I AM related to Thomas Barratt, VC. He was a nephew of my maternal Great-Grandmother and his Mother was my Great-Grandmother's Sister, Sarah.
Every November, I lay a poppy cross at the Memorial in Coseley and I have a poppy cross for him at Westminster. I believe that there should be a statue to Thomas in Coseley.
He was a brave young man, who should never be forgotten.
I have a photograph of Thomas in his Army uniform and the Memorial card for his late Mother. Thomas' VC is on display at the South Staffs Museum along with I believe the Memorial Plaque from Thompson Tankers.
My Maternal Grandfather, Donald Spinks, died in February, 1982. He had been involved in the Cub and Scout movement for years. He had a handwritten letter from Lord Baden-Powell which he was very proud of. I have a large photograph of my Grandfather in his Scout uniform taken either late 1920s/early 1930s, along with my Grandmother in her Guides uniform. One of my teachers, Mrs Pat Priest, at Queen Victoria Primary School, was one of the leaders and knew my Grandfather. I also remember, a Mr.and Mrs. Darby, (Ron & Madeline), who were also leaders.
My Grandfather's Mother, Mary, died in 1946 and she had lived in Gornal. One of the items which was bought from her old house was a book, Edward Lear's Book Of Nonsense. I remember it vaguely as a child being in the fitted-wardrobe of my Aunt's bedroom. In May, 1986, I was watching Blue Peter, when the presenter Caron Keating was holding the same copy of Book Of Nonsense.
My late Aunt, Ivy Doreen Spinks, used to go to a dance class, I believe in Dudley, the same one as the late entertainer Billy Dainty.
On my Maternal Great-Grandmother's side of the family, we are related to the runner, Jack Holden. Some of my relatives live in Jack Holden Avenue, which is named after him.
Mrs. Mandy Caddick, DipHE