Monthly Archives: December 2014

Joshua Barrow – Snr. & Jnr.

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Christmas letters #10 Joshua Barrow – my grandfather c. 1957 Joshua Barrow – my son 2014

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My grandfather

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Christmas letters #9 My maternal grandfather, Albert Mellor – my best friend when I was a very young boy. He was a tea-total railway engineer with a passion for sketching and oils. The painting above is the only actual piece … Continue reading

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The Wheatsheaf

Christmas letters #8 The Wheatsheaf Inn, East Hendred, Oxfordshire was owned for 3 generations by the Mulford family, related by marriage to my paternal grandmother May Barrow (before marriage her name was May Day!). The Mulford family were very close … Continue reading

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The Austin A35

Christmas letters #7 The Austin A35. That car did some miles. I’m dating this photo of my Dad to the mid 60’s – during one of our many holidays to Cornwall. In the front, my Mum and Dad (him driving, … Continue reading

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A family day out

Christmas letters #6 This, I’m guessing, is Trentham Gardens, near Stoke-on-Trent and I’ve got the date around the very early 60’s. What is unusual about the photograph is the both of my grandmothers appear together, a very rare sight as … Continue reading

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The footballer

Christmas letters #5 Check out the shorts! Summer 1984 (I think) and we are in sunny Swindon, Wiltshire for the Hambro Life Assurance annual 5-a-side football tournament, with teams from branches of the company all over the UK. Next to … Continue reading

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A Christmas Letter 1941

Christmas letters #4 I’ve posted this letter before on my blog and social media – but make no apology for the repeat as it never fails to remind me how lucky I am. Written by my maternal Grandfather Albert Mellor … Continue reading

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Mum & Dad in the Services

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Christmas letters #3 Charlie Barrow still in Sri Lanka in the first photograph (1948) but on the reverse of the photo a touch of his dry humour that seems to have passed on to his son. The third and fourth … Continue reading

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HMS Wren

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HMS Wren was a Black Swan Class sloop commissioned by The Royal Navy in February 1943 and paid a formal visit to The Sultanate of Muscat and Oman in July 1948. My Dad took these photographs during their stay, especially … Continue reading

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Sri Lanka

Christmas letters #1 Here is a rather grainy photograph of my Dad, Charles William Barrow (Charlie) in Colombo, Sri Lanka in 1948. This was, I believe, his first year as a “sparks” (radio operator) in The Royal Navy, following a … Continue reading

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