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  1. Thanks for the info but it is not the Harold Smith I previously mentioned. No apologies required.
  2. Harold Smith mentioned on the memorial was my great uncle he was killed on the first day of Passchendaele Sydney Smith may also be related but I have not made the connection yet. Is it possible to use the image for my family history?
  3. Hi, not been on for a while and came across this topic. If it helps the ward boundary is shown on map 275 on the 1950's map section
  4. Just sorting out my Father in laws family history and some of the artifacts he kept. I have his belt he wore at Dunkirk and also interestingly a typed memo he received after he was billeted in Chesterfield telling him not to speak of what he saw at Dunkirk so as not to demoralise the civilians, and he never did to me anyway. I was however told ( by my Mother in law) that when he came home in the uniform he escaped in he was so dishevelled she didn't recognise him. He went on to be part of the Dunkirk Veterans Association. As an aside he was the grandson of James Stubbs artificial limb maker as mentioned in the 'Great Jobs thread I have just replied to.
  5. Have to raise this topic again , sorry. Just thought you might like a bit more background to James Stubbs ( he just happens to be my wife's great grandfather). James lost both his legs and part of his left hand in an railway accident in 1884. He was returning from Chesterfield to Staveley but caught the Sheffield train by mistake. On realising his error he jumped from the train at Lockoford Junction successfully but was then hit by another train coming in the opposite direction which severed his limbs. on recovering he developed and produced his own prosthetics and developed it into a successful business in Sheffield. When you see how far these prosthetics have come and helped people in similar circumstances you have to be proud.
  6. There was also a Marsdens cafe a bit like a Wimpy. Had many a " frothy" coffee served in a glass cup and saucer.
  7. As a long lost contributor to this site when Isaw this topic I had to add my recollections. This topic brings back quite a few memories as I attended from the mid 50's until me and my friends moved to Myers Grove. Mr Oakes - Headmaster and also music teacher,choir master- brilliant - introduced me to classical music by playing it at assembly. 'Air on a G string' seemed to be played a lot. As choir master he took us to Elsecar for a choir competition and we won!! we sang a song about Hans old Mill. Apparently we gained extra marks because we 'looked like a choir' in our white shirts and red ties. This was something as most of the children were from not well off families . I myself lived on Martin Street where the slums were knocked down to build more slums which wer knocked down.Our old house is now the corner of a maisonette or something. Mrs Oliver- my memories of her was of her make up with bright red lipstick,dark hair and eye brows like Alma Cogan , Also for her lessons we had to go across the road to St Nathanials Vestry Hall .Always remember the lights there hanging on long chains from the high ceiling. We also used St Nats hall just behind the vestry hall as a gym kept getting splinters from the cabby wooden floor. I think this is now a car park Mr Breckan - I think the spelling is Breckin, however, taught us how to write using joined up writing and ink. He also had a reputation for having a cane with wire wrapped round for any miscreants however one day I was asked to go to the front of the class and confirm that this ' wire' was infact the glue from sellotape used to bind the cane t stopp it splitting I have wonderful memories of this school non more so than my final visit . We had broken up for the 'Six weeks Holiday' after which would be my first day at Myers Grove. I realised that I had left my cartridge pen in my desk so on the Saturday I went to the caretakers house next to the lower school to see if he would let me in. He duly did so ,I retrieved the pen and walked out through the play ground which was situated underneath the school which was supported on large columns in the playground ( flew round them a few times playing English and Germans at playtime). I can still recall the quietness of the place as I left. I now stand to be corrected here but I believe that Mrs Hattersley and Mrs Copley were in fact from Myers Grove. Mrs Hattersley was deputy headmistress and was the wife of Roy Hattersley along side a Mr Munden deputy headmaster. Mrs Copley was I believe the chemistry teacher .
  8. Met my wife at the Heartbeat New Years Eve 1968. She had tripped over the step on to the walkway adjacent to stage and dance floor on the way out to the toilets
  9. I think it was actually called "the Hoffbrau House" . Cracking night out ,good beer ,Oompah Band dancing on tables I think later tuned into Berlins
  10. Your right it was called the Beer Keller (sp) I think it was the first place (in Sheffield anyway ) to have continental strength beer served in 1 1/2 pints in 2 litre glasses. The difference between that and Double Diamond was amazing
  11. Don't forget Shades which was where Napoleons is on Eccleshall road. Cracking reggae back in '69