Can anyone tell me about these awards?
It has been suggested that a question through the Chronicle may be useful to my search so I wonder if you can help.
My grandfather – who was born in and grew up in Odd Down – served in both world wars, and after the 1939-45 conflict received a beautiful certificate: "Presented to William S Moxham by the people of Odd Down, Bath in grateful recognition of services in His Majesty's forces during the World War 1939-1945." (See illustration below.)
The template is well-decorated with hand-drawn images and motifs and is signed "BJM 1945". I have learnt from the Bath Record Office that the artist was Ben Maslen of Bath who carried out a great deal of calligraphy, producing for example illuminated documents for Bath Corporation to give as presentation-pieces.
I am wondering if there are still any other of these Odd Down Second World War certificates around, and indeed, how they were presented to the incumbents?
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My two other areas of interest currently are: 1) Crescent Cottages on Bloomfield Road, which from early 20th century maps seem to encompass the cottages now sitting between Somerdale Avenue and Bloomfield Drive, but on the opposite side of Bloomfield Road.
This area currently comprises a small row of cottages set back (eg including Rock Cottage) and the individual cottages on the road side such as Bloomfield Cottage – all just up from the houses now called Clifton View and Tower House.
My grandfather's family lived at 6 Crescent Cottages around the time of the First World War but I haven't been able to pin down exactly which current cottage it is.
And finally 2) it appears that the current Texaco petrol station on the corner of Oolite Road and Wellsway Road may once have been the Moxham family blacksmith shop. They certainly had one in the area, at which my grandfather was apprenticed as a wheelwright. Does anyone have any memories or photographs in relation to that or any other 'smithy' in Odd Down?
It would be great to hear any news or memories or suggestions in relation to the above whether it be the Moxham family in Odd Down, the blacksmith shop, Crescent Cottages, or the illuminated certificates.
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GLYN MOXHAM Nottinghamshire