»  The Virtual Attic — Photographs — Pre-1931


This page contains links to all surviving family photographs from the 1920s and earlier. Dad's New Zealand pictures are excluded — there is a separate page for them. However, photographs sent to Dad from his family during his time in New Zealand are included here.

Jane Suthers Jane Daniels, née Suthers, my father's maternal grandmother. She suffered an unhappy fate, described here. I don't know the date of the photograph. Great-Grandma Daniels died on the last day of 1880, so my first guess was sometime in the 1870s. However, second cousin Judith Rothwell, who gave me the picture, says this:
[Second cousin] Teresa … gave me the copy. She had the original on glass — hence the crack across the middle. She said she thought it was taken shortly after [Jane] was married in 1859, and she does look quite young. The bonnet is obviously a best one and her hair is so shiny. Apparently it was unusual to have an itinerant photographer take pictures inside the house as the light was usually so poor. It would appear that there is a lamp on the table lighting up the face … I wonder if the crocheted cloth was hers. She looks very like what we have always called a Diamond but it turns out to be a Suthers look.
Baby JRD Baby picture of Dad.
Perry Great-Grandad John Paddey (a/k/a Paddy, Perry), my mother's mother's father. This picture might date from any time between 1890 and 1910, I really don't know. Notice the clay pipe.
Jack Knowles John Henry Knowles, my mother's father. This must have been taken in the late 1890s or early 1900s. The dog is of the type (it's not technically a breed) called lurcher. His name was Spring.
JRD school Dad in a school picture. He is the rightmost child on the back row, next to the teacher.
Great-aunts Grandma Knowles' sister Leah (seated) and aunt, Lizzie Pickens. Leah begat Auntie Annie, who begat Uncle Fred Littlehales, who married Aunt Muriel. Lizzie Pickens begat a tribe of footballers — not hard to believe from looking at her.
Derbs The Derbyshire children around 1911: Polly, Cissie, John Robert (my father), and Tom.
Grandma Derb Elizabeth Derbyshire, my Dad's mother. I have no idea when this was taken, but my best guess is around 1915.
JRD in uniform My father shortly after enlisting in 1915.
Dad's medals

My father's medals. The one on the left is the British War Medal; the one on the right, the Victory Medal.  "K.S.L.I." stands for "King's Shropshire Light Infantry," Dad's regiment. Photograph courtesy of my nephew Robert Derbyshire.

The medals are described as follows on the U.K. National Archives website.

"The British War Medal 1914-1920, authorised in 1919, was awarded to eligible service personnel and civilians alike. Qualification for the award varied slightly according to service. The basic requirement for army personnel and civilians was that they either entered a theatre of war, or rendered approved service overseas between 5 August 1914 and 11 November 1918. Service in Russia in 1919 and 1920 also qualified for the award."

"The Victory Medal 1914-1919 was also authorised in 1919 and was awarded to all eligible personnel who served on the establishment of a unit in an operational theatre."

EK & EAK My mother with her mother, mid-1920s.
Betty This, I am reliably informed, is Cousin Betty (Polly's daughter) in July 1928.
Mum with Win My mother with her sister Winifred. Looks like late 1920s.
Grandad Derb Grandad Derbyshire, with miner's lamp. This could be any time from the 1920s to the 1930s.
Cissie Elizabeth, a.k.a. "Cissie," my Dad's younger sister.
Cissie Auntie Cissie.
Cissie A note on the back of the previous photograph, in Uncle Tommy's handwriting: "Head & shoulders of Cis, but not a very good one."
Mum in costume Mum in fancy dress. I'm not sure what she is supposed to be. A milkmaid? On the back it says: "Concert party, Wordsley Hospital 1929."
Cissie Auntie Cissie.
Cissie A note on the back of the previous photograph, in Cissie's handwriting: "From Cissie to Bob, with very best love." Bob was my Dad. I suppose this was sent to him when he was abroad.
Cissie Auntie Cissie under full canvas, around 1930(?).
Cissie A note on the back of the previous photograph, in Cissie's handwriting: "This was taken in Derry's garden." Fred Derry was the man Cissie married. I suppose they were courting at this point.
Tom & Cissie Uncle Tom and Auntie Cissie at Land's End.
Tom & Cissie A note on the back of the previous photograph, in Cissie's handwriting: "I am sitting on the first and last rock in England, at Land's End, and Tom is with me."
Derbs Uncle Tommy, Auntie Cissie, and Grandad Derbyshire, at Land's End.
Grandma & Cis Grandma Derbyshire with Auntie Cissie. Is this the same Land's End trip, or later? I think later, perhaps in the 1930s, as Cissie looks somewhat older.
Tommy Uncle Tommy.
Tommy Uncle Tommy.
Tommy Uncle Tommy (center) with Fred Derry, who married Cissie, and I think Fred's father.
Tommy A note on the back of the previous photograph, in Tommy's handwriting: "Just a souvenir from TOM."
Tommy Uncle Tommy on the motorbike that killed him.
Tommy Uncle Tommy.