Former Hardwick School Teacher receives an MBE

I met Mrs Edith Timm (nee Francis) on board RMS St Helena sailing from Cape Town to St Helena. Edith was returning from London having received her MBE in the Queen’s Birthday Honours List for 2012. She taught in Stockton for some years in the 1960s at Hardwick School.  Later she was Principal of the Prince Andrew School on her native St Helena.  Maybe some former pupils remember her…

Photographs and details courtesy of Paul Dee.

Synthonia 3rd Cricket Team

A photograph of the Synthonia  3rd Division North Yorkshire and South Durham League, during World War II. Mr Alexander was the wicket keeper. Apparently when a bomb dropped on the Synthonia cricket club square, the groundsman would not allow mechanical diggers onto the pitch, but wheeled all the debris away in wheelbarrows to protect the pitch, ‘it was a beautiful, beautiful pitch, no county could compare with it!’.

Co-op Preserves Factory Fire Brigade c1967

t13361 t13362In 1967 the Stockton Co-operative Society preserves factory fire brigade won the Northern Shield at the 13th national Co-op works fire brigade competition. They beat thirty-seven other teams.

The successful seven (l-r): John Pollock (captain), Ken Rose, John Lillico, Ted Patterson, Bob Kitchen, Jim Greenan and George Coulson.

Photograph and details courtesy of Julie Allinson.

Richard Hind Football Team c1960/61

I’m the tall one in the centre of the back row, with the captain John O’Neil seated in front of me and seated on the extreme right, as we look at the picture, Barrie Smith, next to the member of staff who is Ian (chopper) Benzies. Robert McKenzie is standing two places to my right.

The remaining members of the team are so very familiar, but their names, as is so often the case, elude me.

Photograph and details courtesy of Paul Butler.

Tom Archer Umpleby, Salvation Army

My great grandfathers brothers Tom Archer Umpleby (standing far left) and John (sitting far left) were Salavation Army members during the war. Unfortunately Tom died of tuberculosis when he was 25. The Umpleby Family had three farms in the area, California Farm and Primrose Hill, I can’t remember the other farm name.

Photograph and details courtesy of Jacqueline Lewis.


Mothers Union Meeting, Portrack c1950

The picture is of the Portrack Mothers Union Members. I suspect the date to be in 1950, presumably the annual meeting. The place is definitely the Baptist Chapel (primitive) whose entrance was on the St Anne’s Terrace, with it’s rear extending to Lumley Street. It was next to No 1 St Ann’s.

I know only two people. Sitting relative to the lady from centre they are: My grand mother, Louisa Jane Hatton, formerly Howgill, born Thompson. She is 3rd left from centre lady in the front row and Margaret Ann Prosser (sorry – don’t have birth name), front row, first right from the lady in the centre. I do know that she was the grandmother of Henry Prosser and great gran of Howard Prosser.

Considering that war had barely ended but rationing had not; the picture of women who had helped to care for families on poor pensions, almost non existent sick pay and in many cases survived two world wars is a resounding tribute to them all.

Should any one be any to add more names etc, I would be delighted to acknowledge them.

Photograph and details courtesy of Derek Wade.

Fife and Drum Band, 1/4 Battalion. Princess of Wales’s Own Yorkshire Regiment c1914

This photograph shows my Great Great Grandfather, Sidney Alfred Duckett. He lived in Henrietta street in Thornaby and he was in the 1/4 Battalion Alexandra, Princess of Wales”s Own  Yorkshire regiment. He is at the very front of the photo in front of the drum. Sydney was the oldest person found to date to have served with the 4th Yorks Battalion during the War. His Battalion number indicates that he was among the first to join up when War was declared and probably sailed with them to France in April 1915. He suffered Injuries in WW1 and was brought home but sadly died. He left a wife and 10 children, one of which was my nana.

Photograph and details courtesy of Sue Horn.