They’re hoping our readers can help

Sunday best - but who might be Eleanor Turner's grandfather Cyril Dewhirst?. Below: Army  pals: Keith Richards, right, is seeking Terry King, left
Sunday best - but who might be Eleanor Turner's grandfather Cyril Dewhirst?. Below: Army pals: Keith Richards, right, is seeking Terry King, left

SINCE starting our nostalgia column at the begining of the month we have received inquiries from readers looking for help tracing people or information about events.

We have also had feedback on one or two photographs we have already published.

Terry King, left, and Keith Richards circa 1956. Keith, who lives in Wales, is trying to trace Terry, who used to live in Todmorden''For Todmorden Nostalgia

Terry King, left, and Keith Richards circa 1956. Keith, who lives in Wales, is trying to trace Terry, who used to live in Todmorden''For Todmorden Nostalgia

We hope the column will provide a useful exchange of information from time to time and here are a couple of inquiries we have already had.

Former soldier Keith Richards, who lives in Pontnewydd, Cwmbran, Wales, is trying to trace a Todmorden man called Terry King.

In 1956 Keith and Terry were serving together at Thornwood Camp, Epping, Essex - Keith was a corporal in the Royal Army Medican Corps and Terry was a driver in the Royal Army Service Corps.

Keith says: “I am endeavouring to trace Mr George Terry King, who was known to me as Terry King who, in 1958, lived in Nuttall Street, Todmorden. Like me, he is now around 75.

“I have formed the Oldthornwoodcampians Association with the aim of reuniting as many old comrades as I could track down ,” he said.

If anyone can help, Keith can be contact by phone on 01633 774205 or email keithrichards1937@yahoo.co.uk

Eleanor Turner has contacted us trying to find out more information about a man she believes is her paternal grandfather on the picture above, whose family were from Hebden Bridge.

“His name was Cyril Dewhirst (1896-1925) and he died when my father Jack (1920 - 2009) was almost five. There were two brothers younger than Jack, Harry and Robert (Bob) who have both dies.

“What I would like to know is: which one is my grandfather and where were they going in their ‘Sunday’ best clothes? Incidentally my father was never sure which was Cyril.”

She also has a copy of a photo given her recently by David Moss, eldest son of the late May Moss of Hebden Bridge. May and Eleanor’s paternal grandmother Hilda Barnes (formerly Dewhirst, nee Mitchell) were first cousins.

“On the reverse of this photo were the words - ‘Mrs Dewhirst and Albert’. David and I did wonder if this lady was the mother of Cyril Dewhirst. If not, then who is she and is she a relative of Cyril? Also, who is Albert?” Eleanor can be reached by email oneleanor1508@yahoo.co.uk

l MR Bryan Sugden is searching for any information or photographs relating to an incident where three houses, 830, 828 and 826 Burnley Road were demolished by an avalanche of mud coming across the railway line by Hungry Wood Arch, Cornholme.

He believes this may be in the 1982 flood but can anyone be definite? Mr Sugden is interested because he was brought up in number 834 and his grandfather lived in number 828.

l WE have had some feedback from the 1969 picture of the opening of Heptonstall Social and Bowling Club from several readers, including Christine Stocker, nee Armstrong, and Maureen Robertshaw.

The civic leader in the picture is the chairman of Hepton Rural District Council, William Holt. The man of the left of the photograph is Maureen’s uncle Simeon Riley and next to him is Christine’s next door neighbour Harold Greenwood.

Her uncle, Clifford Armstrong, is second from the right.