Bootle Memories: Hood Street

Photographs kindly donated by Barbara Hale

If anyone has any photos of Bootle memories or photos from other areas in Liverpool that they would like to scan and send for inclusion on my site

 Please contact me at caryl487@btinternet.com

Barbara is willing to share much more of the family history with anyone who is interested.

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Barbara's mum, Bessie Edwards (later Currie) was born born 27 June 1917  at 4 Hood street Bootle, the daughter of Bess Edwards (nee Cowley)  and Richard.Edwards, a soldier in the Tyneside Scottish Northumberland Fusiliers who was killed in action in France April 9th 1917. Bessie had two sisters Ivy born 7 July 1910 and Doris born 7 June 1912. Sadly Bessie's father died before she was born 

From the Commonwealth War Graves Debt of Honour

Initials: R
Nationality: United Kingdom
Rank: Private
Regiment/Service: Northumberland Fusiliers
Unit Text: 23rd (Tyneside Scottish) Bn.
Date of Death: 09/04/1917
Service No: 47678
Casualty Type: Commonwealth War Dead
Grave/Memorial Reference: II. C. 2.

 Richard Edward's grave in Roclincourt cemetery France


Hood street Bootle circa 1920's. Left to right : unknown child Violet.  Ivy Edwards, Doris Edwards and the small child centre is Bessie Edwards.
Violet was a friend of Ivy Edwards so they may have met at either Salisbury Road school or Gray Street School or was just a child from the neighbourhood

As a young child Bessie Edwards attended Salisbury Rd School Bootle. Group photo of the school is on this page



Hood Street Bootle circa 1920's


St Leonards Sunday Procession in Bibby's Lane Bootle circa 1927. Bessie Edwards with the cross above her head, she is walking alongside Doris Reece



 Doris Reece and Bessie in the back yard in Hood Street, wearing Concert frocks 1929


Hood street Bootle circa 1930: Names on back of photo, not in order are "Mrs Nixon, noreen, then either a Jenny, Terry or Jerry, Lizzie,I cant read the next name, Ivy Jones nee Edwards who is the mother of Beryl Jones..  Mrs Edwards Ivy's mother and my grandmother - and Teresa.
Ivy Jones is the first person on the right back row and Mrs Edwards is second person on left middle row".


Bootle May Day 1926

Rushworths and Drapers Music lessons 1930. Doris Reece 4th from right, Bessie Edwards (Barbara's mum) 3rd from left, Alf Parry, the boy on the piano



This was attached to the above photo


 When Bessie Edwards was 14 she started work in Johnsons Cleaners Bootle On the back of the photo it says "Johnsons days"




Bessie Edwards school report  Gray Street Senior School 1929 and a report from Linacre Evening Institute 1932



Bessie Edwards and other Bootle girls went on holiday to Penmaenmawr in 1931 and stayed at this holiday bungalow


Bootle Girls on holiday in 1931 taken outside their holiday bungalow in Penmaenmawr

On holiday in Penmaenmawr


In 1936  Bessie Edwards had surgery and was sent to the Merseyside Hostel Hoylake to convalesce


Bessie Edwards went to work in Vernons Pools in the 1930's There are some photos of Bessie with other "Vernon's Girls" on this page



I've put the residents of Hood Street Bootle from the 1938 & 1947 Kelly's Directories of Liverpool 1938 & 1947 on this page



On July 22nd 1941 at St John and St James Church Bessie Edwards married L/Cpl John F Currie (Liverpool Sottish), only son of the late Mr and Mrs Wm Currie , late of Bootle


John Currie was a soldier in B Company 2nd Battalion Liverpool Scottish. There is a regimental group photo of his battalion on this page



During WW2 Bessie worked in the Postal and Telegraph Censorship Department in Aintree


After the war, John Currie worked in Bootle Employment Exchange. 

The photo above was taken on a Minstry of Labour outing to Morecambe on the 9th August 1947.

Bootle and also possibly Crosby Employment Exchange employees

The photo below was taken on the same day. John and Bessie Currie (nee Edwards) are the couple in the front row by the horse and carriage.  

 John Francis Currie was at this time employed at Bootle EE, he went on to work as a DRO (disabled resettlement officer) based at Renshaw Hall Renshaw Street Liverpool 1.  Took over the Professional & Executive register at Leece Street Liverpool 1.  Then became manager of the job centre at Old Swan, later St Helens and finally retired as the district manager responsible for all the job centres on Merseyside, Wirral and out to and including Chester.

Bootle May Queen Beryl Jones (Ivy's daughter, Bessie's neice) circa 1947