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Irvine Boon, Exmouth, Devon
David Coulson, Tyne and Wear
David Jeffries, North Yorkshire
Stanley Walton, British Columbia, Canada

RE: ME AND MY BROTHERS. Chapter 3: Education! Education!! Education!!!

It's a small world, I was also born in Dock house in 1933, in the house occupied by my grandfather, Captain William Green. He was born in Lerwick in the Shetland Isles in1875 and died in 1953. He retired after the war and went to live in Albany Gardens, Whitley Bay. He went to sea at 9 years old, on whalers and then tea clippers and steam ships, He was a Master Mariner of sail and steam.

My parents were living in London in 1933 and mother came home(Dock house) where I was born in the east side of Dock House on the ground floor. My mother Mary Irvine Green was the only daughter of Captain William and Lizzie Green.

My parents came back to the NE in 1952 and lived in Derwent Road on the Marden Estate. They downsized when the family left home to live in a bungalow in Westlands just behind the Broadway Pub. I was an Electrical Engineer with NEEB and came down to Devon in 1965. I'm now retired and live in Exmouth.

I have two sisters Sheila and Elizabeth, I've copied this to Sheila and Sharon, her daughter, she has plotted the family tree.

- Irvine Boon
Exmouth, Devon,
- May 1st 2012

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Page added: November 19th 2011.
Last update: August 31st 2015


Dear Dorothy,

I read your article on Preston Village with great interest. This viewing was stimulated by the fact that I had just attended a Wake at the Spread Eagle pub.

In your article you mention one of your playmates was Joan Maynard from the Spread. Joan was my mother! Maynard was my grandad's stage name - 'Tom Maynard' - while his family name was Lonsdale. My mum who passed away many years ago had 3 children of which at 60 I am the youngest. At home I have a wonderful oil painted portrait of my grandad and also a nice water color professional painting of the Spread Eagle showing the tree and the circular bench surrounding it. My family live in Yarm but we come to North Shields most weekends to see my mother in law who lives in Preston Avenue.

It was lovely to read your article. Thank you

- David Jeffries
Yarm, North Yorkshire, England
- August 31st 2015


In the article about old Preston Village, North Shields, there is a remark regarding my grandma and granda Mr and Mrs Forrest. They had three children: Norma, Joan and Joe. Joan was my mother. She married a polish soldier who had survived Auchwitz concentration camp. His name was Michael Pawlak - he was my dad. They took over the shop and ran it till 1980, when they retired to Consett, Co Durham.

The article also mentions that lots of people lived on the bread line in the village. Well I remember in the 1960s my dad used to help people. If someone had been made a widow he would send me down to their house with items they might need - like bread, milk, eggs and say to me "tell them it's ok about the money". Then in the winter he used to make huge bowls of broth and we used to take it to all the old people for free. On a Wednesday the shop used to close for half day. Often my dad would spend the time chopping stackers of wood to be delivered to his customers who had fallen on hard times to help them keep warm.

My dad was a lovely man and on the day he retired the whole village through a surprise party for him, I still have a box that he kept his shop papers in from the original shop my grandparents, Mr and Mrs Forrest, had. The shop has now been made into a house, and after generation after generation there is no longer any family that lives in the village, but we all hold happy memories in our hearts.

- David Coulson,
Tyne and Wear, England
- June 11th 2013

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RE: ME AND MY BROTHERS. Chapter 3: Education! Education!! Education!!!

I read with interest Donald McDonald Simpson's article about the Simpsons living at Dock House, Northumberland Dock. North Shields. My father was the Dock Master & Traffic Manager, Tyne Improvement Commissioners until October 1938. I was born in the Dock House on 3rd March 1925, where we lived until 1932. At that time the Dock Masters House occupied the West portion of the building. At the East end were the traffic offices, that were converted into two flats, one for the Deputy Dock Master Capt. Wm. Green and Mr. W.J.Dobie, principal clerk.

I can remember most of the Deputy and Assistant Dock Masters who were at the Dock when I lived there. Their names were Captains C.W.Blaylock (who later became Harbour Master), C.H.Nicholson, (later the Ferries Superintendent), Bertie Crosthwaite (who was promoted to Deputy Harbour Master), Powell and Sistersen (who became Dock Master at Tyne Dock), Keldie (later the Traffic Manager at Albert Edward Dock), Stephenson, Cresswell, Hatfield, and Batty.

After we moved to Tynemouth our portion of the house was converted into four flats for the Assistant Dock Masters – the houses at end of the building were also occupied by the Deputy Dock Masters, behind the Main building there were two court yards each housing about 16 families of the Dock Gatemen most them also had allotment gardens, nearby, Hayhole Farm was occupied by the General Foreman and the farm house by the Fireman.

My wife's grandfather, James Simpson, b.1839 Inverness, lived at Westoe in 1871 and moved to Tynemouth 1881. His home was 47, Stephenson St. North Shields and he worked as a tinsmith. He had three children: Isabella was born 1857 in South Shields; John born 1868 Newcastle and Moore b.1873 North Shields.

My parents lived at Princeway, Tynemouth. I went to King Edwards and Linskill Schools and Skerry’s in Newcastle prior to going to sea (indentured apprentice 1940). We married in 1947 and lived on Wallington Avenue, Marden. Daughter Susan went to the school behind the house. We came to Canada in 1956.

- Stanley Walton,.jnr,
British Columbia, Canada
- November 21st 2009

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