The remarkable Short Brothers

The remarkable Short Brothers

(a longer read) by Danny Corns Many years ago, former Society Chairman David Harrison told me of a connection between the Short Brothers of aeronautical and flying boat fame and No. 3 Low’s Lane, Stanton. The Society discussed the placing of a blue plaque on 3 Low’s...
The Mayor, the King and the Old Bailey

The Mayor, the King and the Old Bailey

(A longer read) From information kindly supplied by Michael Harmer John and Gertrude Macdonald were married on 23rd July 1902 John Angus McDonald (the spelling was anglicised to ‘Macdonald’ when the family moved to England) was born on 27th December 1871 at the Easter...
An Ilkeston man in the American Civil War

An Ilkeston man in the American Civil War

(A longer read) The complicated life of George Newman George Newman was born in Northamptonshire in September 1834. His father John was a gamekeeper and his mother a dressmaker. The 1851 census finds George aged 16 described as an Agricultural Labourer. He has five...
Great War stories

Great War stories

(A longer read) When we think of the First World War, most of us think of trenches, machine guns and mud in France and Belgium. Most of the men from Ilkeston and District who went to war from 1914 to 1918 did fight in Picardy and Flanders, but local men also fought at...
Ilkeston’s ‘Waterloo Men’

Ilkeston’s ‘Waterloo Men’

Researched by Peter Cave. Sixty or so local men who served in the army during the Napoleonic Wars have so far been rediscovered. Mostly these are the survivors, the ones who were discharged when their time was up or when their strength or agility failed them. There...