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The Lighter Side / Re: Position of Grave in Graveyard.
« on: Thursday 11 April 19 09:24 BST (UK)  »
The mention of treble or double plots makes me think of the WW1 war graves in northern France. Sometimes you see a variation on the standard single grave spacing system: 2 or 3 graves much closer together.
When asked by some of my pupils on a school trip to a war cemetery why this closer arrangement happened, there was stunned silence when I suggested that it was probably because, whilst it had been possible to somehow identify which men had been killed, their remains were so intermingled that a treble plot was necessary.

The Lighter Side / Re: Position of Grave in Graveyard.
« on: Wednesday 10 April 19 22:14 BST (UK)  »
An expert on country churches once told me that if, in the past, the main original church building was ever extended it was always to the north side ie the left as you look towards the alter. So the building is a bit unsymetrical.
They usually could not extend to the south side because there were many graves there: folk wanted to buried in the warmth of the sun!
It's surprising how often you see this one-sided extension feature.

World War Two / Re: WW2 questions
« on: Tuesday 26 March 19 12:45 GMT (UK)  »
Thanks. It looks as if the age was 18. My old dad always emphasised ghat he volunteered the day he was old enough. Apparently, if you volunteered you could say which service you wanted to join. He went into the RAF, did the training but was the moved to the army because fewer airmen were needed by then.
Viktoria,  I entirely agree about the pre-war education system depriving a lot of intelligent children from less than wealthy families of a chance to go to grammar school. I feel that it was the testing and assessments done during the war that revealed this vast untapped national resource of brains. After 1944, it became much less costly to send a child to grammar school and there was a huge change in the backgrounds from which pupils came as a consequence.
I'd assume that some kind of screening or selection process appertained as regards access to nursing training. Or maybe the girls were all put to work in hospitals and given training on the initial  basis of their performances.

The Common Room / Re: Where to share a photo of a school class with names?
« on: Tuesday 26 March 19 09:41 GMT (UK)  »
Thinking that this photo might be one of the few taken of some of the children. Folk were not wealthy enough to have lots taken in those days. Often parents did not buy copies of school photos, even if they were on offer.
I'm sure that the people pictured and their descendents would be pleased to see the photo.
Maybe get it published locally in Devon first and take it from there?
I have only one school groupphoto from about 1959/60 and that is a photo copy from a friend who I stayed in touch with.
Similarly, I would love to see pics of my parents at school. ( Hade Edge and Nabb Holmfirth - 1930's)

World War Two / WW2 questions
« on: Monday 25 March 19 22:09 GMT (UK)  »
2 questions about WW2:
   - at what age could young men volunteer for the armed services, as opposed to waiting to be called up? 17 or 18?
   - what was the selection process for women who volunteered to be trained as nurses? 2 of OH's aunts were working in factories, no education after age 14, at the start of the war. Clearly intelligent, they qualified as nurses and then midwives and had excellent careers. The war offered them a great opportunity. Am interested to know how volunteers wth no educational qualifiications were screened for suitability for training.

The Common Room / Re: Where to share a photo of a school class with names?
« on: Monday 25 March 19 14:21 GMT (UK)  »
Had a bit of a look on Ancestry with the names JasonBurnett, Rosemary Aplin, Jacqueline Handford .
Seems to be pointing towards Devon/Cornwall with births 1940/41.
A primary school class photo might well have had children of a range of ages, though the ones in this photo look more or less the same age.

The Common Room / Re: Where to share a photo of a school class with names?
« on: Monday 25 March 19 07:54 GMT (UK)  »
Jason would seem to be odd for that period in England. Always think of it as being a more modern name.( though its origins are in Greek history/mythology)
But it might have been "imported" locally during WW2 by American servicemen.
During my childhood, I recall 2 kids with American GI connections, born mid-1940's. A boy called Gene and a girl called Randy. Very unusual for Yorkshire!

The Common Room / Re: Where to share a photo of a school class with names?
« on: Sunday 24 March 19 22:31 GMT (UK)  »
Also, some of the surnames might indicate the area: Aplin, Harnes, Handford, Pearse. All could be quite typical of one locality.

The Common Room / Re: Where to share a photo of a school class with names?
« on: Sunday 24 March 19 22:26 GMT (UK)  »
Late 1940's, early 1950's going by the clothes and the children's first names. ( names do have pjases when they are more popular and these seem very like kids when I went to school.
Though I agree that the teacher's clothes seem of earlier vintage, perhaps due to post-war shortages.

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