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WIRKSWORTH Parish Records 1600-1900

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Thomas PALING c1860

Anne Paling writes
"My" Thomas was born in Houghton on the Hill in Leicestershire in 1839, joined the army as a band boy aged about 14, and went to India and other strange lands. I am attaching a photo of him, rather faded, but we think he is in his army uniform. He returned to England after the Mutiny and joined the railway not long after it was opened around 1863 lodging in Derby. He met Mary PIDCOCK from Little Longstone on Longstone Station - lots of reasons to stop longer in Longstone - and married her in 1865 in St. Giles. They brought their first 4 children back there to be christened. Eventually he was Stn Master at Market Bosworth and Nuneaton, Abbey Street, before retiring to Llandudno after Mary died. He died in Llandudno in 1923.

Anne Palin writes again:
Thomas PALING, was a guard on this line in 1860s and I am always interested to see anything that would show me what the line used to be like. I know the buildings as they are today but had difficulty in imagining what they looked like when the line was in use. (See X399 - Author)

Photo taken:c1860

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