Bishop Auckland, County Durham, circa 1921.

Rod's Grandparents, Wilfrid & Edith Hogarth in the 1920's.  Around the time this picture was taken they were living in Newgate Street, Bishop Auckland.  Wilfrid ran the Co-operative store.   His occupation is given as 'Master draper' on my father's Birth certificate.  He would later become the supervisor of the town's Telephone Exchange, until his retirement in 1958.  Afterwards, he continued to pursue a passion for gardening, winning Bishop Auckland's Coronation cup for the best kept garden.  Click [ here ] to view the picture that accompanied an article in the Evening Gazette.

Wilfrid was badly wounded during the battle of Ypres, in WWI, hence the stick he carries in the picture.  The details associated with this particular episode are not for the faint-hearted, but serve as a reminder of the carnage that has become synonymous with the First World War.  Though somewhat grisly, it is nonetheless an interesting story, which can be found [ here ].

Edith, my grandmother, was a Midwife.  She was responsible for bringing a fair proportion of the district's population into the world.  At the end of her long and distinguished career, she had attended at the birth of three generations of some families.

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