It is Jonathon and I am starting this blog to help me to write down personal memories and reflections of my family aided by their personal belongings that have been passed down to me. Most of these family belongings are now stored in chests, drawers and cupboards and never see the light of day and would stay there until they are disposed by someone who does not know its story. Now I will have a chance to put them on display to be viewed by our guests who have been intrigued with the family photographs and other memorabilia that are displayed in the dining room.
These family curios will be stored in a late Victorian desk that belonged to my grandfather, William Alfred Lloyd that was passed on to my uncle, Douglas Lloyd and then to me. Uncle Doug in his latter years asked me to make sure that I would keep the desk, so it made its way from England to Canada. This oak desk had been in father's family home since the 1930s , that home is still there at 3 Westway [Lyndhurst], Lower Village, Heswall, Wirral, that was part of Cheshire, UK. The house was sold in 1998 after my Uncle Doug passed away.
Once a week I will delve into a drawer, cupboard or chest and retrieve a family belonging, photograph it and write about its history and the memories that are connected to it. The memento will then be tagged and placed in the family desk located in the Westways living room and accessible by our guests. We will be pleased if anyone is able to offer further information about the individual mementos or would like to make any comments, may email us at email@example.com If perchance any of these artifacts have any historical value that might be of interest to other people then email us and we will see what might be done with this trove of family history after I am gone.
During my younger years as a child, on those special occasions celebrating birthdays, Christmas for our mother or grandmothers. The usual gifts were toiletries including bars of soap that was always accepted graciously but often put away and stored in a drawer to be used later. Sometimes they were never used and after our love ones passed away we come across those special gifts still in the chest of drawers. Putting them aside and later ending up in our drawers and then forgotten. When setting up our Calgary bed and breakfast in 1993 and unpacking I came across several bars of soap that came all the way over from England. They were placed in a drawer in the Mission style sideboard. Some were used for as part of the guests' amenities and now after twenty years or more a few of the soap bars survived. These are now stored in the desk.
I do remember playing this card game as a child of the 1950s but not using these cards. This set of Cow & Gate Happy Family cards could be from the 1930s and I believe they belonged to my late Uncle Doug. Now they reside in my grandfather's desk.
Aunt Ethel was the wife of Uncle Doug who was my father's twin brother and Aunt Ethel was a nurse at the Royal Hospital, Chester. It was Aunt Ethel who most probably purchase the Boots First Aid Case and it was still in their house after my Uncle Doug passed away in 1998. Boots was and still is a national chemist/pharmacy UK chain https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Boots_UK and as to the age of the Boots first aid case, it is my guess from the late 1950s or early 60s. The Boots first aid case seems to contain its original bandages and packages but there are no Elastoplast/Bandaid bandages. This Boots First Aid Case will be on display in our grandfather's desk.
Before the advent of Scrabble there was another word game using playing cards with letters that were played to form words. During the time of the introduction of cartons and of jigsaw puzzles another change was taking place which was developing much more slowly. A writer by the name of David Whitelaw persuaded the Waddington company to produce and sell a word game - Lexicon. This was basically a pack of cards but with the faces changed from court cards and pips to letters of the alphabet. The summer of 1933 saw the introduction of this game, when a small edition was produced and sold to test the market.
A few years ago I started a project where I would write about my family and some of the curios that were passed down to me. I soon realize that I would have to complete a chart of my family with names and dates to help guests to whom I was writing about. So I joined www.ancestor.co.uk to assist in my chart not knowing how much time would be involved. Two years passed without much being done and I decided to hire a genealogist to complete the first stage and after some research I commissioned Tony Griggs of http://www.mrgenealogy.co.uk/
When I was visiting the UK this Fall I receive the documents and the printed book “My Ancestors” that traced my family to the early 1800s. In the book it describe how he was able to trace the family history and a copy of the documents used with notations. There were one or two surprises that was discovered pertaining to my maternal grandmother. I am very pleased with the results from Tony Griggs and guests may view the book and documents at their leisure as they are located in my grandfather's desk in the dining room.
One of the family charts that are contained in the book
Alfred Roland Lloyd(1917 – 1942)
As we approach November 11th I thought it would be appropriate to put together a memorial collage for my uncle Alfred Roland Lloyd who died in the middle east campaign in 1942. All the materials used are available in my paternal grandfather's desk in the dining room. They never left that desk until 1998 when uncle Doug passed away and I shipped the desk to Canada.
Roland Lloyd was the eldest son of William Alfred Lloyd and the older brother of my father Kenneth Raymond Lloyd (Ray) and his twin brother Douglas Austin Lloyd. Roland Lloyd was involve with the Tobruk campaign while my father was in the Royal Military Engineers and survived World War Two.
Roland's wallet was returned to the family and it contains photographs of his girlfriend Cathy and newspaper cuttings of quotations, sayings, proverbs and poems. This was common every day practise for those times. The letter contains condolence from Roland's commanding officer and the framed collage are of photographs of Roland and his girlfriend and medals awarded posthumously at the end of the war. The clipping is from a magazine from his old school – Calday Grange Grammar School.