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Guestbook - February 1997

[28 FEB 97]

I am happy to have found these pages simply by surfing. I am a Coventry kid too. Born in '41 in Holbrooks area, remember bombed out houses etc. I hear that the good ol' Holbrook Lane School has been torn down. Shame, eh! As they would say here in Canada. I live in Beautiful BC now and wouldn't want to move back, but shear nostalgia forces the occasional visit.

Moved to Wyken in '52 and went to Ravensdale school before finishing at Churchfield High in 50 something. Worked at AWA until the RAF claimed me in '60. Married a local girl too. We both enjoyed our 12 years in the RAF, living in Nairobi for a couple of years and then Singapore for 3 more. Problem was, and I suppose that's the reason most of us expats scattered to the 4 corners, and I'm sure you can see the enormous chip we all carry on our left, or is it the right shoulder? Perhaps if we had shouldered instead the difficult times forced upon us at the time, just as our parents did during the war. Then perhaps, we may have stayed. It's good to read these messages, good old Mum and Dad are still well and in their 80's but bless 'em they will visit us again this spring. If any one is out there, with a yen to communicate with this lousy poet, please email me.

Robert and Janice Fauchon <smartrob@axionet.com>

(See next message 9 March 1997)

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[28 FEB 97]

Thank you very much for putting a link to the Coventry Council of Disabled People, on the Coventry and Warwickshire Network. Since you have done so a very wonderful thing has happened. I have had a message from my Uncle in Canada who regularly browses your pages. I had no idea that he was on the internet, as apparently also is a cousin whom I have not seen for years.

Laurence Arnold <Laurencearnold@msn.com>

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[28 FEB 97]

Thank you very much for putting a link to the Coventry Council of Disabled People, on the Coventry and Warwickshire Network. Since you have done so a very wonderful thing has happened. I have had a message from my Uncle in Canada who regularly browses your pages. I had no idea that he was on the internet, as apparently also is a cousin whom I have not seen for years.

Laurence Arnold <Laurencearnold@msn.com>

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[27 FEB 97]

Looking forward to seeing your city this summer. Sounds like an interesting place to visit. See you then.

Dave Wile <dwile@auracom.com>
A Friend from Truro, Nova Scotia, Canada

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[20 FEB 97]

Just found your site. Fascinating to read other people's real lifestories. But why are so many Coventry kids now Yanks or Canucks or Aussies. I've not seen one letter in your recent Guestbooks from South Africa, but this country always has been twenty years behind the rest of the world.

I'm Coventry born (1939), bombed out in Nov 1940, grew up in Atherstone, (can anyone tell me what happened to the Outwoods?) and attended Queen Elizabeth Grammar School in the Fifties. After marrying a Nuneaton girl spent most of my UK working life in Coventry firms - Matrix, Alfred Herbert, and Lee Beasley - before divorce and emigration.

Life here in Johannesburg can be a bit risky - just going to and from work you have to be on the lookout all the time for car hijackers - but the weather is bliss. But for visitors there are so many different types of place to visit, very scenic.

Would like to hear from anyone who was in the fifth form in 1955. I often wonder what happened to the other thirty odd kids in my year. Imagine that at least fifty per cent are somewhere other than the UK. Also any news from Nuneaton. Pity you don't have a Guestbook for Nuneatonians. I notice that the Borough are now down in the same division as the Adders. Just like the late forties when they were both in the Birmingham Combination.

Bill Jones <Billj@megaweb.co.za>

(Notice: This web site now covers Warwickshire as well as Coventry, so we are happy to receive messages here concerning any of the towns or villages in the county)

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[11 FEB 97] Taylor & Holder

Hi! I am from Brandon, Manitoba, Canada, formerly from Carievale, Saskatchewan. My great grandparents were from Warwickshire (great grandpa) and great grandma was from Glouscestershire. If there are any Taylor's out there please drop me an email. The Taylor's started out in Banbury and ended up at Crimscote near Alderminster before coming to Canada in 1902. PLEASE get in contact.

Regards

Shirley Marshall (Taylor) <brimarsh@shaw.ca>

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[10 FEB 97]

I have just recently entered the world of internet and, as one born and raised in Coventry, I was pleased to find a web site for my home town. I appreciate the information that is available and I hope that you will continue to add to the available information. I noticed in the guestbook that some had mentioned that they would like to see the Coventry Evening Telegraph on line, I would like to add my voice to that number.

I was raised in Canley attending Sir Henry Parkes School from 1948 to 1955 and then I was at Woodlands from 1955 until 1960, I was in Malins House. I would appreciate hearing from anyone who was at either school during these periods, particularly any who would remember me. When I finished school I was employed by Lloyds Bank before emigrating to Australia in 1964 where I lived until 1968 when I returned to England until 1972.

On a visit to the States I met a Texas girl whom I married in 1970. We have lived in the States and Canada, as well as 7 years in England. I am a evangelist with the Church of Christ and presently living in St Albans, WV. I usually return to England each year to preach in Cambridge. I will be making this trip at the beginning of March this year and will be visiting Coventry as my father and brother, as well as other relatives still live there. I look forward to communicating with fellow Coventrians.

KJ Chumbley <kjchumb@wvinter.net>

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[10 FEB 97]

Hi, I am Maurice Barley. I grew up in Rugby. Went to school in Rugby and Leicester during the 40s . Worked at English Electric and Morris Motors during the 50s. Now in Southern California. Would appreciate hearing from anyone who remembers me.

Maurice Barley < mobarley@postoffice.worldnet.att.net>

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[7 FEB 97]

Well I'm away from home (Coventry) and working in the USA, so this stuff is really valuable to me to keep in touch with what is going on at home, sometimes I get to it before the folks in Stivichale do!

Keep up the work, and any Cov Kids out of England are welcome to contact me at <101725.3612@compuserve.com>

Clare Williams

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[7 FEB 97]

I am trying to trace my Ely family line and am hoping that someone who reads this e-mail will be kind enough to help me. I know that the family immigrated from England in 1862. My records indicate that they were from Foleshill Lane and Coventry near Warwickshire. The furthest back my names go are to Abraham Ely and his wife Mary Maycox (my great great great grandparents born in the 1700's). I have been told that there are 5 to 7 generations buried at Coventry but that bombing during the war may have destroyed records. What I need to know is who to contact to begin my search and how do I go about contacting them. I cannot express how much I would appreciate any help at all. My mailing address is: 19008 US Highway 40, Bunker Hill, Kansas 67626, USA

Thank you

Donna E Irwin <dirwin@media-net.net>

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