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Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Wednesday 30th November 2016 - Number 1070

Welcome 
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Laws Family Blog

We reach out to all, regardless 

of Race, Colour, Creed, Orientation or National Origin, with support for researching family and documenting cultural inhertance

==================================================================

DearAncestor,-
Your tombstone stands amongst the rest, neglected and alone
The names and dates are chiselled out on polished marble stone
It reaches out to all who care, it is too late to mourn
You did not know that I exist, you died and I was born
Yet each of us are cells of you, in flesh, in blood, in bone.
Our blood contracts and beats a pulse entirely not our own

Dear Ancestor, 
The place you filled one hundred years ago
Spreads out amongst the ones you left who would have loved you so,
I wonder if you lived and loved, I wonder if you knew
That someday I would find this spot, and come to visit you. 


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We are happy to work on your 

LAWS FAMILY TREE

(maybe we already have)

All LAWS Enquires are still welcome

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If you are interested in anyone listed here, email us with the name, date and reference number, and we will happily do a look up, you might even get a whole tree! 

We will be happy to publish within this blog Your stories of your LAWS research and also members of the LAWS and LAWES family you are searching for like your greart grandfathers uncle Charlie or aunt Maud.

We will be happy to help with you with your LAWS/LAWES research, and in certain instances we may be willing to undertake private research on your behalf.

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 Family Events from our database, for today 30th November


BIRTHS baptisms etc
1754 - Birth: Elizabeth LAWS-13852, Feltwell NFK UK

1760 - Burial: Catherine LAWES-9619, St.Helen Bishopsgate MDX, In Ye left hand churchyard

1800 - Christen: James LAWES-25012, Stepney MDX UK 



1806 - Birth: Leah LAWES-592, St Marylebone MDX UK


1809 - Birth: Thomas LAWES-941, Fincham NFK UK




1851 - Baptism: Michael Grahame LAWS (Horologist) -4708, Camden Town MDX UK

1876 - Birth: Jenny A LAWS-41473, 

1878 - Birth: Gertrude Beatrice LAWES-40956, Deritend, Aston WAR UK


1909 - Birth: Bessie Mae LAWS-41757, 

MARRIAGES

1850 - Marriage: George  LAWS (Railway Locomotive  Driver)-5694 and Mary MANGER-                   24168, Gateshead DUR UK

DEATHS

1855 - Death: Percy Smith  LAWS (Gentleman / Butcher)-7414, Ovingham / Ovington NBL UK

1882 - Burial: Henry  LAWS (Shoemaker) -5914, Litcham NFK UK



1902 - Death: Thomas Alfred LAWS (Boot & Shoe Repairer)-7915, Hainford NFK UK






1915 - Death: Walter Henry LAWS (Army L/Cpl S6426 Rifle Brigade) -9535, West-Vlaanderen            BELGIUM

1927 - Death: Mary Jane Heath LAWS-8219, Bruntsfield, Edinburgh MLN UK

1930 - Death: Ellen LAWS (Spinster) -7319, Hornchurch ESS UK

1931 - Death: Mayme LAWS-25269, Gary, Lake IN United States


1939 - Death: Cyril Edward LAWS (Stock Exchange Doorkeeper)-16131, Enfield MDX UK

1965 - Death: Katherine Joane LAWES-39653, Hastings SSX UK


1984 - Burial: Boodet LAWS (SGT US Air Force) 16655, Memphis National Cemetery TN USA

1998 - Death: Walter D LAWS-20539, 

2001 - Death: Janat LAWS-19736, St George UT USA (Newspaper - AR The Specrum)

2004 - Death: Donna Margaret LAWS-18364, Vancover BC CANADA

2013 - Death: Paul LAWS (Railroad Employee) -12481, Ashville NC United States
          Resided Green Mountain NC United States

MISC


1719 - Birth: Augusta SAXE-GOTHA-22597, Gothenburg SWEEDEN

1949 - Occupation: Douglas Reginald LAWS (Mercant Seaman) -37043, 

OTHER BIRTHS

1900 - Birth: Irene Isabel CARBIS-12563, Sydney NSW AUSTRALIA

OTHER  MARRIAGES

OTHER DEATHS & Burials

1863 - Death: Mary PEEL-21804, Caldbeck CUL UK

1936 - Death: William Louis Conrad NAVIER-43383, Reading BRK UK

1936 - Death: Lucy Ann BUSHELL-30614, Ryde IOW UK

1940 - Death: Florence GOODYEAR-28683, Montrose ANS UK


1940 - Death: Maud H HENARIE-19278, Marin CA USA

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A suburban childhood of the Twenties 

Seen from the Nineteen Nineties

By John Robert Laws 1921-2008
The highlights of the Naples visit were the late evening view over the lights over the city, from a highpoint on the northern edge with Vesuvius in the background. The ascent of Vesuvius itself, and seeing the excavated city of Herculaneum. 

The volcano was pretty well behaved at that time and having gone up by the funicular rail car we were able to descend into the enormous crater where a constant roman candle of lava blobs was building a new central cone. Intrepid Italian entrepreneurs were busy pushing coins into the little blobs before they cooled and selling the resulting souvenirs to tourists.


In contrast to the lively volcano, Herculaneum was many centuries’ dead. With its heavy shroud of volcanic ash shovelled and swept away, its slab paved streets peopled with a few groups of tourists were not for me, evocative  of the crowds of shoving and successful citizens who thronged its streets until the Reaper came with his volcano. 

For the same reason it was not depressing either, it was another museum with fine examples of a Roman town complete with arts and crafts collected on the spot.

Why do I not remember the long journey back, it was just un-memorable or were there too many little bottles with our packed lunches so that we dozed on the wooden seats. Perhaps we just got tired, almost unthinkable in ones teenage years.

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NORWAY 
The Journey to Norway was different. We went on an old troopship and it was boys only, a big party hundreds strong from many schools, no hotel this time we slept in hammocks slung above the tables where we ate by day. It was hot and we had the occasional chance to sleep on deck instead of in the hammocks. The hard deck was just as impossible as the sagging hammocks. At least we learnt that a bed is a luxury.


Bergen was the first port of call. The ship tied up along the long quay where the town faces out over the water and which seemed to us to be the town centre. The funicular railway took us up to the view point above the town from which the town and its harbour and the fiord running out towards the sea are laid out like a green map with blue water and red roofs with toy boats at rest in the harbour. 

We also went into the mountains by way of the railway which climbs its way over to Oslo. The railway the like of which we had never seen before, as it clambered through the steep ascent with the aid of a central rack rail and crawled through tunnels and across rock faces to take us up  and out onto the high land. There we walked and saw the ski runs and the big wooden structure of the ski jump all stranded in grass with not a flake of snow in the hot sunshine.

Despite the rocky terrain, rich grass seemed to be the predominant colour of the countryside as we sailed along the coast and into Sogne Fiord where our ship was dwarfed to a toy again between the towering mountains on either side. Here and there tiny fields of hay were patched into the forest on the mountain waterside. 

High prowed boats rowed with long oars used the water as a highway from farm to farm and field to field. At the end of the fiord we went ashore in the ships boats and walked up the valley beside the bubbling bouldered river to the foot of the glacier which feeds it. A mountain of rather grubby ice in the blazing hot sunshine turning into sparkling clear water with which we quenched our thirst on the walk back.

The furthest North we went was Trondheim, a little stone town on a hilly site beside the water. No doubt used to visitors, despite the infancy of tourism, the peace did not seem disturbed by the invasion of a few hundred English schoolboys. They had done their share of invading Britain a few centuries ago and were themselves to be invaded by less welcome visitors only two or three years later.

On the ship our amusements were simple, I seem to remember the old English sports day pastime of jousting astride a slippery pole over a canvas pool of water and we had a few home grown concerts and sing-along’s to disturb the quiet of evening at sea. Not that the North Sea was quiet all the time, there were moments when we lost all interest in food and spent time admiring the view over the rail. It was certainly different from all our other trips,

The End 




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Lord, help me dig into the past
and sift the sands of time
That I might find the roots that made
This family tree of mine

Lord, help me trace the ancient roads,
On which my father's trod
And led them through so many lands
To find our present sod.

Lord, help me find an ancient book
Or dusty manuscript,
Thats's safely hidden now away
In some forgotten crypt

Lord, let it bridge the gap that haunts
My soul, when I can't find
The missing link between some name
That ends the same as mine


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With grateful thanks to Simon Knott for permission to reproduce his photographs on this site see :-http://www.norfolkchurches.co.uk/
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Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Tuesday 29th November - Number 1069

Welcome 
to  the
Laws Family Blog

We reach out to all, regardless 

of Race, Colour, Creed, Orientation or National Origin, with support for researching family and documenting cultural inhertance

==================================================================

DearAncestor,-
Your tombstone stands amongst the rest, neglected and alone
The names and dates are chiselled out on polished marble stone
It reaches out to all who care, it is too late to mourn
You did not know that I exist, you died and I was born
Yet each of us are cells of you, in flesh, in blood, in bone.
Our blood contracts and beats a pulse entirely not our own

Dear Ancestor, 
The place you filled one hundred years ago
Spreads out amongst the ones you left who would have loved you so,
I wonder if you lived and loved, I wonder if you knew
That someday I would find this spot, and come to visit you. 


-----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------


 LAWS FAMILY REGISTER

We are happy to work on your 

LAWS FAMILY TREE

(maybe we already have)

All LAWS Enquires are still welcome

Mail us at 

registrar@lawsfamilyregister.org.uk

   EXTRACTS FROM OUR DATABASE

PLEASE NOTE
We have excluded records of living people to protect their Privacy -we are not showing births after 1920 or marriages after 1940 these are only available on request

If you are interested in anyone listed here, email us with the name, date and reference number, and we will happily do a look up, you might even get a whole tree! 

We will be happy to publish within this blog Your stories of your LAWS research and also members of the LAWS and LAWES family you are searching for like your greart grandfathers uncle Charlie or aunt Maud.

We will be happy to help with you with your LAWS/LAWES research, and in certain instances we may be willing to undertake private research on your behalf.

This blog will also appear on our Facebook page, please come visit us, 

Family Events from our database, for today 29th November

BIRTHS baptisms etc


1733 - Baptism: John LAWS-25752, Shapwick DOR UK


1798 - Birth: Alice LAWS-21353, Rickleton House, Chester le Street DUR UK

1835 - Baptism: Jane LAWS-29519, Copdock SFK UK

1847 - Birth: James Malcolm LAWS (Carriage maker)-11655, 


1852 - Birth: Alfred LAWES (Soldier & former Policeman) -2719, Stockbridge HAM UK

1864 - Birth: Oscar Columbus LAWS-8471, Jewett, Cumberland Co IL USA

1869 - Birth: Mary Ledoska LAWS-3648, Jewett, Cumberland Co IL USA



1875 - Birth: William D LAWS-19364, NY USA


1887 - Birth: Frederick Charles Victor Killbronnau LAWS- (Army Major/RAF Wg Cmdr OBE           CB CBE) 7409, Thetford NFK UK


1896 - Birth: Edward Cecil LAWS-13157, East Dereham NFK UK



1899 - Birth: Charles Edward LAWS-41990, 

1918 - Birth: John Robert LAWS (S2 US Navy)-16743, Limestone, Washington Co 
          TN United States

1920 - Birth: Ernest Arthur LAWS-37549, 

MARRIAGES

1770 - Marriage: Stephen LAWES-31983 and Mary ROWELL (2nd Wife) -154, 
          Cliddesden HAM UK

1798 - Marriage: John LAWS-21350 and Alice ALLEN-21351, Chester le Street DUR UK

1829 - Marriage: William NICHOLLS-11804 and Sarah LAWS-11805, Norwich NFK UK



1840 - Marriage: Frederick HAZELTON-31182 and Martha LAWS-31183, 
          St Pancras MDX UK

1860 - Marriage: Robert LAWS (Stone Mason)-26773 and Mary Ann BAILEY (Laundress)               - 8546, Bristol GLS UK

1875 - Marriage: William Hart LAWS-13799 and Jennie Ann JOHNSON-13800, 
          Salt Lake City UT United States


1885 - Marriage: William Henry LAWS Colibe (Silver Cutler)-8957 
          and Florence Lily TAYLOR-26757, Sheffield WRY UK

1912 - Marriage: James COURTNEY-19557 and Mattie LAWS-19556, 


DEATHS

1823 - Burial: John Peter LAWS-37539, Shoreditch MDX UK

1870 - Burial: George LAWS-2968, Wareham DOR UK



1898 - Death: Robert LAWS (Innkeeper) -7910, Horstead NFK UK

1910 - Burial: Cyril George LAWS(Infant 4 mths old) 36409, Tarrant Crawford DOR UK

1910 - Burial: Augustus LAWS (Saloon Porter) -24852, St Lousis MO United States

1922 - Death: Herbert LAWES-181, The Royal Exchange Hotel, Aldershot HAM UK

1925 - Death: Sarah E LAWS-32120, Southwark SRY UK



1933 - Death: Bernard 'Frederick' Treen LAWES (Cab Proprieter) -3165, Folkestone KEN UK



1937 - Death: Alfred James Charles LAWES (Post Office) -34949, Royal Berkshire Hospital                 Reading BRK UK

1939 - Death: Alice Matilda LAWS-11142, Hopewell Community, Frankin Co TX USA

1943 - Death: Neville James Alfred  LAWES (RAFVR Leading Aircraftman 1250653)-22220,               Singapore (on Suez Maru a japanese ship moving prisioners sunk by USS Submarine                 "Swordfish" prisoners in water machine guned by japanese on escort ship just one                     survivor) an unpunished warcrime.

1953 - Death: Alice Jane LAWS-39136, Terrington St.Clement NFK UK

1963 - Death: Stephen James LAWES (Reverend) -40243, Harrow MDX UK

1964 - Death: James Arthur Bloy LAWS (Schoolmaster)-13378, Trowse Newton NFK UK
          Resideed at Hellington NFK UK

1985 - Death: Carrie LAWS-19759, Bell County KY United States

1990 - Burial: Darrell B LAWS (RM3 US Navy) -16674, Williamette National Cemetery,                       Portland OR United States

1999 - Cremation: Peter James LAW(Machinist) -22123, 


2004 - Burial: Billy Reid LAWS-16876, Mebane NC United States

MISC & OTHER INFOMATION

1898 - Residence: Thomas Frederick PRIEST (Labourer) -41156, Earlsfield SRY UK

OTHER BIRTHS Etc

1745 - Christen: Jane HOLLAND-14011, Padiham LAN UK

1883 - Birth: Edith STANLEY-37089, Broughton LIN UK

1893 - Birth: Florence Louisa POWELL-12402, Dover KEN UK



1910 - Birth: Doris ELLICK-14722, Paddington MDX UK

1910 - Birth: Norah Daphne QUIGLEY-14577, Sydney NSW AUSTRALIA

1918 - Birth: Francis CLEGG-28213, Stalybridge CHS UK

OTHER  MARRIAGES

OTHER DEATHS & Burials


1895 - Death: Caroline FOUNTAINE-220, Taynuit, ARL UK


1919 - Burial: Isabella Agnes VINCENT-10471, Wanganui, Rangitikei NZ

1931 - Death: John Foster FISHER-25270, Gary, Lake IN United States

1991 - Death: Annie LEGGOTT-4304, Gedling NTT UK - Cremation: West Bromwich STS UK



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A suburban childhood of the Twenties 

Seen from the Nineteen Nineties

By John Robert Laws 1921-2008


Part 22
The school journeys abroad were more of a revelation than the camps. Package holidays had not yet been dreamed up and although the wealthy might holiday in the South of France or you could ‘Join the Army and see the world’, the general urge to travel was only just beginning. 

I recall a book called  ‘France on ten pounds’ but only a few had the inclination, the time and the ten pounds  to follow  its inviting advice. Trips by school parties must have whetted the appetite of many in the later part of the years between the wars.

We went to Paris in 1937, the year of the big Paris Exhibition. It was immediately evident that our French was not their French, understanding some of the written signs seemed to be out limit. As well as the historic buildings of the city which are compulsory viewing for all visitors we were able to visit  the exhibition, grandiosely laid out with a long vista of lakes and fountains down a slope towards the Eiffel Tower. The contents of the impressive pavilions seemed insignificant  compared to the buildings particularly the Soviet building surmounted by enormous figures of a man and a woman holding aloft a hammer and a sickle.  

What we really enjoyed however was the roller coaster ride which must have made tame all previous efforts in this direction. This and the ascent of the Eiffel Tower, which laid out a map of Paris below us were the highlights of the day of sunshine and unnoticed footslogging.
Of the conventional sights of Paris, the stained glass impressed me most and then the white mass of Scare’ Coeur on its hill looking down on the city where the ever present taxis hurtled round corners blaring on their horns. The traffic must have been light or they could not have done it.   

Our few days of cultural duty in Paris done, we had a day or two at Wimereau  on the channel coast, lazing, swimming and sitting on the beach. The beach was vast and flat with a good stiff breeze for the sand yachts which trundled along and across at a fair pace. A new sight for me then, and one which I have never seen since. 

Even now there seems to be an air of the past, over the French channel coast resorts, even those destroyed in the war and have been since rebuilt, it would have been impossible to have imagined one to be on the English side of the channel.  

In 1938 the school trip was to Italy, this was much more adventurous even apart from the political troubles which led to the war a year later.  We left Southgate tube station in the late afternoon to get the train from London, and crossed the channel over night to get to another train  to trundle across France and through the fantastic alpine scenery to Milan in Northern Italy. 

Milan was just hot. We duly admired the thousand or so little spires of the enormous cathedral but saw very little or the ornate interior because we were shooed out on account of our short sleeves, 
Florence and Verona were different, they still are, despite the ravages of the motor car, and even as teenagers I think we appreciated their beauty and agelessness despite our considerable interest in ice cream and fizzy bottled orangeade which we had discovered. You see little in a couple of days but these visits like the Italian ice cream awakened a  taste for more.

No loitering however, on to Venice which was busy being itself, more quietly than it does now. We duly traversed the Grand Canal by vaporetta, under the Rialto Bridge and on to St Marks Square and the pigeons. It was memorable and it all matched the guide books so we went on to the Lido for a swim in the Med. This was a real revelation. 

The water was warm not like the sea we knew at home. You could stay in without getting cold. This was the discovery of the journey.
More trains, wooden seats, all tracks lead to Rome, a quick glimpse really, a full week spent wandering round Rome in later life only scratched the surface.

More trains, more wooden seats down south to Napoli. This was before the motor car engulfed Italy and I have photos to prove it showing the Naples seafront with nothing more than a couple of policemen and a tricycle ice cream vender. 
We did not see the slums of Naples, but we did visit a home , hutted camp that is, for orphans who were at least fed and clothed while they learned to shout for ‘Il Duce’
.
We were treated to a glass of sweet wine and a speech in Italian pledging friendship from a uniformed gent who presumably ran the place. Back at the hotel that evening we ate at tables set in the open air under a lemon tree from which I had to pick a small souvenir.   



Continued tomorrow 
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Lord, help me dig into the past
and sift the sands of time
That I might find the roots that made
This family tree of mine

Lord, help me trace the ancient roads,
On which my father's trod
And led them through so many lands
To find our present sod.

Lord, help me find an ancient book
Or dusty manuscript,
Thats's safely hidden now away
In some forgotten crypt

Lord, let it bridge the gap that haunts
My soul, when I can't find
The missing link between some name
That ends the same as mine


===============================================


FOLLOW US on Twitter
LIKE us on Facebook


=====================================================

The content provided on this site is not guaranteed to be error free - It is always advised that you consult original records.

Member of The Guild of One-Name Studies


THE GUILD OF ONE-NAME STUDIES
www.one-name.org

registrar@lawsfamilyregister.org.uk

With grateful thanks to Simon Knott for permission to reproduce his photographs on this site see :-http://www.norfolkchurches.co.uk/
===============================================================

We support INVICTUS and Help for Heroes

"This organization recognizes the United Nations' International Decade for People of African Descent 2015-2024. We reach out to all regardless of race, color, creed, orientation or national origin with support for researching family and documenting cultural inheritance.”



Monday, November 28, 2016

Monday 28th November 2016 - Number 1068

Welcome 
to  the
Laws Family Blog

We reach out to all, regardless 

of Race, Colour, Creed, Orientation or National Origin, with support for researching family and documenting cultural inhertance

==================================================================

DearAncestor,-
Your tombstone stands amongst the rest, neglected and alone
The names and dates are chiselled out on polished marble stone
It reaches out to all who care, it is too late to mourn
You did not know that I exist, you died and I was born
Yet each of us are cells of you, in flesh, in blood, in bone.
Our blood contracts and beats a pulse entirely not our own

Dear Ancestor, 
The place you filled one hundred years ago
Spreads out amongst the ones you left who would have loved you so,
I wonder if you lived and loved, I wonder if you knew
That someday I would find this spot, and come to visit you. 


-----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------


 LAWS FAMILY REGISTER

We are happy to work on your 

LAWS FAMILY TREE

(maybe we already have)

All LAWS Enquires are still welcome

Mail us at 

registrar@lawsfamilyregister.org.uk

   EXTRACTS FROM OUR DATABASE

PLEASE NOTE
We have excluded records of living people to protect their Privacy -we are not showing births after 1920 or marriages after 1940 these are only available on request

If you are interested in anyone listed here, email us with the name, date and reference number, and we will happily do a look up, you might even get a whole tree! 

We will be happy to publish within this blog Your stories of your LAWS research and also members of the LAWS and LAWES family you are searching for like your greart grandfathers uncle Charlie or aunt Maud.

We will be happy to help with you with your LAWS/LAWES research, and in certain instances we may be willing to undertake private research on your behalf.

This blog will also appear on our Facebook page, please come visit us, 

Family Events from our database, for today 28th November


BIRTHS baptisms etc

1756 - Burial: James LAWS-6592, Felthorpe NFK UK



1816 - Birth: Thomas LAWS (Ag Lab)-32344, Chatteris CAM UK




1841 - Baptism: Charles LAWS (Roadman) -957, Bungay SFK UK



1883 - Birth: Mabel Jane LAWS-3196, Kialla VIC AUSTRALIA


1898 - Birth: Cyril Henry LAWS-35782, 


1909 - Birth: Violet Hilda LAWES-24506, Norwich NFK UK



1910 - Birth: Arthur LAWS-36119, 


1915 - Birth: Vera Ethel LAWS-3142, KENT UK

1916 - Birth: Douglas Frank LAWS-36522, Croydon SRY UK


1916 - Birth: Ellen Lily LAWS-35157, Edmonton MDX UK


1919 - Birth: Arthur LAWS (Chauffeur & Mechanic)-42653, 


1920 - Birth: Alan LAWS (Apprentice Dental Mechanic) -42508, 

MARRIAGES

1844 - Marriage: Thomas DURFEE-5299 and Adah C LAWS-5298, Killingley Windham 
          CT United States

1869 - Marriage: Charles GRIMANI (Scenic Artist)-14269 and Henrietta LAWS-14253, 
          Regent Square MDX UK
         My Great Gand Aunt and her husband

1874 - Marriage: John MORGAN (Coal Miner) -25559 and Jane LAWS-12342, 
          Tynemouth NBL UK




1878 - Marriage: George LAWS-6145 and Rosa FOY-6146, Issaquena MS USA

1908 - Marriage: Joseph THOMPSON-24560 and Elsie Louisa LAWES-24559, 
          Petersham NSW AUSTRALIA

DEATHS

1875 - Death: William LAWS(Master Mariner) 7305, South Kilvington, Thirsk NRY UK

1917 - Death: Gladys LAWS-20586, 

1918 - Death: Matthew LAWS (Mustard Miller)-22343, Fletton HUN UK


1923 - Death: Thomas Clifford LAWES-2347, Memorial Hospital, Cirencester GLS UK

1926 - Death: Alma J LAWS-33302, 

1944 - Death: Thomas Campbell LAWS (Fireman and Trimmer Merchant Marine) -22340, 
          SS "Stronsa Firth"

1970 - Death: Anderson LAWS-19751, Jefferson Co KY United States

1984 - Death: James H LAWES-36651, 

2002 - Death: Graham James LAWS (Australian Army)-12558, Wahroonga NSW AUSTRALIA



2009 - Death: Roy Bunnett LAWS-16336, Sheffield WRY UK

MISC

1921 - Residence: Henry William LAWS (Consultant Mining Engineer)-18360, 
          Shanghai CHINA

1937 - Residence: Alfred James Charles LAWES (Post Office) -34949, Post Office,
          Shorncliffe KEN UK


1944 - Residence: Annie Stott RIVERS-40873, South Shields DUR UK

OTHER BIRTHS
1914 - Birth: Ruby Georgina COBBETT-265, Hamilton ONT CANADA

1920 - Birth: Emanuel SHOOLHEIFER-41432, Hackney MDX UK

OTHER  MARRIAGES

OTHER DEATHS & Burials


1920 - Death: Eliza  WARD- (Dressmaker)13607, Bungay SFK UK


1926 - Death: Emma GOWLER (Servant) -10724, Chatteris CAM UK

1983 - Death: John DICKINSON-37215, Canberra ACT AUSTRALIA


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A suburban childhood of the Twenties 

Seen from the Nineteen Nineties

By John Robert Laws 1921-2008

Part 21
We spent all the family holidays on that little bit of east coast and going further afield did not arise until I could go off on my bike alone or with a friend. I had already been to scout camps, all on a shoestring. About the same time school journeys were started, only in the holidays of course not in term time like today.  The camps were for boys only. I doubt whether our devoted school staff thought they could cope with the tribulations of a mixed camp. The journeys to foreign parts  however were co-ed without any problems.

I recall one school camp at St.Audries Bay, near Watchet in of course wonderful summer weather. Our site was in a field between the coast road and low cliffs above the beach. 

We must have gone to Somerset by coach, an uneventful journey of which I remember nothing except that our kit was moved by horse and cart from the road down a narrow track to the field beside the farm where a line of bell tents had already been erected for us.

We had the luxury of palliases which we filled with straw from the tumbledown buildings near the farmhouse and the cooking was done by the school caretaker with a small amount of help from us on a rota basis. A few cows were kept by the farmer and we were able to see the milk he supplied to us hand milked into the pail.


Behind and above our camp on the other side of the road, rose the warm late summer colours of the Quantock hills, an almost impenetrable terrain of bracken and bilberries guaranteed to stain ones fingers and lips and scratch ones knees to ribbons. We had time to wander on our own and there were organised trips when we visited Dunster and walked to the top of Dunkery Beacon. 


The timeless stone cottages and ancient butter market of Dunster were already an attraction to visitors but as boys we were too keen on looking forward to really appreciate the glimpse back into the past that such places are able to give us later in life. Exmoor’s wide vistas and stony ground thatched with heather and berries were pure joy, the purples and crimsons of the foliage stretching out through the sunshine to a distant hazy horizon and the world at ones feet.

In our free time we wandered into the little town of Watchet  lying somnolent in the sunshine, seemingly untouched by tourism. There was a corner shop selling sweets and buns, and Cydrax to refuel the inner man for a walk into the hills.  Watchet was minding its own business  around its tiny harbour where cargoes seemed to be black coal in and white china clay out. There must have been a few holidaymakers about however because one day we went by paddle steamer along the coast to Lynmouth where  we disembarked in small boats  and had a day to explore and wade up the river to Watersmeet. This was decades before the catastrophic flood  destroyed the town which had previously stood secure for centuries. 

Nearly everyone who holidayed around Somerset visited Lynmouth but the numbers were small and it was not crowded.

Back at St Audries Bay the beach is stony with grey rocks and flat stones ideal for skimming the waves. The most interesting find was that it abounded in fossils of spiral creatures up to a foot across, ammonites I believe, which had been preserved when their nice grey slimy mud was pressed into rock a few million years back.

Another boys only school trip took us youth hostelling to the hostel at Millersdale in Derbyshire. There were about fifteen in the group with two of three school stall including ‘Sammy’ Stewart one of the most popular masters. He taught geography and seemed to be a member of nearly all the journeys. We walked the hills and dales and went by train to Edale where the station name board said ‘HOPE for Castleton’ though we never saw Castleton as we walked away from Hope over the hills.


A visit to the Blue John Mine where blue fluorspar is mined showed us something new in this glowing rock and in an underground trip by boat through a low tunnel which led us to a cave where there is a hefty waterfall from above which went down below us into the depths of that the guide told us was a bottomless pit. At least it never filled up with water.


  



Continued tomorrow
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Lord, help me dig into the past
and sift the sands of time
That I might find the roots that made
This family tree of mine

Lord, help me trace the ancient roads,
On which my father's trod
And led them through so many lands
To find our present sod.

Lord, help me find an ancient book
Or dusty manuscript,
Thats's safely hidden now away
In some forgotten crypt

Lord, let it bridge the gap that haunts
My soul, when I can't find
The missing link between some name
That ends the same as mine


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