Posts tagged ‘Staffordshire’

Putting Life into Perspective

First of all I just want to apologise for not replying to any comments that have been left over the past week on my posts regarding Bidston Hill Windmill. I scheduled those five black & white images last Monday evening for publishing during the week. Sadly in the very early hours of Tuesday morning I got the news that my Dad had passed away. He was 84 years old on 26th December 2015 and had been married to my Mum for more than 50 years.

I don’t want to go into too much detail, but suffice it to say he had been unwell for the past couple of years and every time he went to the GP or hospital it seemed that they found something else wrong with him. He had started to deteriorate quite rapidly since Christmas and when I saw him last Sunday it was pretty clear that he’d had enough. So I can’t honestly say that it came as any great surprise when I got the call on 16th February shortly after 1:15am. Although I wasn’t quite expecting the end to come so quickly, in many ways it’s probably a blessing that it did. The loss of a parent is still pretty tough to bear though and I will miss him terribly and think of him often……all those conversations (some of them heated) when we would set the world to rights.

The photograph below of Mum & Dad was taken at Shugborough Hall on 29th May 2011……happier times before ill-health started to take its toll. We loved going out on day trips to historic properties together, and it’s from my Dad that I get my love of history, so I think this is a fitting image by which to remember him……for me anyway. I will cherish these memories forever and I hope that this photo will help family and friends to remember my Dad with fondness. 

You can rest in peace now Dad.

Mum & Dad, Shugborough Hall, Staffordshire, England

© Mark Simms Photography (2016)

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Lichfield Cathedral is home to the Staffordshire Regimental Chapel with its magnificent display of old colours and battle honours from the Crimean War, Second Sikh War, Second Burmese War, Persian War, Indian Mutiny, Zulu War and both World Wars:

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The lineage of regiments serving in the British army can be quite long and involved with various reorganisations and re-namings taking place overtime. Pre-1751 regiments were known after their founding Colonel, after that each regiment was given a number and in 1782 these were formally associated with an individual county. For example, “Colonel Lillingston’s Regiment” founded in 1705 became the 38th regiment of foot in 1751 and the “1st Staffordshire’s” in 1782. In that year there was a second regiment associated with the county as well – the “2nd Staffordshire’s” (or 64th regiment of foot founded in 1756). In 1793 the 80th regiment of foot or “Staffordshire Volunteers” were founded and in 1824 the 98th regiment of foot known as the “Prince of Wales’s”.

The Cardwell Reforms of 1881 saw each regiment associated with a geographical location and comprising two battalions. So for Staffordshire this meant that the 38th and 80th regiments of foot were amalgamated into the “South Staffordshire Regiment” and the 64th and 98th regiments of foot were formed into the “Prince of Wales’s (North Staffordshire) Regiment”. The latter had its name changed to the “North Staffordshire Regiment (Prince of Wales’s)” in 1921. In 1959 these were combined into the “Staffordshire Regiment (The Prince of Wales’s)” and in 2007 brought together with the “Cheshire Regiment”, “Worcestershire Regiment” and “Sherwood Foresters” into the “Mercian Regiment”.

Although I wasn’t born in Staffordshire (I’m a Cheshire lad) my parents were, and most of my remaining extended family still live in that County. My great-grandfather, Bartholomew Shryhane, served in the North Staffordshire Regiment during the First World War. Seeing action at Gallipoli, he reached the rank of Sergeant, before being discharged to Z Class Army Reserve on 11th November 1919. As a survivor of the Great War, I guess you could argue that he was one of the lucky ones……..although I can’t imagine that many soldiers returning home from that conflict would have seen it that way.

This is my last post on Lichfield Cathedral……it seems like a fitting place to end.

© Mark Simms Photography (2014)

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