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

Cheslyn Hay & DLHS Weekly News- 3rd December 2017

3rd December 2017

EVENTS  No events arranged for this week.

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

REQUESTS  An interesting request has come in from our Edalji author Dr Alan Jones who is after a copy of an 1887 published book, ‘Hymns for Sunday School’ that Shapurji Edalji had printed privately.  Can anyone help Alan please?

And Glynis Lockley emails a request on her family history around George Albert Lockley, who died in France 23rd November 1917 and is buried at Etricourt-Manancourt cemetery south of Arras.  The Lockley family lived in Cheslyn Hay until the mother Charlotte Butler died in 1904 and the two eldest boys were sent to Reformatory schools and the family including two sisters were separated, dispersed, never again to be reunited. They are related to the Butler family and George visited an aunt there in June 1917 on furlough. Glynis adds ‘There are no known photographs of any of the family unless someone in the Butler family may have some and we have been unable to trace their father, James Henry, and would like any information on him if possible.’

Coincidentally an appeal for the Butler family has also been received this week from a member, who emails ‘My mother was Joan Butler (1915-1998).  In the newsletter of 5th April 2015 there is a reference to her uncle Joseph Butler who gave her away at her wedding in 1939.  Also of great interest to me is a reference to Harriet Butler (the lady with one eye) who was my grandmother.’  Peter has no photographs at all of his grandmother and asks if we can oblige.  This we certainly can, as well as 9 other photos of his Butler family, but does anyone remember Harriet, who used to live in Pinfold Lane?

RESPONSES  After Robert Jones visit to Cheslyn Hay in 2005 to research the background of his great-uncle Alfred ‘Granny’ Jones and his subsequent conversation with 90 year old Herbert Norman a mention was made of the ‘Cuckoo Tree’ where Alfred would spend most of his day under it reading a book.  Geoff Hackett has now given full details of where the tree was and also adds more information on ‘the gent who transported the deceased in a wheelbarrow up the High Street’!

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

7th December 1967  Just three months after the opening of the shopping precinct on the Landywood Estate interviews were conducted with shopkeepers and customers including  Mrs H Marston, Mr R S LavenderMr N M WileyMrs D AllenMr R A PartonMrs V Woolley and Mr F J Crowe.

MEMORIES  From our renown friend, Alan Brown off the Bonk, and now in France expounding on the 1917 funeral notice of Pte George Davis, as well as Edward & Emily DavisJack Davis,  Flossie Hayden and Thacker‘s scrap-yard. Alan also adds poignant comments about Rowland Benton and Albert Russell and remembering the war dead and why our weekly newsletters are so valuable to our communities, local and beyond.

DAVID HACKETT  News this week that Dave, one of our Hackett family died last Tuesday 21st November aged 72.  Although born and bred in Cheslyn Hay he has spent his last 25 years in Bath but there will still be many on the village who still remember him.

Anyone wishing to become a member for the annual fee of £5 and to  receive the full unabridged newsletter with full information every Sunday morning at 9am please contact me through my email address below.  Many thanks.

trevor.cheslynhayhistory@talktalk.net

Cheslyn Hay &DLHS – 26 November 2017

EVENTS We once again welcome the renown speaker and performing historian John S White as our guest speaker on Thursday, 30th November, at the Salem starting at 7.30pm. Title of his talk this time is ‘Christmas with Mr Samuel Adams in Jane Austen’s time’. Admittance £1 including refreshments.

Peter Cadman is also addressing the Cannock Ladies Probus Luncheon Club on our behalf with a talk on ‘School Days’ on Thursday, 30th November at the Barns at Huntington.

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

REQUESTS Another week when we have received no requests.

RESPONSES Further to Lynne’s initial enquiry in September seeking information on her late father, Jack Hughes, and his first marriage to Dorothy Foster matters now have gathered apace. Our subsequent researches, aided by facts and data provided by our members, have proved that Lynne has family relationships through her father and is now arranging a get together with them.
NEW PHOTOGRAPHS We’ve received more photographs of Essington and Shareshill this week and they include one of the signal box at Bursnip Road, Essington, c1920, two of Arthur Cope outside his pub The Old Mitre at Essington in 1900, after taking over from his parents Thomas & Eliza Cope, another of a dozen regulars at The Old Mitre with George, Thomas, Fred and Arthur Cope, Infants & Primary Schools in Essington, the Minerva pub in Essington celebrating the Queen’s Coronation in 1953, a gathering of the Scott family in 1958 with Des, Stephen, Jack and Pat Scott, together with the Ball family – Lilian May Jellyman (nee Ball) and Lilian (nee Wilkes) and George Crosby. One of St John’s Primary School in Essington in 1934 with only Ida Mullard, Mary Cope and Dorothy Russell named and one of Doreen Downing’s 21st Birthday Party at the Temperance Hall, Elms Lane, Shareshill in 1953. Those named are Harriet Hotchkiss (nee Scott), Daisy Moseley (nee Scott), Emma Wilcox (nee Bird), George Wilcox, Cath Scott (nee Fletcher), Walter Scott, Des Scott, George Wildblood, Alice Wildblood (nee Downing), Jack Scott, Pat Scott (nee Ball), Betty Scott, Jean Law (nee Scott), Margaret Beck (nee Scott), Mary Scott (nee Cope), John Scott Snr, William Downing, Edward Downing, Doreen Downing, Annie Downing (nee Scott), Joan Downing, Frances Scott (nee Moulson). £1 per 7×5 Photographic Print.

WHAT HAPPENED THIS WEEK 50 YEARS AGO by Mike Belcher

30th November 1967 Details of the life and death or George Thomas Coates, former Cheslyn Hay Parish Councillor and licensee of the Colliers Arms who died Tuesday November 21, aged 75.
30th November 1967 LDetails of a classical Concert held at Salem Methodist Church, Cheslyn Hay.

30th November 1967 The funeral of Mr G Roobottom of 81, Mitre Road, Cheslyn Hay.
WWI COMMEMORATION This December we commemorate the death of 10782 Albert Russell of the 1st Battalion of the South Staffordshire Regiment, who was killed on 4th November 1917 aged 24, son of Henry and Mary Ann Russell, of 26 Queen Street, Cheslyn Hay, and buried with honour at the Etaples Military Cemetery.

WHAT’S IN OUR ARCHIVES We delve into Pat Everiss’s researches where she points out that most of our forefathers were used as ‘slave labour’ throughout the 19th century when children worked in local mines and factories. Names involved are Joseph Hawkins, Elizabeth Sambrook William Sambrook, Mary Ann Sambrooke, Agnes Dutton, John, and Fanny Dutton, Edward Hope, Jesse Crutchley, William Wootton, Thomas Weetman, and Doctors Syree and Hosegood and Thomas Hart.
Anyone wishing to become a member for the annual fee of £5 and to receive the full unabridged newsletter with full information every Sunday morning at 9am please contact me through my email address below. Many thanks.

trevor.cheslynhayhistory@talktalk.net