My mother and her second husband, Harold Siddle, walked from that door, up the pavement on their way to Jarrow Station and their honeymoon in Alnwick. As a 6/7 year old I didn't understand and ran after them. I had to be dragged back to the house kicking and screaming to be calmed down from the trauma of 'losing' my mother.
However, there was worse to befall that household when a young man left from that same address to enter into National Service around 1951/52. His mother waved him goodbye up the same pavement and that was the last she saw of him. Ronnie Siddle (my stepfather's younger brother) never came home and now lies in the Military Cemetery at Pusan, South Korea. He was the only fatal (Jarrow) casualty of the Korean War. It pleases me to add his photograph here even though I know that I have posted it before. I don't think there is any other place that could bring to me such sad memories as Palmer Street, Jarrow.
In Memory of Ronnie Siddle (left)
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