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Darlaston Victorian family Bibles and a soldier's pocket testament

By Black Country Bugle  |  Posted: August 19, 2014

By Stan Robinson

  • Front cover of the Victorian A1 Annual

  • They certainly crammed the pages of the A1 annual

  • Daniel Perry's Bible

  • George Rogers' Bible

  • The Soldier's Pocket Testament

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THERE have been several references by Bugle readers of late to Sunday School prizes and old family Bibles.

I dusted off some of my family's Sunday School prizes in last week's edition, but here are some Bibles and other curiosities from days gone by.

I have in my possession a Bible dated 1880, which is inscribed in the inside cover, 'Daniel Perry, 25 Eldon Street, Darlaston.' He was my late wife Berry's grandfather.

Also with the above is a smaller Bible which could be carried in a pocket. The date on the title page is MDCCCLXXXIII, which signifies 1883. This Bible belonged to my father-in-law George Rogers, who served his country from 1918 to 1926, and from 1939 to 1945 with the RAF, servicing aircraft.

Also among my late wife's possessions is a large book entitled A1 Annual, which was given to a Mrs Rogers (evidently some relation of my wife's) in 1892, from Springhead Adult Bible Class, Wednesbury.

This I believe is a compilation of fortnightly A1 Annual stories (a partwork as we would call them today) with editions dating from November 2, 1889, to October 25, 1890. They cost 1d each.

"In addition to the above I have a small book called The Soldier's Pocket Testament, which was issued to all soldiers from November 1914 onwards. One of these was given to an Arthur Leonard Devey. My mother's elder brother was named Frank Devey, but whatever relationship there was between the two I do not know.

Do you have old heirlooms which you think would be of interest to Bugle readers? Bring them over to Bugle House in Cradley Heath, call us if you'd like us to visit you, or email pictures of them to gjones@blackcountrybug le.co.uk

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