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For several decades 26 Brookhill Road was home to three generations of my family. This was where my grandparents raised their three daughters. It was also my home for over twenty years.
My mother Lilian (named after her mother and both known as Lily) was born in 1913. She would have seen very little of her father during her infancy as the Great War was being fought in Europe.
My grandfather, Percy Tomes, returned home at the end of the war (WW1) but my grandmother’s brother, Robert Edwards, did not. Robert was the thirteenth child and only son born to my great grandmother. Sgt. R.H. Edwards MM of 11 Bn. Sherwood Foresters died in October 1918, four weeks before Armistice was signed.
I remember my grandfather as a stern solemn man, always smartly dressed with a button hole. He was a Mason and Hon. Secretary of the Woolwich Branch of the Old Contemptibles. Until the day he died, he represented the ‘Old Contemptibles’ on remembrance day at the Cenotaph in Whitehall. He was also a Pearl Insurance Agent and had a brass plaque on the wall by the front door for all to see. This was cleaned everyday by my grandmother who also whitened the half dozen steps to the house daily. My grandfather faithfully attended commemorative services at the Garrison Church, proudly wearing his medals. He frequently returned home for lunch with a complete stranger he had met at Church. My grandmother would quietly set another place at the table.
My father came from Yorkshire, married my mother at Woolwich in 1936 and worked as a lorry driver in Leytonstone, East London, before war broke out. I was born in December 1939 when another World War was escalating. My father had leave for my christening early the following year. My father’s uncle and aunt from Yorkshire were my godparents
I am trying to trace an old pal of mine called Alan J Good, he lived in Napier Road in Bromley and his brother had a warehouse behind the house. His family lived in Fordcombe and he went overseas working. It would be great to get back in touch
I went to Earl Rise Juniors 1960-66 and Bloomfield Secondary Modern (sometimes) between 1966-71. Drank in the Rose & Crown on Plumstead Bridge (often) Lived in Swetenham Place and Roydene Road. If you know me get in touch
Hi I used to live in Abbey Wood,went to School just after the war at Parrot Rd Plumstead, then to Wickham Lane till 1948, then worked and did my time in Woolwich Arsenal, I then lived in Gravesend Kent, befor coming to Australia in 1968.
Hi i lived in 9 benares rd till 1949 then moved to st margarets terrace,went to st margarets sch on the common,then to bloomfield sec sch till 1961,left and worked for the gas board,then movedto northamptonshire in 1967 with my wife Mary(DONO).
She used to live in Barnfield Gardens, went to burrage rd sch
does anyone remember us?
Mark Duarte commented
Searfhing for Family Tree members of: Edward & eda
Fitzgerald (nee Grosse) 1871-1909 Woolwich & district. My father was Edward George Fitzgerald 1899-1961 late Examiner Department of Naval Ordinance Woolwich Arsenal. Mother Jennie Harding
formaly Fitzgerald late Bayne nee Dunn.
Hi there I am trying to find any membors of the Naylor Family that lived in Wollwich in Spearmint Street. I left UK in 1961 as a boy and would love to contact the Naylor family can you help please!
Hi, I live in Fredericton NB Canada.
I am looking for City Hall records about my Great-Grandmother. Her name was Jeanette Vincent. She was Mayor Elect in Deptford some time after WW1. She was a suffragette with Mrs. Pankhurst and ran a second hand shop. Her husband was a police officer. Apparently he had to arrest her once for hand-cuffing herself to the Palace!!
If anyone can help I would greatly appreciate it.
I am am trying to trace ( and have been for a number of years) the wearabouts of Christine Osbourne formally of Burrage road Woolwich, If you have any info PLEASE contact me, I hope the following info will help recall her, born around 1968, blonde hair, tiny scar over her right eye, her mothers name was Pearl, i van only remember some her brothers names, they are mick, dave the others escape me, hope you can help
hi i am looking for anyone who attended foxfield school in 1985, i am 21 and left there in the late 1980's because we moved home. i am very interested to hear from anyone who knew nicole benford and still does. thanx
My Dad was named William Leslie Gates (known as Bill) he lived with his Grandparents in Mann Street Walworth, from about the age of 2, his mother was found murdered in a wood at Sunningdale, he attended English Martyrs School and during WW2 was in the army (Desert Rats) serving in North Africa and Italy. Bill died in 1974 and as I am an only child I am seeking anyone who might have known him or had any memories of him.
Warren Evans commented
im doing this on behalf of my father.my dad used to live at the top of weston street Bermondsey in the school were his dad was the caretaker and also attended tabbard infants.i think it was the early 1950s and my dads name is kennith davies ,ken davies does anyone remember him... many thanks
I am trying to find out what happened to Martino, who used to run the record shop in Sandy Hill Road, Woolwich, during the late 1940's / early 1960s. Can anyone help?
George P commented
I would be interested to have information on a Company in the 50s & 60s who were in Ossory Road called J. Mills and Sons. My Father worked there (he passed away some 31 years ago) as a Mineral Brewer I would love a photograph of the buildings from that time if there are any out there
Hi does anyone have info on Reynolds family that lived on Perserverance St in Bermondsey around 1950s? Or any Reynolds who worked in Mills.Regards
Fiona Shaw commented
My Grt.Grandma Mary Whelan owned/worked in a pub called Queens Head, Tanner St. Bermondsey in the late 1800's until about 1905. Any idea how I may find a picture of pub when it existed? Hoping someone can help. Many thanks.
Hi everyone I live Guinness Trust Pages Walk circa 1965-1968 I lived in J Block knew Michael Slatery and Alan Brown and others.I moved 68 to Brixton Guinness trust.I went to Bacon School and placental in summer holidays at Tower Bridge road..I went to Townsend Street Primary Hey anyone around that time prior to old Kent road flyover.I also have contacts with the Aylesbury Estate
Looking for Thomas Howard who in 1952 lived with daughter Rose Howard at 144 Trundleys Road, almost next door to the Rose of Kent hotel. Seeking information as to members of this family.
I am currently doing a university project in architecture on Deptford. I dont live there but I have been visiting/exploring the area extensively. I need some information on which are the busiest areas (people/cars/buses etc) throughhout weekends and weekdays, peak and off-peak hours. I would also like to know more about the market on the High Street, when is it on, which roads get closed down etc.
I am investigating traffic, flow and density issues in the Deptford area. any help would be much appreciated and would mean a great deal to me.
Martin Jip commented
Im looking for infornation about the jacksons from deptford there was charlie bill and arther my nan rose smith was there sister and i know there was a aunt grace she lived in a prefab my mum and dad was joan and fred from st pauls cray orpington