My Sweetheart Adelaide

It is a fair step from Scarborough Station to the top end of Peasholm Glen, but it’s no hardship for an old taphophile. The way passes through the wonderful Dean and Manor Road cemeteries.

On the right of the path as it slopes down to the tunnel under Manor Road, on the right, is the eye-catching “music stone”.

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Above this fond farewell, the dedication:-

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A leaflet produced by The Friends of Dean Road and Manor Road Cemetery tells us that Adelaide was born in France. Just “Arras” is inscribed on the stone and I wondered if she may have been an East Yorkshire girl. But no, her birthplace is given in the 1911 census as France – and she married as a mature woman in 1909, aged about 57. She is registered as Adelaide BELL so Vincent Charles White was perhaps her second or third husband. He was given only a few years to dote upon her. She died in 1915 and eighteen years would pass before they were “reunited”.

Vincent’s first wife, Mary WOOD, died the year before the sweethearts tied the knot. It isn’t clear if his first marriage produced any children. There is one birth registration, for “James Henry Traltles” WHITE in 1882 but the census in 1891 finds the couple visiting a family in Leicester, without children in tow. Ten years later Vincent and Mary are the only occupants of a house in Merthyr Tydfil, Wales. (Mary is listed as “Pollie” but age and birthplace are consistent with the earlier census – and she dies as Mary.)

Vincent was a musician for most of his working life but perhaps not a very accomplished one. He seems to have wandered the land seeking work and, although offering titles like “Professor” and “bandmaster” to Victorian data gatherers he may have had to lower his sights on occasion.

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Vincent was living at 34 Green Lane, Newby when he died and a brief notice in the Leeds Mercury the following year announced the gross value of his estate to be £1,335. His “net personalty” was just £251.  But, hey, he spared no expense for his departed sweetheart.

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I haven’t yet found Vincent or Adelaide on the FamilySearch Tree. I’ll keep looking.

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Blood Red

UK Column

The first segment of today’s UK Column news bulletin deals with the attempts of a state to put down citizen protests with brutal violence. If Bashar al-Assad treated his people this way the European media would be hammering readers and viewers with righteous condemnation – and the Axis of Evil would be raining its missiles upon Syria. But because it is Macron…

I wonder how many of the 27 EU nations are providing goons to maim and kill on French streets.

And to think there are British politicians desperate for their people to remain shackled to the  European Union. (Just think how lethal the organization will be when it achieves “military unification”. Remember, its unelected bureaucrats make all the rules we will die by.)

Betrayal

You wouldn’t know it from MSM coverage but most of the yellow vest protests in France are peaceful. Paris is the biggest and most frightening anomaly. There is evidence that much of the citizen violence, destruction and looting is done by agents provocateurs. Rural France seems to prefer peaceful civil disobedience and the police don’t intervene.

Meanwhile, in London yesterday, the “ordinary people” asking for the Brexit they voted for were quiet and dignified. None were arrested. The police didn’t have quite such an easy time with Antifa. Although very one-sided, this video gives some sort of “balance”.

A Note from Canary

Nine days of December and in my ten chosen cities 51% of days have been warmer than the ten year average for the month. However, the cold days have been more extreme than the warm in both the northern and southern hemispheres. In the North the daily maximum temperatures are, overall,  .6°F lower than the 2008 to 2017 average for December 1st to 9th. In the South, they are 1.5°F lower. Anomalously warmest city – Rome (winter); coldest – Buenos Aires (summer).

Plenty of time for change this month – but Grand Solar Minimum has its beak in front at the moment. Graphs and histograms to follow early next month.

Unintended Consequences

The recent missile attack on Syria by 4 Israeli F-16s was instrumental in the downing of a Russian Il-2 reconnaissance plane. The official Federation narrative accuses one of the F-16s of “hiding” behind the much larger aircraft. The Syrian surface to air missile, locked onto the Israeli jet, turned sharply in the last seconds and brought down the Il-2. The Israeli Defence Force claims that the four F-16s were in Israeli airspace when the fatal explosion took place.

One of the parties is lying. Perhaps both are. Missing from the Russian claim is any mention of the French frigate that was initially thought to be responsible for bringing the Il-2 down. The notion that the French committed a warlike act to draw a violent response from Russia, prompting FUKUS to pile in to avenge a NATO member is a bit far-fetched, but not impossible when you consider the human sacrifices globalists are prepared to make to get things rolling.

If that was the plan, it failed. Putin doesn’t take that sort of bait.

I have a not too distant memory of Hilary Clinton pressing for a no-fly zone over Syria. I know American Psychos feel entitled but that was ridiculous. But now, for a short while at least, there is a no-fly zone over Syria. Imposed by Russia. American and Israeli aircraft beware.

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Another Russian response to the Israeli assault a few days ago is to revive the agreement to deliver S-300 missiles to Syria. Ever conciliatory, Putin put delivery on hold a few months ago when Israel objected, calling it an act of aggression. Vladimir Vladimirovich must have decided enough is enough.

I hope Russia, on Thursday, will renew the NOTAMS that effectively create the no-fly zone (that seems to have gone under the BBC’s radar), and get the S-300s operational on Syrian soil asap. At the very least, Netanyahu will be given some time to reconsider, though he blusters that his policies towards (against) Syria will not be changing. Time will tell.

A Little Known Soldier

Edward Sydney WARD is publicly remembered in three places in Filey. His death in France is noted on the headstone of his grandparents and Aunt Emily in St Oswald’s churchyard.

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If the War Memorial in Murray Street is honouring his sacrifice it omits his middle initial and misspells the family name.

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The plaque in St Oswald’s that lists the men of this parish who laid down their lives for their country in the Great War honours Edward Ward of the 5th Yorkshire Regiment.

His existence in the CWGC Index is sparely recorded.

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The 5th Yorks (Alexandra) Battalion War diary is, as one would hope, more forthcoming, telling us that Ted was seriously wounded by a bomb while helping to guard a trench on September 18th; he died the following day. It notes that he was moved from his grave in Bottom Wood, Fricourt, to Dantzig Alley British Cemetery after the Armistice. This all too brief account has a photograph and some family information that points us in the right direction, though giving his age as 20 doesn’t confirm what we know from the St Oswald’s headstone.

It says he was born in Leeds. That is what the Census enumerator was told in 1901 and 1911 when, aged 7 and 17, he was living first at 1 East Parade, Filey with grandparents Edward and Rebecca WARD and then at 2 West Parade with the recently widowed Rebecca. In 1911 plain “Edward Ward” was working as a “Grocer’s Vanman”.

The War Diary informs us that Ted “was the nephew of Mrs Dove, 29 Cambridge Street and had been brought up from early age by his grandmother, Mrs E. Ward, of Filey. Shortly before the outbreak of war they came to reside in Bridlington, young Ward having secured a position at Messrs Ouston’s (grocers), King Street, Bridlington.” Mrs Dove was, I’m almost certain, Ann Elizabeth née WARD, Mrs E. Ward’s daughter. (Rebecca died in May 1919 at 29 Cambridge Street, Bridlington.)

Though some pieces are falling into place I cannot find a record of Edward Sydney’s birth. It is frustrating not being able to calculate his relationship to Ronnie Dove  (last Friday’s post). It should be easy, but of 64 Edward WARDs born in England in the four years 1893 to 1896, the GRO Online Index offers the births of only two registered in Leeds – Edward Laurence in March 1894 and Edward Arthur in December 1896. A third, plain Edward, was registered in Bramley in September 1896.

So, a young man who died for his King and Country at the age of 20 or 22, can’t yet be placed fairly and squarely with his forebears on the FamilySearch Tree. “The system” gave him an ID five years ago.

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The picture is much the same on Filey Genealogy and Connections but Kath does have a record of baptism for him – in 1910 – with a note stating, “An adult when he was baptised. No other information given!”

Grandfather Edward John, who took part in “the Baltic, the China, the Crimean and the New Zealand wars”, is a little more connected here.

Today’s Image…

…was taken this morning on my first stroll along the promenade in ten days, grateful (as you may imagine) to have reached old age.