Relatives help name Dockyard workers

  • Blast from the past: A photograph dating back to the 1920s, which shows staff who worked in the store houses of the Victualling Yard in Dockyard

    Blast from the past: A photograph dating back to the 1920s, which shows staff who worked in the store houses of the Victualling Yard in Dockyard

The identities of a group of Dockyard employees who worked in the stores nearly a century ago are slowly being unravelled, thanks to their helpful relatives.

The Royal Gazette recently published a story highlighting an old photograph of the group with a view to tracing relatives of the people in the picture.

The photograph, which is believed to date back from the 1920s, featured Betty Ann Townsell’s great-grandfather, Albert Cann, and his son, Crofton Cann. Ms Townsell decided to launch an appeal to find out who the other workers in the image were.

The Royal Gazette has already received a couple of responses from residents who have been able to identify their family members in the old photograph.

Althea Ratteray said: “My aunt, Mabel Rawlins, called me after reading the article. She was almost sure that her father was one of those included in the photo, but was not totally convinced and she asked for my opinion. After seeing the photo, I agreed with her that it was her father and my grandfather. He is the gentleman in the front row to the extreme right on the very end. “His name is Walter Edwin Browne and he was born on January 29, 1866.”

Meanwhile, Jean Munro Brady also contacted this newspaper to say that her mother, Gladys Tyrell, was in the photograph.

“What an interesting picture in the paper,” she said. “The woman in the middle with dark hair and a necklace is Gladys May Tyrrell. She was born in Portsmouth, England, in 1906.

“She came to Bermuda with her family in 1910. Her father was an iron moulder and worked in the foundry at Dockyard. When Gladys finished school at Dockyard, she went to work in the naval store office. She died in 1984 and her ashes are in her mother’s grave in the Naval Cemetery. She was my mother.”

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Published Jan 14, 2015 at 8:00 am (Updated Jan 14, 2015 at 12:47 am)

Relatives help name Dockyard workers

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