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GEORGE WILLIAM BAKER
Musician Silverwood Colliery Band
I have just logged on to your excellent site about the Silverwood Band. I can't begin to tell you how many memories it has churned up for me. It's strange but brass-band music has always been a great love of mine and next Monday I am going to listen to the Royal Air Force Band who is giving a concert in Benalmadena which is very close to where I live."
Like many of us Margaret Macia has very fond, proud memories of her family as she grew up in the area, and with a Granddad like George Baker she has every reason to be proud, I noticed the twinkle in George's eyes and mentioned it to Margaret who replied. "You are quite right when you say that my Granddad has a mischievous look about him. He was always joking and pulling people's legs. My Granny didn't half suffer!
So here is the story of George the mischievous musician as told by Margaret.
GEORGE WILLIAM BAKER
By Margaret Macia
"I certainly would like to write a little tribute to my Granddad and at the same time perhaps rekindle memories for someone else."
George William was found in 1901 listed as George W Baker age 19 born in Rotherham living at Attercliffe Cum Darnall Sheffield working as a Labourer General. Granddad must have moved south to Nottingham, possibly for work reasons, as in 1905 he married a lady called Mary Ellen Kilbourne who bore him 4 children, George, Edith, Arthur (my father) and Frederick. Sadly Mary Ellen died in 1923 when my father was just 12 years old.
Three years later my Granddad met and consequently married a lady
called Gertrude Dixie [ Pictured left ] who became a very much loved mother and grandmother. Her
claim to fame was that her brother-in-law was a labour Peer, Lord Alfred Taylor
He came from a very musical family as his brothers, played brass instruments although they didn't play in the Silverwood Band. George's musical gift was handed down to his son , my father. I remember the young boys that came to the house for music lessons. They were all intent on joining the band and serenaded my grandmother and I with their painful efforts. In the main, Granddad taught the boys to play cornet, trumpet and trombone but he also was quite adept on the piano and organ. I would like to know where all his musical talent came from especially as he came from very humble roots where I am sure there would not have been any spare money for music lessons. Currently I am working hard trying to trace my ancestors and have found out that his family came from Norfolk but as yet have been unable to align any of them with music.
There must be something `special about Yorkshire folk and their affinity with Brass Bands - something that doesn't seem to exist in the South.
Sadly George William Baker Musician passed away in 1967.
© Margaret Macia
Many thanks to Margaret Macia (nee Baker) for sharing the story of her Granddad here
Margaret was born at Wickersley and lived in Reresby Crescent, and would like to receive any information regarding her family. If you can help please contact Margaret
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