a great site,
hundreds of photos
Harry Holt, aged 61, in 1954, at his 2nd daughter's wedding in Coalville
Private Harry Holt ~ 204379
of Highfield Street, Coalville ~ born 1893 Donington-le-Heath Leicestershire & Northamptonshire Regiments 1914 - 1919
a coal miner, held back in 'the reserves' of the TA,
who was finally sent to France 100 years ago in September
went into action for the first time in early October.
Spared by the Almighty in mid-October when he was
struck down with Spanish Flu, and was fortunate enough
to be still in hospital when the Armistice was signed.
Not that he would have thought of it that way at the time.
Fortunate enough to be one of the lucky ones
he came home to have yet two more daughters, four in all
the last of which was Sylvia, our Mum.
Remembered here in the centenary of his greatest trial,
by his grandsons, for his service to King & Country,
Robert, Jeffrey, Marvyn and Kelvin.
For the benefit of any of our family, close friends and,
whoever else would find this very long story of interest
Click Harry's Picture above. It is a story of a very long wait.
a great site,
hundreds of photos
of decades past
Harry Holt, aged 78, in 1971, at a grandson's wedding in Aylestone
if not already visible
The Journey of one Royal Marine
Lyness - Towyn - Durban - Suez MEF - Ceylon - Exton - Dalditch
mostly explaining MNBDO I & II and interpreting an RM service record
The Royal Air Force and Military Matters
the photos of Norman Haywood 1948 - 1952 :: mostly Malta
I can also now offer help with interpreting RAF and RN records, as well as army.
Leicester City Transport
a personal recollection 1968 - 1973 - mostly buses
Includes a full article, very long, on the fine details
of conducting a bus. Carries a boredom warning!
Online Photo Repair and Restoration service
scan and 'repair' cracked, torn, faded or damaged photos, mostly b&w, military as speciality
mostly nonsense : can't 'scan and repair' him, but we can make a shrewd guess.
... his burial and what really happened. Maybe. Perhaps. Who knows.
An Admiration for Vine Weevils . .
. . word 'admiration' is not to be taken too seriously,
but perhaps this extensive study and article will help you.
Dig even deeper and you will find a host of other interests as shown on our Links Page.
We hope you enjoy your visit to our website.
If you have any queries, we would be pleased to hear from you.
email: click the button on the left
ARE YOU IN NEED
of photos being restored?
BRING YOUR OLD DAMAGED PHOTOS TO LIFE AGAIN!
Do you have any old photos which are crinkled, scratched or damaged in any way?
Perhaps after flood or other accidental damage.
Don't throw them away - they can be restored.
Maybe I can help ... see my full page on our
Just click the link or menu button to go to a new page
displaying many before-and-after examples of my work.
military - naval - transport genre photos a speciality
Also slides, glass or film, card or plastic mounts,
and negatives either loose or in strips.
MEMORIES OF LEICESTER CITY TRANSPORT
I joined Leicester City Transport in 1968 as a bus conductor and later trained as a driver. The image above was my cap badge! Local public transport was important in those days as fewer families had cars. There were more buses around 40 years ago – and certainly many more than are seen today. Some people are actually interested in all old forms of transport and there is an abundance of photographs here to interest any present-day bus enthusiast, and especially those with a specific interest in LCT.
Go to a 5-page photo montage of
and journey back in time!
LEICESTERSHIRE BUS MEMORIES
Grantham to Leicester to Coalville to Coleorton .. c1955
a text article originally posted on LEICESTER OVERSEAS,
now modified and updated and posted here.
A child's-eye view of rides on the Midland Red and in Leicester,
training days on LCT, and now also a short article on ticket machines.
Leicester City Transport :
Leyland Atlantean PDRA/1 : PBC 115G
Their first, and very flowery, overall advert bus, in 1971, on what was then
the relatively new service 62 to South Wigston.
LEICESTER TRANSPORT HERITAGE TRUST
was formed in 2007, and now has a new website.
They have an interest in, and preservation of, all manner of road
transport over the decades in and around Leicestershire,
with a special focus on the Midland Red and LCT.
Leicester Sea Cadets and Royal Marines Cadet Unit
in honour of my time there
This is a link to an organisation that gave me some of the best 7 years of my life.
Click the Tiger badge above to go to their site. But please read on first.
For any lad in his mid-teens, with nothing particular to do and seeking adventure and a wider interest in life, I can't recommend joining a cadet unit highly enough.
Sea Cadets or Marine Cadets, the adventure and fun and mates are the same. It's all part of our same Royal Navy, and it's all a question of preferences. I originally joined the Sea Cadets in 1965, but was quickly 'poached' by a Marine Colour Sergeant, and that was that. I stayed on as a sergeant-instructor till, aged 22, I and my wife left to go and live in Hull. I always intended to offer myself as an adult volunteer to the local Sea Cadet Unit in Hull, but shift patterns forbad, the chances passed, and to my regret, I never did.
The Royal Marines Cadet Unit, at TS Tiger in Ross Walk, Leicester, was the saving of me, and gave my life direction and focus at the time of a family break up in my mid-teens. I could have so easily 'gone in the other direction', and as people say, become a wrong'un. Instead, I went camping, rowing, caneoing, rock climbing in North Wales, and made a great load of mates. I learnt pride in myself, my uniform and the Corps, and got some badly needed discipline. I can't thank them enough. Except to put a link here and wish the CO and all the lads and lasses down there, who work so hard for each other and their proud unit traditions, great good fortune for the future.
To go directly to their website for more information, address, contacts, etc,
click the fearsome tiger above.
Or ring them direct on 0116 266 2865, Tues or Thurs evenings, 19:00 to 21:30.
email the CO: firstname.lastname@example.org
(I see now there is also a Sea Cadet unit at Wigston.
A quick call to the above number should get you the details.)
For guys n' gals in Hull that have an interest in the sea and would like to take part,
T.S. IRON DUKE
is Hull's own unit, based in Argyle Street.
They can be contacted by clicking the link,
or email email@example.com
is an account, from his memories and his RM service record 1940-45,
of my father-in-law's travels to the Middle East and Ceylon by troopship
during those dangerous years. It tells how we mangaged to piece
his story together, long after I had been told and forgotten a lot of it.
Above all, it explains what an MNBDO is.
Military Forums and Support our Soldiers
are websites for those interested in supporting H.M. Armed Forces. There are many links on these sites where you can show your support and the obituary pages are exceedingly poignant indeed. The whole nation should pray that our forces will succeed in whatever task they undertake: they give the ultimate sacrifice on our behalf and we should never forget that.
THE ROYAL BRITISH LEGION
is of course original support organisation for all our Armed Forces,
giving help for heroes since the 1920s.
Did you know that you don't have to have been in the
Forces to join the Royal British Legion?
Members of both our immediate families were in all the forces;
our fathers in the the RAF and Royal Marines,
other family members in the RN and the army.
We are proud to support all our Forces, and we hope you do too.
Please take time to look at these websites – thank you.
PROUD TO SUPPORT OUR TROOPS !
Past devotees of Tim Airey's
might be forgiven for blinking on sight of this logo!
Unfortunately Tim's site has not returned, but much of it is still
available at the remarkable WAY BACK MACHINE. This website is unsurpassed when
searching for old web information. More correctly known as the Internet
Archive, it is a brilliant and largely unknown resource which also
includes old media, music and image sites. I might have also recommended
a similar archive, called SCREENSHOTS. Although that site has worked for
me in the past retrieving other lost websites, for some reason, it doesn't
work with this one. By and large, most of Tim's surviving material that can
be found is on the WAY BACK MACHINE, even if that is no longer updated.
THE BATTLE OF BOSWORTH
and what happened to King Richard III
Below is a quote from the 1813 account of William Hutton's tour around the Bosworth Battlefield, which includes some of the written and local knowledge of that time, some 350 years after the battle itself. William Hutton's book is now online, at Google eBooks, and can be read here on my Sutton & Wawne website where I help out at the local museum.
It's hard going, but here is an extract towards the end, page 220 I believe:
"Richard it is universally acknowledged performed prodigies of valour. Desperate, perhaps, at the last, he rushed furious into thickest of the fight, slew numbers and among them the standard-bearer of Richmond, with his own hand; and fell at last, ingloriously (if tradition may be credited), by a treacherous blow from one of his own followers. His body was thrown across a horse and carried for interment to the Grey Friars at Leicester.
After revenge and rage had satiated their barbarous cruelties upon his dead body, they gave his royal earth a bed of earth, honourably, appointed by the order of King Henry the Seventh, in the chief Church of Leicester called St Mary's, belonging to the order and society of the Grey Friars."
So there we have it. Folk going back even to before the Battle of Waterloo knew exactly where Richard's body lay. And all these years, every time I drove over West Bridge, I believed it was down there, under the bridge and deep in the mud under the river. Shucks!
So, now he is re-interred in Leicester St Martin's. Appropriately, that is now the chief church in Leicester, just as the lost Grey Friars had been in medieval times.
And as someone pointed out on the very long, ill-informed and frequently ignorant discussion on the BBC blog, it is somehow fitting that the birthplace of DNA fingerprinting should also host the remains of an English monarch only positively identifed by exactly that modern-age technique.
And that re-interrment is literally only feet away from where he was originally buried .. and back then, in great haste and lacking some ceremony, I've no doubt.
Whatever the rights and wrongs of where he should have been re-interred, this short story is my take on what happened over five centuries ago, and may solve the mystery of what happened to his feet. Maybe. Or not.
JUST TWO FEET -- a likely tale
Of course, if I'm wrong and an alliance of certain 'distant relatives' find out,
it could cost me an arm and a leg !
THE TELEPHONE PREFERENCE SERVICE
The Telephone Preference Service runs a register that allows people to opt out of any unsolicited sales or marketing calls.
Individuals can register free of charge by visiting the website.
Or they can call 0845 070 0707.
It takes 28 days for registration to become effective.
Mobile phone numbers can also be registered, although this will not prevent unsolicited text messages.
It is a legal requirement that all organisations - including charities, voluntary organisations and political parties - do not make such calls to numbers registered on the TPS unless they have the individual's consent to do so.
Go on, do it! I report the number of every scammer that rings me.
It's time more folk registered, and reported,
and lets put an end to this modern-day scourge.
Let's get the owners of these businesses locked up,
or at least deprived of their wealth from ill-gotten gains.
Finally, here's a link to a most excellent Leicester website ...
The local radio station has been going since 1968,
and regularly wins awards.
Not surprisingly, it's in our old home town ...
Where the Red Cheese comes from,
and Gary Linneker !
The first stop for news, sports and features
for Leicestershire and Rutland.