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.

Michael Heavisides

t5946A photograph of Michael Heavisides relaxing in his garden. In 1870 Michael took over the Heavisides and Son printing business in Finkle Street, Stockton from his father. Michael Heavisides was one of the first social photographers in the Stockton area.

Photograph from the Heavisides Collection.

Decimalisation, Hardwick Junior School c1970

In the foreground of this photograph is my mother Dorothy Wright (nee Bowes) and her sister Jean Calvert during a class held at Hardwick Junior School to help prepare people (probably mothers of the children at the school) for the coming of decimalisation in 1971. I think the photograph was probably taken in the autumn of 1970. My mother was a dinner nanny at the school.

Photograph and details courtesy of Dorothy Butler (nee Wright).

Picture of ‘The Boro’ in 1927

This is a picture taken at Ayresome Park in 1927. It was taken in the season George Camsell scored 59 goals. Personally, I think he looks like he just wants to get on and score some more!! The picture includes my grandad, Bob Galloway, who is the tall gentleman, with the white shirt and light peaked cap, in the crowd directly behind W. Tirrell (4th player from the left). He was from Stockton, mostly the Tilery area. Most of the men will have served in WW1, just as Bob did, (he served in the Kings Own Scottish Borderers) I still find it fascinating to look at everyone wearing a cap and dressed up to the nines. The players look as tough as the crowd, not the thoroughbred legs of today’s players.

Photograph and details courtesy of Ian Harris.

Hip! Hip! Zoo-Ray! Globe c1937

G.B Chapman, Ltd showcased Hip! Hip! Zoo-Ray! a combination of animal and human artistes at the Globe in 1937. May Leslie, a Hull girl introduced a troupe of lions and can be seen sitting on Sultan. The act also included a group of comedy black bears, the famous troupe of Liberty horses, a group of performing Bengal tigers and a group of performing sea lions.

Image and details courtesy of Barry Jones.

The History of LittleBoy Park, Thornaby

Lt. Wilfred Littleboy, was born in Stockton 26 September 1896, he was an officer in the Royal Warwickshire Regiment, and sadly killed 9 October 1917, during the abortive attack on the Polderhoek Chateau, Ypres, a German HQ building. The 1st Battalion DLI was part of the Brigade which carried out the attack. Although it was initially successful, there was a high cost of life and the Château could not be held due to a combination of stiff resistance from an enemy firmly ensconced in concrete pill-boxes. Casualties rose, and the order was given to retire. By the end of the War there was little of the original chateau left, and the owners never returned.

Wilfred Littleboy, was the youngest son of Charles William Littleboy, a shipbuilder in Thornaby, and his wife Agnes Eveline. With the outbreak of the Great War, Wilfred was keen to do his bit so he gave up school and enlisted in The Royal Warwickshire Regiment, being promoted to the rank of Lieutenant. In October 1917 the Battalion received orders to attack the strongly defended Polderhoek Chateau, Wilfred went forward with his platoon. He was hit in the leg, but still pressed on with the attack, only to be shot again and killed. Wilfred’s parents donated a plot of land to the town of Thornaby-on-Tees. The park area known as Littleboy Park was opened to the public by his mother in 1930, as a memorial to their son.

Details courtesy of Bob Wilson. The War Grave image and commemorative certificate courtesy of Commonwealth War Graves Commission