Stillington -Pre 1960

 Stillington History in Pictures - Pre 1960 

 World War 2 over Stillington, 

remembered well by David Kennedy

History in Pictures Slide Show

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Sir Anthony Carlisle

On March 21st 2015 a blue plaque was unveiled in Stillington. The plaque is to commemorate Sir Anthony Carlisle who was born in Old Stillington in 1768.  Sir Anthony was a innovative doctor who co-discovered electrolysis, was a founding member of the Royal College of Surgeons and had Royal Appointments, firstly to the Duke of Gloucester and then to King George IV.  As well as his medical work it is believed that he wrote gorily gothic novels under the pseudonym Mrs Carver. One of these books, The Horrors of Oakendale Abbey, was about body snatching. It is also possible that he may have been the inspiration for Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein.   
Richard Spencer, head of science at Middlesbrough College made a short speech.                              
The plaque was installed as part of the Biology: Changing the World project. This project is funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund and Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council. It is about celebrating the ‘unsung heroes’ of biology and those who have made a significant contribution to the world through their biological discoveries, as well as inspiring biologists of the future.  More information is on the BCW website at http://biologyheritage.societyofbiology.org/bcw

 

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Industry 

Housing 

Village Life 

Village People 

Stillington Football

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Development of village 

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Whitley Bomber Crash - Seaton Hills Oct 1941 - From Northern Echo Mon 20th July 2015 - Reporter Chris Webber

A SON of an RAF flight sergeant made an emotional journey to the exact spot where his father's plane crashed in the Second World War.

Colin Whitehorn explained that his father, Rowland, survived the accident in 1941 but was not able to fly again in the war and his burns were so bad he became one of the original 'guinea pigs' to be treated by pioneering plastic surgeon Sir Archibald McIndoe.

His father only very rarely talked about the crash at a field between Thorpe Thewles and Stillington, near Stockton, and Mr Whitehorn, of Hemel Hempstead, near Watford, only began investigating the accident in later life.

Also visiting the scene earlier today (Sunday) was David Kennedy, of Stillington, who remembered seeing the burnt out Whitley plane as an 11-year-old child, along with his cousin, Denise Whitehorn, who lives at North Skelton, east Cleveland, and local amateur historians.

Mr Whitehorn, born in 1946, said his accountant father was "my hero" who had been on bombing missions to Germany but later suffered taunts in his working life due to his burns and plastic surgery.

On the night of Thursday, October 16 1941 the Whitley bomber, based at Middleton St George, now Durham Tees Valley Airport, had been on circuit training exercises and but one engine failed early on. Later it is thought a second engine failed and the pilot, Bertram Owen-Smith, decided to try and land the plane, however it lurched leftwards, possibly after hitting a tree, and crashed to ground. A severed tree can still be found at the scene as can the beck which the men used to douse themselves as the plane, which was fully fuelled, took fire. A local doctor came to the scene and administered brandy and used up his supply of bandages.

Three of the four-man crew were badly burned, including Rowland Whitehorn, who was known as Freddie to his comrades and was 21 at the time. Also hurt was Bertram Owen-Smith and navigator, Sergeant Gerry Dufort, who is still alive. The fourth man, Sergeant Thomas Lloyd Kidd, an air gunner in the rear turret, was not seriously hurt.

Rowland Whitehorn, who died in 2007, was described by his son as a quiet man. He spent two-and-a-half years in hospital after the crash but kept in touch with other 'McIndoe guinea pigs' for the rest of his life. Mr Whitehorn remembered his father only once more flying a plane when he was an air cadet.The retired driver said: "There's wasn't the same kind of information technology when I was younger and it was harder to research but I am glad I have. It was a bit emotional to see where it actually happened. My father was really my hero all my life

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 Wm. Cassidi School 1951

Back row L TO R    
John Tinkler, Billy Fletcher, Peter Watt, Norman Cutler, Gordon Thompson, Dennis Thurston, Barry Gell, Terry Wells, Peter Swales, Bobby Glass, Joe Wells.
Middle row L TO R  
Mel Stephens, Keith Sammy, ?,  Linda Donaghy, Margret Wilson, Sheila Rodham, Val Britton, Greta Johnson, Peter Jackson, Robin Hardy, Trevor Norman.
Front row L TO R    
Elizabeth Tingle, Verda Hopps, Audrey Wells, Frances Charlton, Audrey Bell, Jean Millward, Yvonne Parker, Ann Featherstone, May Baldwin, Val Donaghy, Ann Farley, Linda Mortimore    
Photo and details kindly supplied by Terry Wells
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Left to right

1 Bob Johnstone, 2 Frank Walkington, 3 Bill Gaffeny, 4 Albert Horner, 5 Ronnie King ,6 Jack Lockey, 7 Tommy Little, 8 don't know, 9 Bob Crosby, 10 don't know,11 Harold Wilks, 12 Vince Laverick, 13 don't know, 14 Jim Glass, 15 Jackson Wilson, 16 Ken Wilkinson, 17 Mick Hall, 18 Les Stanley, 19 Tommy Henderson, 20 Sid Featherstone, 21 don't know, 22 Wilf Wilkinson, 23 don't know.

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