Hyde Name Origins.

The name "HYDE" is derived from the hide, a measure of land for taxation purposes, taken to be that area of land necessary to support a peasant family. In later times it was taken to be equivalent to 120 acres .
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Showing posts with label Medals. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Medals. Show all posts

Wednesday, 9 October 2013

Clarendon Lodge Masonic Medal

Another interesting Hyde item on e-Bay. 
Still a few days left on this if anyone is interested.

Clarendon Lodge

Lodge Details
Date of Warrant or Constitution: 1867
Warrant of Constitution: 28 March 1867 Cons. 22 Aug. 1867

1894 onwards: 1166
Lodge Number (1863): 1166

 Market Place, Hyde, Cheshire

Queen's Hotel, Market Place, Hyde, Cheshire 1867
Commercial Hotel, Manchester Road, Hyde, Cheshire 1887
Wellington Hotel, Manchester Road, Hyde, Cheshire 1891
Queen's Hotel, Manchester Road, Hyde, Cheshire 1894

Sunday, 30 June 2013

One of Hydes Brave '710'

After reading the Peace Day poster below it got me thinking about my Great-Uncle Harry Mullins who is one of Hydes "710"  brave men who is commemorated on the Cenotaph on Werneth Low who died fighting for his country.

Harry was born in 1898 and was only 18 years old when he was killed in action at France & Flanders on the 13th November 1916,  having been on the frontline for the previous 18 months .
He was too young to have joined up without lying about his age and had they known I'm sure he would have been taken off the frontline.

Harry lived at 1 Mount Street and was the son of Jane and Henry Mullins.
His memorial is at Thiepval Memorial Somme, France.

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This used to hang on my Nan's wall.

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Harry aged approx 16 years old

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Monday, 2 July 2012

Police Sergeant William Clitheroe

 Here is a lovely story.
I hope someone can help Jim with his quest to find out more about the man.

Jim writes...

"I have tried to find information about the above who was in the Hyde Borough Police from at least 1911 when he is shown as a Constable living at Norbury Avenue, Hyde.
He was later promoted to sergeant and in 1920 was
presented with a National Canine Defence League Medal - Below is the citation.
Hope you can help


National Canine Defence League Medal, silver (Presented to Sergeant William Clitheroe for Bravery 1919) hallmarks for Birmingham 1916, with silver brooch bar.

Sgt. William Clitheroe and Constable Hughes of Hyde Police Force, and Joseph Swindells of  11, River Lane, Denton, and Arthur Follitt of Jet Amber Cottage, Denton, who carried out a gallant rescue under the following circumstances:
For three days and nights the piteous whining of a dog was heard by those crossing the river bridge at Hyde, near Manchester, and the howling caused so much interest that the police investigated its source and found that a dog was precariously perched upon a buttress underneath the bridge. Nothing would entice it to take to the water and swim ashore, and it was slowly starving to death, its cries becoming fainter but more pitiable as it gradually became exhausted.

police officers and two civilians, deeply touched by the dog’s appeal for succour, determined to rescue it. A raft was improvised and two 30 feet ladders were lowered, all the operations having to be conducted from the narrow coping of a wall on the bridge, seventeen feet above the river.

For three hours the police and their assistants laboured at
their hazardous task, and were often in imminent danger of being precipitated into the stream, which is deep at this point and fringed by treacherous mud banks.

After great exertions and much ingenious
contrivance they reached the dog, fastened a life-line around the terrified creature and brought him to safety.

The dog was a “stray”
and is said to have been following some workmen over the bridge when he was thrown into the water. His owner being unknown, one of the gallant rescuers has adopted him as a companion, with the approval of the Chief Constable of Hyde, and he is now recuperating in the kindly care of his rescuer.

The presentation of medals was made by the Chief Constable

for Hyde. (extract from the National Canine Defence League Annual
Report 1920).

Map showing Norbury Avenue 

Sunday, 3 June 2012

Silver Jubilee 1935

As we are about to celebrate the Queens Diamond Jubilee, here is a medal to commemorate the Silver Jubilee of King George V and Queen Mary in 1935 .

Sent in to us by Ceecee.
Many thanks :)



I wonder whether anything like this has been commissioned  by Tameside for  Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee?

Wednesday, 20 July 2011

Hyde D.C.M.

Hyde D.C.M.’s
Investiture by the King


Two Hyde men, who both gained the Distinguished Conduct Medal, attended an investiture at Buckingham Palace. They are Sergeant Harold Smith, 2 Great Norbury Street, Hyde and W/O Stanley Howe, 56 Edna Street, Hyde.
Sergeant Smith’s award was for his fine work in defending his position from sharp attack by the enemies armoured cars during the Italian campaign. Towards the end of the engagement, an anti-personnel bomb exploded by the Sergeant’s gun pit wounding two of his gunners, and very seriously wounding himself in the chest. Despite the fact he was already in great pain and could only talk and breathe with difficulty, Sergeant Smith continued to maintain complete control of his detachment.
Presently he started towards the gun position nearest his own, to obtain help, and find out about the ammunition situation, which as far as he knew, was not re-assuring. However, the heavy smoke from two burning haystacks nearby, and the smell of the cordite overpowered him, and he collapsed before reaching his objective. Fortunately he was speedily found, and taken to the nearest casualty clearing station. Throughout the action he thought only of his duty, and his detachment, he conducted himself in a manner which was inspiring by its selflessness and heroism.
Sergeant Smith served with the Royal Artillery for 13 years. He was demobilised, and found employment at Redfern’s Rubber Works. Hyde.

Son of Last War D.C.M.

Son of a last war winner of the D.C.M. W/O Stanley Howe, whose wife and two daughters live at 56 Edna Street, was awarded the D.C.M. for outstanding bravery during the fighting in N.W. Europe. Thomas Howe, of 15 Gibraltar Lane Denton, gained his award in the 1914-18 war.
On August 12th, 1944, near La Plessis, the 9th Battalion of the Durham Light Infantry, was ordered to attack a feature. W/O Howe’s company was the forward company. The objective was strongly held and throughout the advance the company was heaverly shelled and mortared. W/O Howe displayed personal courage and powers of leadership of the highest order during the entire action, and it was due to his initiative that the company gained and held it’s objective.
Mr. Howe, was born in the house where his parents still live on Gibraltar Lane. As a boy he went to Haughton St. Mary’s School, and played in the school’s football and cricket teams.
He was accompanied to London by his wife, daughters, father and his mother-in-law, Mrs. Maidment. They arrived at the Palace about 9-45 a.m., and were shown into a fine room in the right wing of the Palace, where about 280 Servicemen, including Hyde’s ex-Sergeant Smith, were waiting to be received by His Majesty. The King spoke to each man as he passed.
Sergeant Smith is a member of Hyde Botanical Club, and came in for many congratulations at a 
party at the club, when over 100 ex-servicemen and women were “Welcomed Home”


The Distinguished Conduct Medal (DCM) was (until 1993) an extremely high level award for bravery. It was a second level military decoration awarded to other  ranks of the British Army and formerly also to non-commissioned personnel of other Commonwealth countries.
The medal was instituted in 1854, during the Crimean War to recognise gallantry within the other ranks, for which it was equivalent of the Distinguished Service Order (DSO) awarded for bravery to commissioned officers, but the DCM ranked well below the DCO in precedence.
Although considered to be the army's second ranking gallantry award, the DCM was almost always seen as a "near miss for the VC"
I'd like to thank Lynne Quirk for sending in the newspaper cutting the above posting came from.
Lynne says
"Thank you for the post about my Mum's book. I am sending you this cutting about the DCM double award in Hyde after WW2. Stanley Howe, one of the two recipients, was the childhood friend my mum mentioned in the book "Where's Our Lizzie". She describes him as a neighbour and school friend. You can see from the article that he lived at number 15 Gibraltar Lane, Haughton Green as a lad. She lived at number 11. From the article you can see that his father won it in WW1. In my mum's book she says how the father, Tommy Howe, worked down the pit with her Dad. Although miners were exempt from call up, Mr Howe senior insisted on enlisting in WW1 and won the DCM for bravery . She goes on to say that her childhood friend Stanley also won it in WW2. He had obviously moved to Hyde by this time. I found this newspaper cutting among her "treasures" when she died in 2008. She had kept it all those years"