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Photo Album: Percy Ebenezer Trower

9 Jun

This portrait is yet another photo from the collection of Percy Ebenezer Trower and it is of Percy himself.

Percy Ebenezer Trower

Unfortunately I don’t have a date for this photo, the original is mounted on a large piece of card, but it doesn’t mention a photographer’s studio.

Percy was born in 1898 and I would guess this photo shows him in his mid to late twenties, so that would date it around the late 1920s, but I could be wrong.

I will have to see if there is anything in his diary about visiting a photographer.

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Photo Album: Kate and Beatrice Trower

8 Jun

This holiday snap is another photo from the collection of Percy Ebenezer Trower.

Kate and Beatrice Trower (July 1949)

Kate and Beatrice Trower (July 1949)

The woman on the left is Percy’s wife Kate Trower and next to her is her sister Beatrice Trower. Beatrice was the second wife of my great-grandfather Henry John Trower, Percy’s brother.

This photo was taken during a coach trip to Maidenhead, Berkshire in July 1949.

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Why I owe so much to Percy Trower

7 Jun

My family history wouldn’t be half as interesting if it wasn’t for my 2x great-uncle Percy Ebenezer Trower.

Without him I would have virtually no photos of my Trower ancestors and relatives, I would be short a dozen or so death certificates and copies of wills, a handful of letters and not to mention the wonderful diary (actually three volumes).

Even the family bible/prayer book owes it’s survival to Percy.

I never knew Percy, he died four years before I was born, but through his diary I think he is probably the one person in my family tree that I know most about (outside my close family).

I know all about his working life, where he went on holiday, his pets and what he did in his spare time even down to which films he went to watch and what time bus caught.

Perhaps most interestingly I know what he believed in, and his diary charts his transition from Christianity to atheism, although I am not sure if atheism is the right word.

The diary also records the visits and movements (and ultimately the deaths) of so many relatives and of course his friends, colleagues and his wife’s relations, like Ern and Doll Nye.

So thank you great great-uncle Percy for everything you left behind. I don’t know whether you did it intentionally or by accident, but your legacy is greatly appreciated.

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Photo Album: Kate, Percy and Emily at Rochester

6 Jun

This photo is a partner to the one that I showed a couple of days ago.

Kate Trower, Percy Ebenezer Trower, Emily Nye (July 1950)

Here Ern (Henry Ernest Nye) has been replaced by Percy himself, flanked by his wife and sister-in-law. Presumably Ern is now the one behind the camera.

This was taken in July 1950 in Rochester, Kent. Percy described the visit is in his diary:

Tuesday with Doll & Ern went to Rochester, weather came out very bright but windy, it was a good ride, many years since we were there before.

It is very unusual to have an exact date for a photo, it was helped by having a location and a month and year on the back. This coupled with Percy’s diary tells me that the Tuesday in question was the 11th July.

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Watching the Coronation – an extract from Percy’s diary

5 Jun

As we come to the end of the Diamond Jubilee celebrations I would like to share an entry from the diary of my 2x great-uncle Percy Ebenezer Trower.

Sunday June 7th 1953

The first week our holiday over, (which included Coronation Day) cold winds all the week but not much rain.

Went to Hastings & Chilgrove Mon afternoon 2.15 till 8.15, a pretty ride & generally bright, had tea at Petersfield.

Tuesday was Coronation Day & a dull & windy day too & wet at times especially in London. We saw it on Dolls television at H[aywards] Heath, came through very well.

This is a perfect example of what makes Percy’s diary so interesting, it includes comments on news and events as well as personal and family events and even what the weather was like.

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