Back row, 3rd from right (dark hat) is my nana Sarah Jane (aka Sally) Jackson. I believe i've seen a similar group photo on your photo site with her on it.
Bless those ladies who probably went through two world wars, and the rest!
My nana Sally was born in Sunderland in 1884, her parents born in Scotland and before that Ireland.
She went into service and was in Osborne Rd,Jesmond, working for a Sea Captain I believe and family in 1911 when she married my grandad Thomas Jackson.
They moved to Hebburn a couple of years later, Thomas already worked in a Grocer's Shop, corner of Tennant St/Charles St I was told. The story about that is that my grandad was on his way to work from Newcastle to Hebburn and a fire truck passed him, he said something about those poor buggers who have a fire and it turned out to be the shop he worked in! Something about oil lamps in the cellar.
He then tried door to door selling ladies clothing with his brother in law but wasn't suited at all as he couldn't take the rejection.
He then worked as a Stager in the shipyards, He had a very nasty fall and was actually in hospital when in 1916 (call up papers at home) when he was picked up by the Red Caps (I assume some sort of military police) to Hebburn Police Station and then on to Army Training and Belgium. He also did a stint in a British POW run camp in Jersey or Guernsey looking after German POWs, not sure of order. He was i The Green Howards. (Try looking for a Thomas Jackson in the records!)
He came back and was never the same again, suffering from Shell Shock. My Aunt Eva used to have to walk with him if he needed to go outside the house she remembers (she's 98 now) and he was very afraid of thunderstorms. He died in 1932.
Sally had to keep the family clothed and fed and did whatever she could. They had 7 children in all, one died aged 5 in 1921.
She took in washing and they had a House Shop.That would've been Dunston St. Sally made pie and peas and I know they sold flour because grandad delayed raising prices because people couldn't afford it (according to aunties again), it was a theme in his life, helping people and sick animals. I'm sure they were living hand to mouth themselves. He didn't get a pension from the war.
Sally was a Fire Warden in WW2. Eva worked for the same dept in a hut in Hebburn relaying messages of fires etc (She tells me that even if she'd been up all night she had to go into work at Reyrolles next day!)
When I knew nana she lived in a bungalow in Begonia Close and she was basically never in! She enjoyed that time of her life. She always looked very smart and feminine and I loved to rummage in her wardrobe of lovely dresses etc.
New Years were spent at her house with all the family. They all adored her and they were a very happy bunch, always laughing and joking. I loved those parties and remember she always had Ginger Wine. She also had a budgie that called out"Where's Harry?" My dad (Harry) called in every day on his way home from Reyrolles.
I'm really glad that she enjoyed her later years. She died in 1972
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