Stockton Armed Forces Day, 22 June 2017

A number of organisations offered people the opportunity to find out more about the past, present and future of the Armed Services on Stockton High Street yesterday. There was a range of military and civilian support organisations including Regular Army Stands of Vehicles and 1 Close Battalion REME, Museums from The Heugh Battery Hartlepool, Local Regimental Associations information stands, Army reserve stands from 243 Provo Coy, 201 Field Hospital, 282 MC Sqn, 50 Sigs Sqn and 124 Recovery Coy, WW1/WW2 Singer Janie St John and Soprano Samantha Holden.

Photographs courtesy of David Thompson.

St Mary’s Girls c1925/30

I believe this was taken during a concert or pantomine at St. Mary’s Girls School c1925/30. My aunt is sitting in the centre. I’m afraid I have no idea of the other girls’ names.
My aunt, Madge Moore, born in 1919 unfortunately died of Leukaemia in 1936. Her twin was Denny, her other brothers were Jim and Tom and her sister was Kitty, my mother.

Photograph and details courtesy of Kay Naylor nee Allinson now living in Leeds but still a Stockton girl at heart.

St Gerards RC Football Team 1955/56

This is the St. Gerards Roman Catholic School football team, St. Gerards was a small school with only four teachers and was in Haverton Hill.

The players from left to right starting with the back row are:- Peter McGrogan, Terry Madden, -??-, Bill Burnett, Alan Gatley, Tommy Richardson, Peter King, Tony ??, Frank Dilliston, Stephen Waller, David Conway, -??-. The leftmost teacher is Mr Carroll and the rightmost is the headmaster Mr Morrisey.

We weren’t a very good team, in fact I can only remember winning one match against Preston Juniors in Stockton and I can’t for the life of me remember how we got to away matches, did we make our own way there by bus? Can anybody put names to the three players whose names escape me?

Photograph and details courtesy of Bill Burnett.

A Day at the Races c1962

Enjoying a day at Stockton Racecourse c1962. Teesside Retail Park now stands on this former site.

Stockton Secondary School Football Team c1912

This photograph shows Stockton Secondary School’s football team at the end of the 1912-13 season.

The names of the players are as follows:
Back row (l-r): J. MacGregor, P. Trenholm, G. Dee, T. Weatherall.
Middle row (l-r): S. Bowes, C. J. Osborne (capt), J. W. MacWilliams, W. Wilkinson, J. Barton.
Front row (l-r): R. Dudley, W. Reed, A. MacLennan, J. Connors, W. Morrow.

Maybe somebody will spot their grandfather?

Photograph and details courtesy of Cliff Thornton.

The Sibson Family of Norton

My great great grandfather Daniel Sibson was a dental surgeon for Hughes and Sibson at 16 Hardwick terrace, Norton in 1885. In 1887 we believe he ran the practice on his own, though in 1906/1907 he is listed along with A.B Sibson who is also a dental surgeon. By 1914/15 Daniel was living at Grinsdale Lodge, Junction Road, Norton.

Lillian Connie and Reginald Blunsom visit the graves of Daniel and Elisabeth Sibson. I believe they are buried at the Friends’ Meeting House in Norton but I saw on another site that their headstones are not listed there. I have two references to work on. One is the included photograph of the grave probably taken in the late 1950s. The other is an entry in the Friends’ Monitor book when Elisabeth died in 1919. “There was a large company at the funeral, which took place at the Friends’ Burial Ground, Norton on the 13th March, her remains being laid alongside those of the dear one whom she had tended so lovingly and well.” Is it possible to find out definitively where these graves are?

Photograph and details courtesy of Jeremy Sibson.

Victory’s Children Documentary at Thornaby Central Library

Producer Derek Smith will be presenting a documentary called “Victory’s Children” at Thornaby Central Library on Thursday 1 June at 7.30pm. Free event – everyone welcome.

The Victory’s Children exhibition can be seen at Thornaby Central Library until Friday 9 June 2017.

For further information call Thornaby Central Library 01642 528117.

Royal Navy Able Seaman, Arthur Edwin Brookes in 1944

A photograph of my dad, Arthur Edwin Brookes taken October 26, 1944 while in the Royal Navy (able seaman). His Service Number was PJX429760. The WW2 Medals he was awarded were: 1939/1945 Star, Atlantic Star with France/Germany clasp, Burma Star and 1939/1945 War medal. Arthur Edwin Brookes born 7/9/25 – died 16/2/2014.

Photograph and details courtesy of Peter Brookes.

Blyth Valley writer Barry Stone, Oxbridge Lane School c1995

For 2 weeks in February 1995, Blyth Valley writer Barry Stone was writer-in-residence at Oxbridge Lane Primary School, Stockton. During that time pupils, parents and teachers were encouraged to write poems on the them of ‘Children’s Games’. A poetry booklet titled ‘Dress Rehearsals’ was produced.

Photographs courtesy of Margaret Williams, teacher at Oxbridge Primary School from 1972 – 1998.