Snapshot: The last of the family sea dogs Sifting through an envelope labelled family, I found this photo. I was immediately struck by the man on the left – he reminded me of Captain Birdseye in the old TV adverts. On the back, my father has written, Ayr circa 1918/1920? Frederick (?) Timbury at 90+, Henry Thomas Timbury. Henry was my great-grandpa and I have a vague recollection that Frederick was my great-great-grandpa. Looking at this photo, though, brings back many happy memories of my own Grandpa Timbury of whom I was particularly fond; Montague Charles Timbury, known as Mont, son of Henry. I still smile to myself remembering, as a wee girl, how I thought it was very clever to call Grandpa “Polo Mont” and giggled and squealed with delight as he laughed along with me. My father, Gerald, told me that Grandpa’s love of making model ships was a result of his disappointment at not being accepted for the Royal Navy, like most of his predecessors, because of his childhood asthma or “weak chest”. The model ships became his way of maintaining a connection with the navy. A man who was very neat, tidy and hyper-organised (rather like… Read full this story
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