96 Family

This is my grand father, Grandmother, mother and aunts and uncle in the ’20s. The photo was taken in Liverpool (my place of birth).

He was a stevedore in the Liverpool docks after being gassed  in the 1st WW, my grandmother shown here was his nurse  in 1916-17, and they married (I believe) in 1918. He was an Irish Roman Catholic working man  and she was a Scottish Presbyterian lady from the Manor (Lord, I’ll bet that was an interesting marriage).

He was the most intelligent man I ever knew. Taught me the value of Education and how to poach. He was the man who gave me my love of Nature, and taught me you only killed to eat. My GM died before I was born.

My mum is the girl on  the right.


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11 Responses to 96 Family

  1. lsvejda says:

    Photos for family from the past are wonderful treasures to have. Thank you for sharing.

    • 4howwie4 says:

      Grand dad was not the most popular of men in my family due to his ‘irishness’ He drank, Roistered and sang Rebel songs (I got arrested for singing one in the ‘pool while on leave). In the Liverpool docks Stevedore’s were hard men who got the work for their team with their fists on occasion.
      Both my parents pulled themselves out of that life by hard work and talent.
      I guess he showed them a side of themselves.
      Anyway, this photo was found tucked away in an old box when my mother died as if she was ashamed but couldn’t let go.

  2. danudin says:

    Good to see that he still maintained the Irish RC tradition of big families though, great story and glimpse of the inner you!

    • 4howwie4 says:

      As I get older I see more and more of the old man (said with the greatest respect) in me.
      His love of the quiet, of a book and the country have all made me.

  3. jackscrap says:

    I love looking at old photos of family members, and knowing something about them to pass on to the next generation. This is a wonderful photo to have.

  4. Gisele says:

    That’s a great photo and a really good story about your family’s history and what it taught you. A great keepsake for the next generation

  5. Tammy says:

    I am sure this picture has a special place in your heart! I love how pictures trigger memories of character and personality!

    • 4howwie4 says:

      One memory I have is when I was in Liverpool he took me to see the burnt out RMS Empress of Canada in the Docks in 1953. Remember looking in awe at this hulk and him telling me that they were going to scrap it.

  6. KarenAnn says:

    Always interesting to see and hear about these vintage photos. Thanks for sharing! My paternal grandma was Irish Catholic and grandpa German Lutheran. Never knew grandma as she died when I was less than 2 yrs. I understand she was quite the strong personality!…oh yes, they had a family of 9.

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