Nelly Spindler

Nelly Spindler, a Wakefield girl, who nearly 100 years ago was one of the Queen Alexandra Imperial Military Nursing Service.  She was a young woman, a nurse, who served so close to enemy lines she  almost stood on them! Nelly was born in Wakefield in 1891 to George and Elizabeth Spindler, the eldest of their […]

Wakefield City Police – Constable 17

Wakefield City Police – Constable 17 My father was brought up by his grandparents from being about 2 years old – the reason, well not quite sure, as both his parents were living, but have a good idea and he was the only one of his siblings being brought up by the Victorian couple. It […]

Faces behind the headstones

Last year I found a leaflet asking for relatives of those WW1 soldiers who rest in Lijssenthoek Military Cemetary to come forward with any information or documents they may have and as I have original documents relating to my great uncle, there was only one thing to do and that was make contact – well […]

Lijssenthoek Military Cemetery – Who is resting in peace

Lijssenthoek Military Cemetery nr Poperinge has a very special place in my heart, not only does my great uncle rest there but Nellie Spindler from my home town also calls Lijssenthoek ‘home’.  But recently while doing a bit of research I came across another man whose final resting place is also Lijssenthoek – Conrad Hugh Dinwiddy. […]

Wakefield’s Dambuster

Billy Hatton – the Wakefield Dambuster – how many of you knew we had a dambuster in our midst? William Hatton was born in Wakefield on 24 March 1920, the son of George and Florence nee Lee.  The couple marrying in the Autumn iof 1911. Billy attended the Holy Trinity School and later Thornes House, […]