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South Tyneside Branch / South Tyneside November Meeting Report
« Last post by Annf on November 30, 2015, 02:05:25 PM »
At the meeting held on the 18th November, Linda King gave an interesting and enlightening talk entitled 'North East Customs and Superstitions'.  Commencing with the more sombre aspect of customs associated with murder, death and burials in the Victorian era, Linda then moved on to a happier note with marriages and births as well as children at play.

The members in attendance not only learnt the origins of some of the well known superstitions we all grew up with, but were also introduced to others which are less familiar; the subject being a point of discussion over tea and scones after the meeting.

The next meeting of the Branch will be held at 1.30 pm on Wednesday 9th December, at St Hilda's Visitors Centre, South Shields, when the speaker is Anthea Lang who will give a presentation on 'Life on the Home Front on Tyneside in WW1'  All welcome.
Tynedale Branch / Report of Tynedale Nov 2015 meeting
« Last post by Susanne on November 13, 2015, 07:15:52 PM »
Meeting on 12 November 2015:   9 members attended
Members Forum  A family member in WW1 or WW2 - Home or abroad
Although only 9 members could attend almost everyone had a tale to contribute, bringing photos, paperwork or other objects to illustrate the stories of their family member in wartime.  One was a speaker’s father.  He was born in 1906 and had been in the Royal Navy for a decade before World War Two broke out.  He spent most of the war on the Arctic convoys escorting merchant ships across from Iceland to the Kola Inlet in Russia.  On one occasion having delivered the goods they collected gold in payment to take back to Scapa Flow.  As an Instrument Artificer he was involved with a brand new radar system. This may have been why he was Mentioned in Dispatches - further research needs to be done at Kew.  Another member’s uncle had been 4th officer on a hospital ship, travelling close to the coast to avoid minefields, that was wrecked just off Whitby Harbour in WW1.  In the heavy seas many lost their lives and the local manual lifeboats could not reach the ship.  The Tynemouth Lifeboat was motorised - it took 9 hours to arrive.  After this tragedy the RNLI worked to get all its craft motorised.  The Tynemouth Coastguard museum has details and photos of the incident.  A great -uncle in WW1 was a dispatch rider.  When an abscess kept him in hospital for 6 weeks he started a diary which a cousin has since transcribed.  It gave details of some of his trips, the dangers of strafing and bombardment, the billets ranging from chateaux in sunshine to woodland in downpours and the joy of a primus stove sent from home that enabled him to have his first hot wash in many weeks.  Years after the war a box of negatives was found in a French farmhouse and because many of the soldiers were Australian it appeared on a TV programme there.  It included a picture of all the dispatch riders - including this great-uncle.  WW1 was fought well beyond the Somme. One family member fought in battles and skirmishes alongside Italian troops against Austrian troops in the Italian Alp foothills.  He died in 1918 and his is one of the 4 names on the war memorial in the tiny village of Stapleton in Cumbria   Another speaker had not known her grandfather had been a conscientious objector in WW1 until her father asked her to look for the tribunal papers relating to exemptions.  The papers for many areas have not survived but Middlesex ones did, recording the hearing and the appeal.  When sorting papers prior to her mother’s house move, an envelope was found with photos from the camp in Newhaven that he, and other objectors, were kept in during the war.  A newspaper cutting of an interview in 1963 was the basis of a talk about the speaker’s mother’s cousin.  As a 20 year old trooper in the push for Caen in 1944 he had been paralysed by a mortar that cut into his spinal cord.  He was invalided out as 100% disabled and after a while at home he moved south to a Star and Garter Home. He had found it difficult in his home town constantly being offered help and having to be grateful.  At the Home he had like -minded friends and was encouraged to be as independent as possible. He developed a watch and clock mending and servicing business.  He died in 1981.  The last tale was of the speaker’s father who was a Japanese prisoner of war from 1942-45.  She knew very little about him as he died in the early 1950s.  In the 1990s more information came to light, partly through the FEPOW (Far East Prisoners of War) Association.  A notice in their journal resulted in letters from 2 fellow POWs who had brief memories of him and who helped decipher the abbreviations on his Service record.  He learnt to speak and write Japanese in the camps and after the war had ended he was asked to go to Japan with the British & Commonwealth Occupying Force to help in the repatriation and other duties.  One souvenir, which the speaker brought along, was a small, unremarkable looking rose printed cup and saucer.  However, the bases are stamped “Made in Occupied Japan”.
South Tyneside Branch / November Meeting
« Last post by Forum_Admin on November 12, 2015, 09:41:08 AM »
Hi Everyone,
Just a reminder that the South Tyneside branch meets Next Wednesday
18th November at St Hilda's Church, South Shields at our new time of  1.30pm.
Yes - New time 1.30pm.
Our speaker this month is Linda King,
Linda has taken as her subject, "North East Customs and Superstitions"
All are welcome. Why not pop along for a pleasant afternoon.
And afterwards at the Custom House for Tea/Coffee and Scones.
Gerry Langley
North Northumberland Branch / POWs IN FAR EAST -DON'T MISS THIS TALK!
« Last post by Vglass on November 09, 2015, 09:26:01 PM »
Captive Memories: surviving WWII Far East captivity

Belford Hidden History Museum invites you to an illustrated talk given by Meg Parkes, honorary research fellow, Liverpool School of Tropical medicine, daughter of a Far Eastern Prisoner of War and co-author of “Captive Memories”

Many local men were captured by the Japanese after the fall of Singapore and were among the 60,000 Allied prisoners used as forced labour to build the Burma – Siam railway or shipped to Japan to work in mines. Meg has interviewed 66 FEPOWs, including one from Berwick and one from Wooler, and has used these eye-witness accounts to build up a picture of the bravery, fellowship and stoicism that carried the men through years of captivity.

The talk will not dwell on the brutality of the captors but will describe the conditions that the men endured and give a picture of the ingenuity and inventiveness that kept body and soul alive and the incredible work of the Allied doctors and staff that saved many lives in makeshift hospitals.

The talk is on Sunday 22nd November at St. Mary’s Middle School, and starts at 2pm.  Cost is £2 payable at the door. Doors open at 1.30 pm

The November 2015 meeting of NDFHS Tynedale Branch will be held at The Community Centre, Gilesgate, Hexham ND46 3NP, at 7.00 pm on Thursday 12th November.  There will be no guest speaker this month, as the meeting will be a Members' Forum on the subject of "A Family Member in WW1 or WW2 - at Home or Abroad".
The next meeting of NDFHS South Tyneside Branch will be held at St. Hilda's Church Visitor Centre, Market Place, South Shields, on Wednesday 18th November 2015 at 1.30 pm.  Please note the new afternoon timing - which saves us all venturing out in the dark!  The guest speaker will be Linda King who will be talking about "North East Customs and Superstitions" (fingers crossed....)

Please note, this is a change to the original advertised speaker, as Norman Kirtlan is unavailable to give his "Jack the Ripper" talk, but we hope to catch him next year (Norman, not Jack....).
There has been a change of speaker for the November 2015 meeting of the NDFHS Durham-Belmont Branch.  The meeting will be held at the usual venue of Belmont Community Centre, Sunderland Road, Gilesgate, Durham DH1 2LL, at 1.00 pm on Wednesday 18th November.  The new speaker is Ron Lawson who will be talking about "Pubs of Durham".  Everyone welcome.  Cheers!
Blyth Branch / Blyth Branch - November 2015 Meeting
« Last post by Pat Pierpoint - Publicity Officer NDFHS on November 09, 2015, 08:27:47 PM »
The next meeting of NDFHS Blyth Branch will be held on Tuesday 17th November 2015 at 7.30 pm at Briardale Training & Community Centre, 35 Briardale Road, Blyth NE24 5LA.  The speaker will be the very popular Barry Mead, who will be talking about "Whitley Bay in Old Postcards".
South Tyneside Branch / South Tyneside October Meeting Report
« Last post by Annf on November 09, 2015, 01:38:46 PM »
The 21st October saw the second of our meetings to be held at the new time of 1.30pm at St Hilda's Church, South Shields.  Members were in attendance to hear Wendy Stafford's talk entitled 'A Scottish Soldier in Wellington's Army'.  Not only did Wendy give an in-depth insight into the life and times of her ancestor and his involvement in the Battle of Waterloo, but her presentation illustrated that, through exacting research, just how much information can be gleaned from one small snippet of information contained in a certificate.

An excellent talk which was followed by tea and scones at the Customs House.  Well recommended!

The next South Tyneside Branch Meeting is to be held on Wednesday 18th November at 1.30pm at St Hilda's Church, when the speaker is Linda King talking on the subject of 'North East Customs and Superstitions'.  All are welcome
The November 2015 meeting of NDFHS London Branch will be held at The Society of Genealogists, 14 Charterhouse Buildings, Goswell Road, London EC1M 7BA, at 2.30 pm on Saturday 14th November 2015, and will feature a talk by David Butler on "The Teesdale Hermit".  Please come along if you are in the area - everyone is welcome.
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