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Celebrating VE Day in Swindon in 1945

The children wanted to learn a little more about VE Day in 1945. Of course we turned to my mum who was born during the Second World War. She remembered that school was closed that day and there was a huge street party all along their street in Swindon (Whiteman Street in Gorse Hill). I dug out some photos from 8th May 1945.

My Nan was amazing at whipping up new outfits and made a Little Bo Peep outfit for my mum.

1945 VE Day costume

Whilst my Auntie went to her VE Day party as Daddy Down Dilly.

VE Day outfit

I also found this photo of my Nan holding my Auntie, sitting between one of her sisters and her own Mother. It looks like there were a lot of sandwiches and cups of teas back in 1945.

VE Day street party Swindon

1915 Swindon Voters list

I found this interesting record thanks to my free trial on The Genealogist website. I have very few records post the 1911 census so was excited to see Alfred Benjamin Hacker listed as the resident of 1 Whiteman’s Street, Swindon in the 1915 Swindon Voters list.

street directory

Although he died in 1935 his wife Elizabeth Hacker lived in the house until the late 1950s when she moved to a council house in Portal Road with one of her daughters and her family.

Wedding Wednesday – Winchcombe/Day 1945

This is a lovely tinted photograph of William (Bill) Winchcombe and Frances Day on their wedding day 25th August 1945. He was the younger brother of my grandfather, Robert Winchcombe.


I presume this was taken at St Barnabus Church, Swindon.

How to scan old photographs

Recently my mum has been helping her cousin identify some old photographs. I inherited lots of photographs from my maternal grandparents and luckily they went through a lot of them with me when they were still alive.

I have three new photographs to add to my collection. Unfortunately they’ve been scanned to a very small size but it’s nice to have them.

KeithHacker1956Keith Hacker’s wedding, 1960s

LesHackerLes Hacker’s wedding

front row, third left, Nanny Hacker, Auntie Bid, Kath Winchcombe, bride and groom, Auntie Dor, Auntie Else. Middle row – 3rd left, Grampy Hacker, Uncle Chip just behind him, miss 3, then Uncle Cecil, Auntie Connie, Uncle Reg. This must have been taken before 1935, as Grampy and Uncle Cecil died that year from TB. The whole surviving family (4 boys, 4 girls) of the 10 children Nanny had, are on this photo.

Auntie Dor’s wedding

Winchcombe, Robert Charles (1876-1956)

Born in 1876 at Canney Cottages, Chiseldon, Wilts (one cottage out of four)

1881 Census, age 5, scholar, living at Draycott Foliatt, Wiltshire

1891 Census – age 15, agricultural labourer, living at Draycott Foliatt, Wiltshire

1901  Census, age 24, General Labourer at Railway Works. Single.                                     Boarder at 40 Haydon Street, Swindon.

1911 Census, age 34, general labourer, Locomotive Department Railway Company, living in Chiseldon, Swindon

1915 married Florence Lawrence at St Paul’s Church (now demolished), Swindon

Date of death: 1956

Worked for Great Western Railway, Swindon, as a Storekeeper.