TRYING TO FIND
MADAM: I have been trying to find an RAF friend from long ago. He was Corporal William ( Bill) Roche ( or Roache), stationed for his National Service in 1956/ 57 with the RAF regiment at Wroughton, near Swindon, Wiltshire. The photograph ( left) shows him at St. James’s Park, London.
We lost touch during his various postings, but I found some information that he was sent to Oldenburg, in Germany, in 1956. It seems that the last
time he tried to make contact with me was in 1960.
We are both coming up to 80, or he may be a little older. It would be good to know how he is and to reminisce about RAF days. — DOREEN FREEGARD, ( née NOLAN), 7 GLEVUM CLOSE, PURTON, WILTSHIRE.
CLACTON TEA COMPANY
MADAM: When leaving school in 1953, I worked for the United Kingdom Tea Company in Clacton- on- Sea, Essex. I have often wondered where they went and want to know more about them. I can find all the old names such as Home & Colonial, David Greig etc, but not this one. I thought perhaps some of your readers might have shopped there. I know they were owned by an Indian tea company. — J. H. LAST, FRINTON- ON- SEA, ESSEX.
MADAM: I was interested to read “Queen Victoria Coins” (“Percy’s Post Bag”, Summer 2017). I have 11 pennies from Queen Victoria’s reign, seven with the uncovered bun, the oldest of these is dated 1896; and four later ones which date from 1897 to 1901. Two of my earlier pennies are so smoothly worn that it is difficult to read their dates.
I have owned them since childhood, growing up in London in the 1950s, and I knew the older ones were the “proper” bun pennies. This always confused me
somewhat, because the later additions, with the veil, also clearly showed the Queen with a bun. I appreciate the explanation of why the name changed since reading it in your article.
In addition to my pennies, I also possess several farthings and silver sixpences etc. My pennies are still kept in my old tin money box from the late 1940s which served me well throughout my growing up years. It is the size of a can of beans, with a slit across the top, and needed a knife inserted into the slit to slide out the coins from inside. — MARCIA HOWARD, RICHMOND, YORKSHIRE.
MADAM: The reference to Tommy Handley and ITMA (“Whatever Happened to...?”, Spring 2017) mentioned that the nation was shocked by his unexpected death in 1949. As a child I remember hearing the news on the wireless that he had suffered a stroke whilst bending down to pick up a collar stud. Thus, whenever I stoop to tie my shoelaces or pick up something, I still recall what happened to Tommy Handley 67 years ago — and wonder if I will suffer the same fate! — MAURICE NAIRNE, TONBRIDGE, KENT.
MADAM: I read the following lines somewhere and would like to know where they come from: One shall strive and one resign One drink life’s rue and one its
wine And God shall make the balance
good. — SHEILA HORTON, CLAPTON PARK, LONDON.
H. E. BATES
MADAM: The article about The Darling Buds of May (“TV Memories”, Summer 2017) states that H. E. Bates was born in Rushton, Northamptonshire. Rushton is near Kettering, but although the author was educated in Kettering, he was born and grew up in Rushden, which is close to Wellingborough and Northampton. Rushden is very proud of its association with Bates and there is a Blue Plaque in the town in memory of the author. — JOHN NEWELL, STANWICK, NORTHAMPTONSHIRE. *
Memorabilia at the Savings Banks Museum at Ruthwell, Dumfriesshire. A reader recalls monetary matters. See letter below.