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    Rowlinson Technical School

    Hi ianb To my eternal shame I have only just returned to this topic - probably far too late to be relevant to the previous posts now. I was also in Osborn House. I left in 1965. I remember Spike quite well although he never taught me - lucky for him as that would have been a trial for sure. I also remember John Brennan - once sent me for the cane as he accused me of cheating in a test - for once I wasn't so was particularly aggrieved. The was Mr Gomm - Chemistry - a Rowlinson old boy - 'Connie' Stephens who I think taught chemistry too - maybe after Mr Gomm had left. Yak would have had troubles trying to teach me maths for sure no matter how proficient he was. My favourite subjects were English and French. In later years our English teacher was Bob Etchells who also oversaw the school cricket team. I was lucky enough to play in it in my final year. I did not enjoy my shool years very much at all. I struggled academically (one measly O level) and truly believe I didn't develop the capacity to learn until I had left. Nevertheless of course it played a big part in my upbringing and despite my general alck of enjoyment there were many friends and times etc I remember fondly.
  2. Seeking any information on : Matthew Clarke - served as Sergeant / Colour Sergeant and Company Quartermaster Sergeant - 8329 / 4736243 with the 1st Battalion of the York and Lancaster Regiment. Was awarded the Meritorious Service Medal in 1918 (London Gazette dated 31st May) Born in Sheffield in 1888, his parents were John and Annie and the family mostly seem to have lived at Dunfield(s) in Neepsend. Any information at all would be very gratefully received. Thanks
  3. Hi A friend has told me of a book he purchased recently but the title of which he couldn't remember off-hand this morning which details Sheffield veterans of both the Crimea and the Indian Mutiny. He seemed to think that Greybeards may form part of the title. Does anyone know this book and it's correct title? And/or where I might be able to buy a copy? Many thanks Chris
  4. I am currently researching : Corporal / Sergeant 4661 John DALE of the Yorkshire Light Infantry. John's picture appears in the book : SHEFFIELD AT THE FRONT - in that image he can be seen proudly wearing his India General Service Medal which he earned in 1897/8. He went on to serve in the Boer War thus earning further medals - the Queen's and King's South Africa Medals. He was taken prisoner by the Boers in December 1900 at Nooitgedacht being released later. His service papers have not survived it seems so once more I have been trawling the other available records. I believe I have potentially identified him as the John Dale who was born in Sheffield circa 1875. He appears on the census for 1881/1891 and 1911 but not 1901 when, if it is the right man, he would have been serving in South Africa. This John Dale was married in1905 to Rosa Annie Marsh. The marriage certificate (a copy of which I have) suggests that at this time John was a 'Policeman'. However, by 1911, he had clearly left the service and was working as a 'Municipal Museum Attendant'. He died in 1949 and is buried in Crookes Cemetery ( I haven't as yet had chance to go and find the headstone) What I am endeavouring to establish, in the absence of Army records, is if the John Dale I have found is the same man who served in the Army as described. Any help would be very gratefully received.
  5. No worries at all Roger . Thanks for this latest addition to the growing file on Edwin. Thanks for all your help . Chris
  6. Thanks once again Roger I suspected it may be possible to establish an enlistment date from his service number. I will see what else I can find also. Regards Chris
  7. Plus of course if I had read the information you posted before posting a copy of the actual page I would have noticed this straight away. Patience has clearly never been my strong point!
  8. Roger Ignore my last diatribe. I have just read through the Soldier's Effects form again - this time using a magnifying glass and the 'Sarah' has been corrected to 'Clara' in September 1919. So, the mystery is solved and this is my Edwin Hancock for definite. Thanks again for all your help. Chris
  9. Good Morning Roger Once again many thanks indeed for your generous help. In the absence of his service papers I was trying to establish as much information on Edwin, to positively identify him, as I could but was therefore restricted to births, marriages, census etc on Ancestry. As I am sure you are familiar with, there is also the facility of checking on who else might have been researching the same person and on looking at that link I found two family trees - both of these dealt with that Edwin Hancock who was born, as I say, circa 1877/8. Now you could be forgiven for thinking that those researching had just dropped on this man and made certain assumptions but at the same time it occurred to me that someone within those families would recognise other family names thus confirming this was the right Edwin Hancock. However, if it is the right Edwin, then the Register of Soldier's Effects etc throws a small spanner in the works as his wife and sole beneficiary is called 'Sarah'. Records for the Edwin I thought it to be show that his wife was called Clara not Sarah (this could of course be an error on behalf of the compiler of this record as the names do sound slightly similar) However I can't now find a Sarah Hancock who was married to an Edwin. I had hoped that there may be a mention of his death in the local press which might have included either details of relatives or even an address but it seems this will not be the case although I do intend to check later in the week - a laborious process but one which might prove beneficial even though it seems that your newspaper checks have not revealed a possible article after all. A frustrating but still fascinating business - I enjoy the research aspect of my collecting as much as the collecting itself if not more. Many, many thanks again. Regards Chris
  10. Firstly - thanks syrup for posting this article which I greatly appreciate . You have saved me some trouble. Roger - thanks for your link but unfortunately my Ancestry subscription is one level below that which would enable me to view the Soldiers effects pages. Many thanks to you both for taking the time and trouble to respond . Chris
  11. Roger That's very helpful of you and very much appreciated. It should make it much easier for me to locate the article. I was looking in the Independent and not the Telegraph which I don't think is available on-line anyway. I have Edwin Hancock's First World War medals hence my interest in him. The avatar is a great image. Neither of my grandfathers served in the Great War but my maternal Great-Uncle was killed on the 1st of July 1916. Thanks again Chris
  12. Roger I know I am playing on your good nature but do you have the date of the newspaper in which this appeared. I have checked the Independent on the British Newspaper Archive without success. Regards Chris
  13. Hi Roger Thanks for this too - it certainly sounds like him. I am at the library later this week and will have a look in the newspapers of the period - any idea when he was actually sentenced? Chris
  14. Roger Many thanks for this information. The age is certainly right for him and if he was a Sheffield man that makes it more likely too. Plus from 1901 onwards he was employed as a Horse Slaughterer which although a stretch may mean his place of employment also dealt with sheepskins which might have given him the idea to steal some. Is this information on Ancestry or some other source? Cheers Chris
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