Doris Gardiner (nee Catlow) was born in 1919, the eldest of 4 children on a farm off Stoneygate Lane, Ribchester. (near Preston)
She studied at Blakey Moor Girls School and Blackburn College in 1936 –37 and at from 1937-1938 at St.Katherine's Teaching College Liverpool.
From 1938-44 she taught Arts, Drama, English, Maths and History at Freckleton Holy Trinity Primary School, and had lodgings with Mr and Mrs Lonsdale on Kirkham Road.
Doris became engaged to David, an Airman from Dingwall in Scotland, who was billeted in Blackpool for RAF training, prior to being posted to India and Burma to fight the Japanese.
In August 1944, Doris left Freckleton to teach at Intack Primary School in Blackburn so that she could also look after her mother in nearby Ribchester. 2 weeks later, an American warplane crashed into the village of Freckleton, killing 38 schoolchildren, (many of whom had been taught by Doris) and 23 adults. It was the worst civilian disaster of WW2 in Britain (outside London). Doris returned to lead the mass funeral procession through the village.
David read about the disaster in a newspaper whilst in Calcutta. He did not know whether Doris was alive or dead, until six weeks later when he received a letter from Doris telling him that she was alive.
After the war they were reunited and married on St. Valentines Day in 1946. They moved to Glasgow and had 2 children, Iain and Fraser. Iain tragically died from an Asthma attack aged just 14 in 1964. They later adopted a daughter, Hazel.
They then managed an independent junior school, Park Lodge in Helensburgh (next to the former home of John Logie-Baird, the inventor of the Television.)
Upon retiring in 1976 they moved to Lytham-st-Annes, where they became elders of the White Church in Fairhaven.
After their deaths; David in 2008 aged 93 and Doris in 2010 aged 91, their surviving son Fraser discovered a collection of letters between David and Doris, along with photographs, newspaper cuttings and other 'memorabilia'. It is through these 'memories' that their story has emerged, and Fraser is now in the process of researching further in order to produce a book about his family’s life.
Fraser would like to hear from anyone who knew or has memories of Doris, David or their family, from any period of their life.
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Does anyone know what happened to Brenda Ashcroft?
My name is Ruth Lupton and I live in New Zealand. I'm wanting to find the two daughters of my mother's cousin (and school teacher) the late Ronald Dunn. Their names are Pamela (born c1956) and Meriel (born c 1961). I last saw them in 1975 with their mother Marjorie when I visited their home in Cedar Avenue, Warton Garden Estate, Warton nr Preston. I'd really like to now where they are now.
Edna Wilkinson (nee Jones) who now lives in Manchester, has been making enquiries about an old school friend, Brenda Ashcroft (maiden name). Living in Freckleton in 1957. Had a brother - may be called Brian. Went to Derby School, Preston. Lived on a farm/smallholding.
John Callaghan wishes to thank those who emailed him to provide information about a house, with orchard and grounds, which was situated near to the western end of the BAE Systems runway. If you would like to see what he found <click here>
My name is Ian Gillespie and I live in Belfast. I'm hoping to gather information I need for a piece of Archaeological research I am conducting.
I am trying to find information about the late Oonagh Lewers Matthews (1904 - 2000). She may have been a Doctor in Freckelton although she returned to live in Northern ireland before she died. Her parents were Thomas and Lucy, Thomas was originally from Annahilt in Co. Down Northern Ireland, he died in 1935 and is buried in Freckleton (? Church of England).
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