Remembering street shrines.
Researching her family history, Dorothy Glass began to wonder if anyone remembered the WW1 war shrines in Middlesbrough?
She has submitted this photo, right, although faded, of the actual shrine which was displayed somewhere in Rockcliffe Street.
On the back of the picture is scribbled "Rockcliffe Street Roll Of Honour roll of honour
a list of those who have died in war for their country ". Names deciphered on the right panel of those killed in action are:
Ralph Unthank, Frederick Horn, Michael O'Connor Michael O'Connor can refer to more than one person:
Dorothy says the names on the left hand side are indistinguishable but thinks it shows those who returned.
Ralph Unthank was her great uncle, who lived at 24 Rockcliffe Street. He served in 8th Lincolnshire Regiment, and was killed in the Battle of Loos The Battle of Loos was one of the major British offensives mounted on the Western Front in 1915 during World War I. It marked the first time the British used poison gas during the war, and is also famous for the fact that it witnessed the first large-scale use of new army or September 1915.
His father was John William Unthank, his mother Emily Jane. His brother George (a Sherwood Forester) survived the war and his sister Celia Maude married Sydney Pitcher (Dorothy's gran and granddad).
Sydney lodged in Rockcliffe Street with his brother Ernest Pitcher and family.
Dorothy would love to hear from any descendants to fill more holes in the ever-expanding family tree, and can be contacted at 12 Ripon Road, Nunthorpe, Middlesbrough, TS7 0HX.