Category: Local People

January 23, 2019|Local People

Molly Grace Haydock

Molly Grace Haydock 24th July 1928 – 21st June 2016 Local girl Molly (nee Cheater) Haydock was born in Swanmore. She went to school in Curdridge and Hedge End. During the war the classrooms were shared by the evacuated town children escaping from the dock yard bombs: locals went in the morning and the evacuees…

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January 23, 2019|Local People | Naval connections

The Battle of Coronel – The Wickham Connection

The Battle of Coronel took place on 1st November 1914 off the coast of Central Chile. Britain knew from radio messages that Germany’s East Asiatic squadron, under Admiral Graf Maximilian von Spee, was trying to elude the British and Japanese ships as it sailed eastwards from the Caroline Islands across the Pacific. A British Squadron…

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January 23, 2019|Local People | Personal memories

Mr Shepherd of 8 Southwick Road

Mr. Shepherd was extremely helpful and interested in the Society, and said that if only he could read and write he would join. His eyes are very poor. Born in 1900, his earliest memory is the beginning of the railway. As a toddler, dressed all in white, as the fashion was, he was taken by…

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December 31, 2018|Local People | Personal memories

Arthur Alfred Shawyer of Wickham Common

In my boyhood days the market gardeners around Wickham particularly in Hundred Acres were devoted to strawberry growing in a very big way. The bulk of the fruit was sent by special fruit trains all over the country. One of the best known characters of hose days was Mr John Baker who used to come…

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December 30, 2018|Local People | Personal memories

Mrs Selby and Mrs Gamblin

Mrs Selby is 91 years old this year, she came to Wickham in 1913. Mrs Gamblin was born in Wickham in 1905 – went to Wickham School when she was four years old, as she already had a brother at the school. Wickham School was known as the Little School and the Big School. The…

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December 30, 2018|Local People

James Dunn, Frith Farm

Retirement of Mr James Dunn This week saw the retirement of Mr. James Dunn after fifty years of devoted and loyal service at Frith Farm. He joined the late Mr. A.E. Roberts at the farm in early 1907. First he did general farm work, but was soon attracted to looking after farm vehicles and equipment….

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December 21, 2018|Local People | Personal memories

Mrs Pratt of Rookesbury Lodge

Mrs Pratt has lived at the Lodge for 53 years and remembers when Beverley and the Rectory were the only houses nearby. The biggest change in the village is the increase in traffic and the improvement in social affairs. When she was young, the only gaieties were the Foresters Fete at Little Park (or Park…

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December 21, 2018|Local People | Personal memories

Mrs Sherwood of 2 School Road, Wickham

Mrs Sherwood has lived in the same house for 53 years and remembers when there were only two other houses besides the School in the road. To her the most striking change in the village was the starting of the busses and other transport. But she added that the people nowadays were less friendly and…

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November 4, 2018|Local People | Naval connections

The Battle of Jutland – The Wickham Connection

The Battle of Jutland, fought between 31 May and 1 June 1916, was the largest naval engagement of the Great War, involving 151 vessels of the Royal Navy Grand Fleet and 99 vessels of the German Navy’s High Seas Fleet. The battle started when Admiral Beatty succeeded in luring the German Grand Fleet into the range of the Royal Navy’s…

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June 12, 2016|Local People | Military connections

Gallipoli – The Wickham Connection

The eight-month campaign which took place between 25 April 1915 – 9 January 1916 on the Gallipoli peninsula in the Ottoman Empire. It was one of the Allies’ great disasters of the Great War. As the war began, fighting was primarily on two fronts – the Western and Eastern Fronts. In November 1914, Winston Churchill, First Lord of the Admiralty,…

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