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London & Middlesex Resources / Re: Old Palace School Bombing WW2
« on: Saturday 09 October 21 14:26 BST (UK)  »
I have been slowly adding biographies of the 34 firefighters who died and slowly adding their stories and pictures. The last biography just published was
without a doubt, the toughest and most emotional story so far, that I have written about the 34 firefighters who lost their lives. I urge you to read this and not have a tear in your eye.


The Common Room / Re: What Makes You Feel Connected?
« on: Monday 04 October 21 17:36 BST (UK)  »
I feel a weird kinship of sorts with my biological dad, but I’ve literally only read a description of him in my adoption records. We have/had similar taste in music, hobbies and I grew up to find men who dressed like him attractive… though I have no memory of him as a person.

Some things you just can explain it's something bigger than we can work out. Call it sixth sense if you like.

London & Middlesex Resources / Re: Old Palace School Bombing WW2
« on: Sunday 03 October 21 05:50 BST (UK)  »
Another Firefighter killed in the line of duty and another family so tragically affected by this awful night 


The Common Room / Re: What Makes You Feel Connected?
« on: Saturday 02 October 21 21:49 BST (UK)  »
Thanks for sharing that Chrissie and a beautiful picture, she must hold a special place in your heart.

The Common Room / Re: What Makes You Feel Connected?
« on: Saturday 02 October 21 12:00 BST (UK)  »
It makes absolute sense Cas, we make connections without realising sometimes, the bond between family members cannot always be explained, it goes far deeper than being just family.

Good question.

For me it was the loving relationship I had with my nan. Great story teller of her kin and her mother who bore 19 children (not all survived). Her mother married at 16.  My nan had passed before I became interested in FH but her stories became my goal when I did.  When I found them all through census, BMD, over time, I looked skyward and said you where right nan! I found them all. 

This is what started me, also my dad who wanted too but never did. So I did it for him also.

There are some that have your heart and you connect to, even though you cannot explain why, other than that they are family. Strange, but you kinda know in your DNA, if that makes sense.


The Common Room / Re: What Makes You Feel Connected?
« on: Saturday 02 October 21 11:58 BST (UK)  »
My answer goes back to my childhood.  I was about 5 or 6 years old walking to school trying to work out a problem that had arisen.   I always knew what my parents thought and what they expected of me and because I knew what they thought I knew what I expected of them.   My little brother was a year and a half younger than me and I always knew what we were discussing even though adults would think it was baby babble.

That particular morning I was trying to fathom out why one of my parents had been annoyed with me when I always thought we were "in tune" with each other.    At that age I worked out that I had always believed all our family's minds were akin to the spider's gossamer web of various strands interconnected with each other, along which all thoughts and messages were carried.  After struggling to make sense of why I had digressed from family rules, I was terrified that it had become obvious we were not invisibly connected and I was an individual standing all alone in the world and I tried to be a "big girl" and not cry.

Sometimes growing up comes far too quickly

The Common Room / What Makes You Feel Connected?
« on: Friday 01 October 21 13:36 BST (UK)  »
This question has been nagging at me for a while now, 'what makes us feel connected'? The answer will be different for all of us, is it a sense of finding out who you are by connecting with your ancestors? Is it about joining a wider community and sharing experiences and stories, what makes us strive for these connections, do we want to be part of something bigger?

Love to hear your thoughts.


London & Middlesex Resources / Re: Old Palace School Bombing WW2
« on: Friday 17 September 21 10:41 BST (UK)  »
Another biography completed and another firefighter killed in the line of duty

The Common Room / Re: Family Heirlooms
« on: Friday 10 September 21 17:38 BST (UK)  »
I loved to “ root” ,that is look at things in cupboards etc .
My parents married in 1933 ,Dad must have taken  a few photographs with him from his father’s home.
Most precious is the only one in existence of his mother ,a family group of her parents , her four brothers ,younger sister and my grandmother.
It would be taken after  the  1891 census .
She left her native Shropshire to work as a servant in Manchester ,met grandad ,married in 1896,,had three children and died in 1916 just as my father was conscripted into the Army.
She was fifty.
There were a few other snaps and some nice portraits of my mother and father..Many of my older sister and two of me!
Very few belongings, that grandma’s wedding ring which had been base metal  with a thin gold layer.One brooch ,a tiny black box .
He ring was taken from my sister’s when her house was burgled.
That is all of her.
I do not know if she had a Shropshire accent,most probably she did.

Nothing of my other grandma but a few photographs ,and some false teeth that may have been hers—— ?
The lavender mourning ribbon.

But the wonderful stories my mother told of that grandma and their family life.
They are so rich and funny ,a bright  witty family .

My mother’s stories are like a book of social history , her mother a typical
Mother, capital letter on purpose.
All for her children and she and grandad devoted to each other.
She it was who when a neighbour commented on grandma being pregnant yet again - said “ All my children are born out of love  and every one is welcome”.She had twelve in 25 years.

I have recounted some , they are written down but I fear will die with me.
Little known of my Dad’s mother.
I have very little of my mother’s few possessions .
Two Cristal necklaces ,one clear and one clear with some jet beads too.
A handbag she had at my wedding ,in it her gloves and a little sachet made by her ,of scented cashews ,a hankie.
A perfume bottle and a tiny pot which had perfumed cream in it .
A little dressing table vase and a cut glass vase.
A tiny cut glass pot with silver lid.
Her icing sugar caster.
 Her mince pie tins ,bought at Woolworths in 1933 for 6d each.
Hankies ,all ironed by her .
She died in 1957 aged 61.
My children did not know her,my first son was just over four months when she died.
Again very few photographs.
So much lost in the blitz , there are some photographs ,but a gap of four and a half years when I was an evacuee ,from three and a half to eight.
They will all get chucked out ,my children are not sentimental really .
Second  son  will want Dad’s WW1 things.
Ah, well, all is transient , and we must make way for the new.
But- stop the world I want to get off !

Viktoria you are blessed to have such wonderful family treasures and to know the history and stories that go with these wonderful heirlooms, very precious indeed.

is there any chance of grandchildren being interested, especially if you capture their imagines at a young age and can tell stories about the objects, maybe you can get them off the games consoles and pique their interest???

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