Saturday, May 8, 2021
Friday, May 7, 2021
I bought this framed certificate at our local charity saleroom recently for just a couple of pounds. It was presented to Frederick C Bowley on his retirement after 40 years five months service.
|London Transport Certificate Of Service Frederick C Bowley 1958|
What a different time it was working for a company like London Transport in those days. The London Passenger Transport Board was formed in 1933 and unified services in the London area for the first time. The London Passenger Transport Act 1933 removed responsibility for 167.17 miles (269.03 km) of tram route from the London County Council, three county boroughs and a number of other local authorities in the Greater London area. It brought the UERL lines under the same control, and took over supervision of buses from the Metropolitan Police. The period also saw massive expansion of the tube network and was directly responsible for the expansion of the suburbs.
|London Transport Bus 200 To Wimbledon Station CLE 149 1930s|
By 1948 The London Transport Executive had become the transport authority. This period saw the start of direct recruitment from the Caribbean and the repair and replacement of stock and stations damaged during the war as well as completion of delayed projects such as the Central line eastern extension. The AEC Routemaster bus was introduced in 1956. Trams were withdrawn in 1952 and trolleybuses in 1962.
|London Transport MXX 7 80A Sutton Garage 1950s|
Frederick must have witnessed all these changes in his career. I'm sure he enjoyed the stability of a long career after already suffering so much in his life. Frederick Charles Jesse Bowley was born on 21 June 1893 in Lambeth, Surrey, his father, Frederick, was 20 and his mother, Emily, was 19. He had one brother and five sisters. During World War One Fred went to France on the 15th March 1915 with the 24th London Regiment. He was wounded on the 29th October 1915 with a gun shot wound to his abdomen and was subsequently discharged from the army because of his wounds. A few years after this Frederick must have recovered enough to commence working at London Transport and he married Gladys Dyer in April 1923 in Willesden, Middlesex. In 1939 his occupation is listed as an Electric Motor Mechanic. The couple didn't appear to have any children and Fred died in June 1975. All those years of loyal service and the certificate sells for just £2. I really hope one day it can be reunited with family.
Thursday, May 6, 2021
There are some photos I have that are named but I can find no record at all of the person. Even though I belong to several genealogy sites I can find no one by that name. Other people I can find their entire life in less than an hour and yet some people seem to have completely fallen off the radar. Two of these photos I have are lovely portraits of children. The sort of portrait that has been proudly given to Granny and Grandad or Auntie and Uncle. I really hope by posting them on here they may end up back with family.
The first is this beautiful colour tinted photo from around the 1950s of a little boy or girl named Ashley Vaughan Shepherd.
|Ashley Vaughan Shepherd 1950s|
The other photo is of a little boy called Mark Charles De Paul taken around the 1960s. It's such an unusual name. There must be family out there somewhere. I really hope so.
|Mark Charles De Paul 1960s|
Wednesday, May 5, 2021
A very interesting photo I have in my collection is one which has been posted as a postcard and has a message on the back. It is of a couple with a little girl outside their house. I love it much more than any studio shot as somehow their personalities are in the photo. When whoever took this photo asked them to pose, the mother and daughter chose to proudly stand with their bikes. Both of them wearing their outside clothes before setting off on a ride. I'm amazed at how they chose to dress for a bike ride in those days. What would they make of all the lycra and helmets worn by cyclists today I wonder.
The postcard was sent in 1903 to an address in Cardiff and the message was signed Lewis and Blanche Crump. I managed to find them quite easily with such unusual names. Lewis Crump was born on the 2nd Oct 1862 in Dudley, Worcestershire. In 1892 he married Blanche Sidney Oram in Birmingham and they had one daughter Elsie Kate born 1893. On the 1911 census the family lived at "Pendennis" 65 Oval Rd, Gravelly Hill Warwickshire. If you look closely on the photo you can see the name "Pendennis" on the wall above the front door. It was also recorded that Lewis and Blanche had one daughter Elsie and no children had died.
|Lewis Blanche And Elise Crump Outside |
"Pendennis"65 Oval Rd, Gravelly Hill, Warwickshire
Tuesday, May 4, 2021
Madeline Elfrida Wrightson was born in 1884 in Thanet, Kent, to Emily Wrightson (Nee Lee) age 26, and Walter Charles Wrightson, age 27. Walter Wrightson was a shipping agent and barge owner, the family lived in South Eastern Road Ramsgate, a comfortable middle class area with large Victorian villas. Madeline was the eldest child and she had two younger brothers William and Walter. The family had two live in servants. This photo was taken on the 3rd September 1884 when Madeline was 4 months and 10 days old by George Goodman in Margate Kent.
|Madeline Elfrida Wrightson|
|Rear Of Photo Madeline Elfrida Wrightson|
If there is one thing I have realised researching old photos it is that life was so terribly fragile for families at the time. It was unusual for all the children in a Victorian family to reach adulthood and for some large families they lost several children. Tragedy struck early for the Wrightson family as Walter the father died in 1891 at only 34 years old when his youngest son was only 3. Sadly poor Madeline died in January 1902 a few months before her 18th birthday. William and Walter her brothers lived, married and survived wars. The luck of the draw is strange sometimes.