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Wedding Wednesday – Joseph Lynn Cuffley and Georgina Paley Aisbitt

you don't choose your family

I orginally published this Wedding Wednesday blog back in July this year. I have since acquired a wedding day photograph of Joseph and Georgina – so this is a great opportunity to republish the blog post with the photograph.

Georgina Paley Aisbitt is my 2nd cousin 1x removed. Her parents are Matthew Gullford Aisbitt and Rhoda Paley. Our common ancestors are James Paley and Mary Ann Spink – my 2x great grandparents.

Georgina was born on 24 August 1920 and her birth was registered in the East Ward district of Westmorland.

Sometime in the first quarter of 1944 Georgina married Joseph Lynn Cuffley and a report of the wedding was published in the Penrith Observer of 22 February (image taken from (www.britishnewspaperarchive.co.uk).

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The marriage took place at Kirkby Stephen, conducted by the Rev C F Cardale, of Mr Joseph Lynn Cuffley and Miss Geanie…

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Remembrance Sunday 2019

Unknown.jpegToday I remember all the brave men and women from my family and my wife’s family who fought in either WW1 or WW2. Some made the ultimate sacrifice and some survived and returned home but I’m sure their lives were forever haunted by what they experienced. Every year the list grows longer as my research discovers more names. You can read some of their stories in the Military Monday category of my blog.

WW1

Prince Dawson (1893-1915) John Robert Arthur Steel (1886-1916)
Henry John Grainger Musgrove (1892-1917) Howard Westwood (1896-1916)
Richard James Taylor (1885-1918) Clement May (1895-1916)
David Musgrove Bratherton (1894-1916) Thomas Baldwin (1888-1917)
Fred Paley (1893-1918) Albert Espley (1896-1916)
Robert Alexander Carradice (1890-1919) John Bentley Hurtley (1885-1917)
Cyril Gostelow (1897-1916) Richard Espley (1875-1915)
Jack Gawthrop (1899-1918) Herbert Bolton (1889-1917)
John Ainsworth (1892-1916) Arthur Lockington (1892-1915)
Ernest Aldersley (1899-1918) George Hurtley (1891-1918)
Frederick Espley (1881-1916) Thomas Musgrove (1894-1918)
Walter Paley (1896-1918) Lawrence Paley (1898-1918)
Harry Pemberton (1884-1914)
Ernest Bartholomew (1899-1975) Flather Heap (1897-1962)
Dent Stowell 1882-1948) Ernest J Jackson
Amos William Espley (1893-1969) John Espley (1883-1938)
Thomas Darby (1879-1945) Samuel Buckley (1886-1966)
Hedley Duckworth (1885-1955) Walter Dawson (1883-1942)
Thomas William Paley (1892-1943) Tom Musgrove (1898-1969)
James Musgrove (1894-1925) Harry Musgrove (1889-1974)
William Dawson (1880-1939) Watson Emmott Dawson (1887-1944)
Harry Dawson (1895-1954) Clifford Dawson (1900-1953)
Arthur Dawson (1879-1944) Tom Hurtley (1897-1977)
Jim Hurtley (1887-1947) John Dawson (1890-1961)
Herbert Carradice (1896-1935) Hugh Buckley

WW2

Allen Simpson (1923-1943) Curtis Walker (1918-1942)
John Edward Lord (1917-1944) Robert Scott (1908-1941)
Robert Titterington (1905-1945) Jack Hurtley Thompson (1921-1941)
Philip Melville Cardell (1917-1940) Frederick Ellis Spink DFC (1921-1944)
Richard Henry Espley (1906-2006) William Herbert Jowett (1891-1972)

The Soldier – by Rupert Brooke

If I should die, think only this of me:
That there’s some corner of a foreign field
That is forever England. There shall be
In that rich earth a richer dust concealed;
A dust whom England bore, shaped, made aware,
Gave, once, her flowers to love, her ways to roam,
A body of England’s, breathing English air,
Washed by the rivers, blest by the suns of home.
And think, this heart, all evil shed away,
A pulse in the eternal mind, no less
Gives somewhere back the thoughts by England given;
Her sights and sounds; dreams happy as her day;
And laughter, learnt of friends; and gentleness,
In hearts at peace, under and English heaven.

Black Sheep Sunday – John James Spears (1848-1906)

John James Spears is the husband of my wife’s 1st cousin 3x removed, Sarah Jane Broad.

Sarah Jane was born in 1849 and her birth is registered at Congleton, Cheshire in the December quarter. Her parents are James Broad and Ann Owen. The common link between my wife and Sarah Jane is James Owen and Martha Brockhouse, my wife’s 3x great grandparents.

On 1 September 1870 Sarah Jane married John James Spears in Manchester, Lancashire. James was born at Newton Heath, Lancashire in 1848. After their marriage they lived in the Chorlton area of Manchester – John James working as a warehouseman.

John James found himself the subject of a County Court action for damages and the case was reported in the Manchester Evening News on Friday 10 February 1899. The case was also reported in the Bradford Daily Telegraph (images from http://www.britishnewspaperarchive.co.uk).

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A TALE OF DOG AND HORSE
SINGULAR COUNTY COURT ACTION

His Honour Judge Parry, sitting in the Manchester County Court, today, heard an action for damages for injuries to a horse belonging to Messrs. Eastman’s, Limited, butchers. Mr. Langdon appeared for the plaintiffs, and Mr. Cobbett represented the defendant, John James Spears, warehouseman, Lister Street, Chorlton-on-Medlock.
Mr. Langdon said that in November last Mr. Harris, sub-manager for the plaintiff firm, was driving along Everton Road, when a sable collie dog, belonging to the defendant, rushed out of the house, barking furiously, and rushed at the hind legs of the mare. The result was that the mare became restive, and kicked out and injured her legs by striking the steps of the vehicle. The animal was valued at £40, and it had to be sold for £21, while it was, later on, re-sold for £15.
Harris, the sub-manager for the plaintiffs, stated that the mare was a four-year-old, and was bought in Ireland last August for £28. The defendant’s dog had frequently rushed at the mare.
In reply to Mr. Cobbett, witness said he could not say that the dog bit the mare.
Mr. Langdon said the case was taken under 28 and 29 Vic., chap. 60, wherein it was provided that the owner of every dog shall be liable in damages for injury done to cattle or sheep. That, he contended, placed the responsibility on the owner who kept the dog at his own peril. There was a similar case decided in 1868, when a horse, which was being driven along, suffered injuries through kicking out in consequence of being bitten by a dog.
His Honour asked what magisterial jurisdiction there was over ferocious dogs, and Mr. Cobbett said the justices were at liberty to order them to be kept under proper control or to be destroyed.
His Honour said a dog might not be ferocious or mischievous, but might bark and jump about with pleasure.
Mr. Langdon said a dog might, for its own pleasure, go into a larder and steal a leg of mutton, but that would be mischievous.
Considerable argument followed as to whether the statute intended that there should be actually injury inflicted by the dog, Mr. Langdon contending that the injury arising from the action of the dog was sufficient for his claim.
His Honour reserved his decision until the 23rd inst.

So everyone involved in the case had a couple of weeks to wait for the Judge to decide the outcome of the case. As promised he gave his ruling on 23 February 1899 and fortunately the Manchester Evening News reported it for us.

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SINGULAR ACTION AGAINST DOG OWNER

His Honour Judge Parry, at the Manchester County Court this morning, gave judgement in the case of Eastmans, Limited, v. John Jas. Spears which was before the court recently. The claim was for £21 11s 6d damages alleged to have been caused to the plaintiffs’ horse and cart in consequence of the defendant’s dog barking and frightening the animal. The plaintiffs, for whom Mr. Langdon appeared, are butchers, and Mr. Cobbett represented the defendant, who lives in Lister Street, Chorlton-on-Medlock. The Judge stated that the facts of the case were that a carter was driving a horse and cart along the roadway when a dog barked and the animal bolted. The horse kicked the step of the vehicle and so injured itself. He (the Judge) found that the dog did belong to the defendant, but that it was not a mischievous animal. The dog rushed and barked but it did not bite the horse. The injuries caused to the horse did not naturally arise through the barking of the dog and that there must be judgment for the defendant with costs.

I’m sure John James and his sable collie were very relieved at the outcome. Not so much Messrs. Eastman’s Ltd.

Sunday’s Obituary – Walter Fletcher (1883-1952)

Walter Fletcher was the husband of Jane Musgrove – my 1st cousin 2x removed.

I have previously written about their marriage here and Jane’s obituary here.

Walter was born on 8 August 1883. He lived in Clitheroe, Lancashire all his life. He was active in many areas of community life as reflected in the obituary below from the Clitheroe Advertiser and Times of 15 February 1952 (image from http://www.britishnewspaperarchive.co.uk).

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MR WALTER FLETCHER

Clitheroe lost one of its best known personalities by the sudden death on Saturday of Mr Walter Fletcher, of 7 Chester Avenue. Mr Fletcher was among spectators at the football match at Shaw Bridge when he collapsed and died whilst the crowd stood in silence in memory of King George.
Mr Fletcher, who was 68, was a native of Clitheroe, and until his retirement two years ago had been wages clerk at Jubilee Mill for more than 40 years.
He was a prominent figure in local music circles, and in the early days of the cinema he acted as pianist for the silent films, drawing on a remarkable memory to match his music to the action. He was also a concert and dance band pianist, prominent in many social events for a long period.
In addition to his musical talents, Mr Fletcher was also an artist of some repute, a clever cartoonist and with pleasing water colours to his credit. He often designed stage settings and painted the scenery required for local amateur shows.
Mr Fletcher was keenly interested in sport. Bowls provided his favourite pastime, and he was at one time captain of the bowling team of Clitheroe Cricket, Bowling and Tennis Club, in which he took a great interest. His membership of the Clitheroe Sports (Fishing) Club reflected a keen interest in angling, and he was also one of Clitheroe Football Club’s best known supporters, rarely, if ever, missing a home match.
For many years he was a member of Clitheroe Conservative Club and of the R.A.O.B., and during the war he held the rank of inspector in the Clitheroe branch of the Special Constabulary.
A widower, Mr Fletcher leaves three married daughters, who will have sympathy in their bereavement.
Directors and members of the staff of Jubilee Mill and representatives of the R.A.O.B. were among those attending the funeral at St. Mary’s Cemetery on Wednesday. The Rev. C J Guildford officiated.

Wedding Wednesday – Robert Barlow and Margaret Webster

Margaret Webster is my 2nd cousin 1x removed. Her parents are James Paley Webster and Mary Slinger. Our common ancestors are James Paley and Mary Ann Spink – my 2x great grandparents.

Margaret was born in Clitheroe, Lancashire – her birth is registered in the March quarter of 1935.

On 16 August 1958 Margaret married Robert Barlow at St. James’s Church, Clitheroe. The wedding was announced in the Clitheroe Advertiser and Times on Friday 22 August 1958 (image from http://www.britishnewspaperarchive.co.uk).

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BARLOW – WEBSTER

The wedding took place on Saturday at St. James’s Church, Clitheroe, of Mr. Robert Barlow, of 59 Bolland Prospect, Clitheroe, and Miss Margaret Webster, the only daughter of Mr. and Mrs. J. Webster, of 15 Fort Street, Clitheroe.
The bride wore a full-length gown of white net over taffeta, trimmed with seed pearls and sequins, with full-length veil to match. She carried pink and white carnations.
The bridesmaid was Miss Audrey Braithwaite, a friend, who wore pink Terylene over taffeta with headdress to match. She carried pink carnations.
The small attendant was a cousin of the bride, Miss Myra Smith, who was dressed in pink nylon over taffeta, and carried a posy of pink carnations.
Best man was the bride’s brother, Mr. Matthew Webster, and the groomsman was Mr. Dennis Smith, cousin of the bride.
A reception was held at the Station Hotel, after which the bride and bridegroom left for a honeymoon at Morecambe.
On their return, they will reside at 96 Woone Lane.

Black Sheep Sunday – Eddie Price

Eddie Price is my 1st cousin 1x removed. His parents are Edward Price and Leah Musgrove. Our common ancestors are Joseph Musgrove and Elizabeth Ann Turner – my great grandparents.

Eddie was born on 23 March 1929 in Clitheroe, Lancashire.

I found Eddie in the local newspaper, the Clitheroe Advertiser and Times twice in the space of eight months. He was in trouble with the police for motoring offences.

Clitheroe Advertiser and Times – Friday 26 August 1949 (image from http://www.britishnewspaperarchive.co.uk).

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Motor Cyclist Fined

Pleading guilty to driving a motor cycle with no white front light, being the holder of a provisional driving licence and not displaying “L” plates at the front and rear of the cycle, and to carrying a passenger other than a qualified driver, Eddie Price (20), of 24 Larkhill Cottages, Old Landgho, was fined a total of £1 at Clitheroe County Magistrates Court on Monday.

Eight months later Eddie was involved in a more serious offence. If this had happened in more recent times it would certainly have been a candidate for Police Interceptors on the telly!!

Clitheroe Advertiser and Times – Friday 14 April 1950 (image from http://www.britishnewspaperarchive.co.uk).

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Easter Saturday Police Chase At Whalley

A NIGHT chase at Whalley was described at Blackburn on Monday when Eddie Price (21) farm labourer, Larkhill Cottages, Langho, was charged with taking away a car without the owner’s consent, driving it without an insurance policy, and while disqualified from holding a licence. He was fined a total of £15 and disqualified from driving for 12 months.
Evidence was that the car was missed from outside shop premises in Whalley New Road, Blackburn, on Saturday night.
Its description was circulated by wireless and the car was seen parked just outside Whalley by P.C.s Wood and Ellison, stationed at Whalley. As they approached the vehicle, they heard footsteps and saw the prisoner running away. They gave chase but lost him in the dark.

BEHIND DOOR

Price was eventually found, crouching behind the shippon door of a nearby farm. He told the police later: “It is a long walk from Blackburn. I took it.”
Price asked for another case of taking away a car from the Union Street car park, Blackburn, in March, to be taken into consideration.
Chairman of the Bench, (Alderman J. Charnley) complimented the constables in the manner in which Price had been caught.

 

Wedding Wednesday – Alan Crossley and Mary Dorothy Hanson

Alan Crossley is my 2nd cousin 1x removed. His parents are John Crossley and Isabella Musgrove. Our common ancestors are Harrison Musgrove and Jane Rooking – my 2x great grandparents.

Alan was born on 17 March 1914 in Clitheroe, Lancashire. By all accounts Alan was an exceptional musician, organist and choirmaster – this will be the subject of a future blog post all on its own.

On 9 September 1939 Alan married Mary Dorothy Hanson at St. Helen’s Church, Waddington, Lancashire. Details of the wedding were in the Clitheroe Advertiser and Times on Friday 15 September 1939 (image from http://www.britishnewspaperarchive.co.uk)

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CROSSLEY – HANSON

Many friends were present at St. Helen’s Church, Waddington, last Saturday, to witness the wedding of Mr. Alan Crossley, organist and choirmaster at St. Paul’s Church, Low Moor, and Miss Mary Dorothy Hanson, organist at St. Catherine’s Church, West Bradford.
The nuptials were performed by the Rev. W. G. Jones, M.A., vicar of Waddington, assisted by the Rev. I. Pugh, vicar of Low Moor. The service was fully choral. Mr. Harry Dyson was at the organ, and the choir was composed of representatives of St. Mary’s Parish Church, Clitheroe, St. Paul’s, Low Moor, St. Helen’s, Waddington, and St. Catherine’s, West Bradford.
The bride, given away by her brother-in-law, Mr. F. Tomlinson, wore a dress of mist blue with petunia sash, spray of fuchsia to tone, light blue hat, and accessories to match. She carried an ivory backed prayer book, the gift of Sunday School teachers and scholars at St. Helen’s.
As bridesmaid, Miss Mary Boothman (friend of the bride) was dressed in a pastel shade of pink, with spray of cream roses, brown hat, gloves, and shoes, and she carried a handbag to tone, which was the bridegroom’s gift.
Mr. J. R. Barnes, a member of the choir at St. Paul’s, was best man, and Mr. H. Tomlinson, nephew of the bride, groomsman.
The numerous presents received included and eiderdown from the bride’s employer, Mr. Peter Harrison; a dinner service from the bridegroom’s colleagues of the Inland Revenue Staff, Nelson; a duet piano stool from the members of the Clitheroe String Orchestra; a pair of exhibition pictures (by J. Hindle Higson) from St. Paul’s Church Choir; and a set of Pyrex dishes from St. Catherine’s Choir.
On their return from the honeymoon, which is being spent at Harrogate, Mr. and Mrs. Crossley will reside at 18 Hargreaves Street, Nelson.