Evergreen - - News - H. E. Bates and his RAF ca­reer are men­tioned on page 31 of this is­sue. — Ed.

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.


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



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.

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