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Correspondence, Part 5

30 October 2006 to 19 February 2007

From:          Corinne

Date:           October 30, 2006

Dear June,

June Vanjour: Welcome to the WebSite!

I was so pleasantly surprised to hear from a member of the Vanjour family in your October 8 message that said:


“Dear Corinne, Thank you for this awesome website you have created.I too am basically from Kharagpur, born and bred so to Say....June Vanjour. My dad was George Vanjour. I was educated in the Railway school, completing my Senior Cambridge in the year 1964. I am a school teacher and have just been made Head of Dept or 'Headmistress' in St.John's Diocesan Girls High School, Calcutta. I do visit Kharagpur quite often, and have spoken about your website to Mrs.Olive Lennon. I have also met Claire Gordon née Johnstone at Mrs. Lennon's place, when she last visited KGP. Mrs.Olive Lennon is interested in keeping in touch with you.Mr & Mrs Lennon sure have plenty to contribute on Anglo-Indian history in Kharagpur. Best wishes. June Vanjour

I had heard your family mentioned several times in connection with the Union Baptist Church, and then through Claire Gordon, and felt so happy to hear from you personally. I'd love to hear more details of your stay in Kharagpur - for example, where did you live; when did you reside there, and when did you move to Calcutta?

Congratulations on your recent appointment to Headmistress of St. John's which must be quite challenging to say the least of it. I'd love to hear more about your experiences - there is so much change which you have witnessed, and it must have been interesting to see the new Kharagpur emerge - rather like a metamorphosis - but I cannot quite take it in. Kharagpur used to be such a small, cosy little town, and now, it is quite unbelievably large and impersonal, from all accounts.

Olive Lennon née Peters used to be one of the teachers at the Railway School, as you know, but I was never in her class. My parents had enrolled me in a small private school administered by a Mrs. Greatorix, and I had accelerated quite quickly through the initial Kindergarten through Grades 1 and skipped Grade 2. By that time, Mrs.Greatorix had retired, and Miss Euchoris (?) Mee had taken over. A wonderful teacher, with a lovely personality, and I adored her. We were all bitterly disappointed when she gave up, and I entered the Railway School at Grade 3 level. Of course, it was inevitable, as little private schools rarely went beyond that level anyway, but what a change! All the teaching was much more structured, and didn't always bring out the best in the students. But I was lucky in having some remarkably patient people who ran the school, and although we underwent troubled political situations, nothing "phased" the tutorials - school went on just the same with no glitches, and we simply put our "shoulders to the the wheel" and studied hard! It was a good foundation upon which to base my senior education which I completed at a very good school in England - I was so happy there, and so lucky to have the wonderful teachers whom we had.

I intend writing to Olive Lennon and her husband but understand that she is not computer-equipped, and I do not have her address. Could you provide this for me, June? I would love to hear more about her, she really was a very sweet teacher, as I have heard.

Do write again - I am most interested in any information you can provide, and most especially, in your own personal thoughts and news of your family.

 Kindest regards,

 Corinne Baxter née Crampton


From:          Corinne

Date:           October 30, 2006

Hello Ben,

Ben Woodfall: At Last we make Contact!

It was June 18th that I received your note on the e-mail, in which you said:


“Dear Corinne, My name is Ben Woodfall. I am the youngest of four children of Ben Woodfall snr (after whom I am named) who retired as Chief Loco Inspector in 1938. All of us were born in Karagpur where we lived at 253 Second Avenue. I remember Bandari, Billimoria, Pujara and all the other people mentioned in your cousin’s, Michael Green’s, statement. Sincerely, Ben Woodfall.”

And I then, hearing that you were having problems with your computer, I was advised to wait until further notice. I am so delighted to hear that all is well now and we can proceed with the correspondence. Even so, I have had a bit of a backlog on my correspondence, hence the delay in getting this off to you.

I was very interested to hear that you had played a vital part in the history of Kharagpur, Ben, going back to 1938, consequently there is so much you can fill in for us. As you are aware, things have changed so drastically in this once small town - it is now enormous, and highly technical - and I understand that the character of the place has changed radically. Our generation - and that includes most of my readers - have expressed consternation at going back, and had not had very happy reactions at the shock which met them! I am interested at retaining our own memories - each one of us - of the town we all knew and enjoyed, the town of yesteryear. I am referring to Kharagpur up to the early 1950s. Could you help us by recalling your own memories - write as though you were “chatting” to us all, narrating your own experiences - you must have experienced so much.

I suddenly recollected the story of the little “wolf” children who passed through Kharagpur on their way to Midnapore, but the memory was very hazy and I declined to enter it on my WebSite. You may remember it. Sometimes names escape us! Example; Who were the CMEs after Oldfield? Someone mentioned Rajanath, I thought Ramchandran... little things like that, which all piece together to form the big picture. Anecdotes are particularly welcome, and photos, if you have any of the old Kharagpur.

We look forward to hearing from you, Ben, as soon as you are able, and to getting to know you better through the medium of the computer.

With many kind thoughts,

Corinne Baxter née Crampton


From: Corinne

Date: October 31, 2006

Dear Jennifer,

Jennifer Miles née Gill: Welcome to my WebSite!
The Gill Connection

As always, I am so happy to meet new readers of my WebSite, and to hear about your particular memories of our town of bygone days. You said in your October 21 message:

"Dear Corinne. I have just come across your fantastic WebSite. What a lot of familiar names! We lived on 2nd Avenue and all of us attended the RaiIway School under Mr Rosemeyer. The boys Rodney Gill, Neville Gill and Gordon Gill went to St Patrick's in Asansol. I went to St Agnes convent on 6th Avenue. We all went to The Sacred Heart church. I was only 15 years old when we left for UK, but we often talk about the good old days in Kharagpur: Saturday morning flicks in the Institute; Christmas at the Bandstand; fancy dress competitions. Remember Fr. Richie, the beautiful grotto in the church grounds, with the beautiful gardens, the New Year's Dances with a bonfire at the end. I did manage to go to one. Memories of the "Ludoo" man with his Tilly lamp on his head at dusk; mango fool; kulfi mali; rosa cookies; and kul-kuls with OT wine all made by my Mum at Christmas, along with taking the cake mixture to D'Sa bakery to be cooked. Thank you for giving us the chance to look back at happy times. By the way, the Freize family lived next to us, and Maud and George Jackson with Maureen lived on the other side. Memories of the custard apple tree between the houses. Sincerely yours. Jenny Miles née Gill."

What a wonderful opportunity you have given us to get to know each other, and to reminisce about the events, and to share family anecdotes, all of which were such a colourful part of our lives. You mention several names with which I am not familiar - which doesn't mean that other people are not!! But I did remember your Aunt Hilda née Paul vaguely. She had a little daughter, probably Renee, although I never knew her, the name is familiar.

Oh.....those magnificent Christmas dishes..... which were always prepared well in advance in anticipation of the many "drop-by" visitors on Christmas morning after Church, and again on Boxing Day. I remember my mother baking the cake in her little kitchen in the "Bluflamme" stove, a task she loved doing herself. We all gathered around the table to do the kul-kuls (dozens of them), and other dishes which the cook prepared, and the Japartapore baker also baked a special order, and the d'Souza (?) bakery completed the repertoire!!

We had such joy in all the preparation for the Big Day, but the most exciting part of the Festivities were all the parties at the Institute, for which new dresses had been especially made. Trips to the "Boorie" to buy the material, and the careful selection of cloth and patterns from "Vogue" and "McCalls" pattern books, which the tailors carried around with them, and made up so cleverly - mostly from just eye-balling the selected patterns. My mother used to serve cake and all the other bits and pieces of Christmas fare, along with wine - Stone's Ginger Wine was a great favourite, but sometimes sherry - if it was available! Those traditions prevailed even later on in England, where several of our old friends had settled close to us. Sometimes, they even joined in for Christmas lunch, and it was then a joint effort, but what fun it all became. Memories one wants to cherish for the rest of one's life.

I had forgotten about "Custard Apples" until you mentioned them - what delicious fruit we had available - and as I recall, lunch was always followed by fresh fruit. "Pudding" was served at the evening meal - dinner - and that, too, was such a treat. How we relished the cooks, didn't we!

Thank you so much, Jennifer, for your memories, and I am sure that they will be as appreciated by our readers, as they were by me. So, keep them coming...... I eagerly await the photos - thanks, in anticipation.

My best wishes and many kind thoughts,

Corinne Baxter née Crampton

Follow-up Correspondence

2 Nov from Jennifer Miles née Gill
Hi. In my letter dated 31 October 2006, I forgot to mention my maiden name it was Gill, so my brothers mentioned should be Rodney Gill, Neville Gill and Gordon Gill. [Corrections made. Stephen.] They all went to St Patrick's, Asansol. I forgot to mention my sisters Priscilla née Gill, and Betty née Gill. Jenny.

All the family New Years day 1955 when we lived in 243 2nd Ave. Mum Phylis Gill, Dad George. Brothers Rodney Gill, Neville Gill, Gordon Gill, Sisters Priscilla née Gill, Betty née Gill and myself.

Just six of us on KGP platform minus brothers Rodney and Neville, they were at St Patrick's Asansol school. Dad hated wearing a suit he preferred baggy shorts and open neck shirts.

9 Nov from Jennifer Miles née Gill
Hi. We are in the process of doing familly history on my father's side 'Gill' we wondered if anyone would remember Robert Clarence Gill and Teresa Merci Gill who lived on 150 1st Ave. We want to find Teresa Merci's maiden name. She was our nana and she had a sister, Jane Copcutt. They attended the Protestant Church on 3rd Ave Baptist. Jenny.

25 Nov from Jennifer Miles née Gill
Re June Vanjour's October 30 comment about Mr and Mrs Olive Lennon. Mrs. Lennon taught me in St. Agnes Convent KGP back in the late 1950s, and also kept contact with my sister Priscilla née Gill, I would love to see pic's of anyone who knew people during this period. Jenny

26 Nov from Gordon Gill
Dear Corinne, I have enjoyed reading your article on Kharagpur. Regards, Gordon Gill.

From: Corinne

Date: October 31, 2006

Dear Brenda,

Brenda Carter: Welcome to the WebSite!
The Carter Connection

Your October 22 message said:

"Hello Corinne, Clare Gordon née Johnstone referred me to your WebSite as my father Duncan Carter and his family all lived in Kharagpur in the 1930s-1940s. I am now piecing together some information regarding their time in KGP and will forward that, and hopefully some photos, to you in the next few days. I've also asked my Aunt, Kathleen Haney née Carter to jot down some notes of her memoirs for inclusion on your WebSite. [Keenly awaited. Corinne.]I sent her a copy of the late Otto Davey's entry on your WebSite as she was amongst his list of friends and family. She was very excited to receive it, and it has definitely spurred on her recollections from that time. She has asked me if there is any way that I can find her contact details for Otto's widow Connie Davey née Ambrose as apparently she and Katie were great friends as girls. Congratulations on a wonderful WebSite. Much thanks. Brenda Carter, Melbourne, Australia"

Good old Clare! What a support she is, and I am very appreciative of her mention of our WebSite to you.

I am trying to recall the name Carter - it is so familiar, and yet I just cannot get it into focus. There must have been a Carter in school when I was there, but which one!

I am about to write to Connie Davey, anyway, so I will give her your Aunt's name and E-Mail address and I am certain she will be happy to hear from her old friend. As you quite rightly discern, I have to protect my readers by not publishing their addresses and telephone numbers, but I will forward them willingly with their specific knowledge and consent. We do enjoy helping whenever we are able.

It would be so nice if you, on the other hand, can send some of your memoirs and/or photos to me, so that we may share them with our other readers. We look forward to hearing more from you as soon as you are able, but meanwhile,

My best thanks and many kind regards,

Corinne Baxter née Crampton

Follow-up Correspondence

6 Nov from Brenda Carter (with photo - Carter - Madeira.bmp)

Hello Corinne, I'm very grateful to Clare Gordon née Johnstone who pointed me in the direction of your WebSite - it's fantastic. I'm happy to report that Connie Davey née Ambrose and Kathleen Haney née Carter have made contact. I received an e-mail from one of Connie's daughter-in-laws providing a phone number for Connie. I rang the number and spoke with Connie. Then I quickly rang Katie in Nashville USA and passed the number onto her. Within minutes Katie and Connie were catching up on old times and have now exchanged contact details and intend staying in touch. Thank you very much for making our reunion possible through your WebSite, and by passing on our contact details.

As for the Carters; there were five, Duncan Carter, Edward Carter, Leonard Carter, Kathleen Carter and Reg Carter. Of these the three younger boys, Eddie, Lenny and Reg, attended the BNR European HS. Eddie completed his last two years education there between April 1942 and July 1944. Lenny and Reg would have attended between the early 1940s to 1948-49 when the family immigrated to Australia. Their father was Eric Frederick Carter. He was a widower and worked as a mail driver for the BNR and retired in 1947 after 35 years service. His brother-in-law, Bernie Madeira and his wife Lillian, helped Eric raise his five children.

The Carter kids spent much of their time under the care of Lillian Madeira, with the Carter and Madeira children, somewhat blended into one big family. Altogether there were 11 [12?] children, Ivan Madeira, Ailsa Madeira, Stacy Madeira, Bernice Madeira, Vernon Madeira, Loreen Madeira and Icy Madeira and the five Carter kids. Sadly the three oldest Carter boys, including my father Duncan, have all passed on but I would dearly love to hear from anyone who knew the Carters and the Madeiras. Kathleen Carter now lives in the USA and Reggie Carter is in Queensland, Australia. Although neither have easy access to the internet, I am hoping they will jot down some of their memoirs which I can then forward to you for inclusion on your WebSite. [Keenly looking forward to them. Corinne.]

The Carter and Madeira children with Lillian Madeira. It would have been taken circa 1934-35. Standing: Ailsa Madeira, Next Row: Bernice Madeira seated with Icy Madeira on her lap, Lillian Madeira with Reg Carter on her lap, Loreen Madeira standing. Front Row: Duncan Carter, Lenny Carter, Kathleen Carter and Edward Carter.

Much thanks, Brenda Carter (Melbourne - Australia)

From Others in Search Relatives from Our Era in Kharagpur

21 Nov from Karena Rush
Hi Corinne. Just to let you know I've managed to print off all of the pages of your WebSite for Dad. He is currently ploughing through 78 pages of correspondence! I gave him your message about wanting to hear his recollections and memories, but he isn't keen. He says he will only be repeating what others have already said, but he does enjoy reading them all the same. We lost our Mum some 4 years ago, and Dad is hoping that he will read something about her in other peoples letters. He misses her so much and his mind is constantly wandering back to their young courting days in India. Kind Regards. Karena

22 Nov from Phillip
Dear Corinne, I just stumbled across your WebSite while trying to do some family research. My mother's family lived in India from the 1820s to 1960, and many of my relatives worked for the railways. I'm particularly interested in your communication with Ben Woodfall, who writes about his father. I think Ben Woodfall senior may be my great-grandfather's brother! My great-grandfather's name is Lancelot Woodfall, born 1873 in Negapatam. He worked as Chief Inspector of the Engineering Department, Indian Railways. At least two of his sons worked for the railways as well; Lancelot Algernon (born around 1915) died in some kind of railway accident on September 2, 1940, and Oscar Jensen Woodfall (1908-1997) was a civil engineer who specialized in railway bridges. Unfortunately I have no memories of my own to contribute, but perhaps someone on your WebSite remembers my ancestors? Regards, Phillip (Surname unspecified)

24 Nov from Michael Rudd
Hello Corinne, My name is Michael Rudd and I'm researching my family tree. I'm am a descendant of the D'sena and Howe families who lived in India in the 1950s. My grandfather was Nelson D'sena, son to Austin Peter D'sena and Constance Winifred Howe. It seems a lot of your friends had these surnames in the same area where my family was brought up. Do you think your readers could help me? Yours Sincerely, Michael Rudd

8 Feb from Pat Malick
Hi, Corinne. I am researching my family tree. Two of my father's uncles went to Kharagpur in 1908. Their names were George Brooks and Edwin Brooks. Both worked in the Railway Workshop as Foremen Blacksmiths. Edwin returned to Wales in the 1930's, as did George, but he quickly returned to Kharagpur, and died and was buried there in 1938. It is believed that he left his bungalow to a Mrs Pal. I would be eternally grateful if anyone has any information about the brothers or Mrs Pal. Many thanks and regards, Pat Mallick

To all my dear Readers:-

Wishing you all a Happy New Year

I am only too well aware of the long gap in my entries, and my pile of back-log glares at me each day accusingly! The fact is, that for various reasons I have had to take some time away from the WebSite, but I am glad to say that I am now ready to resume operating, with many new friends joining us with their own enquiries and memories, and old friends continuing their readership. I am so very relieved to know that no one has abandoned us - far from it, the calls and letters of concern have all been deeply touching and most appreciated.

What better opportunity to wish you all the compliments of the Season - it is not too late! - may this be a year of good health and continued blessings. I am including a few other letters of goodwill from other readers, which I know you will enjoy sharing with Stephen and me.

It is Christmas time once again, a time for remembering the old and the new, time to focus on our blessings and time for sharing with the less fortunate. I would like to add my wishes to all your folks who have help make Kharagpur's Diaspora Reunited a success. Wishing all of you a Blessed Christmas and a Healthy New Year. From: Clare (Johnstone) Gordon & Family. 11Dec06

Dear Friends,The Pastor, the Church Committee and all the members of Kharagpur Union Church send their Christmas greetings and wishes for a happy new year. Yours in His Service, From: Vijay R.John, Secretary, Kharagpur Union Church. 25Dec06

I would like to thank you, Corinne and Stephen, for all the KGP news you have sent us. It is wonderful being in touch with the past and receiving all the latest news. Hope you will keep it up in 2007. With Best Wishes for A Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. From: Cynthia and Noel. 10Dec06

Please continue to keep logging in, and sharing your memoirs with us all. So many have been re-united through my WebSite, which gives us so much joy, but we must all PARTICIPATE fully in order to make this program a success, and I leave it to each one of you to do his or her "bit."

Since we started last April, you will have noticed several modifications (improvements, I hope!) - we are learning on the job, so to speak! - and we invite your comments - not criticisms, please!!! - and together we can make this an ongoing viable enterprise. I am "learning on the job," never having touched a computor in my life..Yes, I can play the piano, with a degree of expertise, but have not learned how to type, let alone manage one of these awe-inspiring gadgets, which I think is magical - when one learns how (but I am a long way from that level!), and my darling husband is run off his feet from my frequent SOS calls, to which he responds with such loving patience!

Stephen is adding a few comments of his own, so I will return to you in a few hours with more input and hope to keep a steady flow from now on! Keep the letters and scanned photos of yesteryear coming!!



From: Corinne

Date: 15 January, 2007

Dear Philip,

From a Woodfall Family Descendant

Thank you for your message received on November 22. It said:

Dear Corinne, I just stumbled across your website while trying to do some family research - my mother's family lived in India from the 1820s to 1960 and many of my relatives worked for the railways. I'm particularly interested in your communication with Ben Woodfall, who writes about his father - I think Ben Woodfall senior may be my grandfather's brother! My grandfather's name is Lancelot Woodfall (born 1873 in Negapatam), he worked as Chief Inspector of the Engineering Department/Indian Railways and at least two of his sons worked for the railways as well - Lancelot Algernon (born around 1915) died in some kind of railway accident on 09/02/1940 and Oscar Jensen Woodfall (1908-1997) was a civil engineer who specialized in railway bridges. Unfortunately I have no memories of my own to contribute, but perhaps someone on your website remembers my ancestors? Regards, Phillip

Welcome to my site and I am posting your letter to the our page in the hopes that Donald Thorn or his relative Ben Woodfall may respond to your request. I know that Ben has been having computer problems but may be in a better position by now.

I am unable to give more details of you as you do not introduce your family name. I simply know you as "Philip" - perhaps you would remedy this for me?

How very interesting, is it not, to find relatives 50 to 60 years later, and re-live the many interesting events which took place in this once small town of Kharagpur. Of course life went on for all of us, and we re-built our lives in new surroundings - just as interesting in their own way, but the early years of one's foundations mean so much, and I am very excited to be the instrument of the reconstruction of our old memories in the form of this WebSite which my husband and I have set up for all of you.

I do hope that you will receive the response which you seek, and that we will hear from you again, with fuller identification.

Yours Sincerely,

Corinne Baxter née Crampton

From: Corinne

Date: 15 January, 2007

Dear Carl,

News From Professor Carl Ross

Hello and Welcome to my website, old friend. Thank you for the interesting letter and your own WebSite on December 20 which said:

Hi Corinne. I am Carlisle (Carl) Ross, formerly of Kharagpur. We lived ay 309 Third Avenue. I remember coming home from Miss Mees' school with you, your sister Althea and my sister Halcyon (Helen). I remember you winning a prize for your school work from Miss Mee; I was not so lucky! I remember getting caned by Mrs. Greatorex for not knowing my tables! My younger sister's name is Zena and my young brother's name was Brian. My older brothers names were Stanhope and Ansel (Colin). I remember the O'Flynns, the Hookens, the Ashes, the Coxes, the Woodwards, the Seddons, the Roches and many others; the Williams were my relatives. When I was 9 years old, I was taken out of Mees' School and sent to St. Joseph's European High School in Bangalore in January 1945. In December 1947, I left St. Joseph's and spent one term at the Railway School, Kharagpur until April 1948; we then departed for dear old Blighty, settling in Chatham, Kent. I have forgotten most of my Hindustani, but I can still swear in Hindustani. I am now 71 years old and I am still working, part-time, as a Professor of Structural Dynamics at the University of Portsmouth in Hampshire. I was very impressed with your site; the address of my homepage is shown below, where you can see how I got on in dear old Blighty:

Very kind regards, Carl T.F.Ross

What a surprise and wonderful Christmas gift! I'm only sorry I was not able to reply earlier, but the computer was put on hold for a while, for various reasons, not least of all my health was a bit troublesome, but, all better now, and rearing to go!

Memories of you and Halcyon are very vivid - yes, walking to school together, and the fearful Mrs. Greatorix - truly an ogre, but a remarkable teacher. And the delightful Miss Mee, whom I adored, and who did a superlative job with all of us. So good was she, that I skipped Grades1 (Bubbles Morgan) and Grade 2 (Olive Peters) and landed in Grade 3 (Fred Jones) when the transition was made to the BNR school. He was good, too, with a splendid handwriting and clear speech and presentation - a good style generally, but I remember struggling a bit with the Math. when I first arrived in his class. Perhaps skipping two grades is not always a good idea. However, all's well that ends well, I soon caught up, with help from my father who was so good at Math. and infinitely patient.

Do you remember Mrs. Bunyan's private school? We all arrived one morning as usual only to be told there was no school that day. You broke the news to us, telling us that her son, Trevor, had died, so we all "turned tail" and headed for home together - quite pleased that there was no school, completely disregarding the sad reason for the "holiday!" I remember that she had a big dog which had a habit of jumping up on us, and I was terrified of it - such fearsome teeth!

Carl, how is Halcyon? - I had heard that she was not keeping too well - I do hope that she is better.

Now, you have done so well in your career - Many congratulations on all your achievements. Stephen and I read your career profile with great interest, and we are most impressed. Since it is in the public domain, I am including it for our readers to access at their pleasure. So now we have two professors as products of the Railway School of our era: Michael Green who has retired from a post at Reading University, and you. My husband too is a C.Eng, which he retained while serving as a P.Eng in Ontario, Canada throughout the period 1974 until his recent retirement, entering as a MIERE, now merged with the IEE.

I am going to have to keep this letter fairly short, Carlyle, as my teaching schedule is about to start in a short while, and I want to get this off to you quickly, but I hope to hear from you again soon with more news of your dear family.

Thank you so much for taking the time to write, it has brought great happiness to us. May the correspondence continue....

Many kind thoughts and memories to all of you -

Corinne Baxter née Crampton

From: Carl Ross

Date: January 17, 2007

Dear Corinne,

A Quick Response from Professor Carl Ross

It was good to hear from you yesterday, Corinne.

I remember Mrs Greatorix and Miss Mee. Like you, I adored Miss Mee and I was terrified of Mrs Greatorix. I have a vague recollection of Olive Peters, but I remember the Bunyan's private school very well.

The Bunyan's school was near a railway line and I remember us playing during the playtime breaks, near this railway line. I remember us placing nails on the railway line just prior to the rapid passage of an express train. The nails were flattened as a result of this and resembled minitaure swords, which we played with.

I left Mee's school in December 1944 to go south to a boarding school in Bangalore. I left the boarding school in December 1947 and then I went to the BNR school in January 1948 for a term, just prior to our departure from dear old mother India. I remember taking part in a boxing competition at the BNR School and losing on points; I think that I may have fought a 'Barraclough' but I am not sure. I remember the Ashes, the Coxs, the Hookens, the Woodwards, the Roches, the O'Flynns and the Foxens. Brian Ashe was my best friend at that time; I have lost contact with all of them.

We arrived in England on 29th April, 1948 and were staggered to discover that the Brits knew nothing about the so-called Anglo-Indian problem. In 1965, I discovered why? It appears that the Atlee government took out an injunction on the British press and prevented the British press from publishing the so-called Anglo-Indian problem of that era; such a publication may have delayed Indian independence. The only reference that I have seen on this matter was a letter to the Editor in 'The Observer' in 1965!

When we arrived in England, our first stop was in dear little rural Hindhead, Surrey. My father realised that there was very little chance of my elder brothers, namely Stan and Ansel getting jobs in Hindhead, so we made a move to the Medway towns in Kent, where we stayed with the Roche's for about two weeks. My parents bought a house in Chatham, Kent and stayed there for the rest of their lives.

My father passed away in March 1977; he was nearly 86 years old. My mother passed away in January 2006; she was nearly 95 years old. Unfortunately also, my eldest brother Stan passed away at the age of 70 and my young brother, namely Brian, passed away at the age of 43 years.

Carl and his baby brother, Brian; 1948

Carl Ross backed into a corner; 1958

Zena Ross; 1948

Halcyon Ross; 1948

Please find attached a photograph of Halcyon (Helen), Zena, Brian and me taken of us in Kharagpur, just prior to our departure for the UK. Please also find attached, a photograph of me when I was a boxer at the age of 23 years! Halcyon (Helen) is not in the best of health; she suffers from a non-contagious disease of the neural system, which is called tri-geminal neuralgia. This disease means that she has a very painful mouth, which becomes unbearable if she goes out in the cold weather.

I am married with two children and three grand-children. Yesterday was my 47th wedding anniversary, but I was not able to go out and celebrate it because, at present, I am suffering from a very heavy cold; otherwise my wife and I enjoy good health. Although I am 71 years old, I still teach part-time at the University of Portsmouth.

Feel free to link my web pages to yours and also feel free to publish this message, together with my photographs on your WebSite. Corinne, I have nearly finished writing my autobiography and I wonder whether or not I can include some of the photographs on your WebSite in this book; their inclusiion will considerably enhance the book.

Very kind regards, Carl Ross.

From: Corinne

Date: January 18, 2007

Dear Carlyle,

More Grist for Carl Ross's Memory Mill

Thank you for the prompt reply and the photos, which Stephen is about to post to my WebSite. What very clear reproductions - they must have been scanned.

The three 1948 images were taken from an original transmission of some 3 MB. Such high resolution can only be achieved through digital scanning of an original. Merely Xeroxing an original will not do. Because of this high resolution of the original photo file, I could extract the four personalities in three separate images for posting, without losing the all-important facial recognition detail for our readers. Unnecessary background has been eliminated, and each image comprises only about 70 KB which reduces WebPage display time to a minimum without loss of essential detail. You will note that the three images display lots of damage, such as creases and nicks, accumulated over decades of fond usage. Many of you will have similarly damaged originals that you thought could not be used, some only two or three inches big, but this example should re-motivate you. If you do not have scanning capabilities at home, any computer shop should be able to scan them for you as a sales exercise, and give you a photo file which you can transmit to us. Remarkably, given a little investment of time, I could digitally eliminate all those creases and nicks to display a perfect image that looks like it was taken yesterday! Stephen

We've had several old photos from people who have merely Xeroxed them, and they are completely unprintable, which is such a shame, as they have valuable information - photos of enormous interest to us all. Now, as regards printing them in your book, I don't mind, but the donors' might, so we would have to obtain their permission, of course. Perhaps Stephen could print a special general notice requesting permission, and we will see what happens. So many are writing books about India, and they may object, but let's try, anyway.

Please start, Carl, by identifying the photos you need; a click on each will identify its title. Our WebPage uses reduced definition copies for most of them, so instead we will be sending you the highest definition sources that we have. Stephen.

I was so sorry to hear about Halycon, what an ordeal for her. She certainly would not be able to live in this cold climate! It is -14% this morning, and could go down to -30 before the winter is out! But we are clad in light, but very warm outer garments which are discarded at the entrance vestibule, and household clothing is light since the houses are so warm and comfortable.

Is Halcyon aware of our WebSite, and if so, has she been following the trend of correspondence? Please give her my best wishes and many happy recollections. She must be a bit younger than I, since you are just one year older (I was born in November 1936), or were you both very close in age? I have a vague recollection of her being in a class below or something like that, but we were quite chummy at school, although she was really friendly with Dora Ince whose brother, Peter, writes to the WebSite. In fact, I owe him a letter, which I am about to do.

I was interested to hear that you had once lived in Hindhead, Surrey. What a small world! I had been at Lloyds Bank Staff College there at one time, and how I enjoyed it! In those days, it was very much a "man's world" and women freely entered into teaching, nursing or stenography professions - not the business world! So, I had to create a new slot!!! At Staff College, there were 25 women and 75 men - what a ratio - but we could see that we were just tolerated!!! However, it was the start of a new trend in society, and the ratio of women bumped up significantly within five years, so that it was almost 50% of each gender. We studied Foreign Affairs, and Finance generally, and then Banking practices in particular. Very interesting! But we all loved Hindhead and particularly "The Devil's Punchbowl!"

Strange you should mention the suppressing of certain political bombshells during the Independence of India negotiations. I was reading - only the other day - a dissertation by a British PhD. on the Anglo-Indian problem during the 1940s' and she outlines several topical issues of the time, which she puts into perspective. But her definition of "Anglo-Indian" and ours are probably completely different. It made interesting reading, but I could not identify with her simplistic description of "Anglo-Indians" at all, i.e. born with pure Indian blood on the mother's side, and I do not think many of us would. They lived differently, behaved completely differently from anything we experienced, spoke and expressed themselves so peculiarly that we would not be able to comprehend them at all - in other words, a vastly different race. So, perhaps Atlee had such people in mind when he omitted mention of them at such a tenuous moment in history. I'll forward more information to you regarding the dissertation which has subsequently been printed in England, and is available, I understand. My son, Laurence, who lives in London - Bath Street (he recently moved from Islington) - bought me the book, and brought it with him during his visit with his fiancee last October. I'm sure you would be interested in reading it.

Congratulations on your wedding anniversary - very close to ours. We were married on Dec.21st, 1957. So we celebrate our 50th at the end of this year!

Stephen is waiting for me to finish this so that he could print it as soon as possible, so I'll wind up, Carl, but not before I wish you, your wife and family all the very best for 2007, and hope your cold is better by now. Do write soon, we loved hearing from you...

Many kind thoughts and happy memories -

Corinne Baxter née Crampton

PS - Do I remember those "nails on the rails!!" Getting into trouble for going so close to the track! We still kept doing it, just to see the "sparks fly" - but we used stones - quite big ones, too! My father admonished us: "Do you want the train to derail, and all those people hurt!" and, "Do you want to get run over?!" - "No, Daddy!" "Well, don't do it - ever again!" And then, (aside to my mother) "Heavens, I used to do that too - what fun it was!!"

To: Terence O'Flynn

From: Corinne

Date: January 8, 2007

Hello Terence,

Seasonal Greetings to Terence O'Flynn in Australia

Your telephone calls of enquiry were so welcome, and we were both very touched by your concern that your crutch of our WebSite had been terminated.

I am glad to hear that you are both keeping well and enjoying your Season. I am sorry to say the same was not to be said about this side - I was "out for the count" with the usual back problem followed by an attack of "flu" which left me just about all in, with a wonky throat into the bargain, or I would have called you back at once. All better now, and I am resuming work on the WebSite - a little at a time, as there is a big backlog to be dealt with, and I cannot sit for more than a few minutes at a time.

We hope you had a wonderful family gathering, and that the picnic in the park went off with the usual camaraderie and holiday spirit. Also we wish you all a very Happy New Year, filled with blessings and good health, and much happiness. Maybe this will be the year you will meet up with old friends in -Melbourne? If so, please give Ann David our best wishes, and the hope that she too will write to us through the WebSite!

We look forward to an active year, as well, with Laurence's wedding in London in September that we are determined to attend, and many exciting events between now and then - so good health is necessary. The family are all well, and I am so pleased to say that they are all maintaining their many busy activities - sporting, dance, equestrian and above all, academic pursuits, with great gusto. I start back to teaching today, after a long spell of holiday (for which I was most grateful!), and I am looking forward to seeing my students again.

Do keep in touch, Terence, and all my best wishes to you, your wife, and the family. Tell Colin, I'm still waiting to hear from him!

All love and many thoughts,

Corinne Baxter née Crampton

From: Corinne

Date: January 21, 2007

Dear Mike,

Ex-Apprentice Mike de Dombal Becomes a Talented Entertainer in Canada

I was delighted to receive your e-mail, introducing yourself and giving me a thumbnail sketch of your activities, which sound very impressive. You said:

Hello,Corinne. This is Mike de Dombal. I lived in Khurda Road before going to Kharagpur to do an "A" Grade Mechanic Apprenticeship in the Workshops. While I was an apprentice I organised a band with three other apprentices and a Mrs. Manly. We named the band "The Blue Harmony Quintet." We became so popular that we were invited to play on weekends in places like Santragachi, Adra, Chadardapur and many other railway station institutes. After completing my apprenticeship I moved to Calcutta, got a job in Macneil and Barry as a Junior Engineer designing water pumps for Johnston Pumps which was a branch of Macneil's. I continued to play music at night and finally got to perform as a cabaret artist in venues like The Grand Hotel, The Great Eastern, and The Ambasador Hotel in Bombay. In 1965, my wife Audrey née Ireland and I emigrated to Canada with our two girls aged 2 and 4. I got a job in a pump manufacturing company, S. A. Armstrong, and worked as a musician at night. Since then I have become a well known entertainer. If you require more information, please e-mail me. Thanks, Mike.

You are obviously a very talented person, and being a musician myself, I can appreciate the enormous amount of effort required to make any impact whatsoever, the competition being so fierce in the music world. I am sure that you know several other people who played in bands in Kharagpur and Calcutta and beyond - Derrick Hogermeer, for example, and others. So, your letter is going to create quite a stir, I am sure..

I see that your wife, Audrey, was born an Ireland before she married you, and I hark back to a Mr. Ireland who used to teach my sister, Althea, Shorthand at one time - could this be the same family? I note also, that you are resident in Canada, but you do not give me your address, telephone number etc. This information is safely guarded and is never published in our WebPage. Should someone especially ask for it, we forward the request discretely to the individual concerned for independent private response. We believe all our readers appreciate this security policy of ours.

You came to Canada in the same year that Stephen and I arrived (on business), Stephen en route to Gan, in the Maldive Islands (which is now a famous but very expensive holiday resort, but then was a war zone that could not accommodate dependents), for a year. My son, Martin, and I therefore chose, during his tour of duty overseas, to stay in Canada on a 12-month visit with the Crampton family comprising the elder Cramptons and my two married sisters, Althea and Jill and their families, who were then resident here in Canada,. We stayed in Montreal during the entire period, and never really expected to come here permanently some nine years later! But, life has a way of surprising us, doesn't it?

It would be interesting to know where you have settled, and to keep in touch, as I am sure there will be many who would wish to read about you.

Thank you so much for your introductory letter, Mike, and my husband will be posting it to the WebSite shortly. [Done herewith. Stephen]

Many kind thoughts to you and Audrey and the family -

Corinne Baxter née Crampton

From: Corinne

Date: January 21, 2007

Dear Carol,

Seeking Information about Eileen Baptiste née Skinner of the Burdwan/Asansol Region

I was deeply touched to read the sad story of your dear grandmother's tragic life, as told in your message of December 6 which said:

Hello, Corinne. I am Carol (Perrett) McFarlane and reside in the USA. I am trying to find out about my maternal grandmother's family. Her maiden name was Eileen Skinner, and she married a Baptiste, and had five children, two boys and three girls. The boys, Reginald and Eugene, whom I never saw, pre-deceased her and were sorely mourned by Nana all her life. Her girls were Irene Simmons, Sheila Blythe-Perrett (my mother), and Pearle who never married. Apparently Nana's husband was on the railways too, Burdwan/Asansol, somewhere in that area, and she was early widowed due to a stroke or ruptured aneurysm which her husband suffered. As a child, I never thought about asking for names and places, and it would have seemed rude! But now these many years later, I would love to find out, with the wonderful help of the Internet, if I can contact my relatives on my mother's side. Thank you for any help! Carol.

I do hope that there will be many who will respond to your enquiry regarding your maternal grandmother's relatives. I vaguely remember a "Perrett" family living opposite us in Kharagpur for a very short while, but you say that the family were resident in the Burdwan-Asansol area, so they may not have been the same family at all. However, we shall see....

The names Skinner and Baptiste are both very familiar family names, and I know that there were many "Baptiste" families in Kharagpur, they may just be of the same line.

My husband will be posting your letter to my WebPage, [Done herewith. Stephen] and I do apologise for the lengthy delay in responding, but there have been so many interruptions over the past two months, and various exigencies which prevented me from getting on with my correspondence. I am making every attempt to catch up as quickly as I can, but it will take some time!

Do keep in touch, Carol, and I hope that we may be able to help you in your search for your relatives.

Many kind thoughts and good wishes,

Corinne Baxter née Crampton

Reply From: Carol McFarlane née Perrett

Date: January 22, 2007

Hello Corinne,

More Memories of her Childhood in Kharagpur

Thanks for writing. I appreciate your words and information, although it is a little disconcerting that I needed to be reminded of what I had said some six weeks before receiving your e-mail! [A common reaction. Use of the CLICK HERE switch to send us a quick message, as you did directly from viewing my WebPage on-screen, often means that our correspondents have no copy of what they had sent. Stephen]

I didn't mean to depict my grandmother's life worse than it was, in actual fact, despite the loss of her two sons during her lifetime, she did live with me from the time I was four, and we were each other's companions, and I think she enjoyed that, among other things. She was very proud of my mother, who had led a very circumspect, organized life, and the way in which my father and mother were taking care of their little family, my sister Jillian and myself. We were very fortunate to have Mum's diligence and supervision in the details of our lives, and Nana was very glad of that. And she herself constantly told of the happy life she and her 'sister' (actually, step-aunt! Who was younger than her!) had in her grandmother's house, so there were lots of bright spots. And she did have many happy and lighthearted memories!

But I know that from time to time (probably daily, privately) she mourned the loss of her sons, and her eldest daughter Irene's condition, brought on by a massive stroke in her thirties, after the loss of her husband, rendering her children orphans. But they had the love of their grandmother and extended family and had a good education which prepared them for later life.

How interesting that you remember a 'Perrett' family living 'opposite' you in KGP! It would HAVE to have been us. Perrett is a rare name. My father was actually born in Ceylon (today, Sri Lanka) to parents from a community similar to the Anglo-Indians - they called them 'Burghers' - Dutch Burghers, Portuguese Burghers, etc. His mother was an Albrecht (Adeline) and his father was Blythe-Perrett, which was our name, but we usually only used 'Perrett;' is was easier, and strange enough!

We lived in KGP from 1951-53, then again from 1959-62 (to my knowledge). I attended the convent on that main road, Carmelite nuns? That was where I started school, nursery and lower kindergarten, and then we went to Adra for a year, which I remember so well, though I was only 6! After that we were in Sealdah/Calcutta very briefly and then 5 years in Chittaranjan (near Asansol/Burdwan, but not IN it). That's how I am familiar with the area, Dad used to go to Asansol frequently on railway business. After Chittaranjan, we returned to KGP for a few years, and finally, the latter part of 1962, to Garden Reach, near Kidderpore, Caltutta. My sister and I left early 1966, after finishing school and college, respectively, and Mum and Dad followed (to the U.K.) in 1967. Nana passed away in 1980, in Calcutta. She never wanted to leave India, though Mum offered her many opportunities, and that is why we never left before then either.

A long story! Thanks for writing. I will look forward to hearing from you. In KGP I was friends with a number of folk - Vyvyan Meiselbach (of Nana's acquaintance, though I must say I never heard of any Baptistes in KGP during the time we were there. I'm sure Nana would have rushed to meet with them, she was SO gregarious and loved people. The Mitchells (Glenn and Ingrid), Amrit Dogra of the railways, the Dandapats, Gloria Green's family, and so on. We attended both the Anglican and Baptist churches and had friends there too.

Bye for now! And best regards, Carol McFarlane née Perrett

From: Corinne

Date: September 25, 2006

To: Liz Thomas née Malins

Dear Liz,

Fruits From a Joint Search for Forebears, Events and Memories of 1940s Kharagpur


The Malins Connection

You will notice that I am filing you under "Malins" - your maiden name simply because it would be so much easier to identify you in future - hope you don't mind! Of course, I am referring to your message of September 23 which said:

Hi, Corinne. my name is Elizabeth Thomas. I live in Virginia Beach,VA. The reason for sending this e-mail is that my father Robert Nuttall Malins and his brother Stanley Nuttall were born in Barrackpore, India, but his parents, Robert Christie Malins and Dorothy Hesther Malins née Nuttall lived in Kharagpur. My grandfather, whom I never met, was a "Superintendent Watch and Ward" for the BNR, and apparently spoke fluent Ghurka. My father was sent as a child to Victoria School at Kurseong and I have been doing much research on his ancestors and life in India. I believe my great grandmother was of Indian heritage as seen on photographs I have. My father and his mother left India for the UK ( I am not exactly sure in what year) but my grandfather died in the Government European Hospital in India -- I would have to look up more dates to say exactly when. I am researching genealogy of my India roots and came across your website and, while I don't think my grandparents were of your era, they were there not too far behind. Cheers. Liz Thomas née Malins

I was delighted to hear from you, and I applaud your efforts in attempting to discover as much as possible about your father and his family, and I will do all I can to help by making various suggestions.

The first thing that came to mind were references made to "Robbie Malins" by my mother's sister and husband, Arnold and Noreen Mayberry, who had once been neighbours and friends of your relative. This must have been your grandfather. I am referring to circa 1930s/40s when they - the Mayberrys - lived near the Armoury in Kharagpur. Your grandparents lived close by them. The Mayberrys were transferred to Bilaspore in the mid-1940s, and from there emigrated to England in 1948. So they had known your family from the 1930s to the mid-1940s, I assume. Unfortunately, both Aunt Noreen and Uncle Arnold (Mayberry) have passed on, and so has cousin Jimmy - their eldest son; he would have remembered.

The dates of departure of your father and his mother would be recorded in the shipping line URL which Brenda Naser née Brewster was kind enough to pass on to me just last week - so clever of her to find out this information. Here is the Shipping-line website address for the benefit of others who may also be doing some genealogical research, and unsure of exactly when their forbears emigrated. It is:

The other suggestion I have is that Kharagpur Church archives may contain the information you need. I will post your letter to the WebSite, and I hope that there will be a response. The Church secretaries will almost certainly have kept all the records of that particular period, as would the BNR European Hospital, although it would be known by another name by now!

Donald Thorn and Clare Gordon née Johnston may have known your grandparents, although we are all the next generation down - your parents' generation, I suppose. I am writing to my cousin, Michael Green, who is friendly with Clive d'Silva who is older than us and may just remember your family. May I pass on your e-mail address to them?

Most of the Churches did keep their records, Liz, (though I am told that many secular offices destroyed the "RAJ" documents after Independence), but meanwhile, let us hope you will get a good response from my WebSite, and I will keep "digging" in the hopes that we "unearth" a few more treasures! Again, I do applaud your efforts, and look forward to hearing from you again soon - keep us informed.

With many good wishes,

Corinne Baxter née Crampton

Reply From: Liz Thomas née Malins

Date: October 7, 2006

Hi, Corinne.

A Rarity of an old Voice Recording circa 1935 Surfaces

Wonderful to get your reply. Yes, I do believe my grandmother did call my father at least Robbie and I expect her husband, Robbie also. I have done a little backtracking on my grandparents. My grandmother Dorothy Hester née Nuttall was born 1895 in Kotri, Sindh. Apparently her father, James Nuttall was a Railway Driver on the N.W. Railway. He married an Emily May Nuttall née Potter.

My sister and I found a letter written to my father, Robert Nuttall Malins, to his father, Robert Christie Malins, at an address of Mr. R. C. Malins, Bungalow No 674, Khargpur, BN RLY, Bengal, India. It had an old voice record inside which used wooden n‚edles. Presumably my dad sent a message [thereon] to his dad. We have the record but don't know what is on it. This was mailed in 1935/36 from England to India.

[How very exciting and interesting! This old voice record, and any wooden needles that may have been preserved, may have considerable value to the scientific community as a technological artifact. It should be carefully preserved and protected from any amateur attempt to "play" the recording. I should be glad to help get appropriate scientific expertise to evaluate and analyse your artifact, and to have any recording thereon scientifically extracted. Please tell me more about it in as much detail as you are able to provide. You should use my address at "" to send me the information. Stephen.]

My dad had a younger brother named Stanley Frederick and I have a photograph of a medal from the BNR European school for perfect attendance for Stan I will send this to you... We also have heard of another older brother by the name of Cyril Keith Malins -- but don't know any more about him except that he was born in 1914. My dad was born in 1916 and Stan, we think, in 1918.

It appears that my grandfather did not go and live in England. He apparently died on September 15, 1946 "male, aged 54 years, 4 months and 21 days - Superintendent Watch and Ward B-N railway, died of coronary thrombosis in the European Hospital, BN railway, Khargpur" as reported by Khargpur Station Committee.. I think this is the reason that my grandmother Dolly came to England with my father, i.e. owing to the early death of her husband. She was, for a while, living at 20 General Collins Road, Vepery Madras.

My father had gone to St.Barts in the UK to study medicine and his younger brother Stanley was killed in a motorcycle accident around 1939. My father brought his things back to India and the war broke out, as the story goes. He went on to the Medical College of Madras (I have his badge from his blazer) and completed becoming a doctor there along with two other friends, Ed Gasper and Dick D'Costa and a Don White. I am unclear as to when they came back and have not been able to find their trip to the UK by searching the passenger lists but have found other family names. Apparently my grandfather joined the railway as a subordinate in October 1923 was promoted to superior cadre as "Assistant Superintendent Watch and Ward" on April 1, 1929. We have quite a lot of bitty info but it is always great to talk to folk who lived there or knew folk who knew of them.

I do believe that my great grandparents were Henry Malins and Louisa Jane née Fullam of Kurseong. Henry was a tea planter and I found a poem that had his name mentioned as being at the Happy Valley Tea Estate. I am going to attach photos of my grandparents, and their parents, and also my dad and his brother. I have lots of pics of them at Victoria School in Kurseong. I found John Feltham's VSDH website, and he has a page of the Malins Boys photos on there - he was so kind as to make a webpage for my sister and I. I know some of the above info is not directly related to Khargpur but some of it is. Alas, most of this info my sister Judy (who lives in England) and I came across when going through my mum's things after she passed on in February 2006. I do enjoy the genealogy and piecing together people, places and things.

Incidentally there was a Les and Len Hatton who were at Victoria School. I wonder if they are the Hattons that were mentioned on your WebSite previously. Well, gotta get going for now. All the best. Liz Thomas née Malins

Note: the following photos are available upon request to Corinne's WebSite: 1. My grandparents, their parents and my dad and his brother Stan. 2. My great grandmother. 3. My grandparents, Robert Christie Malins, Dolly Malins, and my great grandparents. 4 the medal pictures. Regretfully these are of insufficient resolution to display here. Hopefully Liz can have the originals re-scanned to produce photo files of at least 250 kB each and send them to me for posting.

and Later.....

From: Liz Thomas née Malins

Date: January 30, 2007

Hi, Corinne,

More Malins Connections

In your message today, you said:

Dear Liz,

I was wondering whether you had any more news about the old voice recording circa 1935.

Moreover I thought that the following messages might be of interest to you owing to the Malins connection;

(Messages Begin:)

"Hello Corinne. Like your other correspondents, I, too, am delighted to have found your WebSite, thanks to my brother's daughter who is getting our family background sorted out. Thank you for the information and memories of Kharagpur, and for the contact possibilities it gives us. Especially to those of us with very limited and fragmented recall.

"My brother John Edwards, and I, Penelope (Penny) Ann née Edwards were born in Kharagpur, John in 1938, myself in 1942. Our parents were James and Hilda Edwards, and we lived at 303 Third Avenue until May 1948 when we, like so many, left for England. Dad was a workshop foreman at the BNR. We settled in the Manchester area in UK.

"Our maternal grandmother was Hilda Grace Clegg née Malins. She had a sister Eva, and brother always called Christie married to Dolly. Their son was called Robbie and I believe his wife was called Corinne. John and I have a memory of meeting them in Walsall, UK, in the 1950s We believe Robbie was a doctor in Wolverhampton, UK,and that they had a daughter.

"Is it possibly the same Malins family that is referred to by Liz Thomas née Malins in your updated correspondence of January 22nd? or just coincidence? Any news would be so welcome. It would help to increase our family records, and add to our India memories.

"My thanks to you again, Penny Harrison née Edwards"


"Dear Corinne, "You know of me through Clare re Frank Edwards and James Edwards. My Auntie Penny has just phoned me about the Malins link she has found on your WebSite.

"My Grandmother was Hilda Louise Ann Edwards née Clegg. Her mother was Hilda Grace Malins 1882-1972 whose siblings where Florence Malins, Eva Malins, Christopher Malins and Robert Malins. My Great-great-grandparents would have been Henry Malins and Jane Fulham.

"I wonder if you can put me in touch with Liz Thomas Malins to link up the families?[ Done discretely for her to reply in accordance with our security policy. Stephen]

"Yours, Carole Edwards née Viller"

(Messages End:)

With kind regards, Corinne

This is wonderful news, Corinne. I have in the last two days heard from both Penny and Carole - and yes, it is the same Malins family. Penny is my Dad's cousin. Since Dad passed away in 1985, and my Mum last year, I felt the need to find out as much as I could about our family as we had old letters and sketchy info, but enough to work on. After three years of searching the net, and everything I could, I found your WebSite, sent e-mails and, lo and behold, I have discovered, thanks to you, that I really have living relatives. Apparently my grandfather Robert Christie Malins had 11 brothers and sisters, and Penny and Carole knew some of them. Truly amazing and very gratifying is all of this is.

I did speak to my sister in Wolverhampton, UK and sent her your WebSite, and the note you inserted regarding the [old 1935] voice recording. Judy Issitt, my sister, is the one who is in possession of this record. We would dearly love to know what my father said to his father, but we have no knowledge about how to go about this. Please e-mail her regarding this; perhaps you know something about how we go about actually hearing this? [Done. Stephen]

Thank you so much, Corinne. Were your WebSite not in existence, this re-discovery of our forbears of, and relationships with, the 1950s era of Kharagpur would not have come about.

Regards. Liz Thomas née Malins

To all our esteemed readers,

I am now catching up with the Christmas Backlog. We appreciated all the kind messages received during the Christmas and New Year season, and regret not having been able to attend to them in a more timely manner. We are now getting down to it by including a few of them here.


From: Cynthia Rischmueller née Woodward

Date: November 18, 2006

More on Sweetie Anne and Cynthia

Hi Corinne. I have found some Photos, of KGP. I got one done by my daughter to see how it would turn out,.and was quite pleased with it, seeing that it was so old. It is Ann David and me, Cynthia Woodward, in 1947. Many thanks for the News on KGP. Best Wishes. Cynthia

 1947 Anne David and Cynthia Woodward (who provided this photo)

From: Lynette Hare née Sellars

Date: December 1, 2006

Update about Her Father's Hindi Bible Returned 50 Years Later via our WebSite

Hi Corinne and Stephen. I wanted to tell you that, thanks to your WebSite, I now have in my hands my father's Hindi bible which had been given to him by his Aunt Rose. My mother gave it to Pastor Art Sandford when we left KGP, as Dad had taught Art Hindi, and she felt it was better if it got some use.

Art saw my name on your WebSite and contacted me to ask if I would like it back, now that he is nearing the end of his life. Naturally I said yes, and it arrived safely about two weeks' ago. I got quite emotional when I saw it, found myself stroking the leather cover whilst fighting back the tears. It has "J M Sellers" embossed in gold on the bottom right hand corner.

So this is a big THANK YOU to you both for making the above possible. Kind regards. Sincerely. Lynette.

From: Vivienne Green née Smits

Date: January 15, 2007

Another Reader Prints the Whole WebSite for Her Mother

Dear Corinne, I printed off the pages [80 or so? Stephen] from your WebSite for my mother to read and she was thrilled to come across all her old friends and acquaintances. It brought back wonderful memories for her. Now my uncles in Perth (who are not computer savvy!) want me to print and send them copies so they too can reminisce.

They are going to send me some photos and stories for your delightful WebSite so, when they do, I will forward to you. [Please don't forget, because we are now holding our breath in anticipation. Stephen] My father was Arnold Smits, he was on the trains in Kharagpur and had a rather bad train accident over there. He loved Kharagpur and related many colourful tales to my sister, brother and myself as children. Also Uncle Les Hall, was a champion story-teller of tales of Kharagpur and from what I can gather was a bit of a larrakin [For the uninformed among us, what does that mean? Stephen] in his time! Yours sincerely, Vivienne Green née Smits

From: Susan Prosser

Date: September 28, 2006

Researching the Family Tree

Dear Corinne I have absolutely nothing to do with Kharagpur, but I am trying to put together a family tree for my niece Leanne, whose mother was born there in 1946. Leanne's parents divorced in 1979 and her father is 'estranged' from his children. So we can get no information there. All we know is that Sandra Janetta Ann Manuel was born 9th October 1946, (known as Jeanetta). She was baptised at the Church of the Sacred Heart, Kharagpur on 22nd October 1946. (We have her Baptismal Certificate). She attended Loretto Convent. Her parents were Charles Victor Manuel and Dorothy née Shamrock. Jeanetta had two older brothers, Patrick and David. Charles and Dorothy were divorced and Dorothy moved to Australia with her two boys, whilst Jeanetta came to England with her Aunt and Uncle (Reg and Barbara Massey - both now deceased). Jeanetta died from cervical cancer in 1985. Is there any way of finding a copy of Charles and Dorothy's Marriage certificate - and/or anything about them? Leanne now has two daughters of her own, and they would love to know someting about their heritage. I hope I am not being too cheeky to ask these things of you - but we really have no idea where else to turn! Yours VERY hopefully, Mrs Susan Prosser, Lincolnshire UK

From: Brenda Naser née Brewster

Date: February 15, 2007

Hello Corinne,

A Direct Response to Susan Prosser's Enquiry

I saw the notice posted by Susan Prosser looking for information on "Dorothy née Shamrock", mother of Jeanetta Manuel.

My sister, Freda, was in school with Jeanetta for a year or two in St. Agnes's Convent in KGP and remembers her having blonde, curly hair. All three of us, Gillian, Freda and I can remember the name Victor Manuel - he was the brother of Dennis Manuel (who was married to Daphne Heldt, and had one daughter, Denise, now in Calcutta. I think Jeanetta Manuel's's brothers, Patrick Manuel and David Manuel were in St. Patrick's School, Asansol.

The name given for Jeanetta's mother "Dorothy née Shamrock" piqued my interest, because the only "Shamrock" that I can recall Mum and Dad talking about was Shamrock Mahoney, and I believe "Shamrock" was her nickname. Shamrock was the sister of Patricia "Tootoo or Toots" Mahoney, who married Nev Ottman and they moved to (then) British Guyana for Nev's work. Tootoo corresponded with Mum for years - she wrote the most interesting letters, cards and notes and covered every spare piece of paper. Both Nev and "Toots" have passed on, but I do remember Vernon and Dorothy Corks mentioning that she had finally achieved her greatest wish, which was to visit her sister in Australia. I believe she died within a year of that trip.

I contacted (through her nephew) Vernon Corks's sister-in-law, Joyce (Baptiste) Robertson, whose late husband, Charles, worked with Nev Ottman in British Guyana, to ask her if she could confirm that Shamrock Mahoney was married to Victor Manuel. Given below is an extract from her nephew's reply to me:

"Aunt Joyce didn't really know Charles Victor Manuel, but had a vague idea who his wife was.She telephoned Barbara Da Cruz who confirmed Victor's wife was Shamrock Mahoney. She also suggested that if they wanted a marriage certificate they should contact the Sacred Heart Church in KGP as they keep good records. So I am afraid Aunt cannot give any more information. She did mention she could get the telephone number of Clive Da Silva, who lives in Kent, UK - he apparently knew Victor and Shamrock well. Also, I don't know if Shamrock is still alive, but I think my Uncle Sydney in Perth, Australia used to know her there."

I believe your cousin, Michael Green, is in touch with Clive Da Silva in the U.K. As a matter of fact, Michael might even remember Patrick Manuel and David Manuel.

Hope you are both keeping well. I check the website at least twice a week, and always find something interesting!

Kindest regards, Brenda Naser née Brewster

From: Michael Rudd

Date: November 24, 2006

More Researching of the Family Tree

Hello Corinne, My name is Michael Rudd and I'm researching my family tree. I am a descendant of the d'Sena and Howe family who lived in India in the 1950s. My grandfather was Nelson d'Sena, son to Austin Peter d'Sena and Constance Winifred Howe. It seems that a lot of your friends had these surnames in the same era of which my family was brought up. Do you think your readers could help me? Yours Sincerley, Michael Rudd

From: An anonymous reader

Date: January 16, 2007

Even More Researching of the Family Tree

Hello Corinne, I had an uncle named Ernest Hope, but I know little about him except that he was a railway man in India. He was born in Wortley, Yorkshire 18 June 1882, and would have been aged 58 in 1940. Kind regards, Anonymous


Any idea of the Barracliffe family of Kharagpur? Ann or Clive Barracliffe?

From: Rona Hatherall née Ashe

Date: October 30, 2006

More Family News

Hi Corinne, A big thankyou to Booboo Howe for this lovely memory. Booboo married Phyllis Sherpyl.Phyllis who has sadly passed away, Booboo sent me a most beautibul record of her memorial, my memories of Phyllis were of her long legs running up the hockey field to score. She played outer wing. Thankfully we were on the same team. I correspond with Terence O'Flynn {Australia} who first allerted me to your WebSite. My youngest grand son is now in Canberra, having just finished school and is taking a gap year, I am hoping he will visit Terence and family. I do hope many old KGP folk will attend the reunion in Toronto in 2007.I am so looking forward to it. I hear the last one that was held in Canada went very well. Here's hoping to see many friends from our youth again. Love to all, and thank you Corinne and Stephen. Love, Rona Hatherall née Ashe

From: Vicky McGraw née Sanford

Date: January 27, 2007

Dear Corinne,

Pastor Sanford's Daughter, Vicky, Contributes Excitingly

It was so great to talk by telephone to you today. It is amazing how modern technology lets us get re-acquainted after all these years. Who would have guessed, fifty or more years ago, that this would happen. I will try and get that DVD from my sister of an old 1949-50s movie with your picture on it, and of others, as they came and went on a Sunday morning so long ago.

[This is a really exciting development. We could always have posted clips from movies, too, on our WebSite, were they available from such a distant era, but this was such a "long shot" that I had not even considered it. Now it emerges that the leading technology of that "diaspora" time, namely Amateur Movies (much as the InterNet, married to digital still- and movie- picture-taking, is today's) was then available and active in Kharagpur! Now even I can say with Pastor Sanford, "Wow!" What a challenge it will be to evaluate Vicky's DVD, when it arrives, for posting extracts to our WebPage. The DVD rendering of any original movie is the key thing that makes such a posting possible; all analogue (film) media must be converted to digital (that DVD accomplishes) before we can handle it here. For those whose systems cannot handle movie clips, we should be able to extract stills for posting as photos, even though all of this, movie clips and stills, is going to extend demands upon my limited skills well beyond anything I had anticipated at the outset of this WebPage venture, but I will do my best. Beyond the obvious immediate opportunities that a DVD rendering of any old movie presents, I am left wondering what other movie treasures may be available from Vicky's (and from any of the few independent others') sources. If you know of any such source of Amateur Movies of Kharagpur in the 1940-50s era, please let me know. Stephen.]

Your WebSite is really great. We will keep in touch.

Vicky McGraw née Sanford

Now let's go to the pictures which have been pasted from a previous location.

From: Vicky McGraw née Sanford

Date: January 27, 2007

Dear Corinne,

Vicky Identifies Faces

I just saw the pictures you posted late in 2006, and I can recognize so many.

In the choir picture, which was taken Christmas of 1956, there are many that came from Hijli to sing as well as the church people:

Back Row, left to right:
Dan Sanford (my brother), Ray Dunkleberg, ? (he was from Germany), Alwyn James, Mr. Benjamin, George Dunkleberg, Stanley Martin, John Rao (sp), Victor Koppole

Middle Row, left to right:
Mr. Pearce, Rev. Art Sanford, Mr. Anner, ? (father of the boy from Germany), Denzil Baker, Bob (Richard) Naug, Mr. Dunkleberg, Mr. Boisie Green (Mike Green's dad)

Front Row: left to right:
Mrs. Anner, Sheila Green, Ollie (Estelle) Naug nee Gasper, (next two; one is Denzil's sister and not sure who the other is but will ask my dad), Mrs. Dunkleberg.

The Dunklebergs are from South Carolina and he taught at the IIT in Hijli as did the German man, Pearce Anner. The Anners were very musical, she was a concert pianist and was the accompianist for the choir.

As for the SS picture outside the church, wow, so many faces that are recognized; some I know; some I just recognize.

I am in the second row, 6th from the left, about 8 years old I think. Others that are recognized: George Bunyan (back row), Mike Green (back row), Steven Naug (back row), Evelyn Cox, Mrs. Koppole, Ollie Naug, Dollie Gasper, Sherrill Naug, Susan Naug, Gladys Koppole (next to me) that is for a start.

And from another reader: George (wearing glasses) and Mavis Bunyan are in it although on opposite sides from each other (Mavis in the blue sweater). Conrad Hallyburton and his sister standing next to George. Phillip Flanagan standing center rear. The Naugs (Ollie, Stephen, & Susan) standing in a cluster in the middle along with Dorothy Gasper. Mr. Hatton standing behind Ollie Naug and Dolly Gasper directly below Phillip Flanagan and him. Vickie Sanford in front of Dollie, and Sherrill Naug in front of Vickie. Evelyn Cox (organist) standing between Mavis Bunyan and Mrs. Kappole. This photo was taken in early 1956.

To Vicky and all our readers: Any help you can give to identifying those beloved faces would be greatly appreciated. Stephen

I will have to look more to see if I can remember names.

Has anyone else taken a shot at seeing if they recognize anyone? Wow, what neat photos to bring back memories. I will keep in touch.

Vicky McGraw née Sanford

From: Corinne

To: Alex R. Eden

Date: October 17, 2006 (Revised February 7, 2007)

Dear Alex,

Memories of Jhargram

I cannot express sufficiently enough how happy I was to receive your October 8 communication which you said should not be posted, and we will respect that. It's a pity because it was a lovely letter, and since you write so nicely, its inclusion would have added so much character to my WebSite. Nevertheless, in posting discrete parts of my reply here I will be careful to omit anything that is personal and private to you. I am posting this edited version because of the fond memories you have evoked of Jhargram and Daisey and, that I am sure, will be of interest to many of our dear readers, hopefully evoking many enriching replies.

We had long wondered what had happenened to your dear mother, Daisey Eden née Carstairs, and had had no news of her at all despite several attempts both by my sister, Althea, and me, - to no avail. We assumed she had emigrated and had given up hope of hearing anything of her, much to our sadness. As you may know, she had been regarded as a member of the family, and had been in my grandfather's employ since she was a teenager.

She was a sweet-natured person, and we had all taken her so much to our hearts. My grandmother had run that home so efficiently and died so suddenly, Grandpa was completely lost without her, and then Daisy arrived, and took over so smoothly. He thought of her as another of his grandchildren, and she was so fond of him - always described him as "a thorough gentleman" - which he was.

I hoped that you would tell me a lot more about Jhargram - some of our happiest holidays were spent there. You would know what has happened to our old house - next door to "Ash-Flo" your grandparents home. Our house was called "Hazel Villa" and my grandmother had a rather lovely garden, all designed herself, a beautiful pineapple grove, and an abundance of fruit trees. It was a well-maintained home up to the time Aunt Phyllis née Green sold it. We know nothing about it after that.

The neighbours were mostly retirees from Calcutta - the Bosworths, Staples, Franz, Sillias, McCarthys, Millers came later on, Martins (he used to bake bread - delicious), Barbers, Mrs. Farrow, and we - the Cramptons - owned the little house opposite "Hazel Villa" which Mr.Gough-Gawiar(?) bought. He was married to Gwennie Eden. What happened to Molly (The Jungle Princess, they named her!), the Alfonse family, Barbara, Beryl and Errol, and all the others?

"Ash-flo" was a lovely, well-built house, and your grandfather - or was it great-grandfather, Ashley Eden, was very friendly with our family. He used to get so excited when we arrived in Jhargram for the holidays. He and my father had their own special "jungle call" to one another, and they would keep signalling to each other, much to everyone's amusement.

The parties on my grandfather's patio were the talk of Jhargram - and Kharagpur - all our guests were good friends and we had house-parties which gave so much pleasure to everyone. My father arranged duck-shoots, and all sorts of entertainments for the guests. Your grandfather often participated in the arrangements.

I didn't know the Millers well, they came much later, but I remember that they used to keep an apiary, and we used to walk over early in the morning to get honey for breakfast - wonderful treat!

I hear that JGM has changed beyond recognition - is this true? It used to be such a charming colony - but I suppose it has become very "Indian" - well, it is their country now, so we shouldn't be surprised. And you now have electricity? Gone are the hurricane lamps which had to be lit every evening at a certain time. I could still hear the hiss as each lamp had the petrolmax pumped into it, and the shadows they created around the room - very frightening to a little child. I didn't like the evenings, and even less, the nights. But one did hear the "Night-jar" call out all night long, so one never really felt lonely. But when I was a child, we had panthers and cheetahs roaming around, and hyenas were bold enough to come onto the periphery of a group of casual visitors who were seated out on the verandah, and steal their pet dogs. We had to keep our dogs locked up!

There is so much I would love to have you share with me, and I could add those memories to the WebSite, as I intend to expand to Jhargram and later to Bangalore - all our era.

All the very best to you and your family, and we look forward to hearing from you in the very near future -

With kind regards,

Corinne Baxter née Crampton

From: Douglas Peters

To: Corinne (Courtesy of Geoff and Brenda Naser)

Date: December 06, 2006

Surprise, surprise......!

News from Douglas Peters

I came across your name [Brenda Naser] while enjoying reading 'Kharagpurdiaspora.' Those mid-1940s years sure hold a load of wonderful memories for me as well. If I start, I know I will find it hard to stop.

I accompanied my sister Olive Lennon née Peters on her first trip to KGP in January 1944 and spent three successive summer holidays there. It wouldn't be enough to say they were super memories. Foremost among them are the jam sessions/dances at the Canteen while jiving to the Canteen Cats - what a band! From 1951, when I first arrived in Calcutta, and until 1966 when we emigrated to Canada, I did visit KGP several times.

Some of the names on the WebSite are so familiar. Bubbles Morgan was also a teacher, a very sweet lady and very friendly with my sister. Buddy Deefolts was a super jiver, played tennis with the renowned Hill Brothers etc. The point of this note is to give you Olive's present address [omitted]. because I've seen Corinne inquired after it.

For quite sometime now Olive has been 'threatening' to find someone who has a computer to help her get on the Internet. I phone her to stay in touch because, like thousands of others, I find it much more convenient to e-mail or type letters.

Trust all's well with you and Geoff. All the best. Doug

From: Corinne

Date: February 7, 2007

Worrying News about Rev Arthur Sanford

This note comes from Rev Arthur Sanford's daughter, Connie. Since it has already been broadcast to the scores of his Bible Study correspondents worldwide, we repeat it here for the benefit of our dear readers. Pastor Sanford only recently transferred his membership to the Union Church in Kharagpur, the home of his most fond memories of India in the 1940s and 1950s.

Dad was sent to San Gabriel Hospital this afternoon by the Atherton nurses. He was running a temperature that they couldn't get down. When I talked to the Emergency nurse at the hospital, she said they were going to transfer Dad to Garfield Medical Center, where he would be admitted because he is low on oxygen, and has pnemonia.

I would ask for your prayers for both Dad and Mom. Mom is getting wonderful care from the Atherton staff...both Vicky and I have talked to her this evening [5Feb]. But she is very worried. And, I would imagine, Dad is worried about her!!

I will keep you posted as I learn how things are going..... Connie Travaille

Bulletin from Connie at 9:00 pm her time Wednesday February 7

Thank you, everyone, for the prayers and concern you have sent our way. Dad is in the hospital, and will be, at this time, for a few more days. He is in the CCU [Critical Care Unit], and on oxygen all the time. The doctors are wanting to get his heart rate to slow down, and to treat the pneumonia before releasing him to Atherton's care unit [where he lives]. Dan arrived in LosAngeles, USA this afternoon, and has seen Dad. Now that Dad knows there is someone from the family to be with Mom, I'm sure he will rest better!! He was told of all your e-mails and prayers and, Dan said, was truly appreciative. As we all are.

Meanwhile, at Atherton, the nurses and staff have been wonderful to make sure that Mom [who also lives there] is as comfortable as can be without Dad. We thank them for that, and for their continued attention to how Dad is doing.

Please keep Dad and Mom in your prayers. I will keep you posted as we know more.


Bulletin from Connie at 4:22 pm her time Saturday February 10

Good news! Dan and Vicky called this afternoon after they had seen Dad....and found him looking much better. He is still in CCU [Critical Care Unit], but a room has opened up on a regular floor, so he will be moved this weekend. The doctors say another three or four days in the hospital, and he should be ready to move to Atherton's full nursing care. Mom will be able to visit him when he moves [back] to Atherton, and she is really looking forward to that! He has a lot of recuperation coming, but will be in familiar surroundings, and that will be good.

A recent photo of the Sanfords at Atherton

We all are so grateful for the prayers that have surrounded our folks and the family. We give thanks to God for the many blessings of friendship and concern that you have expressed during this week. Thank you for your continued prayers and concern. I will keep you all posted as to how things are going.


Bulletin from Connie at 8:15 pm her time Tuesday February 13

Dear Friends and Family,

I wanted to let you know that Dad is now back at Atherton. He is in the skilled nursing center, and Mom, Dan and Vicky have visited him several times today. They say that Dad is looking so much better, is eating better, but is still weak and tires easily. I'm sure that being back home will give him a real boost. Dad's length of stay in the skilled nursing center will depend on the pneumonia, and how fast he regains his strength.

Mom, needless to say, is very glad he's back at Atherton!! Dan is going home tomorrow, and Vicky will stay until the end of the week.

Thank you for all your continued prayers and support for the folks as they go through these next few weeks of recuperation.


Bulletin from Connie at 3:28 am her time Thursday February 15

Dear Friends and Family,

Just a quick note....Dad was sent back [from Atherton] to the hospital yesterday. He has some infection and they thought he was needing a blood transfusion. Yesterday the decision was to do some tests and then see what treatment is needed. He is still on oxygen...but much lower amount. Vicky saw him yesterday afternoon and they had a good two hours together. We are hoping this stay in the hospital will be short. Vicky will be there until Monday, so Mom has someone with her still. I'll keep you posted.


Bulletin from Connie at 9:43 am her time Saturday February 17

Dear Friends and Family,

I thought y'all might like an update on Dad. Dan talked with the doctor yesterday, and Vicky saw Dad last night [at the hospital]and talked to the nurse at Garfiled Medical. They gave him a blood transfusion, and Vicky reports he is looking and feeling much better! Said he is bored, and would like to get back to Atherton. The doctors ordered tests, and they want to see the results from those before releasing him. He has been up and doing some walking. The pneumonia seems to be coming under control. Things are looking much better than they were a couple of days ago!! Vicky will be there this week with the folks, I am going to LA next Saturday for a week, and Dan will be back to LA on the Friday before I go home. So the folks will have one of us there for the next three weeks. We're glad we can do this, thinking that Dad will be able to concentrate on recouping knowing someone is there to be with Mom too. Thank you all for your prayers and concern. This prayer blanket has been a blessing for us all.


Bulletin from Connie at 7:19 pm her time Friday February 23

Dear Friends and Family,

Just a quick note to update you all on Dad's progress....and it is progress! He is back in Atherton's skilled nursing center, and doing really well. He told me yesterday on the phone that the physical therapist is having him walk the halls, and it feels good to be up. Vicky has been there all this past week, so she has taken Mom up to see Dad several times a day. That's been wonderful for both of them. I am flying to LA tomorrow and will stay a week. Dan will be there next weekend, and stay a week. We are hoping Dad will be able to move back to his apartment while one of us is there to help. So while he thinks progress is slow, we all are very glad to see him a little better each day!! Your prayer support has been such a blessing. Thank you all!


Mentioned in Dispatches - Updated

There were 482 Names last time we counted (up to 25 August 2006).
There are now 809 discrete Names (up to 19 February 2007) mentioned in the correspondence as known in the Kharagpur community during the 1940s and early 1950s.

Most of our readers who remember their beginnings in Kharagpur are now in their retirement years, but a few of them are InterNet-savvy enough to appreciate what they read here and do respond. They have nothing but fond, but fading, memories of the Kharagpur of the late 1940s and early 1950s.They are nevertheless willing to share them with us to our combined delight.

Then there are their younger InterNet-savvy relatives who can recognise their family connections here, and can alert their older brethren to our WebSite, bless them. We would like to encourage that younger generation to intercede for us to capture from their seniors anything that may be left of their memories of Kharagpur, while they may.

Our wholehearted challenge to them is to capture from their seniors via script, tape, or annotated old photo, any anecdotes describing life as it was in the old Kharagpur whilst there is yet time to do so.

This Kharagpur of our fond memories was, in our minds, a dream community living during the fading fourth decade of the 20th Century British Raj in an area of only one-and-a-half square miles. It was founded by brilliant British notables in 1904, and implemented south of the tracks, comprising mainly detached and semi-detached houses mixed in with just a few institutional buildings like the Institute, the Apprentices’ College, and the Hospital.

Now that we have resurrected the names of those inhabiting the Kharagpur of our childhood, (and there cannot possibly be many more left unidentified) let us now try to capture what may be left of them in our fading memories to give those names some substance, and those old fond "ghosts" some animation. Stories about them are the only way to give them any liveliness.

The names of these dear people have now been resurrected in our memories; so please help give them life. I have tried to eliminate all duplications, and this means that the names you will see are those by which they were known in that distant era. Married names have, according to my fallible lights, been eliminated if they were not known at that time.


George Alveyn Clifford Ambrose Connie Ambrose Anne Andrews
Ben Andrews Bertie Andrews Margaret Andrews Olive Andrews
Ralph Andrews Mr Anner Mrs Anner Pearce Anner
Nesta Anthony Neville Antioch Joan Ashe Norma Ashe
Phyllis Ashe Rona Ashe Sam Ashe Clair Aviette
Denzil Baker Matron-Alvina Baker Noel Baker Terence Baker
Frank Balchandami Frank Bannister Ronnie Baptist Dorothy Baptiste
Eileen Baptiste Joyce Baptiste Douglas Baracliffe Rita Baracliffe
Vincent Baracliffe Family Barber Douglas Barracliffe June Barren
Douglas Barret Kate Bell Mr Benjamin Albrecht(Adeline) Blythe-Perrett
Sheila Blythe-Perrett Jackie Boland Family Bosworth Cynthia Bourne
David Bourne Freddy Bourne Johnny Bourne Noella Bourne
Christopher Bowden Arlene Bowman Norman Bowman Astrid Braganza
Charles Brendish Hazel Brendish Keith Brendish Barry Brewster
Brenda Brewster Freda Brewster Gillian Brewster Louisa Brewster
Una Brewster "Baby" Brinkhurst "Girlie" Brinkhurst Edwin Brooks
George Brooks "Billie" Brown Andrew Brown Bertie Brown
Blanche Brown Bunty Brown Elizabeth Brown Family Brown
Geoffry Brown Jean Brown John Brown Lewin Brown
Marjorie Brown Robin Brown Cleone Browne Rev Brush
RevRupert Bunten Dudley Bunyan George Bunyan Mavis Bunyan
Trevor Bunyan Jean Burke Peter Burke Wendy Burns
Peter Butler Ren‚e Butler Violet Butler Shelia Calahan
Barbara Campbell Rita Campos Vasco Campos Dick Carr
Dorothy Carrol Priscilla Carrol. Philip Carroll Daisey Carstairs
Brenda Carter Duncan Carter Edward Carter Frederick Carter
Kathleen Carter Kathrine Carter Leonard Carter Reggie Carter
Eddie Carville Miss Caster Lindy Caszo Rev.Derrick Catley
Raymond Cecil Doris Chapman Roly Chapman Sonna Chapman
Daphne Clarke Christie Clegg Dolly Clegg Eva Clegg
HildaGrace Clegg HildaLouiseAnn Clegg Gloria Clements Owen Clements
"Sweetie"Anne Colquhoun Alice Conway Wally Conway Wally Conway
Family Cooper Jane Copcutt Dorothy Corks Horace Corks
Kathleen Corks Vernon Corks Collin Cox Dorothy Cox
Evelyn Cox Freddie Cox Norma Cox Althea Crampton
Corinne Crampton Ernest Crampton Eyleen Crampton Hope Crampton
Jill Crampton David Cranns Gordon Cranns Andrew Curtiss
Dick D'Costa Barbara D'Cruz Dudley D'Cruz Dick D'Cruze
AustinPeter D'sena Nelson D'sena Laurence D'Souza Norma Dalby
Annie Dandapat Raja Dandapat Bill Daranjo Douglas Daranjo
Clive DaSilva Ann Davenport Colin Davenport Joan Davenport
Patrick Davenport Eleanor Davey George Davey Joseph Davey
Otto Davey Sam Davey Stareena Davey "Dinky" David
"Lambe" David Bill David Colleen David George David
Stanley David Family Davies Rex Dawson Daphne Dean
Harold Dean Eugene deCruz Hilda deCruz Philo deCruz
Vivian deCruz Mike deDombal Buddy Defholts Neville Deranjo
Margorie Desmayer Family deSouza Amrit Dogra Kulwant Dogra
Mr Dubour George Dunkelberg Ray Dunkleberg Principal Eccleston
AlexR Eden Ashley Eden Daisey Eden Gwennie Eden
Carlyle Edwards Frank Edwards HildaLouiseAnn Edwards James Edwards
John Edwards PenelopeAnn Edwards Billy Enright John Enright
Rex Evans Doris Everett "Pondie" Faloon Andr‚ Faloon
Mrs Farrow Agnes Fernandez Grace Fernandez Leo Fernandez
Duggie Ferns Winnie Fink Julian Finnimore Keith Finnimore
Peter Finnimore Darrel Fitzpatrick Phillip Flanagan Rona Footman
Family Foxen Lesley Foxley Marie Francis Family Franz
Stanley Frederick Barbara Freegrade Frank Freegrade Grace Freegrade
Marion Freegrade Family Freeze LouisaJane Fullam Adrian Gambin
Colleen Gambin Daphne Gasper Dorothy Gasper Ed Gasper
Ollie(Estelle) Gasper Darell Gaudin Inez Gaudin Marina Gaudine
Family Gaudoin Ruby George Gordon Gill Jennifer Gill
Neville Gill Priscilla Gill RobertClarence Gill Rodney Gill
TeresaMerci Gill Mavis"Bobby" Gilmore Alice Gilson Bill Gilson
John Gilson Mavis Glewis Mr Goldsworthy Teacher Gomes
Bernie Goodwin Eric Gordon Mr Gough-Gawiar Owen Graham
Teacher Greatorix "Boysie" Green Alan Green Barbara Green
Daphne Green Derek Green Eyleen Green George Green
Gerry Green Gloria Green Joan Green Michael Green
Millie Green Phyllis Green Sheila Green Vivienne Green
William Green Maureen Greenwood Sylvia Greenwood Inez Gudoine
Majorie Gudoine Austin Gunther Elaine Gunther Carmen Hall
Gene Hall George Hall Les Hall Nora Hall
Val Hall Beryl Halyburton Conrad Halyburton Delphine Halyburton
Francis Halyburton Glenn Halyburton Marlene Halyburton Barbara Hamilton
Bill Hamilton Henry Hamilton John Hamilton Mary Hamilton
Peter Hamilton Kathleen Haney Charles Harbin Jimmy Harbin
Joyce Harbin Rankin Harbin Lynette Hare Penny Harrison
Eric Hartley Rona Hatherall Len Hatton Leonora Haudin
Mrs Hedge Althea Heldt Austin Heldt Carl Heldt
Daphne Heldt Derek Heldt Douglas Heldt Inez Heldt
June Heldt Kate Heldt Mavis Heldt Randolph Heldt
Desmond Hendricks Garry Hendricks Hilda Hendricks June Hendricks
Maureen Hendricks MavisBird Hendricks Millicent Hendricks Muffet Hendricks
Norma Hendricks Raymond Hendricks Sydney Hendricks Dorothy Hester
Blanche Hill Douglas Hill Kevin Hill Maurice Hill
George Hillier Phyllis Hillier Adele Hilton ApprCaretaker Hoare
Desiree Hoare Aileen Hogermeer Bert Hogermeer Daphne Hogermeer
Derrick Hogermeer Maureen Hogermeer Thelma Hogermeer Hilary Homer
Family Hooken Ernest Hope Blanch Houghtin Reggie Houghtin
Dorothy Houghton "Booboo"Walter Howe ConstanceWinifred Howe Cuckoo Howe
John Howe Zoe Hubbard Thelma Hughes "Bunny" Hustin
Dora Ince Ena Ince Eric Ince Marion Ince
Patricia Ince Peter Ince Archie Ireland Audrey Ireland
Clemy Ireland Patsy Ireland Daphne Irwin May Isham
Ted Isham Carol Jackson George Jackson Maud Jackson
Maureen Jackson Ronnie Jackson Ada James Alwyn James
Norma James "Dunnie" Jansen Isabel Jansen Sandra Jeffery
Barbara Jenkins Brian Jenkins Desmond Jenkins Pamela Jenkins
Vijay John Derek Johnson Ian Johnson Ronny Johnson
Blossom Johnstone Bruce Johnstone Clare Johnstone Ernest Johnstone
Stanley Johnstone Daphne Jones Frederick Jones Jeannie Jones
Alwyn Jordan Geoff Jordan Denzil Jordon Helen Jordon
Vivian Jordon Gladys Joseph Mrs Kappole Eddo Keith
Ann Kelly Gertie Kelly Noel Kelly Peter Kelly
Brenda Kidd Christopher Kidd Lionel Kidd Shirley Kimber
Denzil Koppole Gladys Koppole Victor Koppole Budda Langford
Bobby Lawrence Edwina"Chicken" Lawrence Gordon Lawrence Zoe Lawrence
DrMartin Leake Colleen Lee Edna Lee Joan Lee
Margaret Lee Dick Lennon Olive Lennon Nurse Lewis
Nancy Loader Family Lobo Brian Lovery Carlyle Lovery
Kay Lovery Penny Lovery Peter Lovery Raymond Lovery
Principal Lowery Tiddley Lyons Don MacFarlane Dorothy MacFarlane
Doug MacFarlane Sadie MacFarlane Ailsa Madeira Bernice Madeira
Icy Madeira Ivan Madeira Lillian Madeira Loreen Madeira
Stacy Madeira Vernon Madeira Margorie Magry PatriciaToots Mahoney
Shamrock Mahoney Ann Maile George Major Anne Male
Pat Malick Christopher Malins CyrilKeith Malins DorothyHesther Malins
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