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Rifle Shooting? Really? My Goodness.

Back in July 1914 the Albion [bottom of Station Road] entertained Houghton Le -Spring at rifle shooting. Houghton won by 389 to 387.

The Albion’s scorers were;

J Handrick 64

R  Reeves 68

C Reeves 63

J Benson 62

J Leggett 64

J Swinton 66.

W Lishman top scored for Houghton with 67.

Can anyone make anything of those Moor names?



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  1. June 26, 2014 at 9:23 pm

    Wilf,The names Benson and Leggett were in Ushaw MoorWhen I left in 1969 although I think Mr Leggett was from Sleetburn (New Brancepeth). I see Ushaw Moor had the man with the highest score so at least he would have been happy.ATB Alf

  2. Brian Mc
    June 27, 2014 at 11:00 am

    Off on another tangent here. When we were kids playing down the beck there was an area where there were trenches dug, the floors and sides of the trenches had been grassed over with the passage of the years. They were situated on the New Brancepeth side of the beck over the fence from the railway bridges outside of New Brancepeth Colliery. I have often wondered why they were dug in that particular area. There was a plan to them, they were all the same depth and laid out with the earth from the trench forming an embankment. Were they once used by the Home Guard during the Second War or were they relics from the First War? Did the Albion (The Bush Club) use them when training with their rifles? The date given, July 1914, was only a month before this country went to War with Germany Some research wanted here Wilf to try to find an answer.

    Brian Mc.

  3. June 29, 2014 at 5:04 pm

    Thanks Alf and Brian. I reckon some helpful local authority official might indulge us re Brian’s query. Key word googling might help as well.

  4. June 30, 2014 at 8:27 am

    I have vague memories of these trenches which if I recall correctly were in a low lying area. Could they have been drainage trenches dug in an area susceptible to flooding? Was there not a house or a building not too far away?

  5. noodles29
    June 30, 2014 at 6:57 pm

    No there were no houses or buildings in the area. They were exactly the type of trench I was told to dig whilst on exercises in training, Kenya and in Germany whilst in the Army. As kids we played soldiers using the trenches. They were surrounded by whinny bushes giving us extra cover and great camouflage.

    Brian Mc.

  6. July 1, 2014 at 2:09 pm

    I think I’m getting mixed up with somebody’s potato crop. P.S. Its a good job you didn’t join the navy Brian, you would have had to dig those trenches a hell of a lot faster. – The old uns are the best. Best regards Peter Clarke.

  7. July 7, 2014 at 4:42 pm

    A lad called Frank Clarke would have taught me in those days. He was an old Navy man.
    Brian Mc.

    • July 23, 2014 at 1:16 pm

      and so would of his offspring regards Frank Clarke cheers Brian

  8. lucy hollinshead
    August 18, 2014 at 2:12 pm

    I believe J Swinton was my 2nd Great Grand Uncle John Swinton from New Brancepath, Durham

  9. August 19, 2014 at 8:43 am

    It’s pleasing to provide a bit of family history! Thanks for the feedback Lucy.

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