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Old Birmingham / Re: Burbury Street School
« Last post by Peg Monkey on July 09, 2020, 05:35:56 PM »
Just a few minutes walk from the school took you to the Lucas Gt King Street Factory, the flagship factory in the giant Joseph Lucas industrial empire. I continued to pass the factory some years after leaving school and would often see the Lucas light test vehicle parked - a metallic mink Ford Granada with a body stripe in the Lucas corporate colours of dark green and grey, it was no coincidence that when the school became Harry Lucas Secondary School the school colours  were green and grey.
An image depicting the Lucas test vehicle is attached, I think it still looks stylish even by today's standards....
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Birmingham Chat / John Lewis
« Last post by Spud on July 09, 2020, 02:50:42 PM »
It has been announced that The John Lewis Flagship Store In Birmingham's Grand Central  Shopping Area will be closing permanently. This will be one of eight stores which John Lewis will calling time on. Boots has also announced 4000 redundancies
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Thanks Alberta, for the comprehensive report on Eric and his brother Percival. A great shame my Great Aunt couldn't live their lives together. To have survived the Great War and then die of influenza was tragic. They would have all been looking forward to Eric's homecoming. Thank you for your help.

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Hi, he was registered Alfred Eric Bland but appeared to use Eric on some occasions.
1911 census
Address 90 Gough Street Edgbaston.


Charles Thomas Bland age 51  Pattern maker for Iron foundry,
Margaret Harman Bland age 48
children Mabel 24,Percival Charles 22,Ethel 20,Harold 18
Alfred eric (law clerk) 16
Hedley thomas 14,Hilda 12,Eveline 8,Kathleen 4
plus a servant and 2 boarders.


Thomas Bland died on 27th June 1917 address given as 79 Ryland Road.
The house in Gough road would have been larger than Ryland Road perhaps children and boarders left and to use todays phrase they downsized for some reason.


Alfred tried to enlist a few times but was turned down on medical grounds but finally accepted on
5th October 1916.
He was described as a clerk, 5ft 8ins with 31inch chest, his next of kin, his mother .address given as 79 Ryland Road (was his father in ill health perhaps )
He served in France and Flanders and then granted 14 days leave in October 1917
He was then posted to Italy where he was employed as a clerk on Headquarter staff but died of Influenza on 15th November 1918. he is buried in Montecchio Italy.


His brother Percival went to live in Canada working for the Hudsons Bay co,
He volunteered  in june 1915 and in the Canadian Infantry he was sent to France and was missing on the Somme on 15th September 1916 , he is commemerated in Courcelette British cemetery.
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Hello Alberta, Thanks for your reply. I have managed to locate the name of the person I was trying to identify. We have photographs of a soldier who had died of influenza in Italy at the end of World War 1. He was engaged to my Great Aunt and she had kept a folio sacred to his memory. Several of the photographs were taken in a garden with a family in the garden of 79 Ryland Road. I have since managed to identify the family as that of Charles and Margaret Bland and the soldier to whom my Great Aunt was engaged as Eric Alfred Bland. If you have any more information on Eric it would be appreciated. Thanks
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Birmingham Photos and Videos / Re: Cromwell Street School Photo 1960's
« Last post by Spud on July 08, 2020, 04:39:15 PM »
Colin 27 looks to me as if you have not selected the file
This how I do it
1 Go to Web Resizer Site
2 Click on Resize Photo Here
3 Click on Choose File
4 Click on Up Load File
5 Click on Down Load Image


6 Go to Birmingham Forum Site Click on Attachments and other Options
7 Click on Choose File [Make sure you select 'OPT' file]
8 Click on Post [ May be short delay until your Photo Appears]


Sorry if this sounds complicated but you will get used to it


Our old Friend Phil was the Old Photo expert but he seems to have disappeared from the Forum
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Birmingham Photos and Videos / Re: Cromwell Street School Photo 1960's
« Last post by Colin27 on July 08, 2020, 04:11:14 PM »
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Birmingham Photos and Videos / Re: Cromwell Street School Photo 1960's
« Last post by Colin27 on July 08, 2020, 03:54:31 PM »



I have tried this from the web sizer site as a test. Not sure how successful it will be but here goes
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Birmingham Photos and Videos / Re: Cromwell Street School Photo 1960's
« Last post by Spud on July 08, 2020, 02:13:41 PM »
Sorry I have not been on the site for a while, but how do you load photos now that Tinypic has ceased operations?
Try using The Web Resizer Site I had to have a few tries before I got It right but it's OK once you get used to it.
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Birmingham Photos and Videos / Re: Cromwell Street School Photo 1960's
« Last post by KHarwood on July 08, 2020, 01:28:54 PM »
No idea! any chance you could reload originals?
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