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About hougomont

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  • Birthday 03/04/1930

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    North Anston
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    Big Band Music,Military History,Laurel and Hardy films
  1. Many Thanks another piece in the jigsaw which has enabled me to establish where they were at that time. Now looking for a pub on castle st, number 30 on 1901 census
  2. Can anyone supply any information on a pub in Crookes, the only thing we have is the address 171 Crookes, on 1911 census listed as a Public House, a family by the name of Beaumont lived there, run by Henry, his wife Annie, and two daughters, Jenny and Gertrude. address could be 151 Crookes. Information required for family history
  3. Living where I do when I was diagnosed as wanting a replacement knee joint I was given the choice of either Rotherham or Bassetlaw(Worksop) hospital, and chose Bassetlaw, and the treatment I received from all concerned,Conslutant, Operating staff,Nurses right down to the tea ladies and cleaners was magnificent,care and medical attention was a credit to the hospital.
  4. The benefit match for Derek Dooley,after his leg amputation.As the immortal line say's"I was there"
  5. I am delving back into my ageing 80 year old memory to a stage show which was regularly staged at the Montgomery Hall Surrey St, called if I have got it right Billy Manders Quaintesse.The tickets were free obtainable at chip shops, sweet shops and similar, please don't jump on me if I have got it wrong, has anyone any information? Again I stand correcting but it seemed to be an entertainment for children in afternoons.
  6. Richdales on Bramhall Lane,slogan,"Richdales for Rich Ales"
  7. I am not sure and would welcome any confirmation right or wrong, but I think my late uncle started his career as a licencee in this pub, probably around the late nineteen forties,early nineteen fifties, his name was Albert Edward Hill, and he worked his way up the ladder as it were and finished up at the Beauchief Hotel when it was an independent pub.
  8. Thanks for that,but as my memory is 80 years old can I be forgiven?
  9. When I returned home to Sheffield after my National Service,during which I learned to drink,I wanted to investigate all the city centre pubs whose reputation I had heard so much about, and of course the local brews,one of which was Stones bitter,at that time,1950, a very light coloured beer,and quite correctly known as "Jungle Juice", the place we tried was the Yellow Lyon behind the City Hall, not living in Sheffield now,it maybe now known by another name, and the first thing that struck me and my mate was the number of blokes stood around just smoking and drinking with a far off look in their eyes. We tried the beer,lovely stuff, and another pub and beer sampled, when I arrived home my Dad was sat reading his paper and enquired where we had been, and when I told him drinking Stones at the Yellow Lyon, his reply was "Watch out you can get addicted to that stuff!!!!!!!!!"
  10. At the far end of the building on the floor above where Kennings was, and before they were there,during the war was the Central Labour Working Mens Club, accessed by a doorway and staircase in a little lane between the the buildings.It was a very thriving little club in those dark days,literally, in the blackout, and people could not or more importantly did not want to go very far when the threat of air raids were very real. My Dad was member there for many many years, and children were allowed in and in those days the "Turns" were many and varied,singers,dancers,conjurers, comedians, acrobats, a veritable variety show, I have many memories of those days, happy memories.
  11. Interesting comment"RichardB" Deolali a very famous Army base in India, and of course now pronounced as Doollaly to mean a bit mad, and the original usage of Deolali-Tap was to the time served pre 1914 soldiers awaiting return to England who were,after a long period in India showing signs of strange behaviour, "Oh he' Doolally-Tap", a very excellent account of the British Army in India early 20th century read "Old Soldier Sahib"by Frank Richards DCM MM, a classic
  12. Regarding the pronounciation of Ypres, there was a story that when the B.E.F.went to France and Belgium the C in C was Field Marshall Sir John French whose knowledge of the French language was to say the least rudimentary, and the story goes that during a conference on what to do and how to do it he was looking at the map and saw, Ypres, and being a man who did not let trifles bother him, he put his finger on the map and said "This place Wipers", and the name went down the line and it became Wipers to the Tommies, you can believe that if you want to.Incidentally it is now known by its Flemish name "Ieper" During WW1 the Tommies very soon adapted the strange Flemish names to suit themslves, Witjschate became"Whitesheet" Ploegsteert became "Plugstreet" Dikkebus became "Dicky Bush" and Dixmuide "Dixiemud"
  13. Ernest Blenkinsop Sheffield Wednesday English International kept a pub at Crosspool
  14. Just a little background to St Silas school, during the war I attended Springfield school, known to us all as "Spring-Onions" and during the blitz St Silas school was badly damaged so many of the pupils (we were pupils or scholars in those days) were transfered to our school which meant it was a bit crowded! Regarding the Wright Memorial Hall, or as it was known in my day as St Silas Church Hall, I have many happy childhood memories of this building, as we lived just across the road, I was a member of St Silas Cubs which met in the Hall, then graduating to the Scouts, Ron Jones was the Scout Leader, and a more dedicated leader you could not wish to find. In those days St Silas Scouts had a band, drum and bugle, quite a rarity during the war, and my mate Kenneth Wild, now no longer with us played the bugle in this band, and I well remember him busting a gut whilst learning to play the instrument, band practice was Tuesday evenings. Church activities took place in the hall, concerts etc, my sister was Akela to the Cubs there until her marriage took her out of Sheffield. When Martin Phillips was Vicar he formed an Senior Citizens group called the Tuesday Club, and my mum was on the committee, and her presence was always very welcome at the Christmas Lunch because having worked at a posh restaurant she knew how to carve the turkey to get the most meat from it. Yes I have many happy memories of this building.
  15. The most vivid memories are of the outdoor summer event which took place somewhere in the Bents Green area, I think, before the war, with all kinds of activities, races, games, picnic teas, everything to enjoy and of course we would look forward to this for many weeks. Another were the Sunday School concerts which always played to packed houses, and I had the good fortune to be picked in two at least,when I was supposed to be a soldier,and sang a song something like"We are Soldiers in the Army, and looking for some Fun" and on the night my Mum, Dad, Aunts and Uncles were all there to see my performance, and when I sang all my my relations clapped and cheered shouting encore! encore!which I did not know what that meant but one of the adults in the wings said "Sing it again"which I did. Another masterpiece was the Umberella Man with yours truly in the lead role, again to enthusiastic support from my family. On Monday evenings was the Band of Hope during which we we were lectured on the evils of strong drink, and later during the war a youth club was opened with the usual games and activities, and me and my great pal Ken Wild decided to try this smoking lark in the gym behind the vaulting horse and we were both sick, and I have never smoked since and neither did Ken. My memories of Hanover Methodist Church Sunday school are very vivid and very happy ones.