Further afield the Manchester City Library, following major refurbishment and extension, Manchester City Library reopens in Spring 2014. Current temporary arrangements will change on 15 September, when the Manchester Room at City Library, at Elliot House, Deansgate and the Greater Manchester County Record Office will both close. From then until Manchester Central Library re-opens there will be restricted access to their holdings. You can find more details at this link. Manchester and Lancashire Family History Society will remain open during this period.
NWKFHS will be recognising the Anniversary of the start of WWI in various ways throughout 2014. During the build up to August 2014 the Society will also publish on this blog items that may be of interest to those researching ancestors during the 1914-18 war. This time it is a Certificate of Honour that was awarded to Fred Mason (Frederick Joseph Mason) by the Norfolk Education Committee for regularity of attendance during the year 1914-15 at his school at Trowse, Norfolk.
Fred Mason was the youngest son of Charles and Alice, nee Farrow, Mason of Trowse, Norfolk, Charles was a Carter at the Coleman Mustard Works at Trowse.
The 1911 census gives the following information:
Herbert Farrow, Stepson, born abt 1892 19 Male, Single Mustard Worker. Born: Alpington,
Sidney Mason, Son, born abt 1896 15 Male, Single, Painter Lawrence & Teotts Born Trowse,
Alfred Mason, Son, born abt 1898 13 Male, School, Born Trowse,
Edith Mason, Daughter, born abt 1901 10 Female, School, Born Trowse,
Frederick Mason, Son, born abt 1902 8 Male, School. Born Trowse,
Florence Mason, Daughter, born abt 1907 4 Female, School. Born Trowse,