Lesleigh Kardolus wishes to share with us a beautiful set of photos depicting her Coventry ancestry, who all contributed proudly towards Britain's effort in the First World War....
y grandfather James Moulder was born at 19 Drapers Fields in 1895. His father, James senior, was employed by the Daimler Motor Company at Motor Mills. He was sent to South Africa in 1903 with the first Daimler Motor cars. One was for Sir George Farrar (from Bedford), a wealthy landlord who had made a fortune on the Gold Mines.
James Moulder (right), taken 1916. James joined the Transvaal Scottish - this regiment suffered severe losses at the battle of Delville Wood.
Unfortunately tragedy struck the Moulder family as James senior's wife Maryann died within months of arriving in Johannesburg, leaving James senior with four children - my grandfather James, then aged eight, his sister Dora aged ten, his brother George aged four and sister Rose aged two. James senior decided to send the girls back to Coventry to Maryann's parents Thomas & Sarah Rose, who lived at 7 Ordnance Road.
(See the beautiful portraits of Dora and Rose below)
George Moulder (left), taken 1917. George faked his age in 1915 saying he was 18 but was only 15 and joined up - gave hs brother the fright of his life when they met up in France!
My grandfather and his brother, George, were only reunited with their sisters when they both signed up to fight in WWI. Rose and Dora were both working at the Ordnance Works during that period.
When the war ended my grandfather and his brother returned to South Africa and over the years lost touch with their sisters, so by the time I was born (1961) no one in the family knew what had become of Rose & Dora. From a very early age I was fascinated with the story and made it my quest to find out what happened to them. I eventually found out that Rose emmigrated to Canada in 1925 - I then came to a dead-end. Dora married Henry Day in 1920 and died in 1955, sadly leaving no children.
On the right is Alice Ann Rose (Harris), taken abt 1925 outside 7 Ordnance Road, home of her parents Thomas & Sarah Rose. Alice was the younger sister of Maryann Rose (Moulder) who was mother of James, George, Dora & Rose.
It was only during the war that James and George spent time in Coventry and got to know their sisters again and their maternal grandparents, Thomas & Sarah Rose. They would return to South Africa and eventually lose touch and never see them again.
My Uncle George returned to Coventry in 1965 but because of the damage sustained during the Blitz and the rebuild of Coventry - he wasn't able to find familiar places or any family members.
And now for the bonus photographs! Clicking on each of these will take you to a much larger version - does anyone recognise any members of the cricket team - or have any relatives among the Ordnance Works employees?