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Home Memories, Recollections and Nostalgia Gareth Davies

Gareth Davies

Orginally published Jul 2021
Last updated Jul 2021

My name is Gareth Davies. I am sending this in regards the photo of EMPIRE DAY 1912. My grandmother is in this group, ADA MARCH from Back Street, d.o.b – Sherborne 1898. Married JOHN BUTLER, 15 APRIL 1922 in St Stephens.

Black and white photo of children grouped outside the George Inn for Empire Day

In the photo you have, she is just been cut out on the edge, however I do have the same photo with everybody on it. My mother Mollie Davies(BUTLER) is still alive today at the age of 86. Living 5 minutes away from me  in south Wales, I have a lot of information about Winsham and its people due to the family growing up there.

The family has a lot of connections to Winsham, including the house built at LAYMORE by my auntie Joyce Hayball (Butler), who is still living at Chard. There is another Auntie living at Yeovil, Freda Woolcott (Butler); all 3 sisters got married at St Stephen's.

Henry Woolcott & Freda Butler
Circa 4th Jan 1947
From left-right: unknown, George Woolcott, Kate Woolcott (Read), unknown, Donna Woolcott, Henry Woolcott, Freda Butler, John Butler, Mollie Butler, Ada Butler (March), Joyce Butler
Les Hayball & Joyce Butler
Circa 21st Dec 1946
From left-right: Aunt Linda, unknown, Nan Broom, unknown, Les Hayball, Joyce Hayball, John Butler, Mollie Butler, Eric Butler, Ada Butler, Freda Butler
Roy Davies & Mollie Butler
Circa 3rd Nov 1945
From left-right: Elizabeth Edwards, Fred Davies, Betty Butler, Roy Davies, Mollie Butler, John Butler, Joyce Butler, Ada March, Freda Butler

I remember going to AUNT GERT (Gertrude) when I was a small boy, This is my Grandmothers sister, she used to live by the park/monument. Western way I think it is called.My grandmother used to live in Bakersfield and more recently before she died in Davies Close.

Buried in St. Stephen's Cemetery:-

Betty Bone (Butler)Died 1946 in D47My mother's twin sister
John ButlerDied 1973 in B46My mother's father
Ada Butler (March)Died 1978 in B46My mother's mother
William MarchEied 1938 in E6Ada's Father: my great grandfather
Emma March (Brown)Died 1944 in E6Ada's Mother: my great grandmother (see photo)
Leslie Robert HayballDied 1996 in A57My mother's sister: Joyce's husband
Gareth is the caretaker of the family tree