Photographs courtesy of Pauline Martin.
Back Row: P. McAbe, D. Munt, S. Mallaby, P. Hodgekiss, ??, P. McDermotroe, T. Churchill, ??, P.Philips, A. Jones, A Kidd, ??. Front Row: S. Seymour, D. Smiddy, J. Louden, T. Smith and son, D. Wing.
In the Second World War many places of work had their own detachment of the Home Guard and Stockton Railway Sheds were one of them. My grandfather Thomas Wybert Birtle spent most of his working life at the Stockton Sheds and he was made sergeant for their section. He’d served in the Great War finishing up at as a sergeant in the HLI (Highland Light Infantry) so they were making good use of his experience.
During the war years he was permanent nights running foreman which from all accounts was a demanding role.
Photograph and details courtesy of Martin Birtle.
The caption written on the back of this photograph is, ‘Mr G. R. Chetwynd M.P. for Stockton gives a warm handshake to Mr James Castell (85) the oldest member when gifts were made from the Stockton Corporation Retirement fund at a social held at the Green Bushes Hotel, Stockton. Others in the picture are (from L to R) Mr W.A. Pearson, Mr Frank Bailey (chairman), Mr Hugh Allan and Mr Walter Hudson’. My granddad, Frank Bailey, was born in 1902 and began working for Stockton Corporation in 1916 as a tram conductor. When he retired in 1963 he was a depot inspector. He died in 1992.
Photograph and details courtesy of Jan Hemblade.
My mother Ida Wilson (nee Colclough) was born in Thornaby in June 1926. She trained as a State Registered Nurse at Stockton & Thornaby Hospital qualifiying in 1948. She moved to West Hartlepool in 1950 after her marriage and returned to nursing in 1967 at St. Hilda’s Hospital moving to The General Hospital from which she retired in 1984. These three photographs were taken during her time at Stockton & Thornaby Hospital. The first shows Nurses Fairy, Colclough (my mum), Hopper and Swales in 1947. The second Nurses Colclough, Pace, Fairy and Swales c1947 and the third Nurses Colclough, Gustiavson, Dr Roberts and Nurse Horley, June 1948.
Photographs and details courtesy of Christine Wilson.
The top two photographs were taken at 30 Belasis Avenue. The first shows June Bates and David Crawford in 1941. Note the air raid shelter in the background, the second was taken c1950. Third photograph shows David Crawford (left) and Keith Bryson (right) riding a tandem with Mrs Persival stood in the background at the rear of 47 Rodney Street c1960.
Photographs and details courtesy of David Crawford.
This is a picture of my father, John McCurley, taken sometime during his army service in India between 1931 and 1934. He sent the postcard to his grandmother, Mary-Ann Redican, when he arrived back in the UK in January 1934. Following his discharge he was assigned to the Reserve and was called up in June 1939. He served in Europe with the British Expeditionary Force and was evacuated from Dunkirk in 1940.
Photographs and details courtesy of James McCurley.
I can’t remember the teachers name and only one or two pupils. Back row, 5th boy from the right, Paul O’Keefe. Middle row, 6th from the right Heather. Front row, 3rd from left Wendy, 5th from left Hazel ?, 2nd from right me (Susan Rawe), 4th from right Carol Thornton. Does anyone remember the others?
Photograph and details courtesy of Sue Murray.