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World War One /
« on: Tuesday 08 January 08 00:29 GMT (UK)  »
I can't see this posted here, but if it is already apologies.



I found a delightful book just before Christmas.

A Thousand Names and Faces: People of Cefn Cribwr, Kenfig Hill and Pyle, by Neville Granville. (1996)

It's in A4 format and has an amazing array of photographs and pen pictures of people in this area for the last 6 decades. I have no interest in the area, but I just love old photographs, and the fact that it was signed by the author makes it a bargain at 50p :)

It is remarkably well indexed and so look ups would be relatively easy, feel free to ask.


Moderator comment: this offer is no longer current.  Sadly Tony has passed away.  (added 21st April 2011)

Lancashire / Lieut. Joe Mallalieu of Mossley
« on: Monday 31 December 07 19:22 GMT (UK)  »
This man deserves his own space,

Madpants, I hope he is yours, if not we will have to adopt him, as I can't put him back now.



Death from bomb wounds in France


As briefly announced in the "Reporter" last week, Second Lieutenant Joe Mallalieu, West Riding Regiment, of Apsley Side, Mossley, who had been in hospital in France for many months suffering from severe wounds, passed away on the 6th inst.

Further news from Mrs Mallalieu states that her husband passed away at No 9 Red Cross Hospital, France, twenty minutes after she arrived there. Lieutenant Mallalieu had been six months in hospital suffering from compound fracture of the right femur, multiple wounds in in right leg, and compound fractures of right arm, besides numerous smaller wounds. The wounds were caused by a German bomb (commonly known as a pineapple), Lieutenant Mallalieu and his sergeant receiving the full force of it. At the time doctor's gave him twenty minutes to live, and although terribly injured and suffering great agony he insisted on the doctors attending his sergeant first. (This information was given by his servant, who was present) The cause of death was septic poisoning following on his eigth operation.

The funeral took place at Calais last Saturday, with miltary honours, the chief mourners being Mrs Mallalieu, the hospital surgeons, matron and sister, and Lady Mary Leverson-Gower. Many beautiful wreaths were sent, including one from the Duchess of Sutherland, who was unable to be present through indisposition.

Lieutenant Mallalieu was of a bright and jovial disposition, and liked by everyone with whom he came into contact. In hospital he always had a cheery word for his fellow patients, making light of his wounds and brightening up the ward, although unable to move in bed.

A tragic telegram of three words conveyed the news to family and friends, that Joe Mallalieu, surely the most  lovable of fellows, had made the supreme sacrifice.

With what eagerness he rushed off to London to join the Artists before their ranks were closed. how affectionately he always spoke of his fellow Cadets and their doings. Joe could rough it with the best, and there is little wonder that out at the front he was idolised by his men. Their troubles were his also, and any man who proved a clean, smart soldier would have a staunch friend in Joe, as they affectionately called him. That he did his duty out there is proved by the card we received from Major General Grant, reading, 'Your Commanding Officer and Brigade Commander have informed me that you distinguished yourself in the field on the 13-14th March 1917. I have read their reports with much pleasure.'

As an all round athlete he probably ranked as the best amateur in the district, and his prowess on the football field and golf course will be remembered for years to come. A clean player himself and scrupulously fair, Joe detested anyone who did not "play the game," and he did not scruple to tell them that at times. Of simple tastes, and essentially a "home bird," his leisure time was happily spent amongst his family and friends in Mossley, Stalybridge, and Deganwy, North Wales. A born humourist, and one who could see fun in everything, he even got fun out of "rent collecting," and a more popular rent collector I'm sure there never was. There would be many sad faces amongst the workpeople and tenants of Carr Hill Mills when the sad news went round.

It is given to few mortals to be univerally popular, but I think Joe Mallalieu achieved even that. An affectionate son and brother and an ideal husband, his married life was of complete happiness. We had all hoped to welcome to Blighty in due course. Alas! it was not to be, and we are left to mourn the loss of one who was a real sportsman, a staunch friend, and a gentleman in every true sense of the word.

Free Photo Restoration & Date Old Photographs / Freshen up some Friars please
« on: Saturday 08 December 07 10:36 GMT (UK)  »
Can this picture be made clearer with some more contrast.
Thanks in anticipation


Lanarkshire / St Francis Friary, Cumberland St Glasgow
« on: Monday 29 October 07 18:00 GMT (UK)  »
I am interested to know about Franciscan priests at the St Francis Friary, Cumberland St, Glasgow. I know who was there in 1881 but would appreciate any help with 1871, 1891 and 1901.

If it helps the Guardians at those dates, and hence the head of the household, would be as follows

1871 - Emmanuel Kenners
1891 - Francis Verhagen
1901 - Cuthbert Wood

Any information would be gratefully appreciated i f somebody has access to census info.

Many thanks

The Common Room / How will you know if I'm gone?
« on: Sunday 14 October 07 18:39 BST (UK)  »
Terribly morbid I know but important :) :) :)

So I will use lots of smileys
 :) :) :) :) :) :) :) :) :) :) :) :)
I don't plan going anywhere at the moment :) :) :)
But when I get the call, how will my beautiful friends on Rootschatters know :) :) :)
Suddenly we are gone, and RC's wonder where to, unanswered topics, no replies to PM's.  :) :) :)

I am going to give my passwords to my daughter to request she posts my 'destination' to this site  :) :) :)

But rest assured I'm not going anywhere at the moment :) :) :)

Just a thought :) :) :)

Now get on with your beautiful life :) :) :)

Lots of hugs and kisses

It's just that being immersed in WW1 today made me wonder :) :) :)

Free Photo Restoration & Date Old Photographs / WWI memorial - thoughts
« on: Sunday 14 October 07 10:43 BST (UK)  »
Arranroots suggested posting this link here as you may be able to help with date from clothing and also possibly the medals.

Any thoughts much appreciated.


World War One / WW1 memorial - thoughts please
« on: Saturday 13 October 07 09:30 BST (UK)  »
I've recently been given this postcard which was in the possession of a family from West Gorton connected with the Monastery. The location is the corner of Park St and Hyde Rd but no indication of date.

Were these street corner memorials common? Is this a works type photo as there does seem to be some uniformity about the clothes and are some of the men wearing ribbons at the neck?

Any opinions or thoughts would be greatly appreciated.


World War One / Daily Mail DVD - The Great War - Free
« on: Friday 12 October 07 22:35 BST (UK)  »
Hi UK residents,
I just caught a glimpse of an advert on telly tonight so checked the Daily Mail website. Tomorrow they are giving away free DVD's of the Great War with some ongoing promotion during the week. From the glimpse I saw the footage appears remarkable.

Hope this is of interest, albeit short notice.

Best wishes

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