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Memories of Hull
Gran And Grandad Burnett
My Dad's family, the Burnetts, live in Kingston Upon Hull. Most summers in the 60s and 70s we stayed at grans for a week. Grandad worked on the Boating lake he was the one you paid your fare to; my sister and I always remember him shouting "Come in number -", whatever number your boat was. He always wore his flatcap,and grew lovely roses in his front garden. Auntie Alice was amazing she was always baking and kept made cakes in the pantry, which was a favourite place to hide when we played hide and seek. Another great place to hide was in the bushes at the bottom of the garden. Gran loved showing us the shops on Holderness Road and where she sometimes played Bingo. Those holidays every summer hold special memories for me; of seeing my dad with his brothers having a laugh and catching up with news, Auntie Alice ironing whilst listening to the radio. The memories are there, some of the family not, but loved and... Read more
Boating on The Lake
The photo above, of the two Lads on the lake is of my Brother Graham and I. I can`t remember it myself but apparently, Graham tells me, he was fed up because he wasn`t allowed to drive the boat as he was too small.
Commercial Hotel, Castle Street
We moved here in November 1949 - Mother was horrified, I thought it the most wonderful, exciting place to be. The corner room upstairs was used by the previous tenants for pigeons, racing I think. A good scrub was needed before Mum considered it clean enough to hang the washing. My brother and I shared the large billiard room, as a combined bedroom and playroom. We had two dogs, Patricia and Freckles, five cats (to catch the mice that had overrun the place) two tortoises and Peter the budgie, who could talk. Uncles Reg and Ted, plainclothes policemen, would keep an eye on us. Dad went back to sea. Annie lived next door and Gwennie would come in the pub. After hours, my brother and I would help stick lables on the beer bottles. For me a happy seven years, but not for Mum and my brother. Any photos of the pub would be interesting to see.
10th Service Battalion East Yorks Regiment Enlist in Hull in 1914
My Great Uncle John Percy Norfolk enlisted at Wenlock Barracks, Anlaby Road, Hull on 1st September 1914 and became a private in the "Hull Pals". The barracks at 380 Anlaby Road were built around 1911 on the site of a former private residence known as Somerset House. Writing now in 2012 this area is scheduled for demolition and redevelopment. Great-Uncle John's battalion was known as a Service Battalion as the men who enlisted all committed to serve for the duration of the hostilities. Their Battalion became known as the "Commercials" as all the men were tradesmen from around Hull. They formed one of four Battalions in Hull. Great-Uncle John Norfolk (known to me as "Uncle Percy") was promoted to Lance-Corporal early in 1915 and was commissioned as a Second Lieutenant later that year, and to Lieutenant in 1916. He trained at Hornsea and Ripon before active service in Egypt and France (where he was severely wounded at Helmterre and required repatriation to England for surgery). There... Read more