Re: Wednesday header of Leslies football team
Posted by Barry Cram on February 27, 2019, 9:24 am, in reply to "Wednesday header of Leslies football team"
Hello Norman, |
Guy Hovey is married to my cousin, and I told him about this post earlier today.
My great- great grandfather, George Cram died, in Palmer’s Shipyard, Jarrow, in 1872. Two years later, his widow, Judith Cram, my great-great grandmother, married to George Brown Thompkins.
George Brown Thompkins & Judith Cram, had a son in Hebburn, in 1879, named John Thompkins; Jack, as he was better known, was a trainer for Leslie’s, and that’s him with the scarf around his neck. The footballer to his left is either my grandfather, David Cram, or one of Jack’s sons – they looked so alike – Guy might know.
Leslies AFC 1919-20
When my dad’s grandfather, Thomas Ward Cram died, in 1835, his half -brother, Dick Thompkins (Jack’s brother) came to visit for the funeral and my dad told me that he was so shocked to see what seemed to be his grandfather ‘alive again!’ Surely, this has happened to folk many times over.
My aunt Alice, told me that she used to visit her great-grandmother, Judith Thompkins, and Judith told her that she used to go down to the Cockcrow sands and walk across the steppy-stones to the other side, and then walk down to North Shields Fish Market, buy some fish, and walk all the way back again.
Judith Cram, had been born on the 28th of June 1845, Newcastle:
My dad told me that old Judith was incapacitated because she had broken her hip, falling down the stairs, at 4, Holystone Street, Hebburn, above the fruit shop, across from St Cuthberts Church; and, because of this, she would often sit, propped up, in the windows of the flat [highlighted in red], and look out at the busy world passing by – she died there [her daughter's residence] on the 7th of June, 1940, three weeks before her 95th birthday:
Photograph courtesy of Norman Dunn: http://www.oldtyneside.co.uk/
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Alas, although my great-great grandmother died at such a great age, at a time when many folk in Hebburn – including my dad – were taking photographs, I have never come across a photograph of her.
P. S. It is believed that my grandfather, David Cram was a good local footballer. In the 1930s, when asked to sign on for his work’s team, (Hawthorne Leslie's), it was most unfortunate that he had already signed on for St. Cuthbert's team, and could not break the contract. He was consequently paid off at work. Never to work again for five full years. When he did manage to get employed, it only proved to be spasmodic, on a casual basis.