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More on the Charnock watch family THERE was a very good article in RW 102 regarding the return of the lost watch. Here is a little more information regarding the Charnock family that may be of some interest.

William Charnock born 1900, was one of nine children born to William and Mary Charnock. William was a fitter by trade and was born in Gateshead. His wife Mary was born Newcastle. In 1901 the family was living at 19, Lucan Street, Stockton.

In 1911 the family was living at 2 Nolan Place Stockton. The children were Margaret, James B, Harriet, Albert, Alison T, Wilhelmina, Robert B. and William Charnock (one child died).

The children were all born at Newcastle except William and Robert Blakey who were born Stockton.

William married Dorothy Haste Ashman in Stockton in 1924 - one child was born, Joyce Charnock in 1925 but she died while still a baby.

Dorothy Haste Ashman (Charnock) died in 1960 at Stockton.

I was unable to find any WW1 service records for William Charnock, regarding the Military Medal, This information may be available from the London Gazette for 1918 this may give details of his actions at the time (I do not have access to this). William was born in 1900 so at the time of earning his Military Medal he was only 18 years old, I wonder if would this have been reported at the time in the local papers? - J L LAWTON (via email) Calling all old Marton Brownies SOMETIMES you print pictures of Brownies and Scouts. I was in the Marton pack from 1952 to 1956. Unfortunately I do not have any photographs but I know that lots of photos, including home movies, were taken.

We met every Monday night in the village hall. Even at seven years of age it was considered safe for me to travel alone on the H bus from our home at Bellevue. I loved every minute of it. Our Brown Owl and Tawny Owl were lovely and very encouraging.

In 1955 we went to "camp" in a rambling old country house on the edge of Gillamoor near Hutton-le Hole. It was magical.

I would love to hear from any other Marton Brownies and wonder if any photos survive from that time. I think the Brown Owl's daughter was in my pack.

- MARGARET PETTLER, Canada You can contact Margaret on:
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Title Annotation:Features
Publication:Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)
Date:Apr 7, 2012
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