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I was born in 8 Brockley Whins Station Cottages. My mother was Georgina Brown and my father was William Thomas Wilson who was a Datal Hand at Boldon Colliery and one of his roles was to use a hammer known as a kessa to tap the rails to keep them straight . My sister is called Joyce Baker who also lives in Boldon.

My Husband, Kenneth Oxley was a wages clerk at the NCB when we first married. During the war Ken would be in the RAF  and was a fitter armourer which amongst other tasks he would fix the bombs and torpedoes on the planes for the next 3 years. 

After the war Ken went back to the NCB and continued in the role of Wages Clerk.

We were married Eboneza Methodist Church which is now Oxley Close on 17th July 1946. We had 4 bridesmaids who were Catherine Wilson ( now Mrs Croisdale ) , Olive Dixon , Audery Taylor ( Kens cousin ) and Doris Oxley who was around 8 years old at the time.  Ronald Taylor ( Ron ) who was Kens full cousin was a groomsman .Best Man was John Knox, Kens cousin whos father was John Pearson Knox who was killed in an stone fall in Boldon Colliery.

During the War I was sent to Manchester and worked at Metropolitan Vickers Munitions Factory for 3 years.

I remember my friend  who was killed when a bomb .
There was a dummy aerodrome built near the Miners Cottages at Hedworth to distract the German Bombers from hitting the railway which was the main line.  Sadly , one of the bombs hit my friend Iris Fosters house which killed her and Policeman Sgt Slack who lived in the nearby Police Station. Our house in West Terrace had its roof blown off at the same time Church Street was badly damaged. 

I asked Vera , a regular customer at Tubs and Shrubs , West Boldon where I work  if she would like to contribute towards the wealth of information that we have been gathering about our community for the benefit of everyone. What I didnt expect was the wealth of information she has. Over time, Vera will continue with her page and the sharing of her own personal history. If you are related to any of her friends and would like to add to the site Vera and myself would be delighted.
Best Wishes
George Wright









SILVER PLAQUE
COMMEMORATING THE RETIREMENT OF
R.C.PEAKE Esq. M.E.

Plaque inscription reads -
PRESENTED TO
R.C.PEAKE Esq. M.E.
BY THE WORKMEN
AND FRIENDS OF
BOLDON COLLIERY

As a Mark of their Respect
30th Dec 1882

Remember Milk Tokens
from the Co-op.


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