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I am researching my family tree and have found that my Grandmother was a half sister to Leonora Gertrude Hannant nee Parker.
Leonora was married to David Robert Hannant possibly had 3 children. I hope you can help Regards Julie. Marian Plummer has added a note to the conversation about Cissies below. I remember all the people you mention but sadly most are gone; I still see Pat Passingham nee Hack , she is married to Jim and lives in Bordon.
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Just like to say the Headley pump is great for bring back memories of yesteryear. In response to Peter Reid click here. Peter lived in number four Open Fields before moving to live on Headley Down, I can't recall where Percy lived at all but they were both in the building industry, sadly they are both deceased, I can offer no marital connection between the Reids and the Hacks, if there was one I just cannot say! One had a son Leonard who, if he had lived would be in his eighty first year.
He was in my class at Headley school and later in life moved to Liverpool and then to Ireland where he passed away. Hazel and Angela are deceased. The " Cisses" cafe in the High Street was a regular meeting place for us lads on a Sunday morning much to the annoyance of Rev Tudor Jones. This cafe was still open at the end of the sixties, but has now gone and in it's place is a very busy newsagents.
My sister is Lillian, I left the village in the mid sixties, first to Haslemere and then to Devon and I now live in Petersfield. Hope this is some use to you. I also live in Australia now but am originally from Headley. My Grandmother Ciss Cicely ran the cafe next door where the newsagents and row of shops are. Peter, QLD, Australia. Hi, my 3x great grandfather was Henry's father George who was transported on the Norfolk in There were 6 Fullick convicts and 22 convicts from Headley. Hard to believe it is 10 years since I added a few memories to the "pump" of that day in Click here to see the note from Denis in Still as clear in my memory as ever it was, and I guess always will be as long as I remain of sound mind.
With continuing thankfulness that the sacrifices made by so many on that and subsequent days have made a world of difference for me and millions of others. You may also be interested to look at some stories of Headley's part in the war - Click Here. I am looking for old photos of the army barracks around as my great grandfather Edward Kenna from Dublin served some of his time there as a soldier, hope this is the correct area, Alton Headley East Hampshire. I wouldn't think so but who can tell. Like so many other people I am tracing my Family Tree which brings me to Headley.
I have researched back to my 11th Great Grandfather Valentine Fullick. I have been able to trace some convict records, but would love any help with any further information on this family. Note - Jo Smith has already been in touch with Marion.. Sadly I couldn't remember the chaps myself but maybe some of you "pumpers" out there might be able to help. Again they went to Headley school and were familiar with Mr. I have written and asked for more details and will update when I get them. They lived as evacuees with the Wakefords in Passfield Any replies would be greatly appreciated.
Another photo of Headley C. This is the 1st X1 that played in the I'Anson competition in the mid 50s. A few different faces here. Could anyone please tell me the name of the umpire in the photo, I think it is Alec Courtnage from Lindford. NOTE : Denis Payne has confirmed this and also supplied the names of the players, added to the picture below.
I'm trying to make contact with a relative of mine, Carol Wilshire who lived in Headley and married Bryan Buck. Until recently they lived in Headley Down but have now moved. Does anyone know how I can contact her? Just in finishing stages of writing a book about Hollywater, near Standford. If you have any memories of living, working or visiting Hollywater I would love to hear about them.
I already have some lovely memories about Riverside Cottage, the Bridge, Hollywater Clump and various local characters but would love to hear some more. The Gandys below and here. I lived and went to school in Headley in and I knew the Gandys, can you tell what be came of Richard? I sat with him all through my schooling until I left to be an electrician, until I joined the army in August Responding to Alan "Ginger" Gandy click here.
I played cricket with Ginger Gandy many times in the late 40s and early 50s. He was indeed a good cricketer and a great chap to know. I have a photograph of him that I took coming in from batting to the old Thackeray pavilion at Headley.
Will look it out and send it now below. Sorry to hear he has passed away but when one gets to our age it is unfortunately to be expected. Another cricketer for Headley and a great friend of mine, Jim Clark also died last May. In Response to Wendy Buckinham click here. I have just read about your visit two years ago. My mother lived there, she is now in her 70s and she said she would like to go back.
We live in Carterton 18 miles away from you. I have been a follower of the Pump for about six years now and am surprised that no mention has ever been made of that immensely popular Liverpudlian Alan Ginger Gandy. The family - a mother and two lads - arrived in the village about the start of the 2nd world war. He and his elder brother Ritchie quickly integrated in our village way of life, Alan was a great sportsman and kept goal for the school and latterly the village team.
He excelled at cricket and kept wicket in matches at both levels, the I'anson and Miller leagues. He served as an NCO with the Royal Artillery during his two years national sevice and sadly he returned to Headley for an all too short a time before moving back to his beloved Liverpool. I managed to find his home address from Miss Stennings just before she passed away and we exchanged messages and pictures most weeks. He really was a delightful chap to know and to be with. During the war my family lived in a stone cottage on what was Beech Hill, and behind us were the Canadian troops assembling around Windridge for the invasion of the European mainland.
As a small child about twelve then, we got to know the Canadians very well and two names have stuck In my mind ever since. During the fiftieth anniversary I managed through various Canadian veterans organisation to locate Sgt Pitt. Happily he got through the war and returned to his homeland; he married, raised a family and regretfully had died just weeks before my search, but his wife contacted me and we exchanged a few letters.
That left Jim Booth, and during my long awaited visit to the "D day" beaches - an eightieth birthday present from my children - I searched the Canadian cemeteries, and after about two days we came across Jim's grave, my search was over. On my return to the UK I "punched in" Jim's details into my computer and found to my horror and disgust that he had been captured by the SS on the first day, tortured and murdered. I intend going over again this coming July to place a wreath and message on Jim's grave. Firstly, I am trying to find the names and addresses of any private childrens homes in the area as the person I seek was raised in the home from the age of 2, probably leaving the home around when she would have been aged I do know that the home was closed before I live quite a way from Headley so any help that I can get would be greatly appreciated.
I have just seen your post. My parents took over running Penryn in They provided a home for children until about when my mother Grace retired. My father Reg died in When my parents took over most of the children stayed for a short time. They mainly came from London local authorities who paid for their stay.
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They were mainly, if not all, "TB Contacts". I had always assumed that they were the children of parents being treated because they had contracted TB. It was of course a serious and frequent illness then. On the history of Penryn, when my parents took over it was in very poor structural condition and they repaired the house. They sold the land on either side and I think five bungalows were built in about I had no idea that Penryn burnt down.
I thought it was demolished in about and the site redeveloped for housing. Between and a large number of children, some very deprived, enjoyed the loving care of my parents and were welcomed into the Headley Down community. Many local people, mainly young women, worked at Penryn over the years. With reference to previous posts, Olive was a nurse there about Gunner Coombes helped my father with the building work and Eddie, Mrs Edwards I think, from Headley Down assisted my mother for many years.
In about Mr and Mrs Hamilton, with a substantial number of dogs, took over running the home.
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However until now stumbling upon this site I have never heard of this place. Can someone kindly give me some back story on who founded Headley village and possibly take some pictures? It would be greatly appreciated. My grandmother has the Headley Family Bible which may shed more light on this but I find it very interesting to find a Headley Village from the place my ancestors came from so many generations before me. I remember the laundry at Broxhead Common. My aunt Nell worked there, and it was still active in the s as we used to take our trolleys to the top of the hill then come flying down.
Evelyn Clasby has been in touch and is now in contact with Ivor Harrison Click here aboutr their time in Superior Camp. The laundry on the left going up over Broxhead common was a complex of several large Nissen huts built by the army in WW2 for military use. On one occasion at least it received attention from Hitler's bombers. From my childhood memories,the laundry was on the left hand side of the road as you go over the common towards Sleaford, i. Before all the trees grew, you could see a large concrete base and I'm pretty sure that my father said that the laundry was there.
He and his wife and two children lived at Whitehill Villas, Whitehill. I have been trying to locate a photograph of him ahead of next years th commemorations for the First World War. Sadly, he lost his life in France in July Because of his marriage to a German lady, no members of my family would have anything to do with him or talk about him when I was a child.
It is only now, after CWGC added his name to the Debt of Roll Of Honour at Maindenhead in , that I have been able to find out his service number and obtain a copy of his service record. In doing so I have learnt that he was tragically lost and his body never recovered. CWGC intend to notify those relatives with a date as soon as it is confirmed. With this in mind, I would like to be able to go to France and place a memorial cross at the same time accompanied by a photograph. Richard lived at Deadwater in according to census records.
His wife was Marie Holmes and they had two children - Margaret Helen Waller, born 16 July registered at Headley according to some records, Alton on another and Peter Donald Waller, born 18 August registered at Headley according to some records, Alton on another. Lived at 16 Ivy Cottages, Blackmoor. Probably the latter. If you could possibly assist me with this matter, I would be extremely greatful. If anyone also has any details on Fred and Rose that would be great too. I'm trying to find out more about what was a laundry used by the Lushington sisters who founded Ockham School in Kingsley in The Laverty diaries refer to the "Lushingtons' laundry at Lindford" - and I'm wondering if it is the old building now in a pretty dilapidated state that is on the B, Lindford Road, just past and opposite Broxhead Motors, on the left going towards Bordon.
You used to be able to see it from the road - but it's now pretty much hidden by trees and undergrowth. Even if it has nothing to do with the laundry I'd love to know a bit more about it. Hello, Many thanks for helping me get in touch with Kenny Sharman, I have heard from Kenny and it was quite a thrill to hear from my old home town. Greetings from Canada. Any more old pals from Headley?
Just been looking at your site. I have been going through some of my Mother's, now deceased, papers that l have had years and not gone through until now, and l have found a card with my name on it from Penryn Nursery Home and the date 7th March I was wondering what sort of home it was, and why was l there. Can anyone tell me any information, l was born in August so was very young. Note Penryn is also mentioned earlier - click here. I have good memories of the house.
As a lad I often worked during the apple season picking season. Often we would peep though gaps in the curtains at the home cinema, wondering just what it was. He usually finished quite well in the races. He has also competed in Grass track racing, though at that time I didn't follow that branch of motorcycling sport.
I met Jim on the AMC stand at the motorcycle show in Earls Court twice and later he came to my workplace as a sales rep for the company. He was always very amused that as a boy I had actually picked apples for his mother, what a claim to fame! Rita Bevan - nee Wakeford - often spoke in later life of her many invitations from Jim to go to Lane End and watch films. I understand that Jim lived to a ripe old age and that he died during ? I haven't been down that lane for over sixty years and I understand it now has a different name,perhaps during my next trip to Headley I might well have a look.
I found the village pump quite by accident, I was looking for houses for sale for my daughter in Headley and clicked onto the wrong heading and I'm so glad that it did. Finding the "Pump" has uncovered so many happy days of my life some sixty to seventy years ago, all the names from my school days, happily on my part never forgotten , I look forward to rekindling many forgotten friendship.
Headley and the surrounding area - two notes from Kenny Sharman. I lived in Headley from about untill my marriage in I lived in a small cottage on Beech Hill - my sister was Lillian, my father Harry and mother "Ginny". He had two sons but their names escape me.
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Hello Jonny, course I remember you, a dapper little chap who lived in OpenFields next door to Tom White's family - the number escapes me now. You left school at fourteen, started work at the then Lindford garage -now gone - and when your time came for National Service you were lucky enough to get into the Royal Navy, and how smart you looked in your Bell Bottoms.
When I started work I went up to Haslemere and that's about the time I lost touch with you, heck that's a long time ago. Most of the Headley boys that you might remember are long since gone, though there are still about six from my class whom I visit often. The whole area has changed so much, though Open Fields houses remain much the same. Headley school has moved into the field opposite the houses, where we had the bonfires, the old school is now a bed shop amongst things.
Hello - I am James, a current employee of the Headley Park Hotel, and since working in this amazing old building I have had a deep interest in its history particularly round the two wars, and also of the actual building as I have noticed many quirky features in the beer cellar and from outside. I was wondering if you had any more information on these matters Many thanks. I read with great interest the article about life in Superior Camp after the war when it was taken over by Petersfield Rural District Council to form temporary housing.
We left Grayshott and moved to Liss in I left home in Liss in to join thje Army Apprentices School Arborfield and although I visit both Liss and Grayshott and Waggoners Wells once or twice a year I never returned to either village to live. Responding to the sampler found in New York below. The style of the sampler is not at all consistent with the late 18th century date. The lettering does not look to be from that period, and 'by my hand' sounds deliberately archaic. Whether or not it is Headley Hampshire, this item looks very much later than the date on it. My guess would be 20th century.
Also worth noting that the church in this picture looks very American. I have been told that wives of soldiers of the 36th Ulster Division travelled from Ireland to places like Headley in September to stay in boarding houses and with families, so they could be near to and spend the last few days with their husbands, before they left for the Western Front. I wondered if anyone had any recollection of this in Headley. The eldest three boys were in the Army, Navy and Airforce during the war, and as Uncle Stan would have been 40 at the outbreak, the one sought would most probably be Cousin Stan or maybe Cousin Sid.
Of these I believe Bob is the only one living. He dated a girl called Ollie Etherington, if anyone has any information on him or anyone named Don who was in this camp at this time I would appreciate it, many thanks. Penryn in response to David Davey's note in September - click here. I was at Penryn when you were there! I think your nickname was Shrimp! Penryn burned down and has now three new builds on the site in Headley Down. I was there from - I would like to get the right birth certificate for this person, she married George Knight.
I am wondering what the person who listed it found out about it, as I bought it quite inexpesively. It looks real. Strange to read this. I bumped into Peter's brother in Tesco Bordon. His name was Alan; I lived next door to the Cains in no. Just like to recomend John for our local aerial and satellite sky installer, we had a lighting strike, he came round 7pm fixed the amplifier for my mum under the arch top of Barley Mow Hill. Next day came round and installed sky and free view in my entire home. John is highly recomended; he is on Hello David Were you there when Olive was nurse? Hi all, looking for any info on Penryn Childrens Home.
Resided there from and would love to hear from anyone who was staying there, or anybody who knew the boys and girls, about nine of us. What a lovely 60th birthday suprise I had last week. A mystery tour from home in Oxford down to Hampshire. We travelled down the leafy lanes heading towards Headley without me having a clue as to where we were going. That is until we passed the Headley sign post. I was thrilled to the point of tears as wonderful memories of my grandparents and their lovely home in Ferndale Terrace now known as Fullers Cottages came flooding back.
It was great to discover that little had changed in all those years. We stopped off to see the pond where we used to plonk stones as tiny children and visited the lovely cottage on Pond Road which we used to call Siddells Cottage, mostly unchanged but no Mrs Siddell of course. We started off with the church, through the lynch gate that our grandfather helped erect in search of our great-grandparents grave, followed by a quick lunchtime drink in the village pub.
It was lovely to see the iron seat still running round the big old tree in the centre that my sister and I used to clamber on while grandmother shopped. The drive on the terrace has been tarmaced since, and the short grassy steps down to the vale has disappeared along with grandfather's shed and garage. The allotment plot opposite the cottage where they grew fresh vegetables is now a car port.
The mossy bank at the back appears to have been bricked. I have also found an entry for him in the Headley Down phone book at a later date living at Birchmont, Headley Down. Can anyone else tell me more about him and his family? Just spent a "Happy Hour" reading the Headley Report I guess there are few villages that can boast such a comprehensive website; Congratulations to the producer s. The highlight of the report for me was the cover photograph of the ford and footbridge, bringing back so many memories of a happy childhood in Standford.
She returned last year and enjoyed a trip round old haunts to reminisce, sad news for those of us who knew and loved her. Tryphena's husband was John, a doctor, and Mary's husband was William, a successful brazier and metal worker in the East End. The maiden name of both women was Dale. Please contact me. If so, please email. It was sent to me by Steven L. Fialkowski who said: "I recently came across a needlepoint done by the hand of someone by the name of Frances Lee.
It depicts the Headley Village in I am trying to learn more about the piece itself and also of Frances Lee. I would also like to determine what the value of such a piece would be. I could not find any information on the name. Any help that you can give me with trying to learn more would be greatly appreciated. I suggested to him that we put it up on the Pump to see if anyone has any ideas about it. It certainly has a water mill, and the church has a spire as ours did in those days - but I don't recognise anything else.
Andrew Thorburn-Ruse put a note on the Pump in March click here , but today I met him and his wife in the flesh. The man in the middle we think is a Jack Cooper. They would like to know if anyone in Headley recognises Jack Cooper, or even better, knows who took the photo! For info see also the post from Jon Coombes to the Pump click here - he is the younger brother of these ladies, but apparently can't help in answering the question.
I remember you Lynda, I lived across the fence at no. I remember your mum catching several friends and I climbing on the school roof one Sunday. She recognised us and called us down, we were given the choice of being reported to Mr. Lee or our parents. As I knew I would get a thrashing from my dad I opted for Mr. He paraded us around the school and referred to us as "monkeys,".
I am looking for information about a place called Pan's Field in Headley, I do not have the address. However, my great aunt, Mrs Kate Grice, died there on the 29th. December , Mrs. Josephine Brown being present at her death. The death was certified by Dr. S F Crowther Smith. Does anyone know whether Pan's Field was a private residence or a nursing home?
Another strange fact was that the death was not registered until six months after it had occurred. Perhaps there was a coroner's enquiry or inquest? Can anyone suggest a local paper that might have an account of any inquest that may have taken place? The death was registered on 28th. June I live in Lincolnshire, and am getting on a bit myself, so cannot make the journey down to search, but would appreciate any help or information that can be provided.
Debby Ions asked in March click here what the school in Honeysuckle Lane was called. I attended the school, run by a Mrs Betty Ford, from age 2 and a half to 5 and a half, when I moved to the Holme School. I always thought of it as Mrs Ford's, but having just looked out my reports from the school from the early 's, I find it was actually called Carrick House School. Once again I have the pleasure to help the Pump Alice Wilkinson nee Coombes was my sister. She passed away after emigrating to Canada. She lost her husband in the battle of Singapore and later re married here in Canada Alice was the first of our family to emigrate; my sisters Ellen Nell , Florence, and Kathleen came out as war brides.
My brother Ron my sister Marina Rena and myself John came later. I have lived here now since and was the last to arrive. Most of us settled in Alberta where Marina, Ron and I still live. As one would expect we have grown to a large Canadian family and this year plan to hold a reunion bringing in relatives from the UK, Australia and New Zealand. I was born in and I was 7 in a family of I am making enquiries into Persons who lived in Headley between the above dates.
In particular to a lady called Alice Coombes later Wilkinson. She was married in the Parish Church on 2nd July Her address is given as Chestnut Cottage, Arford, Headley. Her employment at that time is unknown. She later worked for a Mrs. Any information known about Alice Coombes, the people she is believed to have worked for, the addresses she lived at, who the Parish Minister was in , and was the same minister in office in will be greatly appreciated. If anyone has knowledge of any person, possibly not now living in Headley, who lived in the Village at that time.
I would very much like to meet and talk with them. I do remember you even though I was a young boy back then, and you would have known my eldest brother, Terry. There was also Derek, David me! In front of our house lived Kenny Armstrong with his parents, and behind us lived the Ayres family. We did move down to Churchfields in the early 60's. One of my best mates back then was Peter Cain - do you know of his whereabouts by any chance? Most of the family live in Devon now. My oldest brother, Terry, died over 20 years ago.
I vaguely remember you back in the 50's and 60's and agree with you that they were the good old days!! Lane End.. Jane Davies responds to a note from Andrew Thorburn click here. I came across your enquiry purely by chance. We are the current owners of Lane End in Headley Fields. We recently did some house history research into our house and so we know that Mrs Kentish lived here.
She was the widow of Captain Kentish who was killed in It became Headley's cinema and locals would come down to watch films. We also have some information from John Owen Smith which I can email you with later. The previous occupants of Lane End were the Willis Family and may well remember a bit more about her as they bought the house in the mid 's. It is Dawn's 70th birthday August 30th and we are giving her a suprise party but we have no photos of either daughters when growing up on Erie camp and beyond.
If anybody has any, or remembers them please contact me. Emma's address is listed as Headley Mill Farm. I believe she had a sister Ivy Elizabeth too. Her father Alfred is listed as a canteen manager. Does anyone have any information on how I can also access Bordon Camp records to search and Charles was in the forces. I originally wrote to the Pump asking for information, July - click here that I was incorrect with what I had, and was delighted to be put right.
Since that time I have been pursuing a family tale about Richard Coombs the spelling changing in later years to Coombes that he was transported for a crime and returned. I have indeed found out about his crime and have information regarding his sentence and his time in Tasmania. Anyone who would like to have this information I can scan the details I have received from the Tasmanian Government and the Hampshire records office. It was a fascinating story about Richard and his wife Harriet White. Commenting on Harry Ellis' information below - click here Denis Payne That's interesting.
I used to see them when walking past the mill on my way to Bordon Council School, but didn't know that they were building a shed. I used to hurry by because although I knew they were prisoners of war, to my young and over fertile mind they were still dangerous! The census, see Jo Smith's historical part of the Headley website - click here , suggests that she was born Belton and became Burrows when her mother, Kate Georgina, married.
She was raised in Churt. The attached picture from is of Thirza with her mother and baby brother Samuel. As a kid I used to hear my mother mention lots of the names in the list; including "uncle Levy". Seems a big coincidence that there is a Levy Burrows listed in the census but our family remember him as Belton. My late father John Ellis told me that a brick shed always referred to as the Rat Barn! We moved to Erie Camp it would be good to hear from anyone - they were the good old days. If any readers can confirm this, or have any local photographs of the period showing such a car, I would be delighted to hear from them.
Thanks to all of the contribitors to the pump, I love to read them all, I left Headley at 11 years old but still return at times to visit my family graves at church gate. My father much to my surprise allowed me to use our horse and cart to bring boxes, crates and anything combustible from Passfield Mill which at that time was used by Sainsburys as a distribution depot to the green.
Large wooden cheese crates were laid out and crushed by running the cart wheels over them. There were also children from Passfield, Hollywater and Lindford. Anne was able to confirm this was the correct family and is in further correspondence. He was a plumber and worked at some time on the refurbishment of Lord Mayor Treloar Hospital. Any info gratefully welcome. Would anyone remember the name of the school maybe a nursery school that was in Honeysuckle Lane around ?
A very dear friend of mine, who lives in Honeysuckle lane, passed on the Headley village pump to me, isn't it great. I was born in Headley in , and went to to Holme school, my mum Brenda Coombes was the caretaker there for years. I read the message from Bob Miller, what a memory he has, fancy someone living in Liphook road, going out with a girl from the council estate.
I was one of "Skippers" girl guides, and still to this day use her tips and advice. What a wonderful lady she was. I saw that my cousin Gail Cam, and my uncle John both from Canada have been in touch. It's a very small world. Somewhere here I have an old school photo, I shall try and send it to you. Mum and dad lived on the village green in tin huts after the war. Also my grandparents are buried in the village church yard. Grandad Coombes was one of the last broom squires in the village. My aunty 'Art, ran the Holly Bush pub for years, I think my dad was her best customer.
He used to tell mum he was helping her to bottle up, but we knew different!!. Keep up this wonderful site, it's lovely to look down memory lane. Crista has responded with contact details for both Norma Page and Gloria Rooney Rudisill which have been passed on. I went to the Holme School from and was best friends with Pauline Nicol. I would love to trace her again as I have had no luck with Friends Reunited.
Does anybody know where she is now? We then went to Eggars Grammer in Alton. The last time I saw her was in the 80's when she was living in Battle in Sussex with her husband Guy. Hello, I am doing some Family research. This has led me to your Village. The period I am most concerned with is just before the start of the Second World War, to In particular a house called Lane End and a lady called Mrs.
Kentish who lived there at that time, I am also interested in any persons who worked for her or who may have resided with her. I know this is a long shot. I am hoping that your Village has a resident or two who can remember that far back and that you can put me in touch with them. It is my intention soon to visit the area and it would be helpful if I have somewhere to at least start.
I will be very grateful for any assistance you can give. Andrew Thorburn. Linda Warren has responded to the enquiry about Silvers click here. There was for many years a shop in West Street Farnham which was called Silvers, a mens outfitters, it was at the bottom of Castle St. I am trying to reconnect with two childhood friends from Headley Marian Plummer, having seen this note added "I would also like to know where the Bellinger girls are now.
I was at school with them; will you let me know if you find anything out about them. My son visited Headley as a teenager, and visited Symon's uncle Tony who owned a mens clothing store called Silver or Silvers. I am trying to find out if the shope is still there and if Tony is still the owner. Anyone know how I can get in contact with Tony? If there is any records of patients and where they would be kept. Also where this home was situated. I would be grateful for any info. Terry R Smith. Superior Connections - in response to Ivor Harrison click here.
I used to know Ivor at Superior Camp - lived next door and would like to know what happened to him and his family. I also knew the Coombes from Headley. Herbert and Lucy Coombes. In response to Dean Coombes click here. Lucy I believe came from the Petersfield area but whose family originally came from Wiltshire.
I was wondering if these are the couple referred to. Nutty and Lucy. Herbert used to visit my Grandfather from time to time in Portsmouth, until about One of their sisters, Minnie Coombes married a Russell and they moved to London in One of their grandsons, Michael Russell lives not far from me in Kent. Two other members of the family, their sister Kate and brother William emigrated to Ontario Canada in the early 's and I have been in touch with some of the Coombes clan there. Michael used to regularly visit the Coombes's in Canada. Members of the Coombes family are now spread from St.
Johns Newfoundland all across Canada I understand. I was also aware, from a photograph my grandfather had , that there was a Miss Coombes, a relative, who graduated through Harvard? I have often wondered who that might have been. We have a photograph of Herbert's parents, James Coombes and Annie Ayling, with some of their children in front of their house taken in late Victorian times as well as a photograph of James's mother Harriet Belton, born You are welcome to copies of these if you wish.
Ivor Harrison wrote in response to the item from mick Smith click here. Hello Mick, got your info from Superior camp. Brother Melv, sisters Jean, Fankie and Rose. My name is Ivor, and I loved the Memories that I had as a child, I was wondering if you remembered my family,. Hello, Hope you remember me. Just to let you know that I did connect with a lot of family when I went out to Lethbridge in Alberta last July.
It was wonderful. I also got to meet again Wendy and Terry Thornhill, it was such a great time. I am planning to go again this year and apparently there will be family from Australia as well as England. If there is still a chance that anyone would like to get in touch,please tell them that I would love to hear from them. Thankyou for helping me to find so many people. Yours, with so much gratitude, Gail Cam. Thunderbay Ontario,Canada.
Belton family in response to Lynda Barnes Click Here. I have managed to obtain the place of death of a relative, William Edward Tomkins, from the death certificate. He died on 29 Sept aged 17 with his adoptive parent in attendance whilst living at The Croft, Stonehill, Headley - but I am unable to locate this house. He was originally from Bethnall Green - fifth of six surviving children living in a two bedroom house. His mother worked in one of the big houses in the area, and he accompanied her - which is probably how he came to be adopted.
The Census gives the details of the adoption by two spinster sisters named Lillian and Hilda Wilson. Hilda Wilson was recorded at the address of The Croft, Stonehill. Does anyone can remember anything about The Croft or the two sisters? He is buried in the Churchyard of All Saints. I discovered this whilst searching The Headley Society web site for any clue as to the whereabouts of The Croft.
Jo Smith has been able to confirm this, but there is no further information available about the house from the Headley Society records. The Church register records that "Edy" as they called him was disabled, which confirms the family story of him having a humped back. The reminiscences of Pearl Patricia Rushton have been sent through to the site - and are available to read here with thanks to Sue Hodgkinson and Geoff Rushton. I am researching my family tree and have managed to go back to There are many other branches of the Belton family in Headley and Bramshott, but by it looks like they have moved away.
Many moving to Teddington, Middx. Does anyone know if there was any reason for mass exodus from the area? Does anyone have any links with the Belton family? The 70th anniversary of the start of WW2 has refreshed my interest in war related events in Headley and district and I am wondering if anyone has researched and catalogued such happenings and published them in book form?
The Wellington bomber that crashed on Weavers Down. The air attack on the Army laundry on Broxhead common. A wet and windy night but that didn't prevent me and many others from being there to see the resulting inferno. Fortunately the crew had baled out The German bomber that aimed to take out the searchlight in the field at the side of Hollywater road with a bomb that narrowly missed the site's living quarters.
The first V2 to fall in the area which came down at Forest Mere, near Liphook. They were a couple of characters! Sue Hodgkinson wrote in with items for three of the earlier items I have a copy if you would like it. I remember a girl called called Dee Dee Voller, she lived next door to the Goodwins.
Whilst doing some research into the history of Superior Camp, I came across a drawing of the layout of the huts and it is signed by you. I also lived at Superior Camp from to and I can remember quite a few of the families. I do not recall your name though. What was your address? I remember the Cornwall family so hopefully you remember me Dee, my name in those days was Gatcum. Erie Camp in response to Irene Horlock's earlier note - click here.
Sadly she died in after she moved to Churchfields Road, Headley. She used to take me as a young child to the Royal Exchange pub in Lindford. I would very much like to hear from anyone that remembers her or indeed has a photo of her as I have none. Please could someone help me with this. Hello Michael, Thanks for posting the photo of the '52 youth fellowship group. I emigrated to the states in '52 or perhaps might have been in it. Oddly the names you mention are the only ones in the photo that I can recall.
Jim had a sister named Doreen I believe. Having said that, I forward the following in reply to his latest comments. The first post war trip for the Youth Fellowship was to the Channel Islands in In August of the following year the leaders organised a holiday in Switzerland which began disastrously when we all had to spend a night in a railway carriage in Boulogne sidings while the Rector returned to London.
The problem being that the multiple passport on which many of us were travelling was incorrectly filled in. Joyce Stevens remained with us to keep us out of mischief!! He returned the next day with the corrected document and we resumed our journey and had a great time. I attach a photo taken by the Rev. Youth Fellowship holiday some earlier notes here , and shown on the Past Times page - click here.
The photo was taken around , when we went to a large house in the New Forest. It shows those in the fellowship as well as other groups who were staying. In the back row from the left were a group of French girls who had lost their fathers, airmen, in the war. At the end of the back row the last four were in our party, Mike Adams, our coach driver, Kenny Skidmore, and John Watts.
In the middle row at the right end is Jim Wade. Looking along the row I can recognise a number of faces but sadly have forgotten their names. The front row contains in third and fourth from the left the two leaders of the group,Rev. Tudor-Jones and Joyce Stevens. These are followed by an unknown group which may have included the staff who ran the house, and then another group from Headley, where Hazel Parfect is fifth from the right. Possibly in the Fellowship went to Switzerland, this being a joint effort with another Youth group.
The following year was a return to the New Forest house named Avon Tyrrell. Mike has provided a picture of the Avon Tyrell trip - shown on the Past Times page - click here. There are pictures from a later trip to Switzerland - see notes for that trip here. I think he taught for a short period at the Bordon school, probably changing to Headley school in the summer of He seemed to operate on the principle that he and I were never in the same school at the same time, for I was then moved to Grayshott school.
What suggests it was in the summer is that I was definitely in Headley for the long cold winter that year. On the kind Canadian theme do you remember the morning milk issue? No longer in third pint freezing bottles but made into warming cups of chocolate! This was said to be thanks to Canadians. When I left Grayshott school at the end of the summer term of it left it free for my father to move there, possibly for the new autumn term but there may have been a short gap.
He stayed there a number of years before moving on to Shottermill school. Denis Payne responded to Mike Adams note:. I remember you and I think your father was a schoolmaster at Headley around that time. He refereed a youth football match in which I took part and which was played on the Rectory field on Nov. All schools were closed for the day but of course no TV on which to watch the ceremony. I took the Youth Fellowship photo using my camera's delayed action and in the original picture I am on the extreme right standing on a chair, but removed myself when I cropped the photo to cut out too much background!
I may be wrong but I think the boy next to you is Leonard Herbie Hack. The girl immediately behind you is Marie Rice who became my wife but who sadly died 30 years ago. I think you are right about the camp being a detention centre for those troops who had misbehaved as it was known as the "glasshouse", a wartime term for such establishments. With a daughter married to a Canadian for 25 years and living in Vancouver I always feel a special affinity with the people of that nation when we visit. Prison Camp see also the earlier references here.
This camp gave a party to the local children at Christmas, and was eagerly waited for by them. The food was eye-opening, for in addition to the usual fare was ice cream, something never seen before in their lives. Also we all had a home made present to take home. Once it was a simple wooden block boat painted in primary colours, another time it was a full size wooden scooter also with wooden wheels!
Sadly it didn't last long on the rough tracks where we lived. Who was imprisoned I can't recall, my mother says it was the military prison for misbehaving Canadian forces, while I think at one time it may have held Italian prisoners. The site was not completely secure from adventurous boys, especially near the sewage settlement ponds.
Here could be collected tomato plant seedlings in profusion which were wanted by gardeners. To the disappointment of some the tomatoes were not the spherical type they expected but the pendulous variety. This may be why I have the notion of Italians being involved. That Italians were present could be seen for many years after the war. The tanks that trained on the common destroyed most of the vegetation, causing considerable erosion. This sandy soil washed down and settled in Fullers Vale pond,reducing its capacity and causing flooding.
To prevent this brushwood barriers were built and placed in the gullies to slow down and hold back surges. Where this was not possible structures were built with sandbags, sometimes concrete filled. When the outside had nearly set firm, some had the sandbag cover partly removed and messages inscribed. Past Times Photos click here. In the first picture the girl on the far left is thought to be Joan Dowler, my mother's younger sister. In the third picture of the Youth Fellowship I am in the front row, far left.
The third boy along I think is Kenneth Skidmore. In the third row on the far right could be Tony Hedgecock. I lived in Headley until I was 14 and my family have long associations with the village. It possibly belonged to a Canadian soldier during ww2. It is made from wood of simple construction and originally the following could be seen on the top: Captain D. Woods — Easy Company — Wanted on voyage. I have often wondered what became of Captain Woods and wondered if his family would be interested in its existence.
I believe that my grand father acquired the chest whilst working at Bordon camp after he left the Royal Artillery in His name is Alan Willmott and he would be aged between 66 and 67 years old. The last address I had for him was We went to Harrow County School for Boys, starting in At that time he was living in Woodcock Hill, Kenton, Middlesex.
When he left school he went to work for Kodak. The last time I saw him was when we were both at Birkbeck College, London University, although not on the same course. I realise 40 years is a long time and he could be anywhere in the world by now, perhaps the current owners of the property may have some information about him or the previous owners.
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