Saturday, 13 February 2010

Family History

When I visited my family in Liverpool at the weekend, we got to talking about my grandparents and great-grandparents as we always do.  This time, my Dad has sent me some photos and a bit of history so that I can share them here and keep them for posterity.

As you can see from the photo I posted on Wednesday of his medals, my grandfather played in all of the major theatres in World War II.  Some of you may not have seen my Dad’s explanation I wrote in the comments so here it is again:

“From left to right The 1939-1945 Star, The Atlantic Star with France and Germany Bar, The Africa Star with North Africa Bar, The Pacific Star, and The 1939-1945 War Medal. Bottom right is the Veterans Medal. Centre bottom is the Fleet Air Arm Wings which Dad wore on the arm of his uniform. The two small pieces bottom left are my Dad's service medal with BICC Prescot (40 years in the factory) and his British Legion badge.

We believe Uncle H* has pinched several medals because Dad was awarded eight medals.

He was also on the Arctic Convoy which according to the Russians saved their war. Russia regarded these men as real heroes and wanted to award them with medals but the "Cold War" prevented this (and our Government). My Dad was an officer on HMS Victorious an aircraft carrier. He saw HMS Hood go down and the prize of the German navy the Bismarque go down. Whilst in the Pacific his ship was attacked twice by Kamakaze pilots”.

Arthur Whittaker TrubshawCorporal John QuinnJohn Quinn

On the top is my grandfather Arthur Whittaker Trubshaw (1920 – 1977).  On the left is my great-grandfather on my Nan’s side, Corporal John Quinn of the South West Lancashire Regiment.  He fought in World War I of course and at the end of the war, he was coming home through a French village and was shot by a sniper; he lost his eye. On the right is John Quinn again and my Dad said, “This is my lovely granddad enjoying a pint of mild at his local The Eagle and Child, Prescot. He was born in 1890 and died age 70 in 1960. He worked in the BICC factory, Prescot all his life apart from serving his country in WW1. This was taken about 1959”.   My Dad says he likes comparing photos of people from when they are young and when they are old.

Florence Quinn Graham and Steve Trubshaw with Nan

On the left is my grandmother Florence Trubshaw née Quinn (1919 – 1990) with my Aunt Barbara.  My aunty is sick now but still looks exactly like she did in that photo to me!  The photo was taken in black and white of course and coloured in.  My Nan had blond hair and china blue eyes and my Aunt Barbara has blue eyes.  The interesting thing about the colouring in this photo is that it reminds me of just how much I look like my Nan!

That is my Dad there on the left with my Nan and my Uncle Steve (1943 - 2003) on the right.  My Dad says they both look like a bag of bones which is not surprising really.  My Dad must have been about four then so it could only have been 1949 and rations continued until 1950 didn’t they?.

There must be so many stories that he has to tell about living in England in the post-war period!  I must press him for more information!



  1. Wow..such stunning photographs..just beautiful! Sounds like a special visit..revisiting your ancestors and family history..awesome! Wonderful post!

  2. What a wonderful opportunity to be able to have pictures to match the stories! Great post. Thanks for sharing your family history with us.

  3. I love seeing old photos like these :)A big thank you to your father, and great-grandfather for their contributions in helping to keep the rest of the world free.

  4. I really love old/seeing old photos.
    Yours are great! What amazing family history!
    Emm, have a great weekend !
    Thanks so much for your wonderful comments on my blog!
    Betty xx

  5. Wow....precious photos and the memorable stories!I like to talk about family history with my dad but have never seen the photos about my great-grandfather or great-grandmother. How lucky you are! BTW, thanks for your blessings! We did have a gorgeous Chinese New Year vacation!

  6. Looking at old photos of family members is fun. When she was in here 90s, my grandma showed me photos of her as a child and as a young woman. It was really amazing that she looked so much the same to me.

  7. I have enjoyed reading your great post and your family photos. I felt a sense of nostalgia remembering my own grandfather and then my departed father who also fought during World War II against the Japanese imperial forces in the Pacific when he was just a teenager.

    Family history is always a wonderful subject and recalling the past adds to our understanding to the present.

    You have the ability to write, making history interesting, as if I was reading a well-written short story.

  8. Enjoyed the post, my grandfather fought in WW1 and my father was in Ceylon in the RAF during WW2. You ought to go to the National Archive at Kew and see if you can look up the service record of your great-grandfather for WW1. The people there are very helpful.

  9. Your grandfather Arthur was one of the loveliest people I ever met.
    We talked of his days in the war, but mostly of Durban where he was posted at one stage.
    He never mentioned all those medals to me, that was how he was, modest and very gentle.

  10. I respect any person that has put their life on the line in the case of war. Your grandfather is a great hero.

  11. Thank you for sharing your family history! I love old photos and reading about people's lives.

  12. I love these old photos. I have a drawer full of old ones of my family. Everyone gives them to me because they know I love them. I need to figure out what to do with them. They're all curled up!

  13. Oh, Emm, these are such wonderful photos and stories. You are the perfect person to pass along these family treasures. I can't wait to hear more... if you'll share?

    And yes, you dad and uncle really are bags of bones. My goodness!

    PS I also like looking at young and old photo comparisons.

  14. Do you think you could possibly persuade your Dad to write the family history as he knows it? I really regret not having thought of it before my father died. I have a huge album of photos, most of which are a mystery to me, along with many half forgotten fragments of memories. I'm trying to start recording what I remember for future generations even if they aren't yet all that interested. But sadly, some of the early parts are already missing.

  15. Such a lovely post Mandy! Thanks for sharing these photos.


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