Re: HMS Suffolk , that Don's relative was on
Posted by Don Scott on March 15, 2019, 11:42 pm, in reply to "HMS Suffolk , that Don's relative was on"
What a lovely coincidence. West Street was just over the railway lines from Brancepeth Road, no more than 300 yards away, as the crow flies, so they must have been aware of each other. I was too young to remember Bob Kirtley but my mother told me that he held me on his knee as a baby. She was adopted by the Kirtleys in 1918 as a new born baby but not officially. Her surname was Lavery, which she retained up to her first marriage to my father in 1935. After her divorce in 1940, she took me back to Arthur Street and the rest, as they say, is history. |
I may have told this story before but when my 'nana' died she left me everything. At that time she lived in a bungalow in Queen's Cres. Although she had two grandsons and two granddaughters, only one of them came anywhere near after the war... Grace Kirtley. In more recent times I managed to make contact with her (through this website) and visited her in Billquay/Pelaw. I gave her two beautiful photo frames with photos of her dad (Bob) and his brother (Bill). The frames, with raised dragons all around, had been brought back from China when Bob,s ship had visited Shanghai. I think I put those photos on the Board sometime ago.
I heard more recently (I think from Alex Wyatt) that Grace had sadly passed away.