Cheslyn Hay &DLHS Weekly News – 21st January 2018

EVENTS   This month’s speaker is Rod Lewis, an Official Guide at the National Arboretum, giving a talk on the traumatic events of World War One entitled ‘Shot at Dawn’.  This Thursday, 25th January, at the Salem starting at 7.30pm.  Admission £1 including refreshments.  Everyone welcome.

OUR SALEM BASE is open from 9am – 2pm every Tuesday and this week Dr Alan Jones will be present with updates and his latest findings on the Edalji case.  Open to all.

REQUESTS  An appeal on our website comes from Kathy Ward who is the granddaughter of George Handel Bailey  and Violet Bailey (nee Chetwyn) and she is asking for any information on them and, if possible, any photographs as she has never seen them.  She is also willing to exchange information on her researches and photographs of some of her Bailey relatives.

Kathy also asks if anyone has any memories of Doris Davies (b1903) who was the older sister of  Phyllis Davies who died a few years ago.

And a request on our Facebook page comes from Amelia who asks ‘Does anyone know the history of the cottages on Hobnock Road in Essington?  We moved in a couple of years ago and would love to put a date on when they were built and for whom.  We have found them on maps dating back to the 1830s with some mention in the deeds of the Squire family living here in the 1900s and they were lock makers.’

RESPONSES  We now have a family tree of the Jukes/Dukes family showing our local connections including Susanna WhitehouseMaria Cox (b1778 Great Wyrley), Elizabeth Benton and Benjamin Hawkins. However Peter, a member and researcher of the same family, points out some confusion as there were two James’s – one born in 1787 with only the fathers name Thomas Jukes shown on the bishops transcript – and one in 1792 is born to James Jukes and Mary.  The name of Dukes seem to have disappeared during the 1800s but there are a number of Jukes being recorded as buried in the old graveyard at St Marks as well as the Great Wyrley and Cheslyn Hay cemeteries throughout the 1900s.

ARCHIVE ADDITIONS/ARTEFACTS/DONATIONS   Details of the history of the Cheslyn Hay Waterworks.

WHAT HAPPENED THIS WEEK 50/100 YEARS AGO by Mike Belcher

Cannock Advertiser  18th January 1968  A letter from Mr W S Whitehouse, 6 Littlewood Road, Cheslyn Hay.

18th January 1968  Because a 74 year-old sick old man and his family did not have a house, Herbert D Kingston of The Nook, Cheslyn Hay, told Cannock magistrates on Monday he permitted them to live in two caravans on land he owned.  Full details of the case.

Cannock Chase Courier – 19th January 1918

On Sunday evening, a memorial service was held at Mount Zion Primitive Methodist Church, Cheslyn Hay, in honour and memory of the late William Brownand George Rowland Benton.  Stories of both of their lives before they were killed with contributipns from Mr Edward Brough, Mr James Kingston and Mr Thomas Weetman.

MEMORIES  This week from Glenys Lomas (nee Hammond) relating stories of her grandfather, Herbert Baker, son of Anne and Phineas Baker, the barber, and details of her grandparents house, 18 Low Street, together with a mystery including her cousin Jane Mansell.  Also involved are Alice Pearson (nee Baker), Kath PearsonBill Mansell and the Hawkins family with Miss Jean, Mr Harold and his son Adrian.

GENERAL NEWS   We’ve had enquiries from last week’s article in the Chronicle for our old friend Mick Drury’s published 200 page book of his life down Littleton Colliery called ‘Boots all my Life’.  It’s an excellent read, particularly for any old miners.  Please contact Alan Dean 01543 275638 to post the book on to them for £14 plus £4 postage, but for anyone living locally I’ll gladly deliver it just for the £14.

trevor.cheslynhayhistory@talktalk.net

Cheslyn Hay & DLHS Weekly News – 14th January 2018

14th January 2018

EVENTS  Peter Cadman has a busy week representing our Society with two popular and  nostalgic talks entitled ‘I do like to be beside the Seaside’ on Wednesday and Thursday to the ‘Target Club’ and the ‘96 Club’ respectively.  Peter is also involved as part of a presentation team involving employment skills at the Great Wyrley High School on Tuesday.

OUR SALEM BASE is open from 9am – 2pm every Tuesday and this week we have Adrian Baillie from Dudley researching his local Masonconnections, arriving mid morning and he is hoping to meet anyone with links to this family.

REQUESTS   Sylvia Parsons emails from Essex ‘My g-g-g-g-grandfather Job Dukes was born in 1771 and I believe his father was Thomas Jukes(b1745/6) who was apparently married to Susanna Whit(e)house (banns recorded 14 Jul 1765).  I have not been able to find out much about Job except he married Maria Cox in 22 Sept 1800.  My father was Reginald Dukes who passed away in 1958. and my family have lived around Hertfordshire from the 1800’s and I have a marriage cert for Job Dukes (1823-1870)  and Matilda Osborn dated 1851 in Hemel Hempstead and a death cert in 1870 and on both documents Job was a ‘Shoemaker’.  The marriage certificate for Job and Matilda shows Job’s fathers name as Job Dukes who was a ‘Dealer’ but I have not been able to trace a birth document for this earlier Job, who I believe was born in 1771.  A Buckinghamshire burial index for 1828 shows a birth year for a John/Job  Dukes as 1771 and this is the Job I would like some information on.  I have a traced 11 births for this Job who married a Maria Cox in 1800, one being Job Dukes christened on 25 May 1823 which I believe is the Shoemaker and according to the 1851 census, in Aylesbury Buckinghamshire, this Maria (Dukes) 1778 was born in 1778 in Wharely (Wyrley) Staffordshire with Job’s occupation shown as a China Dealer, which appears to tie in with the above information.

Two of Job’s (b1771) brothers I believe are William (b 1787) and Richard Dukes (b 1766).   According to the 1851 census William is living in Buckinghamshire and is a China Dealer but it states that he was born in Kenneth (Cannock) Staffordshire.  I have both William and Richard’s wills with Richard stating ‘he leaves his brothers Job and William a legacy.

Thomas Jukes (b 1745/6 in Cheslyn Hay, died 1871) (please note name Jukes) he married Susanna Whit(e)house (christened 18 Jun 1747 at Oldbury) at St Luke’s in Cannock.  Children were – Richard (b1766 who married Margaret Whit(e)house, maybe relative of his mums), Job (b1771) and William (b1787) and I believe there were Jane, Mary and Thomas as well.

I am now planning a visit to see your local area as I still have family connections in Cannock.

RESPONSES  Following a request from Debra in October when our Vi helped to produce her Steadman family tree back to Paul Steadman in 1797 one of our members has now linked this Paul into his own Merchant tree and he is able to provide further information going back into the earlier 1700s.

ARCHIVE ADDITIONS/ARTEFACTS/DONATIONS   Dr Alan Jones, author of ‘The Edaljis – A Family in Turmoil’ has posted updated information from newspaper reports of four aspects of the Edalji case with full copies of the anonymous letters and the Edaljis’ responses to them, details of all the animal atrocities, the dispute when the vicar, Shapurji Edalji, refused to have a hymn sung at the funeral of Mr J H Whitehouse’s young daughter and coverage of the dispute when the churchwardens refused to serve under Shapurji because of the ‘unpleasantness and increasing troubles’ and that the office had ‘lost its honour and dignity’.

OLD NEWSPAPERS of 1919 researched by Dave Washington  Stories covering the request of a watering cart to visit Cheslyn Hay’s main street, a dispute on cookery teaching at the Salem, a refusal to pave and erect shelters in the Cheslyn Hay school playground, a sale of furniture and effects of the late Fanny Bill of Cheslyn Hay House and a Welcome Home Reception for 90 GW Lewis Rosemary Tileries employees returning from the war with presentations to Capt Kenneth Knox MC, Lieut Leonard Knox VC, Frank Emberton DCM and Frank Darby MM.

WHAT HAPPENED THIS WEEK 50/100 YEARS AGO by Mike Belcher

11th January 1968  The funeral of Mrs Alice Hawkins, of Grasmere

11th January 1968  Death and will of Mr Albert James Bowater of 19 Littlewood Road

11th January 1968  Details of Talbot 9 – 0 win.

11th January 1968  Success on the snooker table for T Cascarino, R GregoryP Cole and S Rothwell.

12th January 1918  Thomas Bate found guilty in court.

12th January 1918  Richard Benton, Thomas Lockett and George Ridgeway were charged and found guilty in court.

12th January 1918  On Sunday evening a special service was held at Salem Methodist church in aid of the Blind Soldiers.

12th January 1918  Meeting of the Local Relief Committee and Red Cross society.

12th January 1918  The prospects for the coming session of the Salem Social Class involving Mr John Horton and Mr Joseph Baker.

GENERAL NEWS   The Pet Shop, opposite the Colliers Arms, that have provided a first class service over so many years is finally closing down on Friday, 2nd February.  They are currently having a Clearance Sale of everything including all pet food and pet accessories as well as gardening items, cards and stationery.  So please make the Pet Shop a priority if you have any need for any of these items.  Opening hours are Wednesday & Fridays (9-1pm, 2-5pm) and Saturday 9-1pm.

MAC WALMSLEY  Funeral is on Tuesday, 23rd January, at Bushbury Crematorium and afterwards at the Hawkins Sports Club.  Peter Cadman asks to be contacted on 01785 213678 or pcadman@live.co.uk   as he needs to know for catering purposes.

trevor.cheslynhayhistory@talktalk.net   

Cheslyn Hay & DLHS Weekly News – 7th January 2018

Cheslyn Hay & DLHS Weekly Newsletter – 31st December 2017

EVENTS  Nothing this week but we are starting off the New Year with ‘Rogers New Year’s Party’ on Thursday 11th January beginning at 10.00am.

OUR SALEM BASE is open every Tuesday from 9am – 2pm to everyone for research or just viewing our archives and photographs.  Also our researchers and committee are available for help and any enquiries.

REQUESTS  Three enquiries to start the New Year with.  Firstly one from Marion in Wales who emails ‘I have a little puzzle that someone may be able to help with in the New Year.  I’ve been going through my family history stuff and came across some information given to my mother by her cousin Reg Plant about the family of Simeon and Lucy Tuft.  I think the date on the letter is 2000 or 2002.  Reg states that Simeon’s daughter Eliza lived in a caravan near the Red Lion.  I have looked at the census for 1871 and Eliza is still at home.  In 1881 she seems to be a general servant in London with the Atkins family!!  However, her sister Hannah is a general servant at the Red Lion.  So was it Hannah living in the caravan?  Does anyone know anything about this caravan?  How did Eliza come to be in London?  By 1892 she is married to Charles Smith in Wednesbury.  Reg also states that the Tufts had relatives in Tettenhall and he mentions a Charles Tuft, stating that his cottage is still in existence.  It would be great to connect the two families, as it has been impossible to go back beyond Simeon’s mother Catherine. Hope someone can help me.’  Unfortunately Reg, who was a very reliable source of information on many aspects of our village, passed away a few years ago, but I know we have a few members who have researched the Tuft family so any information will be gratefully received.

And the next request is from Graham and is a straight forward one and he asks ‘Why is the New Inn in Station Street referred to as the New Inns?’

Finally the third one is a really intriguing one.  It comes from Paul who stumbled across a gravestone in the Great Wyrley Cemetery in Station Street.  It is for Verdun Eric Ingram who was born on 16 May 1916 and he died 11 October 1965 aged 49.  Now the battle of Verdun raged from 21 Feb to 18 December 1916, claiming over 300,000 lives and Paul obviously assumes that there is a definite link but what is the story behind it all?

RESPONSES  Following on  from Peter Stallard’s appeal for his classmates of 1965 Peter Cadman forwards details of his cousin Lynda Hemmingsley, now Lynda Williscroft, after making contact with her.

No more stories have been received on the local character Joe Wilkes, but Janet Carpenter says that her mother Ann Marshall worked with Joe’s wife, Doris, at William Perks’ shop.

OLD NEWSPAPERS researched by Dave Washington  

Two newspaper reports on the death of Private John Haycox (misspelt as Haycock in both reports in the Walsall Observer 3 & 15 July 1915) and a story of the recently mentioned W L Griffin of Wedges Mills raising a charter to the Queen to re-establish a weekly market in Cannock every Friday after it had fallen into disuse.  It is stated that Cannock has had a weekly market since Henry III’s reign (Staffs Advertiser 1 Dec 1838).  Copy of any Newspaper Report £1.

WHAT HAPPENED THIS WEEK 50/100 YEARS AGO by Mike Belcher

28th December 1967  Full information of the lives of Mr and Mrs Edgar Herriot of Cheslyn Hay and now Stable Lane, Calf Heath.

28th December 1967  Cheslyn Hay Parish Council objecting to the transfer of Wedges Mills from Cheslyn Hay, to the Parish of Saredon.

29th December 1917  Sad death of Mrs Margaret Holt of Hill Street.

29th December 1917  Sarah Eaton and Susannah Jones were charged with using bad language in Station Street, Low Street and in High Street with full details.

29th December 1917  Details of the Christmas vacationthis year.

29th December 1917  On Christmas morning a large congregation was present at Salem Church, with the Rev R T Rowley.  Full information.

29th December 1917  The annual Christmas Don Tournament at the Working Men’s Club and Institute was held last week when over 100 competitors entered for prizes offered by the Tournament Committee.  All winners named with amounts won.

29th December 1917  On Christmas Day Cheslyn Hay Institute football team beat Landywood Institute with details.

WWI COMMEMORATION  This January we commemorate the death of 17449 George H Davies of the 7th Service Battalion of the South Staffordshire Regiment, who died on 14th November 1917 aged 28, brother of Edward Davies of 96 Low Street, Cheslyn Hay, and buried with honour at the Cheslyn Hay Cemetery.

GENERAL NEWS  Anyone wishing to become a member for the annual fee of £5 and to  receive this newsletter with full details under all the headings every Sunday morning at 9am please contact me through my email address below.  Many thanks.

trevor.cheslynhayhistory@talktalk.

Cheslyn Hay & DLHS Weekly Newsletter – 24 December 2017

24th December 2017

EVENTS  No events this week …. just Christmas!

OUR SALEM BASE  As it is Boxing Day this Tuesday and, unlike the Windmill, whose slogan was ‘We never close’, we’re going to be shut for the day!  Open again next Tuesday.

REQUESTS  Adrian Baillie is interested in his Mason family who originated from Wednesfield before moving to Cheslyn Hay and he has traced them back to Edward Mason in 1788.  After speaking to his cousins he is particularly interested in his g-grandfather George Richard Mason who was born illegitimate and had to take his maternal name.  Apparently he has been arrested for poaching and other disorderly conduct in the early 1900s and so must have been a thief and a ruffian!  Adrian also relates stories that have been passed down through his family.

RESPONSES   An immediate response to Marlene’s request for information on Richard Griffin’s family line connecting it to the Waltho family.   Also information on Mr W L Griffin who was a hardware manufacturer in Churchbridge and Wedges Mills.  But our researcher has found Richard Griffin in his database and his line has been tracked back to 1688.

I have been able to provide Les Scriven with details of Charles Leech/Leach’s death and the ensuing Inquest report as well as the details of the family tragic circumstances related by David Leach three years ago.

We’ve had a response to Peter Stallard’s request of the whereabouts of the members of the 1965 David Blount’s class.  Apparently Clive Mason has relatives on the village, Hilary Craddock, Margaret Westwood and Alan Roden are still local, Linda Heminsley lives somewhere in Nottingham and Diane Edwards has lived in Australia for decades.

Vi has now completed her research on Derek Bullock’s request on the Smart family with the death of their only child, Margaret R Smart, in Birmingham in 1962 aged 41 and unmarried, so leaving no direct living relatives.

Finally John Scott elaborates on the reference to MIZPAH with a full explanation.

WHAT HAPPENED THIS WEEK 50/100 YEARS AGO by Mike Belcher

20th December 1967  Staffordshire County Council are planning to build a new comprehensive school at Cheslyn Hay to eventually cater for nearly 1,000 pupils.  Full details given.

20th December 1967  Story of Mr Dennis Page and his life with the Royal Antediluvian Order of Buffaloes.

20th December 1967  The funeral of Mrs Elizabeth Dutton, of 31 Saredon Road, Cheslyn Hay, and details of her life.

22nd December 1917  Story of the Cheslyn Hay Women’s Working Committee and their excellent work for the wounded Soldiers and Sailors.  Names included are Mrs Wynn, George Pearson,  Mrs R EvansMiss G BrownMrs F SmithMrs S Hawkins, Mr S EcclestoneMr F AlcockMr H NormanMr C T LawsonEdward HemmingsleyMrs S Cartwright, Mrs J Busby and Mrs T Brevitt.

22nd December 1917  The local Picture Palace with titles of their forthcoming features.

22nd December 1917  The local Post Office has been extremely busy with hundreds of parcels being despatched to the local soldiers.

MEMORIES  Peter Cadman emails comments on last week’s ‘Auntie Kath’s Diary’ including details from his father, Joe Cadman with stories on Geoff Parkes and Bertram Perks.

This week we have more nostalgia from John Dickin recalling fascinating stories told to him by the old Cheslyn Hay character, Joe Wilkes.

trevor.cheslynhayhistory@talktalk.net

Cheslyn Hay & DLHS Weekly Newsletter – 17th December 2017

EVENTS  Unfortunately Roger’s ‘Christmas Chat n Char’ had to be cancelled last Thursday because of unavoidable circumstances.  A short but heavy snowburst, that had not been forecasted, on the Wednesday night prevented Roger and the committee setting up the stalls.  Roger now intends to hold his ‘Come and Spend a Penny’ event in January and we apologise for any inconvenience caused.

OUR SALEM BASE is open from 9am – 2pm every Tuesday.  Everyone welcome.

REQUESTS  From Les Scriven who emails ‘In April 2015 your society published an article regarding the death of a local miner named Charles Leach.  Charles died in a colliery accident on the 9th June 1912.  Would it be possible for me to obtain a copy of this item. I am also interested in Charles family tragic circumstances.’

And an enquiry from Marlene Marshall who is tracing her Griffin family from Wedges Mills.  She emails ‘My g-g-g-g-uncle Richard Griffin in the 1841 census is living at Wedges Mills and  anything you may find would be of great interest to me.  Richard married Ann Long on 31st January 1803 in Cowley and they had three children – David (b1820), Matthew (b1823) and Enoch or Amos (b1827).  Richard Griffin died in 1862 with his records showing Penkridge.  Any photos of the Griffin grave stones would be amazing if that is at all possible.’

A photograph on our Facebook page from Trevor Edwards of the 1965 David Blount’s class prompted Peter Stallard to enquire about a few of his old classmates from fifty years ago.  They are Clive Mason, Michael Matthews, Peter Illidge, Alan Roden, John West, Linda Heminsley, Linda Biggs, Susan Saunders, Valerie Fordham, Stephanie Green, Diane Edwards, Veronica Hall, Helen Ridgway, Jimmy Burke, Nigel Pritchard, Brian Howarth, Hilary Craddock Margaret Westwood.  Please let me know via the email address below if you have any information on these people and perhaps, if there is enough interest, to arrange a general get-together at the Salem on a Tuesday in a couple of months time.

RESPONSES  Further to Paul’s request on John Haycox who was killed in the First World War we have been able to find details of his Anglo Boer War records (1899-1902) as well as two reports of his death from Walsall Observer and South Staffs Chronicle plus his background in Cheslyn Hay.  We also have a photograph of him and Vi has provided full details of his parents, siblings and children.

Unfortunately we have not been able to help Derek Bullock very much with his quest on finding any living relatives of Reginald Cecil Smart.  He was born in Dudley in 1892 and he died in a Sandwell nursing home on 31 July 1982.  He married Dorothy M Morris at St Martins in London in 1918 and they had one child Margaret R Smart born 1921.  The family were living at 14 Croftdown Road in Birmingham in 1939 with Reginald as a Mining Engineer and surveyor.  The daughter, however, is listed as ‘incapacitated’ and we have no further trace of her.

We’ve had no response for Bill Thomason’s enquiry after Arthur Bradley but our Military Historian, Bob, explains what ‘MIZPAH’ is associated with.

ARCHIVE ADDITIONS/ARTEFACTS/DONATIONS  Details of the inquest following the mining fatality of Charles Leach/Leech, as mentioned above, in June 1912 at Harrison’s New Sinkings Colliery from the Lichfield Mercury.

WHAT HAPPENED THIS WEEK 100 YEARS AGO by Mike Belcher

15th December 1917   A special meeting of the Local Relief Committee and Red Cross Society and the raising of funds.  A further meeting when it was reported that out of Cheslyn Hay alone 341 men had enlisted and 37 had made the supreme sacrifice for King, Country and freedom.

15th December 1917  The members of the local Working Men’s Club still contributing to the Wolverhampton Hospitals.

15th December 1917  The Institute connected with the Salem Schools have formed a football and are playing on the Barn Flat Grounds, which are kindly lent by Mr George H Seedhouse. On Saturday afternoon details of a match between the Institute and Great Wyrley Institute.

MEMORIES

Timely excerpts this week on the winter of 1965 from ‘Auntie Kath’s Diary’ as related by Diana.  Kath Wootton was married to headmaster Isaac (Jim) Stokes.

Wonderful stories, memories and nostalgia involving  Rev Jenkins, Geoff Parkes‘ shop in Station Street, Tom Smith, Marion DevereuxBill Leach,Dr MaloneFrank Hackett as well as a winter blizzard and the usual Christmas festivities.

MERRY CHRISTMAS & HAPPY NEW YEAR to all of our members and particularly to all the contributors throughout the year.

trevor.cheslynhayhistory@talktalk.net

Cheslyn Hay &DLHS Newsletter – 10th December 2017

10th December 2017

EVENTS  This Thursday, 14th December, is our ‘Christmas Chat n Char’ so Roger invites you all to ‘Come and Spend a Penny’ with him.  Starts at 10am at the Salem.

OUR SALEM BASE is open to everyone, as usual, every Tuesday from 9am – 2pm.

REQUESTS  From Paul Corbett ‘I have come across details on the net from your newsletter in 2015 regarding an article on John Haycox of the Worcestershire Regiment from Cheslyn Hay.  I am lucky enough to be the temporary custodian of his war medals and memorial plaque and would like to find out more about his life.  Do you hold any information that you could supply which I would add to his copy of army papers that I hold?

An appreciative email comes from Derek Bullock in Canada who asks ‘My mother, Lilly Smith, was born in the cottages which stood on High Street, just above the War Memorial, in 1905.  Somewhere about 1918 she left school and “went into service”, as many girls did at that time.  I believe she was in the household of Mr and Mrs Reginald Smart.  Mr Smart was a Colliery Manager after the war but I don’t know where, although it can’t have been too far away.  He was wounded at Vimy, but obviously survived.  Mrs Smart apparently had one of his tunic buttons mounted in gold as a brooch to commemorate his survival.  The gold back is inscribed ‘Vimy 1917’. The pin broke off the button and Mrs Smart gave the pin-less brooch to my mother as a keepsake.  I believe Mr Smart died in the 1970’s. I wonder if you can find out any more about this man, and if there are descendants who might be interested?’

Similarly, Bill Thomason emails ‘A few years ago, my brother died in New Zealand, where he lived, and his partner sent me a few things back to Blighty including John James Thomason’s (my granddad) WWI medals, his Army wallet & other bits and bobs.  In the wallet was a photo of his dad, Solomon, his mam, Emma, with his brother, and a little piece of cross-stitch work spelling the word MIZPAH.  Also a photograph of ‘Arthur Bradley – South Staffs Regiment, 138 Victor Street, killed’.  We have no knowledge of who he is, but we know he was living at my grandparent`s address, so we assumed he was a lodger and became one of the ‘pals’.  If somebody may find a connection,  they are most welcome to the original photograph.

RESPONSES  Following Alan Brown’s historical observations on the last 100 years, I have received a rather profound response from David Powell.  ‘I was so grateful for your allusion to our European connections.  On the 12 November I attended the service of reconciliation at the German War cemetery on Cannock Chase.  The service remembers all, not only soldiers, who are effected by war.  My niece and her Yorkshire husband live in Lorraine, the war memorial in their village, like ours, list those who died in two wars, the same family names occur in both; yet in 1914-18 Lorraine was Lothringen, in the German Empire, so they died for the Kaiserreich against France, – in 1939 of course, against Germany.’  David adds the memories of his grandfather, Frank Powell, later landlord of the Royal Oak in Norton Lane,  in the first battle of Ypres.

Our Military Researcher Bob Brevitt has been able to email Glynis with details of all of her Lockley family together with the military records of both George and William Henry Lockley, as well as information on the father, James Henry.

And Moss comments on the 1967 article on the parking problems in Station Street with his own memories.

ARCHIVE ADDITIONS/ARTEFACTS/DONATIONS   ‘Walsall Leather Industry – The World’s Saddlers’, a book donated by John Colman.

WHAT HAPPENED THIS WEEK 100 YEARS AGO by Mike Belcher

8th December 1917  News of 2nd Lieutenant Clifford Devereux gunshot wounds in France, also of his brother, Jack.

8th December 1917  Details of a meeting of the Local Relief Committee and Red Cross Society was held in the Salem Schools on Friday evening together with the efforts of the children of the Local Council Schools with Mr W J Simkin, Mrs Allen and Miss K Scragg.

8th December 1917  The funeral of the late Mr S Smith, of Littlewood, Cheslyn Hay, who was chairman of St Mark’s Church.

WHAT’S IN OUR ARCHIVES  A 13 page story researched by Paul Ford on the murder of John Farnell by James Alsopp at the Nook Colliery in 1870.  Mentioned in the report are John, Samuel, Elizabeth, May, John, Charles, Richard, Sarah and Peter of the Farnell family as well as James, Sarah, Caroline & Henry of the Alsopp family.  Plus Elizabeth Perks, Charles Altree, Eliza Smith, Lucy & Thomas Kitchen, John Gregory, John Hubery, William Stokes, Thomas Williams, Avis Addison and PC Samuel Lindop.

CATHERINE SOULSBY (daughter of Christine & Peter WILCOX)  suddenly passed away on 28th November aged only 63.  Catherine grew up in Sutherland Road, was involved with the Gingham Girls and only left the village when she married.  Funeral is at 12 o clock, December 20th at Stafford Crematorium.  Our condolences go to her husband, Keith, and the family.

trevor.cheslynhayhistory@talktalk.net