Born - Cardiff, Wales. 1948. Bred - to 11yrs, Dinas Powis (as it was called when I grew up. 'Very working-class family'. However many of my 'relatives' had done extremely well, through one of Grandad John Inkerman Bowles Brothers. Jacks (J.I.Bowles known as Jack) brother Joseph's enterprise. There were some 7 families (Bowles family) had made the ranks of millionaire and that was a very high achievement back in the 1940s. My name though was Neale and my Dad had married a Josephine Bowles and then settled down to a newlife away from his family who all lived in a foreign country England hundreds of miles, indeed costly miles away. Meanwhile Nan and Gramps Bowles, that is Daisy Bertha Bowles and her wonderful husband Jack (John) Inkerman Bowles treated me with the deepest Love I would ever know. I loved them dearly and I still recall them easily, until I was 8 yrs I lived at Grans, then my Father and Mother moved into a council house in Sycamore Close, a brand new housing complex that would change the old Dinas forever. But still I vertually lived with Gran n Gramps, I got fed and watered and loved in their home "Rosedeen" throughout my innitial childhood. For me it was Gran and Gramps that were at the very center of my life my anchor, vision and inspiration. What I write here is the way I fel at the time, the interpretations I made at the time in that place rather than, what I now understand. Though years of thought and research are more likely to have a more factual reinterpretation. I knew many of my cousins and in particular cousin Brian. He was my uncle Ron and auntie Thurza oldest son. Uncle Ron was the eldest uncle, when ever I saw him or my Dad they were both covered in greese and coal dust, both wore the onesy overalls that covered from head to boots. Thurza was kindly towards me, i could always get a ciggy, woodbine. Thurza was my alcoholic Aunty (I was told) not that it was an issue for me, I started drinking at haymaking when I was about 10 years old and I liked the buzz that came with it. Dad used to make his alcohol under the stairs, Mum liked to show off so had my Dad David build a bar in the open style family area. He made one alright, when finished it looked like a rock wall with a huge display window at the front while at the back were the sliding doors for display and storage. Ofcourse, now Mum wanted to fill it with stock for display and storage, from then on alcohol was easy to get. Anyway I digress, Cousin Brian had a younger brother Jeffrey but Brian being my age was much more of a friend. We would often meet-up either in Cadoxton where he lived or Dinas, sometimes we would go to Sully Island or Barry Island to play. We would shoot rats at the tip and get into trouble being somewhere we shouldn't - At the brick works sliding down the steep scree slopes, climbing the great chimney stacks or racing around the old Brickworks where great kilns once heated by the great furnace, but now us kids owned the space on push bikes or carts. On other days we would throw sticks into the lime works where the white hot coals would burst a branch into fire in seconds, I remember the smell of our urine steaming, even before our pee hit the lime pit below and the heat wave which arrived with the steam. We would meet on the common to kick a ball or throw Dutch Arrows. We would go to the quarry to scale the top tiers stealing birds eggs while hanging from a rope. We'ed swing across the river from an old oak tree on the banks of the Mill Brook Stream by the railway bridge. we would forrage for birds eggs to complete our collections. I'd blow them and safely store and label, all on cotton wool, we'ed catch tadpolls, frogs, newts, slow-worms and fish for trout and skinny dip in Mill Brook Stream. In the depth of winter we would walk miles on the iced over stream going either to the moors downstream to Barry Town or upstream to the manmade lakes at Michaelstone le Pit, where the Merrits used to live. These same lakes I learned to poach while 8/9 yrs of age and on into my teens. Often by myself mitching from school, frequently. When Brian met up with Alisia he got married had children and his priorities changed, he moved on. The forgoing experienced with Brian were replicated dozens of times with the many mates; Ross, Paul, Roger, Peter x 2, Micky, Keith Josiah (R.I.P.) and Stephen Skerme were my core people to the age of eleven and none had the surename Neale. At eleven yrs of age a massive change took over my school life. Up until that time I rolled as a bit of a wildchild, mitching every week and sometimes days and weeks in a row, but an examination changed everything, the eleven-plus. I'll tell more about this later
All of my cousins had the same surename where I lived; Bowles. But the Bowles family was a shattered unit, consequently the only Bowles' I associated with were of the working class side of Grandad Jack Bowles family. This Gran and Gramps were my protectors. Even so, there was always an us and 'them other Bowles', this was a stark reality and underbelly of the things I knew . Of my three uncles named Bowles that were family my uncle Paul was my favorite, I believed he was the only one who maintained fun in his life, with uncle Stanley being the one I saw second most often. Paul the youngest of four children born to Jack and Daisy spent time working hard as a truck driver. I knew him too for the making, building and flying model aircraft. Paul loved to shoot hunt and fish, he loved nice cars and owned a few classics, all of which I'd be taken for a spin in. He had a lovely Sunbeam Rapier and once bought a Volvo, it was white and it had belonged to the actor Roger Moore while he stared in 'The Saint'. In my mind Paul's children Jane and Craig had the perfect Dad. Paul also was the only fun uncle that had spent time with me giving me experience of his hunting and fishing ways, he took me fishing and took me out on his boat. He called me one day to his house on Sir Ivor Place and gave me two beautiflul split cane rods, one for sea and another for fresh water. He would even help fix my bikes for me. Pauls children were real neat too, Jane his oldest was 4 yrs younger than me and Craig 6yrs, so I didn't interact much with either. I have a few wild memories of Jane as children from school to family does and such. Later as a teen she got a little angry with me because of my liking for girls. She knew my secrets I'm sure. Jane became a bridesmaid for Morag and me at our wedding. My Uncle Stan and Tink were always kindly towards me, and were plainly more successful of Grandads sons. I did not get along with his children, Anne their eldest was to me, a funny girl, she was older than me but wore very strange glasses and always seemed a bit fragile, uncoordinated and floppy, that is how she has stayed for I have no knowledge of the lady I'm sure she became. Jonathon and Timmy were little more than stranger cousins. Uncle Stan Tink went out of their way for me and would allow me to take their cars out unaccompanied. On one occasion they had purchased a huge new pink caddy convertible and wanted to show it off to his brothers and sister. Anyway it was lunchtime and play time at "Dinas Powis Primary on the Cardif Rd". The yard games were in full swing when this Pink Caddy appeared, everyone in the yard rushed toward the geat iron bars that surrounded the school to see this super car. It was in fact a pink convertible Vauxhall Cresta, what a car and my Uncle Stan was at the wheel. I was impressed. On another occasion aunty Tink bought a tiny Fiat 500 and again offered me and Morag to take it for a spin. Bloody good breaks compared to an A30, heehhe.
To be continued Tony 10-03-18
Antony J E Neale England and Wales Birth Registration Index Name Antony J E Neale Event Type Birth Registration Registration Quarter Jul-Aug-Sep Registration Year 1948 Registration District Cardiff County Glamorganshire Event Place Cardiff, Glamorganshire, Wales Mother's Maiden Name (not available before 1911 Q3) Bowles Volume 8B Page 321 Line Number 46 ENGLAND AND WALES BIRTH REGISTRATION INDEX, 1837-2008
CITING THIS RECORD
"England and Wales Birth Registration Index, 1837-2008," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:QVQT-TMPW : accessed 7 April 2016), Antony J E Neale, 1948; from "England & Wales Births, 1837-2006," database, findmypast (http://www.findmypast.com : 2012); citing Birth Registration, Cardiff, Glamorganshire, Wales, citing General Register Office, Southport, England.
Anthony J E Neale mentioned in the record of Macgregor and Anthony J E Neale Name Anthony J E Neale Event Type Marriage Registration Registration Quarter Jul-Aug-Sep Registration Year 1970 Registration District East Glamorgan County Glamorganshire Event Place East Glamorgan, Glamorganshire, Wales Spouse Name (available after 1911) Macgregor Volume 8B Page 1017 Line Number 45
Anthony J E Neale married: Name Morag C Macgregor ENGLAND AND WALES MARRIAGE REGISTRATION INDEX, 1837-2005
CITING THIS RECORD
"England and Wales Marriage Registration Index, 1837-2005," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:QV6G-5CDS : accessed 7 April 2016), Anthony J E Neale and null, 1970; from “England & Wales Marriages, 1837-2005,” database, findmypast (http://www.findmypast.com : 2012); citing 1970, quarter 3, vol. 8B, p. 1017, East Glamorgan, Glamorganshire, Wales, General Register Office, Southport, England.
3 utube videos taken by Stan Bowles
1. Possibly in Ireland on holiday with Stan and Tink Bowles https://m.youtube.com/watch?feature=youtu.be&v=ADmmF9blE4c
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