Cheslyn Hay & DLHS Newsletter – 4th June 2017

EVENTS Our Chat n Char morning this Thursday, 8th June, has been cancelled due to the Salem being used as a Polling Station. Roger also adds that next month’s Chat n Char is replaced with our trip to York on 13th July and asks for all monies outstanding to be either paid to him on Tuesdays at the Base or at the very latest on Speakers Night, 29th June.
OUR SALEM BASE is open as usual from 9am – 2pm every Tuesday.
REQUESTS An email from Military Historian, Andrew Thornton, who is looking for help from relatives of any Cheslyn Hay men who served with the 1/2nd North Midland (later 466th) Field Company, Royal Engineers (Territorial Force) during WWI. Andrew is currently updating and expanding on his already extensive research with a view to publishing it. A handful of Cheslyn Hay men are mentioned including G A Brough, (wounded and discharged), 2nd Cpl Patrick Downey (MM lived at Landywood, worked at Bridgtown), Spr Walter E Bickley of 121 High Street) and Spr John Lockett of 129 High Street both killed in action on 13 Oct 1915 plus William Gretton (son of George & Sarah of Modder River).
A request from Bill Thomason for ‘timeline details about Frank Simeon Perks (b1924) and Derek G Perks (b1930). Our researchers are working on it but has anyone more personal knowledge of the two brothers?
Neil Benton is after photographs of his g-g-grandparents John Hassall (1868-1956) and Eliza Pearson (1862-1922) and his g-grandparents Bernard Hassall (1899-1981) and also Ada Benton (b1895 Bloxwich) and Ada’a parents Samuel Benton (1865 -1942) and Alice Ada Lawrence (1865-1947). Have any of our Benton or Hassall researchers any such photographs?
One of our member, who is part of the Brough family is interested to find out if the 1954 Ward Blossom Queen, Gillian Brough, mentioned last week is a relation. Does anyone know which line of the Brough family this Gillian belongs?
RESPONSES Our researchers have solved Pat’s enquiry of last week with the tragic death of ‘Christine Ansell.
NEW PHOTOGRAPHS Frank Gough of Hill Street (PE-GOU-2) and a wedding photograph of Harold Brough and Mary Whitehouse (PE-WHT-76). £1 per 7×5 Photographic Print.
OLD NEWSPAPERS researched by Dave Washington The sale of several properties at Cheslyn Hay in 1827 with the owners and tenants being Joseph Stokes, Mr Bickford, Thomas Weaver, William Poyner, William Shepherd, S Walker, W Sambrooke, Isaac Stokes, Richard Groom, Henry Walters, Mr Brindley and Mr Bullhouse, 16 year old Kezia Broomhall of Cheslyn Hay fell 330 feet to her death (27 Nov 1830), 14 year old Samuel Brierley killed at Wyrley New Colliery (23 Jan 1847), William Perks killed crossing the railway line at Great Wyrley (12 Jul 1881) and two Great Wyrley farmers John Thomas Rowley and Caroline Kidson in court with serious charges in 1882 and EE Turvey wounded badly at the front (16 Aug 1915).
WHAT HAPPENED THIS WEEK 50/100 YEARS AGO by Mike Belcher
8th June 1967 The life of Mr W J Smith, the steward of Cheslyn Hay Working Men’s Club.
8th June 1967 Cheslyn Hay youth club on a trip to Blackpool and details of the success of the club in various activitites.
8th June 1967 Cheslyn Hay Young Wives Club cuccessful trip to Rhyl.
9th June 1917 Activities for the wounded and disabled soldiers with Mrs Wynne, Mrs Herbert Perks, Edith Greensill, Elsie Shorter, Bessie Smith, Maggie Robinson, Elizabeth Norman, Gladys Doris Dawkins, Gladys Bown, Eva Lockett, Marjorie Hawkins, Doris Savage, Jessie Parbrook, Ethel Poole and Miriam Cartwright and a story re Mrs Snape of Landywood.
9th June 1917 Details of the Communal Kitchen providing food to the township.
MEMORIES From the early recollections of John Harley, who emigrated to Australia in 1948, of Hitchener’s house, his Gran Birch, Bates’ Paddock, Clara the gypsy, and the old mine workings on the Rec, as well as St Mark’s church.
trevor.cheslynhayhistory@talktalk.net

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