‘Happy Return’

Christopher LIGHTFOOT is one of many Filey fishermen whose date of final departure has been given as “before [year]” in the online trees I have looked at. This is a reasonable suggestion, as Jane WILLIS, the woman he married in 1850 is a childless widow when the census is taken in 1861. Sadly, the couple had been given only four years to start a family, not eleven.

I imagined the Dudgeon Light vessel to be at the mouth of the Humber but it was somewhat further away from Filey – about thirty miles north of Cromer. I don’t think the dangerous shoal needs a light these days because it now supports a wind farm.

Captain Syd gives 18 October as the date for this Happy Return’s sinking. (Six other vessels share the name in his database.) William SMITH built the vessel in Scarborough in 1840 and Richard CAMMISH was a part-owner. Abraham SANDERSON [MGZ3-WBR] is listed as skipper at the beginning of 1854 – but Richard Cammish, named “master” in the newspaper report, was his father in law and had presumably taken charge for this last voyage.

Filey’s loss of nine fishermen in this October storm has not been publicly memorialised. The window in St Oswald’s church remembers those who drowned from 1879 to 1896. Only one family stone in the churchyard recalls the event, and it agrees with Captain Syd on the date of the tragedy.

‘The water flowed on every side,

No friend was near to save.

At last he sank beneath the tide

And found a watery grave’

1346 Freeman D173

Another of today’s Anniversary People was unexpectedly and shockingly deprived of life. John KILLINGBECK was sixty-seven years old when he was hit by an express train. I wrote about him in Coincidences.

I haven’t put the three headstones on the Shared Tree yet, but here is the one remembering James CRAIK and his parents.

Sunrise 60 · Filey Bay

The Usual Complaint

[Old News]

Saturday 12 January 1878

Mr AUTON drew attention to the slow progress of the kerbing and also asked if Mr Hobson and Mr VARLEY had seen about a piece of ground for the stabling and sanitary soil.-Mr ROBSON replied that Mr Varley had been busy and had not had an opportunity of seeing to the work.-Mr COOK thought they were not tied to a rnonth as to seeing about the ground, &c… but Mr DOWSLAND thought different; he commented severely on the dilatory manner in which some of the members carried out the duties allotted to them; they were always postponing that and the other and the consequence was that they seemed to get nothing done, and they would drive everything until next summer—like the asphalting was left a short time ago.   He was sorry the clerk was ill, he had neglected his duty by not taking down the full details of the minutes and likewise in not sending the papers he had received about the sanitary cart and patent sweeping brush. Moreover, he had not appointed anyone to act in his place as secretary. He concluded by proposing that the resignation of the Inspector of Nuisances be accepted.-Mr Auton seconded the resolution which was carried unanimously.

The Scarborough Mercury

William Williamson AUTON Painter, Plumber, Glazier MP26-VNQ

John Binnington ROBSON Chemist & Land Agent KFLW-2W4

John COOK, Tailor & Draper [not found]

James VARLEY, Hotel Keeper & Wine Merchant MGZT-F6Z

Welborn DOWSLAND, Grocer MG8K-GXW & MG82-YH6

Mr Hobson not found


1789 · John CRAWFORD · K24D-1DF

1791 · Ellis GLAVES · 996 Foster D53

1791 · Thomas PETTY MJDY-755 and Hannah HALL ·  MJDY-7R4  

Also Hannah Baptism

1985 · John Alaric SHEPHERD

John was born in Port Clarence, County Durham, and died aged 85 just a few miles away in Stockton on Tees. His father hailed from Filey Parish (Lebberston) and his grandfather John from Hunmanby. John Shepherd is on the Shared Tree but currently, his six children with first wife Margaret BINSLEY have been given to second wife Margaret BENDELOW. I have created an ID for Tom but will have to deal with the marriages, and John Alaric, another time.

1949 · Florence BINDOFF · 1902 Colling E97

In loving memory of GEORGE COLLING, died 16th May 1941, aged 64.

‘Thy will be done’

Also of his wife, FLORENCE COLLING, died 10th Jan 1949, aged 70.

‘At rest’

Abstract 86 · Another Mudscape

Appleby’s Farm

Farmer James’address in 1939, 38 Grapes Hotel, Queen Street, “rang a bell”. In a short piece about the Coble Landing in the old Looking at Filey,I found this –

George Colley’s horses hauled the cobles and were stabled at Appleby’s Farm where the Providence Place flats are now.

Kath has a couple of notes in Filey Genealogy & Connections ­

Manor Farm, Queen St became Appleby’s 1891 and Manor Fm behind Star Inn.

It must have been a very small farm, no more than thirty acres would be my guess (less than a third of a hectare.)

Here are the coordinates for The Grapes ­if you want to compare the map to satellite views online.

54.21121284547198, -0.28746420527233346

The Grapes ceased being No.38 Queen Street some time ago, and a hotel/public house more recently.

I have not found a George COLLEY who is a good fit for the owner of the coble-pulling horses. Perhaps it was George COLLING, fish merchant. He lived nearby in Reynolds Street around 1900 and later in Queen Street.

Photographer unknown, no date; photo donated by Martin Douglas


Saturday 17 April

My thanks to Shirley for sharing this painting, treasured by her mother, Margaret Caine. (See comment.)

Sky 23 · Filey Bay

Royal Parade

Monchy-le-Preux, 1917

The 8th (Service) Battalion of the East Yorkshire Regiment was formed in Beverley on 22 September 1914. On 16 November 1916, it was transferred to 8th Brigade,3rd Division and at the end of April 1917 was part of Allenby’s Third Army, preparing to throw itself into the Third Battle of the Scarpe.

I don’t know when George COLLING joined the East Yorks or how much fighting he’d experienced on his journey to Monchy-le-Preux. When I wrote yesterday’s post I didn’t know where his life had ended but this morning mentioned his anniversary to Graham, my next door neighbour. When I returned from my walk there was a note in my letterbox giving the following information (the source may be Everard Wyrall’s The East Yorkshire Regiment in the Great War 1914-1918) –

The Third Battle of the Scarpe, 1917, is of special interest to all East Yorkshiremen, for the third Victoria Cross won for the Regiment was gained by a young officer in the terrible struggle for Oppy Wood.

2nd Lieut. John Harrison MC, VC, 11th (S) Bn East Yorkshire Regiment, Oppy, France, 3rd May 1917.

The 8th East Yorkshire Regiment relieved the 1st Royal Scots in the front line on the night of 30th April/ 1st May, 1917. The line taken over was on a north and south line immediately east of Monchy-le-Preux, thence round the south–eastern exits of the village. It was a noisy part of the line and Monchy was heavily shelled intermittently throughout the 1st May.

Continuing the line from south to north, the main objectives of the Third Army were Cherisy, St Rohart Factory, Bois du Vert, Bois du Sart, Plouvain Station, Square Wood.

The Bois du Vert and Bois du Sart, to be attacked by the 8th Brigade, lay east of Monchy. The 2nd Royal Scots (right) and the first Royal Scots Fusiliers (left) were the attacking troops of the Brigade, the 7th King’s Shropshire Light Infantry (right) and 8th East Yorkshire (left) being in support.

The attack began at 3.45 am on 3rd May, the enemy quickly replying with his barrage.

The 8th East Yorkshires were forced up behind the Royal Scots Fusiliers; the 7th KSLI were on the right of the East Yorkshiremen.

From the 4th May the 8th East Yorkshires were in the Brown Line near Monchy taking no active part in the Battle, and at the close of May were billeted in Izel-les-Hameau.


George was killed on the first day of the battle, the 3rd, and his body not recovered. He is remembered on the Arras Memorial with over 34,000 other casualties. His parents had died before the war began.


The stone has not worn well and is very difficult to read, let alone photograph successfully.


In affectionate remembrance of JOHN COLLING, the beloved husband of MARGARET COLLING, who died Dec 24th 1910, aged 59 years.

‘His weary hours and days of pain

His troubled sleepless nights are past

The ever patient worn out frame

Has got eternal rest at last.’

‘With Christ which is far better.’

Also MARGARET COLLING, wife of the above, who died Feb 12th 1913, aged 59 years.

‘Rest on dear mother, your work is o’er,

Your willing hands will toil no more.

A loving mother true and kind

No one on earth like you we find.’

Also of GEORGE COLLING, son of the above, who was killed in action in France, May 3rd 1917, aged 26 years.

‘Though death divides, still memory clings.’

John was a fisherman, as the fine carving of a herring coble in sail on the headstone indicates.


Find this branch of the COLLINGs on Filey Genealogy & Connections and FamilySearchTree.

Syrian Airstrike

I mentioned yesterday that some reports suggested that UK regime missiles were fired into Syria (from Jordan) a few days ago, causing the 2.6 magnitude “earthquake” explosion. It seems to be accepted now that Israeli F15s delivered the missiles. Why were they not shot down by Syrian or Russian air defense systems? Russia has an agreement with the United States – not to fire upon US planes in Syrian airspace. It appears that the American regime gave Israel transponder codes that fooled Syrian defense that the planes were American F15 “Eagles”. This duplicity puts Ol’ Cryin’ Wolf Netanyahu’s already notorious IRAN LIED Powerpoint presentation in a new light. It also gives Syrian and Russian air defense the green light to shoot down any American planes their systems lock onto in future. Not good. Rusian and Iranian restraint can only stretch so far.