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  1. I believe that governments suppressed the news of deaths from flu as it was bad for moral in the final weeks of WWI. It is often referred to as 'Spanish Flu' because the Spanish government didn't censor the news of deaths as they were not involved in the Great War making them appear as more widely affected. It's such a shame that so little is remembered about one of the greatest, if not the greatest, tragedies of our time. I believe that all of our families will have been affected.
  2. Is there a list of winners of the Clegg Shield since it's beginning?  I have an old photo of my father's taken at Hillsborough School, Parkside Road with "Clegg 1930-31" written on a football.  I just wondered if they'd actually won it.

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      I have checked my records and note that Wadsley Bridge won the Clegg Shield in 1929/30 but not in 1930/31. However, they would have taken part in the competition which had 14 divisions in 1930/31.

      The Clegg Shield is the oldest running football competition for school boy in the World. It was started in 1889 and is still running today with their final usually played at Sheffield United's ground in late April or early May.,

      Originally it was for Under 14s but today it is for Under 16s

      I have a list of most of the winners, some of the shields on the shield have fallen off over the years and to date I have been unable to trace the winners.

      I am the joint author of the book Football in Sheffield which came out about 16 months ago. This coverts just about all the Sheffield football leagues and cup competitions, from day one plus the Clegg, United and Wednesday Shields for schools football.

      If you would like a list of the winners of the Clegg Shield and a photo of it, then send you email address to me at chris@cjeyre.co.uk, and I will let you have copies. I have been unable to attach them to this email for some reason.

      It would be nice to see the photo you have to add to my collection.

      Come back to me if you need any further info


      Chris Eyre (01709 541619)



  3. My grandfather, Fred Salkeld, enlisted into the 1st/4th (Hallamshire) Battalion of the York & Lancaster Regiment in September 1914. After training at Gainsborough the battalion was sent to 'guard the beaches' at Mablethorpe. They were later sent to Fleurbaix, France and then, in 1915, ordered to 'hold the front line' in the Ypres Salient. He received a shrapnel wound at Ypres in October 1915 and, after recuperation, was sent home in March 1916. He was attached to J Wood's forge at Wisewood (his previous employment). He died, a week after his twin brother, Frank, in the flu pandemic on the 4th November 1918. They were only 35 years old at the time. He was buried in a War Grave at Wadsley Church along with his younger sister, Louisa's, husband, George Oscroft Howard (28), who had also served in France and been wounded and sent home. He too died in the flu pandemic just 10 days after my grandfather.
  4. would we know each other? John was a great friend of mine



  5. Remembering old Tabby, don't forget the light brush of the back of his hand against your 'whatsit' Dave as he marked your Work/Conduct book in the office. All the lads knew of his 'eccentricities' and would be watching from a distance. A loud cheer would go up rendering the victim bright red with embarrassment.
  6. I started at English Steel's Light Press in 1963 as a Probationary Apprentice where we worked as gofers and general dogsbodies for the Sheet Metal Workers. The best job I ever had was when the manager, Jack Kersley, sent me, my mate Mick Ladlow and John Fearnley to whitewash the cricket screens at the Sport's Club. The weather was glorious and boy did we spin that job out. My mother and step-father virtually lived there in the late 70's.
  7. Hi sheffieldgirl. I am in touch with a woman on Facebook who says he grandparents used to run the pub on Cuthbert Road, that would be sometime in the 1950's. If your still around and interested I could put you in touch.
  8. Well, JFK's sister, Kathleen (Kick), was 'having it off' with the guy at Wentworth Woodhouse. It's Rotherham I know, but it's close.
  9. I've seen the grave of Henry Tingle Wilde in the old graveyard at Loxley Cemetery. It's near the old roadway just below the derelict building. Good luck finding it, the graveyard is overgrown and in a disgusting state.
  10. I worked, as a maintenance fitter, at Presto Tools from 1980 until 1990. It provided employment for a lot of people in those days, although the wages weren't very good - they had to bus people in from as far afield as Conisborough just to make up the numbers. Sad to see it go though. When one of the owners, Mr Allcard, died ( I think it was around the time I left) his son sold off his majority shares and the firm began it's long demise.
  11. There isn't a cemetery/graveyard at Wadsley Bridge. He would, almost certainly be buried at Wadsley Church (Wadsley Bridge and Wadsley were two separate villages in the same parish).
  12. Were there really three cooling towers? I have a photo taken, from Kymie's Hill (Cuthbert Bank Road), circa 1950 that only shows two towers and one chimney. Unless one tower is obscured when viewed from that angle?