EVENTS There is a Military History Show at the Cannock Chase Museum at Brindley Heath this weekend – 17th &18th August.
OUR SALEM BASE is open every Tuesday from 10am – 3pm. All welcome. Last week we received a visitor, Angela Rustidge, from the south coast, who kindly dropped in to identify one of the Mystery Photographs, MYS 110, shown on our website as that of her mother Mrs Wright with Betty Kingston and baby Carol. This week we look forward to meeting Jenni (nee Homeshaw) from Australia who is also researching her Homeshaw roots as well.
RESPONSES More information has been forthcoming from our researchers on the Joseph Stokes request. He was born 2 Jan 1894 and Andrew has traced him to Isaac Stokes and Priscilla Candell on our database and encloses a Pedigree Chart going back to George Whitehouse and Lucy Brindley on Joseph’s mother’s side. Andrew also adds that the Joseph Stokes in WW II is the son of Harry Stokes (b1882 son of Henry Stokes and Hannah Tuft) and Alice Ada Bird Hawkins (b1889 daughter of Godfrey Dorrington Hawkins and Matilda Bird) and they married in 1907 at St Mark’s.
David emails from Canada offering his help as he is working on the same lines and states ‘Jack would be John Plant who married Amy Stokes in 1921. As for Hawkins – Henry Stokes married Alice Hawkins so that may be the connection to the Hawkins family. Henry and Alice were the parents of Walter that she mentions. I would have to guess on Lizzie at this point as I do not have the document to prove anything, however if Marion has a date of the marriage I could easily confirm my suspicion. While the Stokes are in the Brough line they come back into the Whitehouse line when my great uncle married one of Joseph’s sisters.
With reference to the war records, Jean says that there are a few Joseph Stokes on the war records but they do not match up, but there is a Joseph Kempson Stokes of 18 Hill Street, Cheslyn Hay. But Jon, our Military Researcher, emails ‘I’ve looked at his Medal Index Card and his number is 214108 but no mention of /515. The number suggests he went into the army quite late in the war joining up late April/early May 1918 and 515 would relate to the 515th Siege Battery Royal Garrison Artillery. Of note in Sept 1918 it was commanded by Prime Minister Lloyd George’s son, Gwilym. In this month it was joined by 2nd Lieutenant George Mallory who perished on Mount Everest with Sandy Irvine in 1924, so it is very possible that Joseph knew a famous mountaineer!
Finally Vi answers the enquiry of the maiden name of Walter C Stokes’s wife. He married Phyllis Skitt in Cannock in 1933.
Jenni emails her thanks to John Astbury from Melbourne for his information on George Homeshaw (b1844) being brought up as a Persehouse and adds ‘When I return to Hobart I can recheck James Homeshaw’s will of 1876 because he was a very fair man and I think there is a Pursehouse involved somewhere. James had a son with Hannah, named George (b1848) whose son George Robert Homeshaw was my grandfather.’ Jenni then provides us with a full Homeshaw family tree from 1799.
NEW PHOTOGRAPHS Football photographs of Hawkins FC in 1978 and Cannock Schoolboys with captain John Bailey, Cheslyn Hay Table Tennis Club photographs with Mark & Simon Robinson, Steven Atherton, Gary Murphy and Andy Stuart and one of the Over 60s Club in 1976.
ARCHIVE ADDITIONS/ARTEFACTS/DONATIONS OLD NEWSPAPERS researched by Dave Washington Copies available at £1 per report. This week covers the last newspaper reports of 1910 including the court cases involving Edward John Glover, William Kendall, George & Helen Boycott and Richard Burton. Also the tragic death of Henry Dawkins, and stories of Ernest Whitehouse, Harry Jones, Albert Dawkins and F & R Altree.
WHAT HAPPENED THIS WEEK 50/100 YEARS AGO ……by Mike Belcher
17th August 1963 The death occurred on Sunday of Reginald Clarence Pee, of 3 Coppice Lane, Cheslyn Hay. While on h oliday with his wife at Weston-Super-Mare, Mr Pee was taken to hospital, where he died. The funeral took place at Salem Methodist Church , Cheslyn Hay, on Thursday. Mr Pee leaves a wife, son, daughter and two granddaughters.
17th August 1963 ‘Glancing Back 25 Years to 13 August 1938’ Twenty-six badges and certificates were presented to Air Raid Precautions trainees at a meeting in a room at Salem Methodist Church, on Thursday by Mr A D Dallow (Clerk to Cannock Rural District Council). Mr Joseph Baker, who presided, said that he had a number of conflicting emotions such as he had felt when passing the war memorial. It seemed that the world had not learned a great deal from the last war. After two thousand years of war it was still necessary to have such meetings as that. Mr Dallow, in presenting the badges, said that the Rural District Council welcomed the co-operation of the Parish Council. He had a difficult job arranging for 18 parishes. He was delighted so many had passed out, as he knew it entailed a lot of hard work.
16th August 1913 Recently the King of Burgunda has been on a visit to Birmingham, and he took advantage of visiting places of interest in the district. His Majesty seems particularly interested in the works which surround the big Midland city. On Wednesday there was considerable interest observable at the Rosemary Tileries, Cheslyn Hay, when the King made a flying visit and inspect these flourishing works. His Majesty was accompanied by three of his Chiefs and his Tutor and had been to Walsall where he inspected the hame, chain and cart-gear manufactories’ of Messrs J Wheway and son. On arrival at the Rosemary Works, His Majesty was heartily welcomed by Mr A R Knox, who was accompanied by Rev W Rowley O’Keefe. The Royal parties were conducted by the courtesy of Mr Knox throughout the Tileries and they expressed their greatest satisfaction at the inspection. There was one kiln that contained 125,000 tiles, which was being opened just as the Royal guests arrived.
A pleasing feature of the visit was a boy named Whitehouse who was dared to make a salute to the King as he passed by in his carriage. The boy did so, in true military style, and as His Highness passed he noticed the boy, and returned the salute, and then handed the boy in a graceful manner, half-a-crown. His Majesty then went with the Manager around the various kilns and after inspecting the works he expressed his appreciation of what he had observed. He remarked that the work was carried on in a systematic manner and he was quite pleased with the visit.
On leaving the Royal guests expressed their pleasure at the courtesy of the Manager, Mr Knox and thanked him for the information offered respecting the Tileries, for he, the King said he had not seen a better Tile Works. It may be added that His Majesty is of an extremely retiring disposition. He shows a lively interest in motors and informed the party they were much used in Uganda as the main roads were in good condition. Two of the Chiefs spoke English fluently, but the other one could not do so. The visit was most successful from a business point of view.
16th August 1913 On Friday last, one of the oldest citizens passed away, Mrs Elizabeth Bullivant, who has resided in High Street for over 50 years. Deceased who was widely known, has been ailing and practically kept to her bed since last Easter. There are not many citizens who did not know her for she is stated to be one of the oldest citizens in the township. The remains of the old lady were laid to rest on Wednesday afternoon at the Great Wyrley cemetery when the Rev S Edalji performed the service.
16th August 1913 A serious accident occurred on Wednesday evening to a little girl named Annie Huxley along the line leading from the Great Wyrley Colliery to the Churchbridge Works. The girl who is but six years old was seen along the line when the tubs were going along and although the driver of the horse shouted to the child one of the tubs came into contact with the child’s arm and badly injured it.
It was deemed necessary to convey the little girl to Wolverhampton Hospital where on arrival it was found necessary to have the arm amputated. It may be added that the driver did his utmost to prevent the accident but he could not get to the unfortunate child in time to save her.