REAR GUNNER 2024
This is Paddy McAuley who originally came from Belfast having his photograph
taken during World War II.
Now Paddy as you can see was a rear gunner in a Lancaster bomber had a sweetheart
for he wrote on this photograph "To Pamela with all Love."
This is Walter F. Rusk one of the many hero's that saved us during WWII.
Walter who came from Belfast was a pilot as he has both wings on his tunic.
Where Walter was stationed I do not know, but if you do please let me know
and I will send you a copy without the watermark.
This is Royal Avenue in 1899 at five past twelve noon and the place seems
to be very busy. In the left hand corner is a horse and trap with people getting
on it and as you
can see no motor cars! The trams are all horse drawn, not electrified yet
dear help them going up hills full of people, I'm not sure whether the tram
in front is going straight on or turning into Castle Place as the sign on
the lamppost says, just to the left of the sign on the pavement on can see
a policeman keeping an eye on what's going on.
The white building on the left I do known in 1950 was the Bank of Ireland
and is now Tesco's. The next building brown then was the Avenue Chambers.
the white section as the Grand Central Hotel and film stars and to celebrities
stayed there. The next section of the building in my day on the bottom floor
was the Post Office. Right on the corner of the next white building in my
day the 50's was The Regent Cinema it also ran into Gresham Street, next you
had H. Samuel a Jewellery shop and then Raymond's a ladies hairdressing shop
and that is where I served my apprenticeship and I enjoyed working with the
girls there, I used to cycle 18 miles a day to get there. The rest of the
building I cannot remember also the building facing up Royal Avenue which
was the start of Upper North Street but the white building next to it was
the Bank of Ireland.
The white building on the right at the bottom of Royal Avenue was Sinclair
& Co and I loved going into it for the salesgirls did not have tills they
put your money into a
small round cylinder screwed it into a top attached to a cable then pulled
a pull handle and it went whizzing along this massive store to a cashier in
an office high up. She
checked the money put in the change along with a receipt pulled the lever
and it came whizzing back along the cable to your salesgirl who gave you your
change and receipt.
Now there were stacks of counters all over the store which was huge and long
and all these cylinders carrying the money were whizzing from about from all
department store to the cashier and back and not one crashed into each other
it was amazing to stand and just watch it happening. The brown building next
door was the
Royal Avenue Hotel which was also very grand. The white building next with
the two ladies in long dresses looking down I do not know the name of but
I do know in the
shops below there was Tates Medical, Thomas Cook & Son the travel agents,
on the corner was Tyler's the shoe shop and then McDowell's the Jewellers.
If you can remember any others please let me know and I will e-mail you a
photograph without the watermark.
The information on the Royal Avenue buildings are the same as in the caption
on the left except it's a year older 1900 and it's twenty to twelve in the
Here we are beside the Bank Buildings looking down Royal Avenue towards North
Street but the year is unknown but it must be in the early 1900's as they
still have the
horse drawn trams and three ladies getting on with a man at the end of the
queue. Also beside the trams there is a man up a ladder fixing the street