Co-operative store 1919
Tony Lintern, known to many of you as ‘Snowy’ has raided his family album to provide us with this week’s page. The main picture above shows his father Eric, third from the left, outside Rugby Co-operative Society stores on the corner of Craven Road and Murray Road. He would have been an apprentice at the time, so Snowy thinks it was taken in about 1919. Eric went on to manage the Co-op at Kilsby for over 20 years .
Eric and his brothers, Jack and Wilfred lived with their parents at The Elms at Clifton upon Dunsmore, when there would have been a cottage joined onto the big house of that name, today. Jack, below, was a delivery driver for fruit and potato merchants E Sidwell of Leamington. Snowy thinks the picture of Jack would have been taken about 1920. The solid tyres on his lorry wouldn’t make it a very comfortable ride.
The third brother, Snowy’s uncle Wilfred, was a bugler in the Rifle Brigade in the First World War and was killed in action in 1917.
The picture shows Wilfred as a 13-year-old in about 1908, dressed up as Alwyn, Sheriff of Warwick, at Clifton pageant.
And the other picture shows him a few years later, smart in his army uniform with his bugle hanging around his neck.