Thursday, 24 January 2013

Treasure Chest Thursday - Grandad Hutton's tin box

A year or so ago I bought a slide scanner for copying my mum and dad's collection of holiday snaps.  Using the scanner at my mum's has led to other collections coming out of hiding, last summer she produced a square tin, the sort that would have had biscuits in I suppose, which was full of papers and oddments relating to my grandparents.

The treasures inside included my grandad's Home Guard badges which I mentioned in a previous post and some accompanying papers. 

Badges for the 11th Battalion Durham Home Guard
Here's a wonderful piece listing the various code words that could be used by the Home Guard:

Home Guard Military Signs
I particularly like 'Caterpillars' for 'Enemy is landing Tanks at  ...'

When he was younger grandad was in the Scouts, Boy Scouts as they would have been in those days. 
William Satchell Hutton (b.1905 so a guess at this photo - 1918-1920 ish?)
In 1924 he attended the Britsh Empire Exhibition on a Boy Scouts' Jamboree Pass.  He'd have been 19 years old, I bet it was a great experience.

Boy Scouts Jamboree Pass for the British Empire Exhibition
Later in his Scouting career he became a leader and we have a painting of a lovely woodland scene that was given to him by the scouts when he retired, dedicated to "Skip".

Grandad was a coal miner - one of the earliest pieces I have relating to this is his notice  to quit his house when he lost his job in the 1930s.  My mum says he refers to this as a 'wedding present' as it arrived just a few days after he married my grandma on 22nd August 1931.
Notice to quit the colliery house on termination of employment 1931
Grandad continued as a miner and eventually became a colliery manager at Sherburn Hill Colliery - I have found details of his career on the Durham Mining Museum's website.

One final picture - Grandad in mines' rescue equipment - I hope he never had to use it.  Casual pose - hands in his pockets!
W S Hutton in mines' rescue equipment


Unknown said...

What a marvelous treasure. I wish I could find like that. I guess I'll keep looking. I'm new to blogging and am amazed at everything I am reading.


BarnsleyHistorian said...

Thank you for your kind comment Betty. Sometimes I want to put everything I find in a blog - it's that feeling of not just talking to yourself!!

Heather Kuhn Roelker said...

How wonderful! I love ephemera. I especially like how the code words sheet looks so worn. You can definitely tell it was used. Thanks for sharing!

BarnsleyHistorian said...

Thank you Heather - yes, you can imagine it spent several years in my grandad's shirt pocket or wallet can't you?

BarnsleyHistorian said...

If you see this Heather I've been to your blog and tried to comment but it wouldn't let me. I think your timeline idea is classically straightforward - great.

Heather Kuhn Roelker said...

Hmm, thank you for the information! You are not the first person to mention this so I must get to the root cause.