- February 1999
[27 FEB 99] PEUGEOT PROBLEM
I have a 1989 Peugeot 309SL which has covered 60,000 miles.
I purchased it at 53,500 miles, and at 55,300 miles it began burning oil. On disassembly
at 60,000 miles it was found that on all 4 pistons, the ring gaps were in line.
The servicing was carried out by an experienced european
vehicle mechanic, but not by the local Peugeot agents.
The New Zealand Peugeot Concessionaires don't want to know
me. Can you advise the best place for me to write to - the car has the following data:
Type & Serial No: SDB 10AB 22
Model Code: 02923973
I am not being greedy - the valve guides were also badly
worn but that is part of motoring. Incorrect assembly is another matter, and I would have
thought that Peugeot would stand behind its product. I am aware of another 1989 309 in
Nelson which had the same problem with rings, in that case Peugeot apparently came to the
party with very tightly priced parts. But they are telling me to go away.
Any help you can give would be most appreciated.
Roger Cole < R.Cole@ts.co.nz
19 Matangi Street, Stoke, Nelson (Sunshine Capital of the World!)
tel/fax 64 3 547 3583
[EDITOR: Can anyone involved with Peugeot
help with this one?]
[27 FEB 99] JOHN GULSON SCHOOL
Hello, I was at John Gulson School from 1944 to 1949 when
the headmaster was "Pip" LeQuesne. I have often looked in this website for old
boys but never seen one yet ... are they all dead I wonder??
Surely not ... I'm only a young 65 year old now living in
Australia for the past 32 years. I would love to hear from any old school mates in that
era. I still have a huge school photo taken in 1948 of the whole school plus masters.
John White < email@example.com
[27 FEB 99] DESCENDANTS OF JOSEPH LUCAS / ELIZABETH SCOTT
Hello from Sydney, Australia.
I am searching for any descendants of Joseph Lucas who was
transported from the UK in 1831. He was tried at the Warwick Assizes for theft and
transported to Van Diemans Land. He was married to Elizabeth Scott and they appeared to
have two surviving children, Harriet Lucas and William Scott Lucas - they were living in
Coventry at the time of his conviction. Joseph remarried in Australia when he had been
given a conditional pardon but was not allowed to return to the UK. He had a large family
in Australia with many descendants, of which I am one.
Joseph's parents were Martin Lucas and Elizabeth Dyer of
Southam, Warwickshire. The family appears to have lived in Southam for many generations
and are related to the Fearn family of Southam.
Are there any Lucas families still living in Southam? They
appeared to have been painters, plumbers and glaziers in Southam at the time of 19th
century census. I would like to hear from anyone who has information on this family.
Brian Engert < firstname.lastname@example.org
[26 FEB 99] DESCENDANTS OF ROSE & DORA MOULDER
Hi from South Africa!
I am trying to trace the descendants of Rose Moulder - born
Nov 1901 - Coventry and Dora Hilda Moulder - born March 1892; both worked at the Ordnance
Road Works during WW1. They lived at 7 Ordnance Road with their grandparents Sarah and
James Rose. Their father James Henry Thomas Moulder worked for The Standard Motor Company
and was sent to South Africa with the first motor cars.
Not long after they arrived the mother Maryanne nee Rose
died and Dora and Rose were sent back to Coventry. My grandfather James and his brother
George stayed in South Africa, but as the years went by they lost touch with their
sisters. I would really love to find out what happened to them.
Lesleigh Kardolus < email@example.com >
[25 FEB 99] THOMAS FAMILY
I hope the above subject is not too tiresome to those
outside the Thomas family, but I am the great grandson of Joseph Thomas.
He was born in either Birmingham or Coventry in either 1848
or 1851, was a devout Methodist, and sang in the choir of Coventry Cathedral while he
apprenticed in Coventry from 1863 to 1875 to become a steamship engineer, which he then
became on the Red Star Line, emigrating to the United States in 1879.
He is supposed to have had a relative who owned a shoe
factory around that time in Coventry. He married Mary Ann Chaplin, also born in England,
in 1879, and is supposed to have had one or more brothers who emigrated to Australia, who
were also steam engineers.
I have thought that perhaps he was an apprentice at some
place connected with the Methodists.
Curiously, the women of the family had a rather horse-like
Any thoughts, leads, etc would be appreciated. Thank you.
Robert J Thomas < firstname.lastname@example.org >
4616 Town Crier Road
Lilburn, GA 30047, USA
[25 FEB 99] ARNOLD / FLECKNER FAMILIES
I am hoping someone out there will remember the area of
land, on Broad Lane, where WOODLANDS SCHOOL is now situated, prior to the school being
My family - the ARNOLD's - owned this land, about 10 acres,
from the early 1800's until about 1927.
Next door in Broad Lane lived the FLECKNER's - Ellen
FLECKNER married Thomas ARNOLD in 1838.
The property was called " HONEY HALL " and "
PLECK ". I would like to locate any old photos, documents or other information
relating to this property.
Many thanks from sunny South Australia
Brian Arnold < email@example.com >
[24 FEB 99] BROAD STREET BOY 1956
Greetings from the USA, GEOFFREY HARRISON formerly of
Thomas Lane Street.
A Broad Street lad, I would like to hear from anyone out
there. We have been in the USA now for 30 years, our family still live in Coventry. I
lived in Coventry from 1943 to 1968. I worked at the British Piston Ring Company in
Holbrooks for 10 years and Coventry Gauge for a short while.
I enjoy your website, especially the precinct video shots!
Geoff Harrison < firstname.lastname@example.org
[20 FEB 99] A LONG SHOT!
Hi, this may seem like a very strange and unusual request.
Basically, I recently purchased a quantity of Charles Dickens hardback books from a local
auction in Leamington Spa and in amongst the pages of one of them was an old school report
dated the 21.12.1965 for the King Henry VIII school in Coventry.
It belonged to a person by the name of P W Mercer who was
aged 16 years and 11 months at this time. The Head Master was an H Walker, the House
Master E R Shaw and the Form Master was a B Stringer.
I would be very interested in any information that you
could possibly find out about P W Mercer as there is no listing in the phone book, as I am
sure he would be interested in having this back. Mr Mercer would now be 50 years old. If
you could help I would be most appreciative.
Stuart Payne < email@example.com
[20 FEB 99] JOHN HALL
I may be in the wrong place, but I'm looking for info on my
family tree. There was a John Hall born 1609 that left Coventry, Warwickshire, England in
1630, at the age of 21, with the fleet of Govenor Winthrop. He went to Charlestown, Mass -
died in 1676.
I am of the same name age 48, Erie, Pa.
JH, USA < JKH1433@aol.com
[19 FEB 99] ABBEY CASTLE
Does Abbey Castle still exist in Coventry? My mother was
born in the east wing on 29 July 1905 and was the illegitimate child of Edith Patrick. She
received mail throughout the years from the Rt Hon Cordelia Leigh.
Any information available would be appreciated. I am taking
a trip to England in May and would like to know more about Coventry.
Jan Brown < firstname.lastname@example.org >
Tel: 613 394 2876
[17 FEB 99] PLEA FOR HELP!
A plea from the Cotswolds, I would like to contact two old
friends of mine if possible as follows:
ARCHIE McCALLUM SUB/LT RNVR 1943/45
Archie lived in Max Road, Coundon before going in the Navy
and I last met up with him in Montreal, Canada in 1943/44 when I was doing my Pilot
training in the Fleet Air Arm and he was supervising the building of an LCT at a shipyard
in Quebec City prior to sailing it across the Atlantic. He had a sister Kathy who worked
at the Coventry Economic Building Society on the High Street who I think married and may
still live in Coventry.
Cliff lived quite close to and attended Barkers Butts
School, he was in the 32nd Coventry Rover Scouts and left the area and was, I think,
commissioned in the Royal Air Force Regiment immediately after the war. He may still
remember that he lent me a tent for a motorcycle trip to Spain in the summer of 1948,
which I lost crossing the Pyrenees on the way back. We were some of the first tourists to
go back after the war and the roads were in very bad shape and things shook loose!
John G Haig < email@example.com >
[15 FEB 99] BIRD FAMILY
I am attempting to find information about my father's
family who came from the Coventry area (I believe). Specifically, I am looking for Frank
Bird, born 1879, Coventry. He emigrated to Manitoba, Canada in the early 1900's and
married an Irish girl, Martha McKee. He was a watchmaker and a violinist. I believe he had
a sister Florence. Any further information anyone can share would be greatly appreciated.
Marg Orlando < firstname.lastname@example.org
Prince George, BC, Canada
[13 FEB 99] CROSS AND ORB IN COVENTRY CATHEDRAL
Hello, I heard on the radio today about this event and I
was pleased to find this information. I was in Coventry several years ago and deeply
impressed by the ruins and the new modern cathedral.
By the way, I am 62 years old and lived in 1945 in
Magdeburg, which has something in common with Dresden...
Thanks for the good information on your website.
Marius Fuellmann < email@example.com >
EDITOR: You can read more about the arrival
of the Cross and Orb in our Religion section.
[13 FEB 99] JAGUAR PARTS
I am looking for an automobile parts company that I can buy
parts from, for a 1987 Jaguar XJ6 model. I presently need the rear brake caliber's,
transmission rebuild kit, transmission repair manual and auto repair manual. I am in
[12 FEB 99] COVENTRY ORDNANCE WORKS
I'm seeking imformation about the Ordnance Works at
Coventry between 1900 and 1930. Where was it situated, was it damaged/destroyed during the
Blitz? etc. My Great Grandfather moved from Rotherham to Coventry in 1901 to work at the
Ordnance Works, his trade was gun turner.
Joe Leach < firstname.lastname@example.org >
[11 FEB 99] GREAT SITE
Found this accidentally while 'surfing' the net. As a
former resident of Coventry (1939-1957) I was greatly impressed to see how much
information this site contained.
I left in 1957 to return to Toronto, Canada.
This is a great site and I will visit frequently from now
on. You are on my 'Favorites' list.
Lorraine Schulz < email@example.com >
Toronto, Ontario, Canada.
[01 FEB 99] ANOTHER COVENTRY KID
As an another expat Coventry Kid, who has been living in
Ottawa, Canada since '68, it was great to discover this busy site for my hometown.
I was raised and went to school in Radford, and later moved
to Wyken. A regular, with my best friend Sue Robbins, at the Kongoni coffee house, the
Leofric jazz club on Sunday nights, and the International Centre in Coundon.
I find the CWN pages an excellent way to keep in touch with
what's going on in Coventry today.
Janet Rea < firstname.lastname@example.org