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McCarroll Gas Masks
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directory 1824 Pigots (Belfast)
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Bangor Spectator Directory 1970
Soldier's Service and Pay Book for John Steele
Bailie, Crosby Street, Belfast
13028623 DOB 31st March 1905
Soldiers Book Mackie's
Veterans Reunion 1944 signed by Thomas F. Mackie
also includes a rent book for 24 Crosby Street for
Edna Anderson 60's
G. R. Allen
Jimmy "O. B."
Benny (1/3 co?)
George D.C.M.: S.S.: M.D.
Bill Girvan M.C.
Larne A.R.P. Group Bulletin
- Editor Ian Gilmour - December 1942
Names mentioned:- Charles Ross, J. O. Wylie, J. J. R. Bain, T. McVea, J.
L. Holmes, W. S. McConnell, Douglas A. Hill, T. Eccles, D. A. Hawthorne,
Dr. Mary Fletcher, W. H. Owens
The Midnight Watch
Borough of Bangor Air Raid Precautions - A,
McClenahan, Air Raid Precautions Officer
Jonathan Luney & Sarah Luney, 48 Osborne Park
10th June 1945 from 312469 Lt.? Ball, A. T., English
On Active Service
to Mrs. M. Ball, 195 Belmont Road, Belfast, N. Ireland
A. T. Ball, Esq., R.A.
396/145 (Berks. Yeo.) Field Regt. R.A., India Command
6 June 1945 Letter no. 36
Dear Ma & Miss, Another day has dawned and it is now afternoon. This morning
I went for a walk round the town by myself and to my discredit I bought some
Indian Free French stamps, a thing I always said I should never do. They
rather attracted me. I then returned by rickshaw to lunch after which
we inspected the wares of two vendors who were parked outside the hotel.
However we did not by anything. Bill White and I then decided to go to
town again, I for the specific purpose of buying the clay figures I
previously mentioned. The only difficulty about them is that Annette must
get some and I cannot afford two sets. So I suggest they draw lots and pick
half each, taking it in turns. I hope that I shall be able to get them
packed well enough to reach you safely. On the bottom of them you will
find an inked number and the following us the description:-1. gardener
2. washer man 3. maid 4. water carrier 5. sweeper 6.
waiter 7. groom 8. tailor 9. peon? 10. orderly
11. barber 12. grass cutter
They were bought in an Indo- Crafts Shop and the set they give does not
quite show all the castes nor all the trades.
1. He is normally called by us as the fruitwala and
the circular basket is normally carried on his head like No. 12.
2. This is the way washing is carried, it is not a sack as you may
imagine but a square piece of material gathered up at the corners. It is
normally carried over both shoulders and not as here.
3. You will see that the headgear is part of the shawl and is quite
often used to hide the face when we pass by. All the dress is made of very
4. The first thing one notices is that he is a Silk as his beard
and hair are uncut. The water is carried in a skin whose neck is knotted to
prevent the water spilling out. This is quite a fair representation.
5. Also a silk. He normally carried a twig broom and the rubbish is
carried in a wicker basket cone shaped with the pointed end cut off.
6. Also a silk. He is a good example. He wears a gold and green
band round his head and body. The latter belt is about 4 ins. to 6 ins.
7. Also a sikh but I cannot tell you much more about him.
8. Very typical of the way he sits. They generally work by sewing
machine and always are squatted.
9. A sihk - normally carries letters in a heavy leather square bag
complete with lock and key, although I have never yet seen the latter used.
I expect the leather is to keep letters dry in the monsoon rains as well as
for security purposes.
10. Is the bera (now spelt correctly after my study the other
afternoon) which could be termed batman or what have you as a general scut
and bottle washer in any place. They are of course the poorer class of each
caste but are higher than a sweeper as a rule.
11. Nowadays they carry a small attaché case and a very small urn
shaped as under (see diagram in 2nd from last image above) but the
representation is as found in the villages where he carries a rag containing
everything and in his hand a jug or bowl probably made of metal - white or
12. This is very typical. The grass is carried in a square piece of
material the corners being knotted together to hold the grass.
You will notice in practically every case feet are
bare which is normal. With the exception of the postman, waiter and
orderly who are normally respectably clad, all the others are in rags.
The maid - well it depends on her job how she is dressed. I think this
is about all I can tell you about them. The mail truck has just come
up so we are hoping.
Your loving son & brother. Alan
James and Bella McCarroll,