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“Workers V.C.”

The Daily Herald, Instituted the Order of Industrial Heroism to recognise the ”Deeds of Valour” of those workers who had saved their fellow workers from danger of death. This became known as the ”Workers V.C.” Many of the recipients were awarded posthumously and also received other awards including the George Cross, George Medal and Royal Humane Society Medal. Just over 400 Workers V.C.s were ever awarded.
J.M. Easton (Overman at Loftus Mine, Skinningrove) was presented with the Medal at the Union Council Middlesbrough on 14th December 1946. He was the 177th recipient.

Information courtesy of TUC..

Cubs and Scouts of Sandsend – 1929

Pictured at Sandsend with the railway viaduct in the background; the Cubs and Scouts of Sandsend had assembled.
Back row (left to right): D. MacLean, R. Sleightholme, John Young, G. Crosby, H. Crosby, H. Foster, W. Mead, T. Waller, W. Stamp, C. Thomas.
Middle row: J. Robson (Cub Master), Dr. Tinley (District Commissioner), T. Walker (Scout Master), W. Braithwaite (Assistant Scout Master).
Front row: F. Stonehouse, S. Sparks, B. Waller, T. Pybus, Reg. Carass .
Image courtesy of John G Hannah (originally from Whitby Gazette “Down Memory Lane” 1980).


This postcard view of Beckhole – which grew up round an old fording point of the Murk Esk – in Victorian times was much visited having extensive orchards with visitors enjoying the many walks and waterfalls; as well as taking tea beneath the apple trees.
Image courtesy of John G Hannah.

New Skelton

A view of New Skelton from North Skelton (possibly the cricket field). This in the days of Stanghow Lane Secondary School, now sadly demolished and the chapel sited opposite what is now Byland Road. Dating is unsure so we welcome a suggestion.
Image courtesy of John G Hannah.

Brotton Grange c.1900

The Grange, Brotton standing on Coach Road was originally the home of Robert Morrison. He started the ironstone mine (Morrison’s Pit) close to his home, from 1881 the house was occupied by Joseph Taylor. Listed in the Census of 1901 as Accountant and Secretary of Brotton Gaslight and Coke Company. The two figures in the postcard image could be Margaret Taylor (wife) or Margaret (daughter) or possibly Beatrice Rush (maid). Roger Hardcastle tells the Archive: ” My great grandfather was a doctor; Thomas Taylor. He had five children and one of them was George, born in 1885 who was my grandfather. It was our branch of the Taylor family that lived in the Grange at Brotton. Going through old photo albums there is a photograph of the Grange”. Charles Taylor advises: “George Taylor was (I believe) the brother of Tom Hugh Taylor who was my grandfather and I have a couple of pictures of gatherings in the Grange garden in which the whole family is shown. Roger Hardcastle is related; as we share the same great grandfather and our grandfathers were siblings”.
Image courtesy of John G Hannah and thanks to Roger Hardcastle and Charles Taylor for the updates.

Danby Castle

A hand tinted postcard view of Danby Castle by Tom Watson of Lythe; although when viewed from the road more resembles a fortified farmhouse! It dates from the early 14th century and was built by Baron le Latimer. It was visited by King Edward II in 1323, Danby Castle; it was and still is a popular postcard theme.
Image courtesy of John G Hannah.