Thorpe Family6 Comments
Photo: Linda Hughes
Item #: 12492
When I worked in Snowdown Colliery, between Canterbury and Dover, some of the men travelled there from Ramsgate. The Kent pits employed miners from all over Britain, many walked there from their home areas, sometimes black-listed by their original employers for striking in 1926.
They had to face many hardships - a world war, then back to the pit - he and his family struggled like a lot of others did. He worked in the pit at the bottom of Duke Street, then went down to Ramsgate, we think that is where he met his wife, and raised his family. One of his daughters was awarded a scholarship for Grammar school, and he couldn't afford to send her - that is so sad. He ended his working life cleaning buses.
Hi Linda,it seems a pity your photo is scratched I have had a try to improve it,I will post it on here if its ok by you.Cheers Maurice
Thank you Maurice, that is very kind of you. It would be lovely to see it on here in a better condition. Thank you again
These pictures were found by my cousin. He is actually from Osmond's wife's side and sent them to us in the USA. Osmond was my great-grandfather. My grandmother is still living, here in the States.