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I used to visit my aunt Irene & uncle Fred Earnshaw at 14, Castlefields Drive, Rastrick. My grandparents lived in Kent where I was brought up. My brother and I were the first Earnshaws born out of Yorkshire for many generations! Fred was Grandad's brother. My grandmother was a Morrell and her father was a local undertaker. I am trying to find his details? It is a bit tricky because my mother was also a Morrell and her father was a wine merchant in Brighouse....the 2 sides of Morrells are not connected as far as I can tell. I used to spend a fortnight's holiday with my aunt & uncle, I well remember going to a factory for fresh brandy snaps...delicious! Castlefields Drive was an unmade road,and led up into the countryside for our many walks. Fred and Grandad used to go for a drink at a working mens' club nearby. I have such happy memories from the late 1940/50s of Brighouse. I think there was a park called Elland park in Brighouse? My father & his brother both went to Rastrick & Brighouse Grammar School. My father Reginald married Constance Morrell, sadly he was a bomber pilot and was killed in 1944 during the Second World War, he is buried in Holland with his crew.

A memory of Brighouse in West Yorkshire shared on Wednesday, 25th August 2010.

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RE: Rastrick, Brighouse

Umm....I am the son (David Earnshaw) of pilot officer Reginand Earnshaw and his wife Constance Earnshaw and have lived in Auckland in New Zealand since the late 1960s. I well remember the visits to my uncle and auntie's house in Castlefields Drive, Rastrick in the mid-1950s with my grandad and grannie and sister who lived in Deal in Kent, and visits to a brandy snap factory nearby. Yes, they seemed beautiful days...however what appears on the surface is not always what is true? Fortunately with a successful business I have been able to visit UK and spend time around my childhood haunts and boy, things have changed....for the better or worse I do not know....but I wouldn't have missed for all the tea in China some of the antics I got up to! You all take care. David Reginald Earnshaw.

Comment from David Earnshaw on Wednesday, 14th September 2011.


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