Tilery Folk c1911

This group of 3 pictures are from Tilery in Stockton taken c1911. The 1st is left to right, Edith (Edie) Hedley, John Robert Hedley, and Jane Annie (Nannie) Hedley. Edie Hedley married Tommy Hughes in 1926, and Nannie Hedley married Tommy Kirby in 1925. Robert died in 1933 aged just 24.  I think this photograph was taken at the same time as the previous one, outside 18 Headlam Street. I am not sure what is happening inside the house, but it seems there are others waiting their turn to have their picture taken.

The 2nd is of Edith Hedley, I believe the babies are twins Hammon Barker Hedley and Frederick Oliver Hedley, but not 100% certain. In 1911 they were living at 18 Headlam Street, and this picture can be quite accurately dated, as sadly the twins died in 1911 within days of each other, aged just 4 months.

The 3rd is a group of children playing, I assume this to be somewhere in Tilery, taken about 1913.  I can only name the Hedley children:- 3rd from the left at the back Nannie Hedley, 4th from the left at the back Edie Hedley. Sitting on the kerb at the far right is John Robert Hedley. The ribbon on the Sailors hat of the boy seated 2nd from the right says “HMS ASIA”

Photographs and details courtesy of Ian Cartright.

19 thoughts on “Tilery Folk c1911

  1. Hi just seen photo my great aunt Edith Mary Oliver married William Robert Hedley in 1905 and lived at 18 Headlam Street so interesting to see photo of distant relative.

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      • Hi Debbie.
        Nannie (Annie Jane) Hedley was my Gran’s sister and married Tommy Kirby.
        My Gran was Edie (Edith) Hedley who married Tommy Hughes and they lived in 36 Headlam Street.
        They moved to the (then) new old peoples bungalow’s on Albany around about 1970.

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        • What a small world I always remember my dad talking about Nannie Kirby moving to NZ he always was going to go but never did dad really 😞

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    • Lyn, Biddy & Billy lived in Danby Road, their son’s Jack & Billy were friends of my dad Robert Casey, Biddy & Bill (William) were good friends of my Casey grandparents Robert & Beatrice Casey, they all moved from old part of Stockton, Thistle Green, Housewife Lane area and moved into Swainby & Danby Road, all very nice people, biddy had a brother Pat Sullivan who was mates with my grandad Robert, both joined the Kings Own Scottish Borders together, only my grandad Robert survived the great war, Biddy (I was to learn all too late) had a photograph of my grandad Robert & Pat in their uniforms, how I wish I could have gotten hold of a copy as I never saw what my grandad Robert looked like.
      All the best.
      Derek

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      • Derek Casey I have just spotted your post on this site about your grandad and (I presume) uncle Pat being in the WW1… If you know any details whatever about their age and anything at all, you may be able to find details and even photos on the army site… Go on, it’s worth a try. Date of year of birth would help which you could get from old censuses. If still no luck try the church of the Latter Day Saints – they have volunteers and no, they don’t try to convert you!! Good luck. 🙂

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        • Hi Mandy, I’m very lucky to have all my grandads ww1 records, I was also very lucky to be sent a newspaper article written by Sunderland Shipping Gazette of interview my grandad give from his hospital bed after he had been sent back to the UK after being wounded, sadly I don’t think any photos were taken of the lads in hospital, this was October 1914. I’ve tried looking for wounded soldiers from the Somme, my grandad fell 1st July 1916 being wounded for 2nd time, I do every now and then try searching in the hope I find a photo of my grandad Robert Casey.
          Thanks for getting in touch many.
          All the best.
          Derek.

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          • Hi Derek – You are welcome. I’ve had a think and admit I’m stumped! As you have you granddad’s war records, you could try his ‘medal roll’… Although this won’t have a photo it at least will show you what medals he was awarded. Although my own grandad was in WW1, he was lucky to return from the war. My gt uncle was also fatally wounded in the Somme – it was 1916 and he was buried at the British cemetery in France. You would be welcome at the Family History group at Billingham (where I live).. My friend John could help you. What he doesn’t know about researching FH isn’t worth knowing! It is on the first Tuesday of every month at 5.15pm to 6.45pm. Just ask at the desk for me. For me, giving up isn’t an option! You would have free use of ancestry websites. Obviously you’d need to bring you granddad’s records with you. 🙂

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            • Hi Mandy, as I said I have all my grandads war records, he was sent to join 2nd battalion kings own Scottish Borders 4 weeks after BEF landed in France, he was hit with dum-dum bullet and sent back to the UK, he was then sent to join 1st battalion KOSB in Gallipoli, he was there until that campaign was called off, then back into France for the Somme offensive, falling wounded 1st July 1916. My grandad robert was discharged 1918, he had married my gran Beatrice Warhust Kirk in 1917. Grandad died 1939, I was born 1947, no photo of grandad came down through the family, strange to say I only got into my Casey ancestry after I tried to prove what my late father told me that grandad Robert fought in the Spanish civil war, never did find proof but! If my late father said his dad (my grandad) went to Spain then his words are set in stone. Mind I did find another of my Casey relations who went to Spain and survived. My dad also called robert was a merchant navy lad during world war 2, he had an eventful war also, I know every ship he sailed on, and number of the u-boat that torpedoed his ship. Got all his campaign medals but only in 90s after my research to see dad got them.
              Many I also live in Billingham.
              All the best.
              Derek

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          • Hi Derek – Further to my previous msg, I have spoken to my friend John, who is an expert in tracing Family History. He can’t be certain but is willing to give it a try, finding your grandad’s photo. He is a volunteer at Billingham church the Latter Day Saints (no they don’t charge or try to convert you!). He is also (as I am) a member of Billingham library group. We are a Family and local history group. You’d be very welcome to join us. It is held in the local library in our Town Square on the first Tuesday of every month at 5.15 to 6.45 pm. Just ask at the desk. It’s free including a cuppa! Pls bring his records.

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  2. I seem to remember young Harry Cartwright being a good goalkeeper. He worked in his dads shop. Did he go to Richard Hind School?

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    • Hi Bob, You are quite right about Harry being a good goalkeeper, and yes, he did go to Richard Hind. If you look elsewhere on this site,there is a picture of him in the 1947-48 football team.

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  3. Mary Hughes married Harry Cartwright who’s parents had the Post Office in Tilery Rd. Also I remember an old lady, Mrs Hedley, living in Craister St & two of her daughters lived over the road from us in Craister St, they were Edie Donaldson & Ethel Smith.

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  4. I have faint memories of Edie and ‘Nannie’ Hedley from the 1940’s and early 1950’s era also Tommy Hughes (whom I can picture quite well) when I lived in Headlam Street. I remember a Mary Hughes – would she be their daughter? I also have a faint recollection of someone in the family moving abroad, Australia maybe, and also a connection with the Post Office in Tilery Road – did you work in this Post Office Ian?

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    • Hi Maureen, Edie and Tommy were my Gps, Mary is my mam. Nannie (Hedley) and Tommy Kirby moved to NZ when I was quite young, sometime in the 1960`s I think. My Mam, Mary Hughes married Harry Cartwright, and it was my Dad who worked at the Post Office.

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  5. Do you know if Tommy Hughes lived in Hasswell St? His mother called ada? If so my grandad was Tommy’s brother, Edith’s brother-in-law. Thank you for the photo

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    • Hi Pauline, the Tommy Hughes in this post was born in 1905, his sister was Cora, brother Dave, his parents were Samuel and Isabella. He married Edith (Edie) Hedley in 1928.

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