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I am determined to find the owner or
any living relative/s of the owner of this box to hand it back to them. If you
can help in any way please email me
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found alive and well by Les Parry from Barnsley Road
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spent 2 years tracking Laura down
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Iím trying to find a lady that may have had
connections with Brierley at some point during the 1940/50ís; her name is Laura
Moran d.o.b 6 July?? I donít know the year she was born but Iíd guess she was
about 20 in 1948. During the clearance at Brierley hall, a box of hers has
turned up and in the box are letters and photographs from this period. I wonder
if it would be possible to put something on your web site in hope that someone
may know the family, and I would be able to pass these items on
The box was found during the recent
clearance at Brierley Hall, it contains letters, a diary and photos from a young
lady called Laura Moran. She has marked her birthday in the diary as 6th July,
and the diary is 1948. I would guess she could be in her early twenties as she
passed her driving test on the 28th may 1948. She has a car and details of the
registration number are on the front of the diary and are ANR 192. She is a
Barnsley fan and regularly goes to matches, swims and plays water polo on a
regular basis. She definitely has a brother Frank and possible a brother called
Bob. Frank is with the 2nd BA Lancashire fusiliers, and he writes from where
ever he is posted, he has been in the army from about 1941, according to his
letters. The address on her letters is 13 Newton Street, off summer lane,
Barnsley. There is nothing of reference to Brierley, other than where the box
was found. The person who found this precious little box would love to reunite
it with her or her relatives.
are a selection from the photographs and items found in the box
Diary for 1948:
29 March - Wasn't working so I went to the
football match Barnsley drew against Newcastle1-1. Went to the
30 March - Went to watch Barnsley reserves
play against Sheffield W reserves. We won 3-1. Went to the Pavilion.
31 March - Started work again my last day.
I finished for good. Rained very hard so I stayed in. Uncle ? called
1 April - I helped mother all day then I
went dancing in the evening.
2 April - It was a very nasty day didn't
bother going out.
3 April - I went for my first lesson on the
road actually it was my second lesson, then I went shopping with
Hilda. I burned my arm.
Other diary dates:
On Saturday 17 January she
went to the football match with her friend Margaret.
On Tuesday 20 January she spent the evening
playing dominoes with Uncle Allen and her brother Frank.
On Thursday 22 January she went to
St George's Hall to the Old time dancing. Dot was there.
On Friday 23 January Dorothy called.
On Saturday 26 June 1948 Marie got a little baby girl. (Maries
birthday was 10 October)
On Wednesday 7 July went to
Fretwells farm to see about Bob a job.
On Thursday 15 July she went to the school
swimming gala with Uncle Allen and Danny to see Bob
swimming who she says did well.
On Thursday 19 August it was Lily's wedding at
Invitation card reads:
Mrs E Bretton requests the pleasure of Mrs Moran & Laura on the
occasion of the marriage of her daughter Winnie, with Mr Alan Smith
at St John's Church on Saturday January 19th 1946 at 2.30pm.
Reception afterwards in the Loncar Central school;. 9 Wrights
Terrace, Buckley Street, Barnsley
Invitation card reads: Mr
& Mrs Audin request the pleasure of Miss L Moran's company King
George Hotel on 10th Feb at 6 o'clock. Donald's 21st birthday
Could any of these two Butlins holiday photographs
be of Laura or her friend Kath Brown who lived in Barnsley but then
moved to Sheffield where she wrote to Laura on a regular basis.
Could this be Laura's brother
Frank who wrote to her from wherever he was posted and had been in
the 2nd Battalion Lancashire Fusiliers since 1941
Above: Could this badge
Left: This Barnsley Co-operative union
card was in the name of Laura Moran
Laura's date of birth was July 6
and its possible she would have been around 20 when the diary was
There are payslips and a union
card to show that at one time she worked for the coop.
Laura regularly participated in
dances and parties, swimming, water polo and watching Barnsley FC.
She gave some sort of lessons to a
Miss Mellor 22 Gawber Road Barnsley who passed whatever it was on 13
She had a brother called Frank and
also mentions Brian who may have been another brother who was also
in the forces and maybe another younger brother called Bob, Uncle
Allan, uncle Charles and Aunty Hilda, uncle Wally and aunty Martha,
Aunty Mary, friends called Marie, Kath Brown, Margaret, Mr Parkin,
Other names in the addresses part of
Dunk Newton Street, Mrs Marriot
Shambles Street, Mrs Houghton, Mr Denton, Miss Harris
38 Locke Avenue Barnsley, Miss Tomlinson 89 Rotherham Road
Smithies and Mrs L Woffinden 34 North View Terrace Kendray
Her address is given as 13 Newton
Street, off Summer Lane, Barnsley.
Her mothers maiden name was
Proffitt and her birthday was on 13 October
Laura's income tax number was 40
She started a new job on Monday 5
She mentions Mrs Exley's 66th
birthday on Sunday 25 April 1948, Bobs birthday on Friday 14
May 1948 and Brian's on Friday 11 June 1948
She passed her driving test on Friday 28 May 1948
at 2.45pm. Her car registration number was ANR 192
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