Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

I Introduced Myself to My Uncle at a Bus Stop

Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

I Introduced Myself to My Uncle at a Bus Stop

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Byline: FRANCES LINSLEY

THE item from Lucy Gowland in RW 90 referred to Fred James. I believe this was my great uncle, known in my family as Uncle Freddie. There is a family likeness. Details from the 1901 census and family folklore seem to confirm this that he was my great uncle.

His parents were John Ridley James and Mary Ann James, formerly Berry. The 1881 census shows them living in Southampton with a nine-month-old daughter Janet Grace and Mrs Jane Berry senior. John and Mary were aged 24 and 21, respectively.

The family moved to Middlesbrough from Southampton and are shown on the 1901 census for Middlesbrough living in 2 Albion Cottage in Saint Hilda's Parish. Janet and Jane are not included.

The census shows that Fred was born in Middlesbrough and in 1901, was aged four. This means he was aged 24 when the photograph was taken in 1921. He had several siblings. My paternal grandfather Thomas, Fred's brother is shown as born in Southampton and was aged 16. …

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