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.

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.