mercurydancer

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  1. Congestion Charge on the Way ?

    Nottingham is a sizeable city and could cope with the loss of trade by inhibiting motorists. Despite the howls from some of this site's members about the tram, Nottingham does have a decent public transport system which you can actually work out! I look at places like Darlington and Stockton on Tees, where the car parking charges are completely stupid. One street has parking for 2 hours at a pound. The next street has it for 20 minutes for a pound! The town centres therefore start to die.
  2. Storm coming

    The storm is heading north! Its not swinging round to cross NE England, the borders. It was originally tracked to go right over Edinburgh. Here in Teesside, its very quiet indeed. Almost no wind at all. The sky earlier was something out of an apocalyptic movie but is just light cloud now.
  3. The Jacksons of Bulwell

    Even by Nottstalgia standards that is quick
  4. Bobbers Mill Road area

    Newbasfordlad, Yes Queant Road. I know that general area well, but have not visited that cemetery.
  5. Bobbers Mill Road area

    He was 22. Son of Samuel and Elizabeth Ward, 24 Suez Street. He lies at Queant Street, a small cemetery I do not know, but it is right in the middle of the Somme area. By the location of the cemetery it looks like his final resting place was moved from where he was originally interred. 3rd Division went through that area like a dose of salts on 2 September 2018 and was one of he elements which finished the war.
  6. Woodhouse

    I'm just being curious but puzzled too, and cannot find anything like a decent meaning on this woodhouse thing on this site or on the steam search engines. There are lots of Woodhouses in Nottinghamshire, but not a lot elsewhere to my knowledge. I dont think I need to give a list, but Annesley is the closest to where my parents lived. I never knew that there was a Wollaton Woodhouse * Why are these places called Woodhouse? Could the word Wood have more meaning? Wodehouses where everyone was painted blue? If anyone knows, you lot do. * I love explaining to American tourists that it is WOOLaton not WALaton.
  7. Bobbers Mill Road area

    letsvagoo Thank you for a very informative post. I cannot make the talk you mentioned, and I will be in London for the Remembrance weekend. Your history is very personal, and therefore intense and fascinating. All the good that you have the letters. I admire that you have done some positive work with a performance and talks. Well done indeed. I have letters from my uncle, who died at the hands of the Japanese. I suspect that at some point you and me are going to have a good chat about these things.
  8. Bobbers Mill Road area

    Letsavagoo Could you provide the name of your relative? My reason for asking is as I have explained previously. I want to trace Hyson Green soldiers.
  9. Hello from New Jersey

    Welcome me duck
  10. 25 years old. Not a time to die. His burial site is different to where he was originally interred. It was a war grave issue, and I am sure he was treated with the utmost respect into his final resting place. I do not know that cemetery but I know that area in some considerable depth. The cemetery and his date of death are intriguing. December 1915 on that line of the Somme was quiet, and had been since the trenches were dug. That he was buried in a church yard indicates that he died before the mass casualty facilities were developed. It is highly likely that on that time there would have been a medical unit close to the church. There are no other casualties for that area on that day. He did not die in a trench attack, because that would have been obvious in the records. Possibly sniper fire but that is speculation at best.
  11. Were you at Berridge?

    The "new" Berridge was where my mother, sadly now gone, was head cook for many years. I will try and dig out some more when I am next in Nottingham. Steve Tunnicliffe is nearing 60, (I am too, at 56) Last saw him and his delightful wife* at my Mum's funeral. Steve is shorter than me but I could consider him to be stocky. It would fit. That said I am built like a racing snake. I cannot remember a Gordon Tunnicliffe. Certainly not my branch of the family. My grandfather was originally from Burton on Trent, and before his death, my Dad talked very much about the family there. He was very interested in his family history and kept many valuable documents. I have yet to get to the bottom of his quest. The bottom playground at Berridge! Yes there were the remnants of air raid shelters when I was there. Mr Baugh to my recollection, was a lovely man who stunk of cigar smoke. I cannot ever recall him doing anything pervy at all. Now if you mention Mr Eric Anderson, and pervy, then certainly yes. Oh yes. A pity because he was a very good teacher. Tried to touch me in the beer garden of the Wheatsheaf pub one time. I ran to my uncle Tom (ex marine) who was nearest. I understand it was sorted out. Me and my dad were ushered out of the pub so we did not see anything. *She has helped me in some times of trouble and I owe her a lot.
  12. Bobbers Mill Road area

    Cliff Ton The Wheatsheaf pub would be about 10 yards from the lamp post in the middle centre of the photo. The mill itself remained at least until I was a child at Berridge. I can recall the lovely house next to it, some sort of mill owners house possibly? Was there ever a station there? There is a station house which I recall very well, but a station? no.
  13. Jill How old was he? I cannot find that out. His army number is a bit odd. It is short of the usual by one digit. Maybe a regimental thing, but it is unusual, but not a typo. There were many other soldiers of the time who had 5 figure numbers.
  14. I have for many decades visited military cemeteries and I have evolved a notion that with each grave, there is a person, who, when we are talking Nottingham soldiers, walked the same streets as we do, knew families which still exist today. It is no longer fanciful to find faces on old photos of those who lie, in some cases, very far away. I want to find out more of these soldiers (I am not that well acquainted with the Navy) but its important to me
  15. Jill, I'll look him up on CWWGC. I am very interested in Nottingham and more specifically Hyson Green soldiers.