iris was a mother of 10, a Grand and Great Grandmother of many. Iris suffered for a long time, but it came time for her to part, and with great strength, she died peacefully in her sleep, with family areoun her. Iris will be sadly missed by her family and friends, who all loved her. Sleep peacefully mum. Read more…

Received 25th June 2002

Giuseppe Truddaiu 18th Aug. 1928- 11th May 2002
Blackpool Lancashire (Retired)

In loving memory of a great dad, who demonstrated what being a dad was all about. Giuseppe Truddaiu was and always will be the best dad ever. Read more…

Received 13th May 2002

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William Reginald Didcock 1919 – 2002

Contemporary 1935 map of LMS system. Other rai...

Contemporary 1935 map of LMS system. Other railways’ lines are omitted but LMS joint lines are shown. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

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 first class. Rather than stay on in the powerbox, he opted to become a member of the relaying gang where he stayed until he retired in 1986. He was a good friend and trusted colleague. Read more…

British Railways, from 1965 traded as British Rail, the operator of most of the rail transport in Great Britain between 1948 and 1997. It was formed from the nationalisation of the “Big Four” British railway companies and lasted until the gradual privatisation of British Rail, in stages between 1994 and 1997. Originally a trading brand of the Railway Executive of the British Transport Commission, it became an independent statutory corporation in 1962: the British Railways Board.

The period of nationalisation saw sweeping changes in the national railway network. A process of dieselisation occurred that eliminated steam locomotion in 1968, in favour of diesel and electric power. Passengers replaced freight as the main source of business, and one third of the network was closed by the Beeching Axe of the 1960s.

Bill enjoyed his gardening and loved nothing better than spending his free time out in the open air tending his rather large veggie plot, though he did often wonder how he managed to work and garden sometimes! Read more…

British Rail. (2012, June 21). In Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia. Retrieved 19:29, June 29, 2012, from http://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=British_Rail&oldid=498733074
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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). The term became common British usage during and for some years following the Second World War. Many young people spent one or more years in such programmes. Compulsory military service typically requires all citizens, or all male citizens, to participate for a period of a year (or more in some countries) during their youth, usually at some point between the age of 18 and their late twenties. Read More…

Royal Electrical and Mechanical Engineers

He served with the Royal Electrical Mechanical Engineers R.E.M.E. The Corps of Royal Electrical and Mechanical Engineers (REME; pronounced phonetically as “Reemee”) is a corps of the British Army that has responsibility for the maintenance, servicing and inspection of almost every electrical and mechanical piece of equipment within the army.

When he came out he served a further two years as an apprentice with the government and passed with ONC and HNC qualifications. He then worked for the government for all his working life until he took early retirement in 1995 at the age of 58.  Read More…

Royal Electrical and Mechanical Engineers. (2012, June 1).  In Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia. Retrieved 12:09, June 29, 2012, from http://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Royal_Electrical_and_Mechanical_Engineers&oldid=495381731
National service. (2012, June 23).  In Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia. Retrieved 12:00, June 29, 2012, from http://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=National_service&oldid=498944509
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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, her mother then became too ill to look after her, and Iris and her sisters went to live with cousins, Mr & Mrs Green.

Carte de visite photograph of Florence Nightin...

Carte de visite photograph of Florence Nightingale, by Kilburn, circa 1854. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Iris left school and became an auxiliary nurse, she was a very lively girl, full of laughter. In January 1950 Iris had a son and called him William.  Read more…

Nursing in the United Kingdom has a long history, but in its current form it probably dates back to the era of Florence Nightingale, who was instrumental in helping to lay the foundations of professional nursing in 1860. Her nursing school at St Thomas’ Hospital in London, the first secular nursing school in the world (now part of King’s College London). The Nightingale Pledge taken by new nurses was named in her honour, and the annual International Nurses Day is celebrated around the world on her birthday.

As time progressed Iris met a man called Archie Brown, they fell in love and got married. Iris then had 9 more children, they were called Steven, Philip, Rosemary, Julia, Andrew, Angela, Douglas, Christopher and Margaret. Read more…

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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 on the guitar.”

In 1981, The Fureys released their most successful single “When You Were Sweet Sixteen”, becoming a worldwide hit, reaching #14 on the UK Singles Chart,  #1 on the Irish Singles Chart and #9 on the Australian Singles Chart. “The Green Fields of France” also gave them an Irish #1, remaining in the single charts for twenty eight weeks. They also had two Top 40 British albums called Golden Days and At the End of the Day.

Playing with Finbar lead to him being invited to stand in for the guitarist with The Dubliners on one of their tours.

The Dubliners created international success with their lively Irish folk songs, traditional street ballads and instrumentals. The band were regulars on the folk scenes in both Dublin and London in the early 1960s, until they were signed to the Minor Major label in 1965 after backing from Dominic Behan. They went on to receive extensive airplay on Radio Caroline, and eventually appeared on Top of the Pops in 1967 with hits “Seven Drunken Nights” and “Black Velvet Band”. Often performing songs considered controversial at the time, they drew criticism from some folk purists and Ireland’s national broadcaster RTÉ had placed an unofficial ban on their music from 1967-71. During this time the band’s popularity began to spread across mainland Europe and they appeared on the Ed Sullivan Show in the United States. The group’s success remained steady right through the 1970s and a number of collaborations with The Pogues in 1987 saw them enter the UK Singles Chart on another two occasions

Despite his all-consuming passion for music Neil found time to study Psychology at Fircroft College in Selly Oak where he made many friends.

Around this time he also struck up a friendship with Seamus Mallon and formed a band called ‘Sham’ (Gaelic for “friend”). Between them they wrote and recorded fine music. Read more…


The Fureys. (2012, June 14). In Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia. Retrieved 08:30, June 21, 2012, from http://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=The_Fureys&oldid=497586059
The Dubliners. (2012, June 9). In Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia. Retrieved 08:30, June 21, 2012, from http://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=The_Dubliners&oldid=496719598
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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, followed by Monica and last the only one now left my aunt Marcia. She brought them all up with family values, and during the Second World War she and the children were evacuated to Bude in Cornwall, now at the time of this she was living in Eltham, London, so travelling to and from Bude became a regular occurrence. She worked at the Woolwich Arsenal in between and after the war until retirement. After the war had ended, the family moved to Welling and then on to Plumstead, both in southeast London. Read more…

Staff from the Royal Arsenal helped design, and in some cases managed the construction of, many of the new second World War Royal Ordnance Factories (ROFs) and ROF Filling Factories around the UK. The majority of the ordnance production was moved from the Royal Arsenal to new sites as the Royal Arsenal was considered vulnerable to aerial bombing from mainland Europe. The original plan was to replace the Royal Arsenal’s Filling Factory with one at ROF Chorley and one at ROF Bridgend. It was then realised that many more ROFs would be needed. Just over 40 ROFs were opened by the end of World War II, nearly half of them Filling Factories. 30,000 people worked at the Royal Arsenal during World War II.

The Royal Arsenal was caught up in The Blitz; the staff of the Chemical Inspectorate, working with explosives, were evacuated in early September 1940. Shortly afterwards one of the Frog Island buildings was destroyed by bombing and another damaged. The laboratories were partially re-occupied in 1945 and fully re-occupied by 1949.

During the quiet period after the end of World War II, the Royal Arsenal built railway wagons for export. Armament production then increased during the Korean War.

Royal Arsenal. (2012, April 17). In Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia. Retrieved 06:39, June 19, 2012, from http://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Royal_Arsenal&oldid=487823524
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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, the British Army had set a military camp in Happy Valley. However, the camp was later closed due to the increasing number of soldiers succumbing to malaria. The cause of malaria was unknown at the time and the soldiers apparently suffered a then-unknown fever. Early settlers had suggested the area to be used as a business centre, but the suggestion was put off due to the valley’s marshy environment, which was causing fatal diseases. The death rate in the area and Victoria City was high in the early colonial days, and the valley became a burial ground for the dead. As a result, the valley was renamed as Happy Valley, a common euphemism for cemeteries. In 1846, the British felt that the valleyed terrain was ideal for horse-racing, and thus cleared the paddy fields and developed the Happy Valley Racecourse. For this, the Wong Nai Chung river was recoursed to Bowrinton Canal, known as Ngo Keng Kan  locally, beside reclamation of Wan Chai. The canal is presently covered under Canal Road.

In 1922, Hong Kong Sanatorium and Hospital located in Happy Valley started operation.

Happy Valley, Hong Kong. (2012, May 29). In Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia. Retrieved 07:25, June 9, 2012, from http://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Happy_Valley,_Hong_Kong&oldid=494942019
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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, a shopkeeper, a pallbearer, these were a few of his careers.

During the First World War he found himself as a cook, responsible for the well being of his comrades. The meager rations that the army supplied needed supplementing by scavenging. Often he went on ‘raiding parties’, sneaking into French farms, pilfering this and that. He once found himself in a Frenchman’s dovecote. This was nearly his final mission. The farmer gave chase and then leveled his loaded rifle at him. He wasn’t really proud of his thieving but as he explained, it was war and his mates were hungry. One of his most poignant tales was about a march to the ‘front’. In the hedgerow Sam spotted a ham bone which had a bit of meat left on it. They got to the frontline and as the history books tell us conditions were appalling and the rations were low. Sam remembered the ham bone, and on the march back retrieved it from the hedge to use in the next stew.

British stretcher bearers recovering a wounded...

British stretcher bearers recovering a wounded soldier from a captured German trench during the Battle of Thiepval Ridge, late September 1916, part of the Battle of the Somme. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

The Battle of the Somme between 1 July and 18 November 1916 took place on either side of the river Somme in France – this was where Sam was wounded and lost an eye. He spotted a German sniper who unfortunately spotted him first. He was wounded and his commanding officer suggested that he remained at his post to give his comrades a better chance to fallback, promising his family a medal for his sacrifice. I’m not sure what he said but he was invalided out of service and was treated at Guys Hospital in London, where they patched him up and cosmetically made a fine job. Apparently this damaged eye was assisted by a rabbit’s nerve.(?)

This bloody battle saw the British Army, supported by contingents from British imperial territories, including Australia, New Zealand, Newfoundland, Canada, India and South Africa, mount a joint offensive with the French Army against the German Army, which had occupied large areas of France since its invasion of the country in August 1914. The Battle of the Somme was one of the largest battles of the war; by the time fighting paused in late autumn 1916, the forces involved had suffered more than 1 million casualties, making it one of the bloodiest military operations ever recorded. Read more

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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 was implemented, she still managed to keep us all going. We use to work on the land, picking peas, potatoes, and sometimes fruit. This extra effort, and money, made a difference to our lives.

The photograph top left is of Amy as a young girl with her Grandmother and brother Arthur.

In 1943 our younger sister, Rita, was taken ill and died. This was the beginning of the end for Amy, she gave up. Due to a broken heart and eventual ill health she died prematurely at the age of 51. Her surviving children were Dennis, who was 22 at the time and Audrey, who was 19. Read more…

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