EVENTS No events this week.
OUR SALEM BASE is open from 9am – 2pm every Tuesday. Everyone welcome to view our archives and our collection of over 8,500 photographs with advice at hand.
REQUESTS Wendy (nee Smallman) from Somerset emails her connections with Cheslyn Hay with some fascinating details of her family history starting ‘My mother, Mabel Smallman, used to speak about her ‘little Irish gypsy grandmother’ Merinda Connelley, who came across to England in a rowing boat from Connemara, Ireland. Merinda married William Smallman and their son William married Wendy’s mother and they lived at the Toll House, Mosswood Cottage, on Wolverhampton Road, Cannock. Somebody once said that the William Smallman Snr was in fact called William Dudley and he was adopted by the Smallman family, with the story that one of his forebears, the Earl of Dudley’s cook, bore him a male child. Another story was that Merinda and William’s daughter Marie Smallman went into domestic service, aged 11 years, for her aunt and uncle, Bertha Connelley and Will Drummond in London. When Bertha died Marie looked after their children, Molly and Irene, but then Marie and Will Drummond had a child of their own out of wedlock and she was called Margie Smallman. Later Marie and Will got married but Margie was raised by the Smallman family in Cheslyn Hay. She married Bill Swann and they went to live in Rugeley. I was told that Oliver Connolley died in a pit cage crash but he had two sons who played for Wolverhampton FC between the two wars and their cousin Albert Connelley was also a very keen local footballer.’ So can anyone help Wendy in her quest?
Following on from Paul Bedford’s talk last Thursday, Kevin Taplin emails a request ‘I wonder if you have any information on my relative, William Taplin, brother of my g-grandfather, who was killed in action during the last few weeks of WWI.’ Our initial research reveals that the Taplin family lived at Walk Mill, Bridgtown and William married Phoebe Ann Bills of Watling Street and they lived at 21 Low Street. They had four children – Evelyn G (b1911), William H (1913), Richard A (1913) and Albert E Taplin (1916).
NEW PHOTOGRAPHS Two of Lawrence Hood and his bride Elsie Ewers and all of their guests plus two Salem Tennis Club photographs with the winning team of Irene Davies, Gwen White, Kath Walmsley, Joyce Roby, and Mavis Lakin and also the Men’s Single champion Brian Garratt. Also a casual photograph of two of our Parish Councillors Bill Wesley and Jack McCulloch. £1 per 7×5 Photographic Print.
ARCHIVE ADDITIONS/ARTEFACTS/DONATIONS National Service Certificate of Registration for WWII in 1939 belonging to Alfred Harold Heminsley of Holly Bush together with his ‘Explanatory Note’ and his Home Guard Certificate. Plus a synopsis of the origins of Bentons Lane.
EXTRACTS FROM LOCAL NEWSPAPERS researched by Mike Belcher This week these are the stories as reported in the Cannock Chase Courier in 1903 that include George Fletcher in a flight from justice, E Marshall, A Turner, B Bowen and H Pearson at the Bricklayers Arms, an inquest on the suffocation of the widow of George Stackhouse of Chapel Square, C Moore of Station Street of the Horticultural Society, an injury to T A Reaney at Harrison’s pit, a story on the Cheslyn Hay Jubilee Society, George Rochell in court and the death of Edward Hawkins of Rock Villa. Copy of any Newspaper Report £1.
WHAT HAPPENED THIS WEEK 50/100 YEARS AGO by Mike Belcher
1st September 1966 ‘Glancing Backwards’ to the news of 6th September 1941
1st September 1966 The full story of the success of Sam Morris and the Cheslyn Hay Press.
1st September 1966 Christine Cadman and her achievements at school.
2nd September 1916 A Rally and Garden Party in the grounds of Grasmere and The Park organised by the officers of the Cheslyn Hay Circuit of the United Methodist Church and including sporting events with Mrs F W Hawkins, Mrs Hickman, Mrs T Crutchley, Miss Holdcroft, Mr W H Goring, Miss F Pope, the Mountebanks, Mr R Evans, Mr W H Barrett, Mr A E Wright, Mr W Johnson, Miss C Gripton, G Wooton, A S Hawkins, W Dando, J Sharpe, Miss Brown, Miss Rowley, Mr A Thomas and Mr Parsonage.
THIS WEEK’S MYSTERY PHOTOGRAPH MYS 28 Another Harrison’s FC photograph but in the late fifties. Frank Lockett with the cup is the only one known. Can be viewed either on our website www.chdlhs.co.uk or on our Facebook Page.
WHAT’S IN OUR ARCHIVES An interesting snippet from Pat Everiss’s research into infant mortality in Cheslyn Hay and Great Wyrley in the first decade of the 20th century.
WWI COMMEMORATION This September we commemorate the death of 12049 Ernest Robinson of the 1st Battalion of the South Staffordshire Regiment, who was killed on 14th September 1916 aged 21, son of Stephen and Hannah Robinson, of 2 Mount Pleasant and buried with honour at the Thiepval Memorial.
DAVID LEACH David’s funeral is on Tuesday, 30th August at Bushbury Crematorium at 10.45am.