William Gerry

This is another exploration of the life of a man commemorated on the cenotaph in the churchyard of St James, Ogley Hay.  I chose this name simply because it seemed unusual for the area, but his story did turn out to be unusual.

Ogley Hay Cenotaph (south face)

William Gerry was a career soldier, but there are things missing from the records.  This is what I have found out so far. Continue reading “William Gerry”

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George Dorsett (in memoriam)

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St James, Ogley Hay, south side, 2016.

In just one month’s time we will be remembering the dead from two world wars and other conflicts.  Here is another of my humble efforts to find out about those commemorated on the war memorial that stands in the churchyard to St James, Ogley Hay, in my home town of Brownhills in the West Midlands. Continue reading “George Dorsett (in memoriam)”

Pony and Trap Tragedy

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Bore Street, Lichfield. Image courtesy of Brownhills Bob.

On 29 December 1900 an inquest was held at the Anglesey Arms, Watling Street, Brownhills, into the death of Elizabeth Painter, who was injured in a trap accident on 1 December and died on Christmas Day at around 4:00 or 5:00 pm. The deceased was the mother of Alice Carter, wife of George Carter, about whom I blogged last time.

The Lichfield Mercury, Friday 5 January 1900, p3 col4, reported: Continue reading “Pony and Trap Tragedy”

Sinking feeling

I was sure I had posted this before, perhaps via Brownhhills Bob, but, try as I might, I can’t find it.

This is about the demise of George Carter (1859-1906), who was my grandmother Florence’s uncle and was a coal miner.  He died of injuries sustained in an “accident” at Brownhills No.3 pit, known as The Sinking, operated by William Harrison Ltd. I believe this pit was at Slackey Lane (now Hazel Lane), Great Wyrley, where the industrial buildings are today.

Continue reading “Sinking feeling”

Steam Mill Street

Way back in 1836 Edward Evans was baptised in the Primitive Methodist Chapel on Steam Mill Street, Chester.  According to the register it was on 25 May 1836.  Edward was born on 5 January of that year in the parish of St John’s, the sixth child of William Evans and Priscilla Mould (sic).  So, as I am staying nearby, I went to Chester to see what remains.  Edward was my grandmother’s grandfather.  Some of his story is told in Evans the Boat.

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Edward Evans baptism.

Continue reading “Steam Mill Street”

Gone, but (not quite) forgotten

A bit of family history, well someone’s family history, at least.

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A gateway into history

On my way back from Stratford-upon-Avon Parkway station, I passed the overgrown St Peters Graveyard in Bishopton.  Having plenty of time I thought I would mooch about.  Continue reading “Gone, but (not quite) forgotten”