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Article on Steelway by Prof. Carl Chinn - Express and Star

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    • 16 Express & Star, Thursday January 28, 2010 The Carl Chinn page Face behind on loss of a A fEW weeks ago, kenneth J Wilmot, of Wolverhampton, was reading the feature on the “Stafford Road Sheds, in par- ticular the poem to the memory of Black Country Did you know you can choose to have some NHS treatments at Spire Little Aston Hospital, your local private hospital? John Cuss. “I was amazed to realise that I knew a lot more about him. “Between family and friends he was Memories With Choose and Book you have a choice of hospitals where you can receive known as Jack. He was born in fair- ford, Gloucestershire, on March 5, 1883, the youngest of seven children. On May 28, 1898, he joined GWR serv- Dr Carl Chinn ice as a call boy at Victoria Basin, Wolverhampton. His starting wage than she could possibly have had in care funded by the NHS. One of these is Spire Little Aston Hospital with: fairford. was 10 shillings per week. “He remained as a call boy, receiving “Lavinia Mary Cuss was my mother, annual increments of 1/-, until May and in 1924, there really was a widow • 0 cases of MRSA blood infections* • 100+ free parking spaces 28, 1901, when he was appointed ‘man left to face the world alone, and care for Mary, then 14 years old. They • a comfortable, quiet and • a 99% rating of excellent, very good porter’ at Halesowen, on 18/- per week, but in July 1901 he removed to Can- worked together, Annie as a ladies’ relaxed atmosphere or good by our patients nock Road as ‘under shunter’, on £1 dressmaker and milliner on Stafford per week. Then, in July 1901, he Road near to five Ways, and Mary, *referring to data collected from January 2008 – August 2009 moved to Oxley as an under shunter on eventually working at Courtaulds. “Together they kept the home until £1 1s per week. June 1938 when Mary married ken- For more information ask your GP or call us: Allotment neth William Wilmot of Red Cross “In June 1903 John became a ‘brake- Street, and in June 1939, I was born. 0121 580 7119 man’ and remained a brakeman until 1907, still receiving annual increments of 1/- per week. He was then promoted “Like Jack, Annie was a very in- volved and caring lady becoming the Secretary of the Railway Widows www.spirehealthcare.com/littleaston to goods guard, and again he received Benevolent fund, and during the late 1/- per week increment until 1910. In 1920s until 1933 she took classes at that year his 1/- per week increment Brickkiln Street Centre four evenings was deferred for three months because of the week, for young boys 9-13 years of absence through illness in 1909. of age, catering for boxing, art, handi- “He continued as a mainline guard craft and fretwork. working long hours and ‘double “When she left, the boys presented homers’ until 1923, when while he was her with a bound autograph book con- off work with a long bout of influenza A copy of Jack Cuss’s GWR serv- ice showing his increments, per- taining their signatures, some ad- and pneumonia, he was appointed sta- haps written in his own hand dresses and riddle or verse. Upon the Little Aston Hall Drive, Sutton Coldfield, B74 3UP tion master of Dunstall Park. However, outbreak of the war she volunteered to as stated in the poem, he died on feb- loo Road, and Jack was a bass soloist, work in the Ministry of food Office in ruary 23, 1924. much in demand by choirs and for con- Waterloo Road, monitoring ration “He had married Mary Ann flowers certs in the Black Country area. books and coupons presented by shop- in 1908 and rented a house in Dunstall “They never had children of their keepers ,and remained at the office Avenue, where he tended a double al- own, but in 1914 a five-year-old, until the late 1950s. lotment plot producing fruit and veg Lavinia Mary Cuss, the daughter of “I hope these few facts will entertain and, of course, caring for his two or Harry, Jack’s brother in fairford, ar- and jog someone else’s memory and three hives of bees. rived for a week’s holiday, but never re- they may add to the history of GWR “Jack and Annie worked hard for turned. They brought up Mary as their Stafford Road Sheds or the Cuss family Bethesda Methodist Chapel in Water- own, providing a far better upbringing in the early part of the 20th century.” Unlikely role played by ANNOUNCEMENT the Steelway stretchers Local Criminal Lawyer B ACk in November, Black Country Derek Larkin is Back! Memories featured the history of the long-es- Mary Monson Solicitors of Fleet Street, London and tablished and important Manchester, are delighted to announce the opening Wolverhampton firm of of a new office in Birmingham, serving the Steelway on the Bilston communities of Wolverhampton, Dudley, Mid Staffs, Road. Walsall and Sandwell and all the West Midlands. This pioneering company manufactured the Uk’s first Joining us as a key member of our Criminal Defence pedestrian safety barriers, Department is Derek Larkin, who has 37 years which were installed at the experience in the legal profession, and is a West busy junction of Prince’s Midlands man, born and bred. Derek is a former Square in July 1934. They had been designed President of The Institute of Legal Executives, and is after long and careful exper- well known as a defence lawyer both locally and iments and with the assis- nationally. tance of Mr Edwin Tilley, the town’s chief constable, We wish to thank our past West Midlands clients for and Mr HB Robinson, the the welcome we have received, and look forward to borough engineer and sur- meeting new clients and their families in the coming veyor. years. The barriers stopped pedestrians walking off a Mary Monson Solicitors, London, Manchester and blind corner into the path of now Birmingham Corporation Street. motorists and they quickly gained attention elsewhere. All Criminal Defence work undertaken - Police On March 19, 1935, Mr Stations, Magistrates Court, Crown Court, Criminal Hore-Belisha, the Minister Law experience spanning five decades - fighting for of Transport whose name is our clients. recalled in the Belisha bea- con, inaugurated London’s first pedestrian safety barri- The photo that drew Graham’s attention, of a stretcher being assessed for use ers at Britannia Crossing, Queen Elizabeth II in 1953. the St John Ambulance aforementioned stretchers Rooms 8-12, 2nd Floor, Coleridge Chambers Camden. They were also A pioneering enterprise in Brigade. This drew the at- filling the gap between brick supplied by Steelway. industrial metalwork access, tention of Graham Speller. pillars and on top of a low 177 Corporation Street, Birmingham B4 6RG After this launch, a second Steelway became well Graham recognised “these brick wall. installation was carried out known and highly regarded stretchers very clearly as “My dad, who used the 24 Hour Callout Telephone: 0121 535 0012 on March 22, 1935, at for its flooring, ladders, they had an interesting use stretchers in his work dur- Regulated by the Solicitors Regulation Authority Whitechapel Crossing for stairs, handrails, guardrails after the war years. ing the Blitz, pointed them the Metropolitan Borough of and platforms. “My family is from South out to me as we made our Stepney. East London and around the way between various homes Two years later the inno- Presented Brockley and New Cross of our extended family. vative Wolverhampton com- During the Second World area there are numerous “I now live in the West pany manufactured the War, it went over to war blocks of council flats and Midlands but am quite cer- sockets and detachable up- work and was involved in maisonettes built in estates tain that some of those Hundreds of new & used cars, motorcycles, caravans & commercial vehicles every Friday. rights to form crowd control the manufacture of stretch- separated from the rest of stretchers can still be seenMotoringExpress Express & Star For further information contact the Motoring Manager on 01902 319620 www.expressandstar.com barriers for the 1937 corona- tion of king George VI – parts of which were used again for the coronation of ers for injured personnel. the world by brick walls and performing their original One of the photographs used metal fences. in the article showed a metal task if you ever journey “The metal part of the through that part of the stretcher being presented to wall was made up of the world.”