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  2. Mark Haselden

    Unidentified Soldiers from Family Photos

    The photos came from my Grandmother's family, John and Mary Lee, who lived at 50 South John Street. John and Mary lived there from the mid-1890s until they both passed away during WW2. Their daughter, also Mary, lived there with her husband, my Grandfather, Henry Haselden, until the terraced houses were condemned around 1967. My Great-Grandmother Mary Lee's maiden name was Gamble and a couple of the photos show her nephews who lived with their parents, William and Louisa Gamble, across the street at number 49 South John Street. As far as I can tell, none of these unidentified soldiers align with any Lees or the Gambles, at least not as far as I can uncover. The photos were definitely taken in St.Helens, with Jordan and Metcalfe Photographers of George Street featuring prominently in most of the images. Here are a few more. The first is possibly a Lancs Fusiliers soldier wearing a Queen's South Africa Medal: Next we have a RAMC soldier. One of my relatives was in 1/3rd West Lancs Field Ambulance but this isn't him...so perhaps the photo shows one of his mates? Then again, he could just be another distant relative or even a neighbour.
  3. Yesterday
  4. Big_Jeff_Leo

    Unidentified Soldiers from Family Photos

    Hi Mark, have you any addresses in Parr, even the street and the names of your relatives?
  5. Big_Jeff_Leo

    Wigan v Warrington.

  6. philthespark

    Sutton Library

    Speaking of Sherdley park, I was driving along Sherdley road towards St Helens recently and noticed a young lady on the opposite carriageway with a flat tyre, I turned around at the roundabout, and went back, thinking she was unable to get the wheel off, it wouldn't have taken me 5 minutes. Anyway when I arrived, she was quite distressed and had two flat tyres, apparently, she'd been driving towards the Bull and Dog roundabout, when a group of youths had shot out of the park on Robins Lane, roared up the footpath, then pulled into the road in front of her! In an attempt to avoid hitting them she had swerved and hit the central kerb, totally destroying both offside tyres, she'd rang the police, who'd said they'd get someone out urgently, and advised her to ring a garage to remove the vehicle as it was in a dangerous location. This was an hour before I arrived on scene, and to my disgust the idiots who had caused the accident were still tearing up the park! The police "pretend" they are dealing with off-road bikes,in reality they are doing very little, recently a group of them were tearing up and down a road where my friend owns a children's nursery, after several near misses we rang the police, only to be told they were too busy. My friend replied that in that case, the next time they came past he was going to throw a stick into the wheels. "in that case" said a police officer, "we'll come straight round and lock you up". It's totally pathetic, these people are riding illegally, openly sticking two fingers up to the law, yet the law forbids you to do anything, as far as I'm concerned, they are illegal and if they get hurt then tough! If they hadn't been there then they wouldn't have been hurt, it's a little thing called action and consequence.
  7. joe90

    Wigan v Warrington.

    For the next two weeks i will be watching rugby abroad so i will not be coming on here.
  8. non sibi sed omnibus

    Wigan v Warrington.

    Warrington and Wigan like Saints and Wigan bear no relationship to ongoing status of teams performance.Refer to past interviews from Wane and his attitude to saints.I have NEVER heard a coach/manager as NASTY in his comments.Sadly in situations this has for my feeling engendered itself in the style wigan played and players have fallen foul unnecessarily. As ive referred to previous matches across RL over the years. Ive watched teams that were many times the hoodoos of Saints IN MAJOR MATCHES but never heard such rhetoric. BARROW,SWINTON,LEEDS,WAKEFIELD,WORKINGTON,LEIGH,WARRINGTON to name a few. I have great respect for Wigan as a team but sadly NO RESPECT FOR WANE.
  9. joe90

    Wigan v Warrington.

    Warrington have won 8 on the trot and they hammered Leeds last week,Wigan have not be playing all that good so i thought Wigan should have got the start.
  10. non sibi sed omnibus

    Wigan v Warrington.

    thought youd have done better than that given to warrington?2 isnt a bet .Maybe 10 start would have challenged your belief?
  11. Mark Haselden

    Unidentified Soldiers from Family Photos

    Thanks Ste. It's certainly possible but it's hard to be certain when lots of details of CSM Johnson's face are lost in the contrasts of his photo. The age issue is a concern but, then again, these old photos can play tricks when assessing ages. I have a couple of my Grandad taken around the same time and he looks about 15 years older in one of them. My bigger question is how any of my family might have come into contact with CSM Johnson. AFAIK, none of my relatives served in the Sigs Coy (but we have 2 who served in the Field Coy). Also, my family all came from Parr so it's not like they were neighbours of the Johnson's. I wonder if anyone has researched 1st West Lancashire Field Company in any detail or perhaps compiled a nominal roll of soldiers before they embarked for France? Cheers, Mark
  12. joe90

    Wigan v Warrington.

    That is the best i have seen Wigan play this season,not to many penalties did they give like they do in every game,another winning bet up giving Warrington 2 start.
  13. non sibi sed omnibus

    The bears paw inn in Westfield st

    Hi .I can quite easily remember that corner.It had been as you say quite a few premises.but never went in any even though passed many times on my travels.Never seen any fotos(Robbob may not have been as active then!).There is a foto around though looking down years ago past the Cotham arms.Cant remember though how clear as it was black and white.
  14. Last week
  15. Brianza

    Courtship of the Terns

    I do remember the old boat house but would love to hear the reason for the tribute to Joe Lee.
  16. slmgc

    Unidentified Soldiers from Family Photos

    What do you think of this man ? CSM Robert Isaac Johnson, looks similar but the age ? http://www.sthelensrollsofhonour.co.uk/index.php?cas=2413 Great photos by the way. Ste M
  17. HORT

    Courtship of the Terns

    The photos are of a rock. It is all that remains of the old boathouse on the Carr Mill Road side of the dam. added 7 minutes later For those who do not remember it, its shown here and called "Pleasure Pavillion" but I always new it as Boathouse.
  18. My Mum brought me a trove of family history memorabilia and photos, including a number of unidentified military personnel from the First World War. I'll post them a few at a time in case anyone on the Forum can help identify them. Let's start with an easy one. This is a Sergeant Major in the Royal Engineers. I suspect he's from 1st West Lancs Field Company given that my family has connections with that unit. His 'tache in the first pic is particularly striking - General Melchett would be proud. I'm fairly certain he's the seated man in the second pic - cap badge and rank both match and the facial features are not dissimilar. I have no idea who the Sergeant/Staff Sergeant is in the second pic. Given that Sergeant Majors were rather rare birds, I'm hoping he'll be easy-ish to identify. Cheers, Mark
  19. kizzy

    Sutton Library

    Me and my kids used the library at Sutton for years from about 1975 to 1995 when we lived at Bold. It was a great library, well stocked and of traditional design. It looked a bit like a church from the main road with the entrance in Goodban St and double swing doors up a couple of steps to enter the building. Couldn't believe my eyes when I drove through Sutton a few years later and it was gone!
  20. non sibi sed omnibus

    The bears paw inn in Westfield st

    it didn't have any spitoons thats why.
  21. Off out to give the new Frankie & Benny's a whirl!  🍽️

  22. Mark Cunliffe

    The bears paw inn in Westfield st

    I was looking at the pub info section of the site and there's a pub missing from the list. The Bear & Barrow was a lovely classy pub that opened in 1999. Based at 44 Barrow Street, on the site of the old Bartons pop/pickles site. I can never understand how such a lovely purpose built and well decorated pub that added a touch of class to the town (the staff always looked so smart in waitress black and whites inc bowties) only lasted a few years before becoming an Indian restaurant and now one of several OD clothing stores in the town. Oh hang on, yes I can. It was probably seen as too classy!
  23. Mark Cunliffe

    Sutton Library

    I could not agree more Phil and it angers me to think that Sutton Library was actually a listed building. I don't know how true this is, but what I heard was that they removed the roof from the library to get around the listed issue, arguing it was no longer safe to keep. It was sheer vandalism, there really is no other word for it because, like I say, the library was a lovely clean and stable building that really didn't show its age when the doors there finally closed. No offence to the people who live in the houses that now stand there but every time I pass there or see that photo Robbob shares above I feel a little sad for what is no longer standing there. They did exactly the same thing to the listed pub on Peasley Cross too - take the roof off, give it 6 months and then bring the bulldozers in, before flogging the site off to the highest bidder. As for the cash they get it probably goes on jollies for the council top brass and follies like Marie Rimmer's needle I'm a Labour man, but on a national level; I can't help but despair of our laissez faire Labour council who take our votes for granted and offer nothing in return. It's like St Helens Junction, currently still in turmoil with the building of the much needed overflow carpark. Across the road there was the old allotment. Not a big piece of public land admittedly, but it was public land. If our council had any integrity and common sense they'd have kept that land and used that as somewhere for some of the commuters to park, but no - they sold it to the local travelling community. Like I say it wasn't a huge piece of land, but it would have ensured Station Road wasn't so heavily congested with parked cars these last few years making it almost impossible for the many buses and lorries that use that road to pass. Like you I'm surprised they haven't tried to sell Sherdley off. It looks so empty now the pets corner and the ranger service has gone. When I was there a few weeks ago walking the dog, the park was beset by idiots on motorbikes zooming around - a young mum out with her tot in the pram literally had to dash clear from their path. If there were still some staff/rangers at hand, something could be done. How long before they sell off Central Library? I'm staggered to think they're moving such a huge resource for the people into the tiny World of Glass
  24. familyman

    Challenge Cup.

    Whoever gets to the semis will be praying for winners of Catalan and Huddersfield (My moneys on Leeds drawing them)
  25. philthespark

    Sutton Library

    I think it's very wrong for the council to go around demolishing perfectly good buildings and selling off the land for a large sum of money to private developers. The building belonged to us, the people of St Helens, it was something tangible that we could see, touch, and use, I would like to know what they do with the money they get from doing this, probably waste it on something that we didn't want, and more importantly will never benefit from. I remember some years back and they wanted to sell off the market square in Earlestown, they'd have got away with it too, were it not for a knowledgeable member of the public, who pointed out that it wasn't actually theirs to sell. I'm surprised they don't try and flog off Sherdley Park, they got rid of pets corner, the cafe went, even the lake looked neglected last time I was there, it was a lovely place when I was a child, even as a young man growing up, it was a nice place to walk around with your young lady on a summers evening. We need to forget trying to be like London or wherever these councillors are trying to emulate, lets get it back to being just St Helens, a decent town with good friendly folk , where you can go into a pub and chat with strangers, with parks for our youngsters to play in and our elderley to sit and relax. I don't want to live in a fancy posh rat race place where nobody has time for anyone but themselves, no give me the old St Helens any day.
  26. Phyll

    Sutton Library

    I have always been interested in this area, because when I was a baby we lived at Carnegie Walk, Sutton, before we moved to Moss Bank. My Mum and Dad used to say there was a Library nearby. I love Libraries, such a shame it's gone, I wish I would have gone to see it before it was demolished. It was only since I came to the US that I realised the significance of the name "Carnegie". What a generous man he was. http://www.suttonbeauty.org.uk/suttonhistory/education/ https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Andrew_Carnegie https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_Carnegie_libraries_in_Europe
  27. Big_Jeff_Leo

    Around St.Helens

    Taken this evening as the sun was setting.
  28. non sibi sed omnibus

    Wash me up before i go go

    Robbob. I myself think we should support your local hairdressers. Ive seen quite a few offering blow jobs? Price is a bit high but seem to be well supported by the number of customers see going in .
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