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Remembering Albert Midgley, Musician, 1892-1918

“It is simply appalling that two strong men of sterling character and great promise should be rudely taken out of the world.”  Fred Midgley 1918. Albert Midgely was born on the 21st of January 1892 in Perth in Scotland, the third son of English parents Fred and Alice Midgley.  The Midgleys had settled in Scotland in 1890 when Fred, a …

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Warning Words to the Wise, or, The Strange Story of Charles Henry Kelly

In the year 1883 a large detached house on the north side of Wandsworth Common was occupied by the Kellys.  They were a family of four, and prosperous enough to have two domestic servants.  Charles Henry Kelly, originally from Salford in what was then Lancashire, was forty-nine years old.  His wife, Eleanor, who came from Sheffield, was forty-one.  With them …