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  1. From the 53rd I can see Les Cusworth & I think Ian Pinhorn is back row 5th from left (as you look at it). I recognise lad to Ian's right from 53rd but can't give him a name. I think Neil Ward may be 5th from left on middle row with Les Minnis to his left. I have sent photo to Neil for him to let us know if its him & if so when was it. I am surprised that the 53rd has so few there. Chris Crossey thinks some of the 42nd (probably actually 21st Platoon at the time) are there too & its the time when Roy Crossey was involved in it. John
  2. I think they had a few teams. Wasn't the whole sports club called Atlas & Norfolk?
  3. My dad Jim Moore worked there (& later at site on Shepcote Lane) for 50 years. He was goalkeeper for the team that played in Yorkshire League I think.
  4. Here is me (on right) & my friend Phillip Nicholas in our new Whitsuntide clothes in 1950. What a pair of bobbydazzlers we were !
  5. Hi Heldon, Have you got his death certificate? Arthur's says nothing really except cause of death was "due to war operations" but Stanley's may have more detail John
  6. Hi Heldon, My wife's uncle, Arthur Moore was an AFS fireman killed in the blitz of night of 12th/13 Dec 1940. One other fireman died in the same incident called John William Swaby - was that your grandad? An account of the incident is AFS Fireman Jack Gee wrote: On Thursday, 12th December, 1940. I was on duty at Archer Road Fire Station and we were turned out to the City centre. At that time I was living in the neighbourhood around St. Mary's Church at the bottom of The Moor. As we drove down London Road, I could see that all that area had been flattened by bombs. I couldn't help worrying about my wife and wondering whether she was safe. But there was nothing I could do about it. We were fighting fires at Moorhead when our machine took a direct hit from a bomb. Those of the crew who were not killed outright were badly injured. As I lay on the pavement trying to recover my senses, I realised that my left arm was in a terrible state. Eventually someone pulled me away to the shelter of the doorway of the Empire Theatre. Then I was taken down to an air raid shelter. I was there about three hours and the people in the shelter covered me up. I was suffering from shock and cold. A woman actually sent her fur coat down to cover me up but I sent it back. After two or three hours, some people enquired if any injured firemen were there. It was the ambulance men and they put me on a stretcher in a loading bay. In actual fact we came through the loading bay of Burton's the Tailors to get onto the road itself, which was Porter Street. Then one man came back and told us to hang on a minute as the Germans were machine gunning. We stayed in the loading bay for a few minutes and we could hear machine gun bullets hitting the brickwork. By this time we could not hear any of our anti-aircraft guns firing from the gun sites around the city. They had probably run out of ammunition. They were all silent after about two o'clock and the planes were coming over unmolested. They finally got me into an ambulance which was parked on The Moor. There was a girl in the ambulance of about eighteen years old. She was with the ambulance crew and sat in the ambulance all the time. We went down The Moor and practically the whole of The Moor was ablaze. We twisted and turned and I found out that the driver had to detour and go up so many streets to try and get down The Moor. Eventually we went up Ecclesall Road to get to the Royal Hospital (situated on Devonshire Street and now demolished). The girl sat there all the time. She was as cool as anything and never budged. When we arrived at the Royal Hospital, we entered at the back entrance in Eldon Street. All the windows were out and the nurses were moving about with hand torches. They were trying to find out where everybody was. They told the ambulance men to take me on to Jessops Hospital but the ambulance men told them that there was no chance of getting up there. While they were arguing, I heard a voice saying, 'I know who you are, but where are you from?' I realised that they were talking to Bill Jones, another crew member, who had been picked up at the top of The Moor and had arrived just before me. So I put them right as to where he was from. At about 4 o'clock in the morning, they were able to put the lights on in the hospital. I looked around me and saw that there were rows and rows of beds and stretchers toe to toe, all jam packed together. They were taking the most serious cases first. These were put on a table and given a general anaesthetic, using ether. After my operation I came to in a bed with my left arm stuck out like a birdcage. The next day Bill and I expected people to come from the station, but no-one came. We finished up in a ward with four other firemen but were unable to find out anything from anyone. (AFS Fireman Arthur Moore aged 28 & John William Swaby aged 38 were the fireman killed by the hit on the fire engine which Jack Gee as on). Regards, John
  7. How much & can you post a photo of it please or PM me?
  8. You are right Brian. I think the building next to the toilets was a caretakers store. I also seem to remember the drain in the yard that is clearly visible to the left outside the schoolroom. Also a small garden outside the end of the schoolroom; you can just see its retaining wall at the side of the drainpipe going down the building. John
  9. Hi Peter, I think the problem may be one of perspective. There is certainly a gap between the end of the church schoolroom & the brick building next to it. That may well be large enough for the gennell that ran between. It's just the angle of the photo that forshortens how it looks. John
  10. Hi Fleetwood, Sent you a PM to check all is ok now. John ---------- Post added 04-01-2014 at 19:06 ---------- Hi Peter, I am sure the photo is of Reform Chapel Yard & have sought advice from Jeanette Jessop (lived near it) who agrees. Regards, John
  11. Tried again twice but no luck with PM. Hope you can sort it out! John
  12. Hi Fleetwood, Got your PM but system won't let me reply. Says you do not accept PM's. Suggest you check that "Enable Private Messaging" is checked in "Edit options" on "Settings & Options" part of Private Messages section. John
  13. Hi Fleetwood, Photo is thought to be 1939/40 but wondered if you recognise any faces. Kneeling on left Ken Whitman, kneeling 3rd from left Colin Lomas, next to him on end Ken Maynard, stood 2nd right Eric Turner and my dad Jim Moore standing in centre. By the way tried sending you a PM but couldn't ; maybe message box is full? John
  14. Hi Fleetwood, Happy New Year & best wishes for 2014. Do you know anyone on the band photo I posted earlier today? John
  15. Happy New Year to all my Grimesthorpe friends. Here is a photo of the 53rd (Reform Chapel) BB band in 1939/1940. Peopla identfied by Eric Foster are kneeling on left Ken Whitman, kneeling 3rd from left Colin Lomas, next to him on end Ken Maynard, stood 2nd right Eric Turner and my dad Jim Moore standing in centre. Does anyone else have elderly relatives who can identify anyone else? John
  16. Fishcakes are called "Patties" where I now live in Guisborough, North Yorks
  17. What channel was it on? It should be available on catch up or I Player. John
  18. My gt grandma , Elizabeth Bellamy nee Pigott age 56 was killed when a bomb from Zeppelin L22 exploded outside her house at 43 Writtle St (now Maxwell Way) on 26 Sep 1916. She was hit by shrapnel which came through bedroom window while she was checking her grand-daughter (my 9 month old mum) in her cot & died in Royal Hospital the following day.
  19. My Uncle Ken Morris worked at Firth Brown Tools from 1933 until he retired in 1982. He was in Export Dept for many years prior to retirement. Anyone knew him?
  20. There were separate Spring Reseach & Cutlery & Allied Trades Research Labs. located nearby in seprate buildings as far as I remember. Dr Barraclough was at Brown Firth Research Labs & Firth Brown.
  21. I worked there from 1967 to 1976. It was built for the British Iron & Steel Research Association which was formed in 1944 & operated until 1971 when it was assimilated into British Steel.The Association had its HQ at Buckingham Gate in London & had Laboratories at Battersea & Middlesbrough as well as Hoyle St Sheffield. It was funded by a levy on all the countries main steelmakers who controlled its research programme. The first building on the Sheffield site was a relatively small single storey building put up about 1949 at the side of the car park but the large building you see now was built & officially opened by the Duke of Edinburgh in 1953. The Sheffield Lab housed Steelmaking, Mechanical Working & Metallurgy Divisions as well as a Steel User Service & Library. It also had a fully functional pilot plant inc 3t arc furnace, BOS converter & continuous casting plant. In 1976 the site was closed with staff & equipment moved either to Middlesbrough (Steelmaking) or Swinden Labs, Rotherham (Mechanical Working & Metallurgy). John
  22. From data at Sheffield Archive, Hunsley St Methodist chapel started doing baptisms in 1891 (presumably it was built about 1890) & ceased in 1949 which presumably is when it closed perhaps joining with the Grimesthorpe Rd chapel which was built 1924 & closed 1972
  23. Use these sites too : http://www.freebmd.org.uk/ http://www.freereg.org.uk/https://familysearch.org/ http://www.genesreunited.co.uk/home/index http://home.ancestry.co.uk/
  24. Really pleased you have found the right family ! Did you know Sheffield had a WW2 POW camp at Lodge Moor? There is some info here http://www.sheffieldforum.co.uk/archive/index.php/t-477039.html
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