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  1. Di.Poppitt

    Alf Buckley.

    Bless him, he was lovely, until recently we emailed every day. He lived alone, and was often lonely and we wrote about the day we'd had. Gosh I am going to miss him. I always finished by writing Take care, sleep tight God Bless Alfie XX
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    Peaky Blinders - A world away from Downton!

    I don't care what they say, we all heard language like it, just get them back ............ it beats Coronation Street
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    Canterbury Road Police Station

    I think the photo must be Perry Barr Station, I went to Canterbury Road School and the Police Station was nothing like that. It was a much smaller building, wasn't it!!
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    On a Saturday afternoon, with little else to do while waiting for Strictly, I came upon this bit of nonesence. I have had a chuckle or two...............
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    Peaky Blinders - A world away from Downton!

    We are definitely going to put the sub- titles on this series - can't wait.
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    It's Astonesses (lyn's) Birthday !

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    National Trust Back To Backs Inge Street

    When they were first opened there were such a lot of cross members on this Forum. I think they expected to see bed bugs and grime, I just imagined the first people to live in them, clean walls and a little firegrate. The realism popped up in odd places, an overcoat instead of blankets on a bed...
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    The Birmingham Pals in the Great War

    Perhaps a moderator can edit my post, when I tried I got the smaller imges
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    The Birmingham Pals in the Great War

    Here it is Lyn, the standard Service Medal. I guess it was given to all who served. I have no idea why my family had it.
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    The Birmingham Pals in the Great War

    Hi Steve, absolutely no connection. The other medals I have are an uncle by marriage, he was in the Norfolks, and the Pals badge. The only other photo I have is again Uncle George, wearing his cap but it is blurred. I'll attach it just in case.
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    The Birmingham Pals in the Great War

    Ok Steve, I found it. Couldn't see for looking. Two Uncles William Henry Horton, born 1892, George Horton, born 1898, both joined the war from Hamstead. George has two wound stripes on his uniform. The number on the badge is 275212. It is the silver Service Medal. For King and Empire Services...
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    Library Of Birmingham 2013

    The new library is an abomination - yes it is a good word for it. It is enormous inside and not many people in there. Perhaps when the newness has worn off it will feel better. I did love the light, lots of windows, oh yes, and a roof garden, not since Lewis's has Brum had one of those. Sadly...
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    The Birmingham Pals in the Great War

    Yes Lyn, I have checked all sources for info on my two uncles, no luck so far. Thank you Steve, you won't believe it but I can't find the medal. Last seen in my pen pot on my desk!! It can't have gone far can it.
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    The Birmingham Pals in the Great War

    I had 2 uncles who served in WW1, and my aunts husband whose war medals I found when dealing with a family home after a death, he was in a Northumberland regiment. After reading this thread I took the box out and had another look at everything. I have found a number that is very faint on the...
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    Our Thoughts For Ger22van (ernie)

    I am so very sorry to hear of Ernie's illness. Such a cruel way to end his life and he will be sorely missed on this Forum. XX
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    Birmingham Hippodrome

    I saw Johnny Ray at the Hip in the 50's, last year I saw South Pacific, this year My Fair Lady. My birthday treat for my sister is a two day trip to Birmingham with the theatre if there is a good show playing.
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    Birmingham air raids

    My dad worked at the Dunlop making tyres for the aircraft industry. As he wasn't called up he was on fire watch duty after he finished work. It meant that we, my mother and me, were alone most nights. Bedtime was an experience I have never forgotten. I must have slept downstairs until it was...
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    Chance Glass Factory

    I spent 14 lovely years as a dealer in old things, well one old thing dealing in other old things!!! Just before I hung up my gloves I bought a set of 3 Chance Glass handkerchief vases, they were pretty and very quickly sold.
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    Birmingham Odeon

    Ella was in Birmingham before '61, ' Jazz at the Phil ' toured and I saw the concert at the Odeon twice. We left Birmingham in '59 and I guess the concerts were '57 & '58. Oscar Peterson was her pianist, StanGetz on sax, Gene Krupa on Drums, together with lots of others missing from my memory now.
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    All Souls Church, Birchfield, Stafford.

    Yes Graham I remember the 2 shops in Wenlock Road, there was a wall in front of each one. It was a meeting place for youngsters and I recall sitting on the wall. A family called Mehan lived next door to the hardware shop. I didn't ever go into the shop but I did go into the grocers quite often...