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Loftus Zetland Junior Summer 1937

Loftus Junior (Zetland) School pupils pictured in the summer of 1937 in their last Junior School photograph before moving ‘up’ to the big school in the September. In June 1937 all the pupils from Liverton Mines had to move owing to the subsidence which affected both the school and houses; their are other posts on the Archive about this problem. Note the next group of pupils awaiting their turn to have their photographs taken on the extreme right of the image.

This group (possibly the entire year) includes Mervyn; it is believed that the certificates may relate to the Eskdale Tournament, but the Archive would welcome assistance and additional names.

Back row: ??, ??, ??, ??, ??, ??.

Third row: ??, ??, ??, ??, ??, ??, ??, ??.

Second row: ??, ??, ??, Isabel Codling, ??, ??.

Front row (kneeling): Mervyn Sherwood Brown, ??, ??, ??, ??, ??, ??, ??, ??.

Image and information courtesy of Mervyn Sherwood Brown (via Dean Gibson), thanks to Janet Wilson for the update.

A Window Display

A display advertising Skipper – tinned fish products – a part of one of Race’s regular changing window displays. William Race’s shop was listed in Kelly’s Directory in 1913 as ‘Confectioners and Pastry Cooks’; William gave his trade as Grocer and Baker in the Census of 1891. Can you remember Skippers Sardines?

Image courtesy of Mervyn Sherwood Brown (via Dean Gibson).

Race’s Shop Loftus

William Maxwell Race, in the doorway of his shop in the Market Place; the original ‘Race’ between the Camel (in reality Cammell – the name of the next shop in the Market Place) and the Lion. The lion being the Golden Lion which is to the right in this image. Dating the image places it well before 1923 (William’s death) and is probably about 1900. William Maxwell Race was the uncle of Mervyn Sherwood Brown who sent the Archive this series of images.

Image courtesy of Mervyn Sherwood Brown (via Dean Gibson).

Liverton Mines Miners 1921

This cutting part of Mervyn’s collection of images shows a selection of surface workers for Liverton Mine. The Archive would welcome any information about the cutting and possible additional information about those featured (the Archive can already trace several through the 1911 Census).

Image courtesy of Mervyn Brown

Liverton Mines 1930

Cliffe Terrace, Liverton Mines in 1930; Mervyn Brown (who kindly sent the following images) lived at 3 Cliffe Terrace overlooking these fields and can remember the donkey! Mervyn moved away in 1942 when his father (who was a foreman electrician in the steel works) sought new employment in County Durham.

Image and information courtesy of Mervyn Brown (via Dean Gibson).

Excellent Attendance in 1904

Excellent attendance at school, especially for a 4 year old! Vida was born in Brotton in 1900, marrying Edwin Hindmarch in 1921; they moved to live at 11 The Avenue, Brotton in 1944 till her death in 1970. Interestingly the Elizabeth Mary Day who was listed as Head Teacher on this certificate was also Brotton born and bred. In 1891, at the age of twenty two Miss Day was head of the Elementary School (on Saltburn Road, Brotton).

Image courtesy of Abi Hindmarch.

Haugh Bridge towards South Loftus

This postcard view of South Loftus from Dam end with the old railway bridge and land free of trees, includes Haugh Bridge, complete with three who children managed to get into the frame! It was produced by J. E. Harrison of High Street Loftus, posted in the 1930s from Loftus to Lealholm.

Image courtesy of Pat Brown.

Dinner Ladies 1972/3

Our beloved dinner ladies are back, pictured resting from their labours at lunch time.

Back row: Cynthia White, Eileen Mead, Maggie Marley.

Front row (seated): Gwen Husband, Margaret Sivills, Jeanette Found, ??, Sadie Curnow.

Please can we have assistance with the missing name and have we got the names correct?

Image and some names courtesy of Cynthia White.

Doing the Double – 1921

Winners of the East Cleveland League and Cleveland Cup in 1921 – Loftus.

Back row: A. Andrew (Scorer), C. Breckon Snr. (Umpire), S. Lindsley (Groundsman), J. S. Hebron, H. McCann, J. Harmer.

Middle row: Re. T. C. Booth, C. Breckon Jnr, F. Robinson, R. Slater, Archibald Toase, W. Toase, A. Bidmade, R. Dyson Nutt.

Front row: W. Mott, J. Ward, R. R. Davey (Captain), J. W. Hardy, G. Gott.

Image courtesy of Terry Shaw.

Help Needed!

I was very interested to see the recently photograph of officers of the 13th (Loftus) Battalion Home Guard and I seek the help of fellow Clevelanders to solve a family mystery.

Attached is my maternal uncle, Joseph White (born 3rd October 1896) in uniform at the wedding of his brother-in-law Clarence Brown on 25th March 1940 at Liverton Church. He appears to be wearing three medal ribbons. They could not be WWII ribbons as those were not issued until after 1940, but he was old enough to have served in the latter part of the 1914-18 war which would make him eligible for the British War Medal and Victory Medal. Indeed, it is conceivable that he might have been in France between 5th August 1914 and 31st December 1915, at which latter date he would have been 15 but there is always the possibility he lied about his age when volunteering or we have an incorrect birth date for him. If he was in France, then the third ribbon would be the 1914-18 Star. Graham recalls him being in the Home Guard but The Army Personnel Centre in Glasgow could not find any records for him. [Note: The Home Guard Records held by the Ministry of Defence are apparently far from complete].

I recall him being in the Home Guard as I went with my father, when on leave from the RAF, when he joined with Joe on rifle range practice at the foot of the shale heaps at Liverton Mines. The Army Personnel Centre in Glasgow could not find any records for Uncle Joe, however, The Home Guard Records held by the Ministry of Defence are apparently far from complete.

I seek help, asking if anyone has photographs, or lists of names, of the squaddies of the 13th (Loftus) Battalion Home Guard. With best wishes – R H Graham Suggett