week we ran a report asking for help tracking
down a 1st World War Memorial to a Postman from Southport. After an extensive
search for information we have managed to get the information our reader
Peter Roberts contacted us about his grandfather, Robert Johnson, who was a
postman in Southport, before he enlisted in June 1916. After he went through
training he was placed with the Royal Garrison Artillery, Siege Battery, known
as:- "the big guns," which stayed behind the front lines pounding
the enemy. Conditions for them were grim and as a result he sadly died, on 25
March 1917. He was buried in a War Graves Cemetery in Northern France. As it was
the 100th Centenary of his death, Peter decided to find out more about his
Peter discovered out that before the war, Robert had lived on Railway Street,
Southport and had left behind his wife, Janet and 5 children, upon his death.
Peter then found out that unfortunately his wife soon after died, leaving the
children orphans. Thanks to Chris Baker, at Fourteen-Eighteen
Research, the WW1 British Army records
research and advisory services; Peter managed to obtain some of his Army
records, that included his photo, Enlistment Form and Cemetery Register. Some
records were lost in World War 2 bombing, so this made him want to find out
more… He found out that a WW1 memorial to Robert was located within St Pauls
Church of England Church, but it had been relocated to the main Southport Post
Office. However that to had closed and the trail became cold. Peter then
contacted us with the hopes of locating the memorial, saying that: - "It
would be greatly appreciated by the Johnson family and particularly the
surviving grandchildren to know more."
Armed with the information he had sent us we
took on the task to track down more information, to see what happened to the
plaque following the closure of the Crown Counters Building, on Lord Street.
With the help of Royal Mail's Julie Pirone, we have discovered that the memorial
does indeed still exist and is now located within the Customer Enquiry Office,
in the new Southport Delivery Office.
Spokesperson for Royal Mail, Julie Pirone, said: - "The Royal Mail has an
online database of around 250 war memorials that are in its care, commemorating
those who served in the wars. Many of the company's memorials were established
after the wars, and feature the names of postal staff who fought for their
country. We are proud to continue to mark the dedication of our fallen former
employees. Many of these war memorials are in areas to which the public has
access, such as the Reception Areas within a Delivery Office."
Julie Pirone has also kindly sent us these
photographs of the memorial that shows Mr Johnson is named on it.
It is worth noting that the Royal Mail
database can be seen
online. The website provides searchable
information about each individual memorial. Members of the public wishing to
visit other memorials can contact sites directly, to see if special arrangements
can be made.
A special Remembrance Service is usually held annually for each memorial, at
around 11 November.
But we can also say that we have now got more information coming in about Robert
Johnson that we are going to pass on to Peter along with the photos kindly sent
to us by Julie Pirone.
If you have any information about Robert Johnson or if you want information
about your relatives from Merseyside area, who were lost in WW1, please do let
us know, via emailing us to:-
News24@SouthportReporter.com. We will do our
best to pass on contacts that will help you find out more about your relative.
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24% of singles believe they
will never be financially secure enough to retire
WITH the constantly rising costs of
living, it is clear that many Brits are concerned about how they will ever be
financially secure enough to retire. Peer to peer lending platform Lending Works
surveyed over 1,500 non retired adults in the UK (YouGov), whose results you can
see on their info graphic, and made some concerning discoveries.
There is clearly more of a worry amongst single adults that they will never be
in a financial position to be able to retire. 24% of single adults said they
believe they would never be in a secure enough position to finish work, compared
to 19% of those who are married or living with their partner. On top of this,
40% of those who were not in relationship said that they are currently unable to
put any money aside each month for their future, compared to 29% of those in
long term relationships, (married or co-habiting).
Aside from relationship status, the figures show that overall, 1 in 5 of those
who aren't yet retired; 22% gloomily believe that they'll never be financially
secure enough to retire. This suggests they have visions of working until they
drop, as they won't be able to afford to stop earning money. This pessimistic
view is highest in the 35 to 44 year old category, with 25% of them not seeing
themselves as ever being financially secure enough to retire, although only 17%
of 18 to 24 year olds, who technically have more time to start saving, agree.
And countrywide, the outlook is bleakest in the West Midlands (27%), perhaps due
to relatively high unemployment, compared to only 19% in London, where there
are, theoretically, more jobs.
The main reason, of course, that we can't see ourselves retiring is because we
can't afford to. Over a third of non retired adults; 34% don't save a single
penny towards retirement each month. Let's face it, it could be that when you've
got bills and rent to pay, you're trying to feed yourself and your family,
you've got to pay for your transport to work and you also want to have a social
life, sparing a few pence, or pounds, for the future tends to slip far down the
priority list… And women are guiltier of this than men, with 41% of non retired
females not saving towards retirement, compared to 26% of men.
So who does manage to put a few pennies away for a rainy day? Interestingly, the
survey found a correlation between retirement saving and choice of social media.
Over half of people who use LinkedIn; which, let's face it, is a career focused
network aimed at higher earning professionals; contribute 3% of their salary or
more to their pension pot each month. This drops to 32% for those who use
Facebook and Twitter; who, perhaps, tend to be younger and not as well
established yet in their careers; and 29% for those who use Google+.
"It's clear from this research that many Brits are quite pessimistic when it
comes to the future. It is also particularly concerning to see how many people
aren't planning adequately for their retirement, although it is perhaps somewhat
understandable given the slow economic recovery and poor returns on savings
currently available. But with a growing number of alternatives to the
established avenues for saving, there are still many ways in which consumers can
get on top of things, and thus leave themselves in good shape by the time they
reach traditional retirement age." commented Nick Harding, CEO and
co-founder of Lending
Please note that all figures, unless
otherwise stated, are from YouGov Plc. Total sample size was 2086 adults (1577
non retired). The survey was carried out online. The figures have been weighted
and are representative of all UK adults (aged 18+).
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