... in the beginning
... early years
... senior school days
... Girl Guides
... teenage friends
... the world of work
... getting married
... the Sheffield years
... on to Hertfordshire
... a change of direction
... so where are we now
... other trivial info



In the beginning...

In 1944, Mavis Birtles married Peter Baker in Newcastle-upon-Tyne, England. Both had served in the British Armed Forces during the War; Mavis as a medical secretary in the W.R.A.F., and Peter as a Captain in the Tank Corps of the Army. Their first baby, Michael, was born in January 1946 but died within a few days.

I was born in Yorkshire, England on a Sunday in November 1947 at The Buckingham Nursing Home, Cardigan Road, Headingley, Leeds 6. This was the time of the baby-boom and many other babies would have been born there in November; I know that another baby girl — Mary English — was born at about the same time as me.

Ten days later my parents brought me to my first home in Spring Bank Crescent, Headingley, Leeds 6. Mr. & Mrs. Atkinson lived nearby, as did Mr. & Mrs. Foston and their son Derek.

I was christened at the church of St Michael & All Angels, Headingley on the 28th December 1947 by Rev. J A Littlejohn.

Apart from having whooping cough, not much else happened until about 1952, when we moved to St Anne’s Road, Headingley. It was there, in February 1953, that my brother Paul Anthony Baker was born.

Were you born on the same day as me? I would love to hear from an ‘astrological’ twin. Were you born at the same place as me? Do you have any connection with the Buckingham Nursing Home, St Michael’s Church, Spring Bank Crescent or St Anne’s Road? If so, please e-mail me at sandramidgley1@gmail.com