Month: January 2020

Wedding Wednesday – Ethel Constance Godwin and Philip Slack

Philip Slack is my wife’s 3rd cousin 1x removed. His parents are Arthur Earles Slack and Annie Dale. The link between my wife and Philip is from James Espley and Martha Silvester – my wife’s 3x great grandparents.

Philip was born on 24 March 1914 in Stockport, Cheshire.

On Monday 12 June 1939 Philip married Ethel Constance Godwin at St. Mark’s Church, Saltney, Chester. The Chester Chronicle carried a report of the wedding on 17 June 1939 (image from http://www.britishnewspaperarchive.co.uk).

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CHESTER EXCISE OFFICER’S WEDDING

MR P SLACK AND MISS E C GODWIN

A large number of relatives and friends attended the wedding at St. Mark’s Church, Saltney, on Monday, of Miss Ethel Constance Godwin, youngest daughter of the late Mr W N Godwin and of Mrs Godwin, 31, Brook Lane, Chester, and Mr Philip Slack, only son of Mr and Mrs Slack, 48, Glan Aber Park, Hough Green. The bridegroom’s father is well known as the manager of the Chester Labour Exchange.
The ceremony was performed by the Vicar (the Rev. J Phillips), and Mrs C Hassall was at the organ and played for the hymn “O Father, all creating.” The bride, who was given away by her brother, Mr W N Godwin, wore a full length light blue net dress over a taffeta foundation, with veil, her coronet of natural roses matching the sheaf of roses she carried. Her gold wristlet watch was the gift of the bridegroom.
The bridesmaids – Miss Ruby Pym and Miss Marjory Slack (sister of the bridegroom) – wore dresses of cyclamen ninon net over pink crepe-de-chine. They also wore floral headdresses and carried bouquets of delphiniums. Mr Allan Slack was best man.
A reception was held at the Plane Tree Cafe, where the bride’s mother, wearing a navy blue two piece and hat to match, received a large number of guests. She was attended by the bridegroom’s mother, who chose a black silk two piece and hat to tone.
Among the guests were Mrs M C Godwin, Mr and Mrs A Godwin and Master Edward Godwin, Mr and Mrs J Greenhalgh (Wolverhampton), Mr and Mrs W M Godwin (Crewe), Mr and Mrs R W Pickmere (Nigeria), Miss Bertha Godwin, Mrs R J Fletcher (Barrow), Miss Nance Denson, Mr and Mrs J Johnson and Miss Winnie Johnson, Miss M Smith (Tarvin), Mrs Light, Mrs C Robinson, Mr and Mrs Snape (Leeds), Mr and Mrs Slack, Mr J W Slack (bridegroom’s grandfather, who had just returned from a world tour), Mr and Mrs Dale (Prestbury), Mr and Mrs A Slack (London), Miss Dale (Warwick), Mr and Mrs W Slack (Reading), Mr and Mrs Carlisle (Macclesfield), and Mr and Mrs B Goulden (Macclesfield).
Mr and Mrs Philip Slack left for Grange-over-Sands, and on their return they will live at King’s Crescent East, Stocks Lane. The bride wore a powder blue costume for the journey.
The colleagues of Mr Slack at the Customs and Excise Office, Chester, gave him a sliver salver as a wedding present. Messrs Walter Conway, Chester, gave the bride a cheque on leaving for her wedding, and her office colleagues gave her an electric iron.

Now you would hope that this was a very happy time for Philip and Ethel. However the Chester Chronicle of 1 July 1939 – just over two weeks after the marriage reported that Philip was seriously ill.

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MR PHILIP SLACK

Mr Philip Slack, who has been lying seriously ill at his home in King’s Crescent, Chester, was today (Friday) stated to have passed a good night. Mr Slack is the son of Mr A E Slack, head of the Chester Labour Exchange.

I am happy to report that Philip presumably made a good recovery and lived until 1984. Ethel Constance died on 21 December 1991.

The couple had one son and one daughter.

Wedding Wednesday – Marjorie Fletcher and James Henry Edmondson

Marjorie Fletcher is my 2nd cousin 1x removed. Her parents are Walter Fletcher and Jane Musgrove. Our common ancestors are Harrison Musgrove and Jane Rooking – my 2x great grandparents.

Marjorie was born in Clitheroe, Lancashire – her birth is registered in the June quarter of 1920.

On 29 May 1944 Marjorie married James Henry Edmondson at Low Moor Church, Clitheroe. A report of the ceremony was published in the Clitheroe Advertiser and Times on 2 June 1944 (image taken from http://www.britishnewspaperarchive.co.uk).

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EDMONDSON – FLETCHER

Low Moor Church was decorated with flowers gathered by scholars of Ribblesdale Senior School for the marriage, on Monday, of Miss Marjorie Fletcher, youngest daughter of Mr and Mrs W Fletcher, Chester Avenue, Clitheroe, and Mr James Henry Edmondson, eldest son of Mr and Mrs H Edmondson, Bolton-by-Bowland. The bride has been a member of the Ribblesdale School staff for several years, and the bridegroom was also a teacher at that School until a few months ago, when he received an appointment as headmaster at Barnoldswick.
Given away by her father, the bride was gowned in ivory satin and her tulle veil was surmounted by a wreath of orange blossom. She had a bouquet of pink roses. The matron of honour was Mrs J H Turner, sister of the bride, whose dress was of turquoise ninon, with headdress of flowers. Her bouquet was composed of roses. Mr Jack Wolfenden was best man, and the ushers were Mrs P Mitchell and Miss I Dugdale, cousins of the bride.
The ceremony was performed by the Vicar (Rev. I Pugh) and the organist was Mr Alan Crossley, cousin of the bride, who discoursed bridal music and played for the hymns, “The Voice that breathed o’er Eden” and “O Perfect Love.”
After the ceremony, a reception was held at the Pendle Hotel, Chatburn, and the honeymoon is being spent at Blackpool.
The bridegroom’s gift to the bride consisted of pearls, and he gave a silver bracelet to the bridesmaid, receiving gold cuff-links from the bride. Among the gifts was a cheque from members of the Royal Observer Corps, of which the bridegroom is a member; a cheque from Ribblesdale Senior School, scholars of which also sent presents and gave the bride a silver horse-shoe and a half sovereign as she left the Church.

Black Sheep Sunday – Joseph Lockington

Joseph Lockington is my wife’s great grand uncle – in other words a brother of her great grandmother, Susanna. His parents are John Lockington and Susannah Sowden – my wife’s 2x great grandparents.

Joseph was born in Tetney, Lincolnshire – his birth is registered in the June quarter of 1851.

By the time of the1881 census Joseph had moved to Middlesbrough in Yorkshire and was working as a labourer in the iron works. He married Ellen Elizabeth Johnson sometime in the June quarter of 1880 in Middlesbrough.

Unfortunately Joseph found himself in the local paper – the Daily Gazette for Middlesbrough on 21 November 1883 (image from http://www.britishnewspaperarchive.co.uk).

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CHARGE OF INDECENT ASSAULT AT MIDDLESBROUGH – Joseph Lockington, an iron worker, employed at Messrs Fox, Head, and Co.’s works, was brought up on remand before the Middlesbrough Magistrates this (Wednesday) morning on a charge of committing an indecent assault upon Mrs Martha Usher, the wife of a workman who is also employed at the same place as the accused. The statement of the complainant was that the accused went into her house in Disraeli Street and, in the absence of her husband, seized her round the waist, kissed her, and committed an indecent assault. When the case originally came before the Court Mr Teale, solicitor for the defence, asked for an adjournment till today (Wednesday), in order to call evidence to contradict the statement of the complainant. Several witnesses were now called; and, after hearing their version of the circumstances connected with the affair, the Stipendiary Magistrate (Mr C . J. Coleman) said the evidence was of such a conflicting character that he did not feel justified in convicting the accused. Case accordingly dismissed.

You would be forgiven for thinking there must have been “several witnesses” in the house at the time of the alleged assault – me too. The newspaper story is a bit flimsy when it comes to witness evidence – in fact there isn’t any detail at all to help the reader form an opinion.

As far as I can tell Joseph didn’t make the papers again.

Wedding Wednesday – Edna Fletcher and James Horace Turner

Edna Fletcher is my 2nd cousin 1x removed. Her parents are Walter Fletcher and Jane Musgrove. Our common ancestors are Harrison Musgrove and Jane Rooking – my 2x great grandparents.

Edna was born on 19 June 1914 in Clitheroe, Lancashire.

Edna’a first occupation after leaving high school was as a school teacher. She left home in Clitheroe and moved to Halifax, West Yorkshire. However the lure of home must have been strong because she applied for and was successful in getting a job at Gisburn School in Lancashire. The following brief report is from the Clitheroe Advertiser and Times of 6 November 1936.

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Appointment Confirmed

Mr Douglas reported that the sub-committee appointed to deal with the vacancy on the Gisburn Council School staff interviewed the candidates, finally recommending the appointment of Miss Edna Fletcher, of Clitheroe, aged 22, who was transferring from Halifax. The meeting formally concurred.

In the 1939 Register, taken at the outbreak of WW2, Edna was living at home with her parents at Chester Avenue, Clitheroe. Her occupation is given as “Teacher elementary school”.

Just short of three years later Edna married James Horace Turner in July 1942. The Clitheroe Advertiser and Times of 24 July 1942 carried an announcement of the wedding.

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The wedding took place in Shropshire, on Tuesday week, of Pte. H Turner, youngest son of Mr and Mrs Frank Turner, 66 Pimlico Road, and Miss Edna Fletcher, second daughter of Mr and Mrs Walter Fletcher, Chester Avenue, Clitheroe. Pte. Turner, now serving with the Pioneer Corps, was formerly employed at the Albion Bobbin Works. His bride is a school teacher at Gisburn.

The Clitheroe Advertiser and Times then had another report on 9 October 1942.

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GISBURN SCHOOL PRESENTATION – On Monday last, Miss Dorothy Bleazard, head girl, presented an electric fire to Mrs Turner (nee Miss Edna Fletcher) on behalf of the staff and scholars of Gisburn School on the occasion of her recent marriage.

James and Edna didn’t have any children.

They were married for almost 40 years before Edna passed away on 31 January 1982. James died in the year 2000, his death is registered in the fourth quarter of that year in Birkenhead, Cheshire.

Black Sheep Sunday – James Pearson Lonsdale (1909-1979)

James Pearson Lonsdale is my 4th cousin 1x removed. He was born on 28 March 1909 in Keighley, West Yorkshire. His parents are Thomas Lonsdale and Louisa Pearson. Our common ancestors are Isaac Kighley and Ellen Jackson – my 4x great grandparents.

Unfortunately James found himself in the newspapers two or three times at least.

The first time was in 1928, just a couple of weeks before his nineteenth birthday. On 12 March the Leeds Mercury reported the following story (image from http://www.britishnewspaperarchive.co.uk).

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FATAL COLLISION WITH TAXI

Fatal injuries were received at Addingham, on Saturday evening, by John William Hayton (28), of Woodgate Farm, Silsden Moor, as a result of colliding while riding a motor cycle with a taxicab, driven by James Pearson Lonsdale, 12 Gordon Street, Keighley.

The article does not suggest any blame was attached to James and I haven’t found any follow up articles.

By the time of the 1939 Register (taken at the outbreak of WW2) Thomas and Louisa Lonsdale and their children had moved from Keighley to Middlesex.

On 22 January 1944 the Middlesex Chronicle reported on a less serious offence (image from http://www.britishnewspaperarchive.co.uk).

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NO EXCUSE TO OFFER

James Pearson Lonsdale, 27, Lampton Road, Hounslow, was summoned at Spelthorne Petty Sessions, on Tuesday, for improperly using motor fuel at Church Square, Shepperton, on December 5th. He pleaded guilty.
P.C. Fleet stated that he saw a motor car being driven by defendant and stopped him. Questioned, Lonsdale said he was issued with petrol for journeys between his home and his work at Acton, adding that he had driven over from Hounslow to Shepperton and really had no excuse to offer. Told that the facts would be reported with a view to prosecution, he said: “Must you report it?” The distance between Shepperton and Hounslow was seven miles.
Defendant stated that he was called upon by the W.V.S. under the voluntary car pool system to collect a patient who had been suffering from flu. He acted on a telephone call and did not receive proper instructions for the journey.
Asked by the Chairman (County Alderman H. Fear) why he did not explain to the officer, defendant said he was too aghast at being stopped.
The Chairman: That’s nonsense.
P.C. Fleet said there was another man with Lonsdale, and they both left a hotel.
Defendant was find £2.

Petrol became the first commodity to be rationed in the UK after the start of WW2.

In July 1942, the Ministry for Homeland Security asked the Women’s Voluntary Service (WVS) to run the Volunteer Car Pool (VCP). By 1944, there were over 570 VCP schemes across Britain, involving transporting people to hospital as well as other duties. This evolved into the various services and now takes the form of Community Transport.

 

Wedding Wednesday -Herbert Dyson and Edna Doreen Feather

Edna Doreen Feather is my 4th cousin 1x removed. Her parents are Arthur Feather and Sarah Ethel Ambler. Our common ancestors are Anthony Mason and Mary Brayshaw – my 4x great grandparents.

Edna was born on 1 June 1906 in Keighley, West Yorkshire.

On 21 April 1931 Edna Married Herbert Dyson at Christ Church in Oakworth, Keighley. A report of the wedding was published in the Shipley Times and Express on Saturday 25 April 1931 (image taken from http://www.britishnewspaperarchive.co.uk).

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ECCLESHILL BRIDEGROOM

The wedding took place at Christ Church, Oakworth, on Tuesday afternoon, of Mr Herbert Dyson, youngest son of Mrs Margaret A Dyson, of Eccleshill, and formerly of the Worth Valley, and Miss Edna Doreen Feather, only daughter of Mr and Mrs A Feather, of Lidget, Oakworth. The ceremony was performed by the Rev Robert Tindall.
The bride, who was given away by her father, wore an ankle length gown of golden beige silk lace with a full skirt vandyked to a tight fitting bodice. Her hat was of lime green straw flecked with gold and her shoes of lime green satin. She carried a trailing sheaf of Madame Butterfly roses and asparagus ferns tied with a bow of pale pink ribbon.

Edna and Herbert had two sons. In the 1939 Register (taken at the outbreak of WW2) they were living at Crowther Avenue, Pudsey, West Yorkshire. Herbert’s occupation is given as “Editor”.

Herbert died on 27 December 1974 at the  age of 70. Edna passed away on 22 January 2007 – 100 years of age.