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  1. On planning a trip to Japan I thought I would look up the war record of my late uncle Fred Gunson. Life long Sheffield lad. The family knew he was a prisoner of the Japanese but not much more. I found he was captured in Hong Cong at the age of 19. I think he was 24 when he got home. Two parts of his record. Prison in Japan but also 'Lisbon Maru' Looked it up and WOW. This was a ship taking allied prisoners with Japanese guards to Japan which was torpedoed by the Americans. The prisoners were locked in the bowels of the sinking ship. Some managed to escape, including Fred, but many lost. They were rescued by fishermen and taken to Japan and prison. I contacted the Lisbon Maru Society lots more information on Fred including his registration cards in English and Japanese. Gave his next of kin as my Gran in Crooks. Very moving
  2. Yes I believe I am in the correct place. This was 1976. Later MFI joined with a company called Status, possible early 80s, who owned a kitchen manufacturing company. They took on the Staus building on London Road area and closed Kilner way.
  3. I am not 100% sure we are talking of the same place, willing to be corrected. In 1976 I joined MFI Furniture and went to help open their store, the first store on this site. I later went back to be manager and dealt with complaints from old teachers from my school. Weird. ( Abbydale Grammar Cas & Vince)
  4. I would like to visit the area of Sheffield where my Gran had a sweet shop and store. We have a picture of around 1905 of her standing outside. with my uncle who was born around 1900. The shop has our name 'Barron' above and it has a street sign of Netherthorpe high up. This could be Netherthorpe Road. in a previouse post I enquired about the area being odly named Port Mahone. We have postcards addressed there. I have looked on Sheffild pictures to find something around 60s or 70s but nothing quite fits. I believe the area has gone through several lots of changes over past and recent years. Thanks for that. Afraid it may be a couple of months before I can look t up !!!!!!!
  5. I was lucky enough to be able to look in Redgates most nights on the way home from school. Had to change from the Firth Park tram to the Bradway bus outside. Age of 10. Kids not allowed to do that now. 1960 saw this wooden boat kit in the window. Got it for my 10th birthday. Mum not too well at the time so didn't sleep built it at night. Major task steaming wood etc. Restoring it for my grand kids at this time
  6. I would like to visit the area of Sheffield where my Gran had a sweet shop and store. We have a picture of around 1905 of her standing outside. with my uncle who was born around 1900. The shop has our name 'Barron' above and it has a street sign of Netherthorpe high up. This could be Netherthorpe Road. in a previouse post I enquired about the area being odly named Port Mahone. We have postcards addressed there. I have looked on Sheffild pictures to find something around 60s or 70s but nothing quite fits. I believe the area has gone through several lots of changes over past and recent years.
  7. I find it very odd. We moved to Bradway to a new build semi in 1952 when I was 2. Whilst it is 70 years old it looks very dated but not ancient. My Gran's house, a terrace with bay window in Crooks, was built in 1904. In all my living memory it seemed an ancient house.
  8. Seeing the TV news and soldiers embarking for Suez. What would I do if the 'bad' soldiers marched up our road in Bradway? Hide behind the garage of course..........
  9. There was a lad who played in a rock band. Went to see him at Crosspool. Think he played a Fender so I was impressed. I was the manager of a furniture shop in the 70s. Cas came in with a complaint which I sorted. Couple of weeks later Vince came in asking for discount. Must have had a conversation. Met Buzz whilst walking around Fox House Moors. Real Gent. Must have been. 1980ish as my son was about 4. Caveman Tomas. Rowdy Yates. Odd strict bloke who tought scripture. Each time he walked in the room he drew a map of the red sea area. Which I had taken more interest. Might know a bit about what is going on. The guy who tought Geography. Got so mercilesly teased. How must his life have been. The French teacher who banged the door a shouted stand up when he came in the room. Sorry about the memory but 55 years ago
  10. There were some important Teachers on that list. I was in the first intake (probably 1961) who had not been at Nether Edge. We had a couple of terms with different head to Mr. Massey. Can't remember his name. Do recall he used to remember ex-pupils killed in the war. Looking at various information on the Abbeydale Schools a couple of years ago it was very complecated in what building was what . Not been there for a long time but I am told the place has been demolished. Anybody know why? Looking a a picture on one of the WEBB sites there is a three wheeled car. Could that be the one that found it's way on to the roof??? Come on we are all 70+ can own up now.....
  11. Went there in the 60s. Remember a lad being told there was a gang waiting for him outside. Never seem fear like that before or since. Also used to go to Norton and Crosspool. Do the kids have such music places now??
  12. Gosh he did. My Dad would have been 105 last week if still around. Harry must be similar age.
  13. II think I am completly in the wrong place but in the 60s my Dad had a radio and TV shop at the top end of Gleadless Road that was taken over by Nat West . Dad moved to White Lane.
  14. Hey Abbeyedges. Jacksons - Jim Jackson was my best man in 1973. They had acouple of other shops. One accross the road from the Abbeydale Cinema and another at Walkley. For a while there was one on London road. Jim played in a band and they used to practice there. My Mom used to shop at Jessingers at Bradway.
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