John Taylor kindly contacted the Virtual Museum (Mar 2015) with the following information:
"My grandmother Gladys Tyler worked for the Walmesleys (at Inglewood House) as a Nanny from 1924 to approx 1929/30. She met my Grandfather Thomas Holliday who worked for Rumballs (7 Bridge Street), then Mills butchers. Thomas's father Cornelius was in the ASC MT division and served in France lived 6 Atherton Crescent with wife Emily Holliday. Cornelius died 20 Sep 1921 from tuberculosis and the lung damage effects of Mustard Gas and was buried in an unmarked grave in St Saviour's church Eddington. His wife Emily left London for Hungerford in 1915 as the Zeppelin raids started, and went to the local police station pleading for help. By that time Cornelius had already left for France with the ASC. Remarkably Emily, an adopted orphan Alice Wickens and two of my Grandad's brothers Sid and Will are sitting smiling away in one of your 'unidentified' photos of a Charabanc from approx 1926!!! Thomas and Gladys lived 4 Priory Road and had three children - Tony (1930), Wendy (1935) and my mother Jennifer in 1936.
After WW2 ended it was once again safe to return to the Suffolk coast, and they moved away from Hungerford around 1946-7."
[All photographs on this page were kindly sent Mar 2015 by John Taylor, grandson of Thomas Holliday]
- Gladys Tyler started working aged 19 in 1924 for Colonel Walmesley at Inglewood House. She was nanny until 1928/9 when she married Thomas Holliday. The family preferred a smaller residence for day to day living. This photo was taken at Inglewood Lodge Kintbury.
- Charabanc outing c1926. On the 4th row of seats is Thomas's mother Emily Holliday. She adopted a girl from local orphanage Alice Wickens in the light coat. With her was Sidney (standing), William (seating two of her 4 sons). Emily lived at 6 Atherton Crescent.
- Emily Holliday, Alice, Tony, Wendy and John Taylor's mother Jennifer, at 6 Atherton Crescent.
- Rumballs Butchers Van, c1930-31: Thomas Holliday and another butcher with the ?1930 Morris van, thought to be the first delivery van of its kind in Hungerford. Thomas Holliday went on to worked for Mills Butchers.
- Rumballs Butchers Van outside Gt Bedwyn Church, c1930-31: Thomas Holliday had an incident in Great Bedwyn where he sped across the bridge only to hit a herd of cattle on the other side, some of which ended in the canal. His wife Gladys remembered him coming home with his boots full of glass from the broken windscreen.
- Large group of children at Church House in fancy dress.
- Small group of children in The Croft in fancy dress.
- Small group of children in fancy dress in the garden at 6 Atherton Crescent, c1938-39. John Taylor's "uncle Tony Holliday" (born 1930) is 3rd from right in the soldiers outfit with his grandfather's four WWI medals.
- Atherton Crescent, 1946. Probably taken at the victory celebrations after WW2