Thomas PALING c1860
Anne Paling writes
"My" Thomas was born in
Houghton on the Hill in Leicestershire in 1839, joined the
army as a band boy aged about 14, and went to India and other
strange lands. I am attaching a photo of him, rather faded,
but we think he is in his army uniform. He returned to England
after the Mutiny and joined the railway not long after it was
opened around 1863 lodging in Derby. He met Mary PIDCOCK from
Little Longstone on Longstone Station - lots of reasons to stop
longer in Longstone - and married her in 1865 in St. Giles.
They brought their first 4 children back there to be christened.
Eventually he was Stn Master at Market Bosworth and Nuneaton,
Abbey Street, before retiring to Llandudno after Mary died.
He died in Llandudno in 1923.
Anne Palin writes again:
Thomas PALING, was a guard on this line in 1860s and I am always
interested to see anything that would show me what the line used
to be like. I know the buildings as they are today but had
difficulty in imagining what they looked like when the line was
(See X399 - Author)
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