Carol Sargent - June '08
On behalf of the Bexhill Museum local History Group,
I am researching circumstances relating to the buriel
of 3 members of the 'Wade' Family in Bexhill Cemetry,
17th October 1939
They are Mrs Wade wife of Lieut Col E.W. Wade. R.A.M.C.
and their two daughters, Doreen Winifred, 19 years,
and Betty Aurielle aged 17 1/2 years. There was also
a brother Leuit. P.G. Wade.R.C.
The three female members of the family are reported
to have drowned on the SS Yorkshire.
Are there any survivors of SS Yorkshire, or of SS Britannia,
or even family members/friends who knew of the family,
and would forward more information to me?
Joan Wood - Jan '07
My father, Henry George Brown, was on SS Yorkshire when it was torpedoed. Unfortunately
he did not survive. I was just ten years old at the time and had grandparents
who divulged very little information, thinking I was too young to understand.
My mother never spoke to me of the event. I would appreciate any other information
anyone can offer. Thank you.
Sue Lloyd - Oct '06
Interesting article on Nell . My grandfather was a survivor
on the Yorkshire. Thank you.
Dan Bowyer - Aug '06
I'm wondering if Billy Martin was in Tunbridge Wells
during the war. Im trying to track down someone by the
same name who may well be my Grandfather. Any information
would be greatly appreciated. Many thanks. Dan
Kimberley Jane Read - April '06
Im looking for my family. Anyone how knows Fredierick
Nells, now married Ethel Steer in Cornwood, Devon. I'm
the Great Great Grandaugther of Fredierick Nells. His
sister was called Elthel Nells, and his brother Stanley
Nells, I don't know what part of Ireland he came from.
Shaun Martin - April '06
Nell, my Mother, died (peacefully) in Antrim Hospital
on Saturday 15th April 2006 at 23.50 Hr.
Mrs O. M. C. James (nee Cole) - Sept
DAILY EXPRESS October 23 1939
"FATHER SAVES BABY IN A BUNDLE"
The report was from the American ship Independence Hall,
which had picked up survivors from the S.S Yorkshire
and taken them to Bordeaux .
I am that baby. My father saved my life but sadly I
lost my mother. I was 4 months old at the time.
My thoughts are with you at this time.
- for Mrs James (nee Cole),
We have a request from Nell's family to make contact
with you. Please would you get in touch with us again
and leave your email address. Thank you.
James and William Martin - March 05
Dear Nanny Martin,
In Castlewellan Primary School P3/P4, we are doing
about WW2, our teacher give us homework ask grandparents
about this. Our papa told us about your story on the
internet. William and I are going to show our friends
in school about life during the war. Your story is
very interesting and we love hearing your voice.
Love James and William Martin (greatgrandsons)
Jan Brister - December '04 - nee Bowles,
Nell's neice. (Victoria, B.C., Canada) My mother Hilda
Bowles is Nell's youngest sister.
How wonderful it was to read of Auntie Nell's experiences
and to hear her voice and her laughter. I spent a summer
in Ireland with Auntie Nell and her daughter Liz when
I was a child and that visit has always been one of
the fondest memories of my childhood. I had so much
fun and I can remember to this day enjoying her wonderful
soda bread and other delicious baking. Nell is, indeed,
an absolutely remarkable lady and I am so proud of her
and thankful that she has had the opportunity to share
her stories and adventures with all of us. She is a
wonderful storyteller (as is my cousin Liz and her daughter
Clare) Nell Martin has touched the lives in a very special
way of all of us who know and love her and I send her
my love and wish to her for many more years of happiness
and good health.
Liz Weir - nee Martin, Nell's daughter
- Dec '04
It is wonderful that family and friends all over the
world can listen to Mum's stories. I have been fortunate
in hearing them all my life. She is my favourite storyteller
and there is no doubt that hearing her tales and those
of my late father influenced me in my own professional
Anne Jenkins - nee Bithrey, Nells
Neice - December '04
Dear Aunt Nell,
How wonderful for Mum (Ivy) and I to read your article
and to listen to your lovely voice again after so many
years. When I first saw the photos I thought it was
my mum! I have a photo of her taken in 1948 and you
could have easily been twins - except for your 8 year
Love from Anne.
Anne and Dave Martin (no relation)
- December '04
Knowing Nell's son ( Bill ) for some years, and often
hear him talk of his family in Ireland -- it gives us
great pleasure to know all of this.
Clare Weir, grandchild number 8 -
I have been listening to these stories for years and
am so proud that they are now being shared with others
- and this isn't even the half of it... she is a remarkable
woman who has lived a remarkable life - I hope these
stories are still remembered for generations to come.
Karen Lightfoot - nee Martin , Nells grandaughter
- November '04
Loved the article and to have part of my family history
for everyone to see. I'm so proud to be part of this
Shaun A. Martin
Sadly Bill died last year at his home in Adelaide ,
Australia. He was in his 76th year.
Further information about the sinking of the S.S. Yorkshire
(17.09.39) can be found on www.old-merseytimes.co.uk
The SS Britannia survived until 25 March 1942 when
it was intercepted by the German surface raider "Thor"
and sunk with loss of 249 of the 492 passengers/crew.
The location was 750 miles west of Freetown.