melvin d. shaw      

1938 I was born on the 20th of January 1938 at Manygates hospital at Sandall, Wakefield, West Riding of Yorkshire. I was christened Melvin Douglas Shaw. My Father was Douglas Shaw of Royston and my mother was Nora Kathleen Brocklesby of Wakefield. I have a brother called Trevor and a sister called Elaine.

My family tree is made up of the Shaw family (Staveley, Derbyshire), the Brocklesby and Locking families (North East Lincolnshire - dating back to the 1600s), the Little family (Carlisle, Borders - back to the 1700s) and the Blackburn family (Royston, Barnsley).

I went to school at Royston National School (which is now no longer there) and then Royston Secondary Modern (now called Royston High School).
Melvin Shaw - Boxing Certificate 1951

I went on a school holiday to Keswick in the Lake District. Also in 1951 I was a runner up in Barnsley Schools' Boxing Association's Annual Tournament. In the 6st 10lbs - 7st 3lbs (13-14 years) category

In the late 1950s and early 1960s I cycled toured around Europe with Brenda Machen. The countries we visited included France, Germany, Switzerland, Italy and Spain.

Married Brenda Machen at Carlton Church.

I left school and started work as an apprentice motor mechanic at T. Lomas auto engineers at Shafton garage. At 17 I became a miner. Pits that I have worked at include Wharncliffe Woodmoor 1,2 and 3, South Kirby. I then worked at Geoffrey Diamonds and Greens foundry in Wakefield before returning the mines at Newmillerdam Colliery. I left the mining industry and worked at Subaseal. My last place of employment was for BXL (a plastic bag manufacturer) at Darton.

I was placed 6th in the
British Best-All-Rounder Competition promoted by the Road Time Trials Council with an average speed of 24.408mph (over 50, 100 and 12 hours cycling).

Completed the Land's End to John o'Groats cycle ride with my wife Brenda.

Brenda and I celebrated our Ruby Wedding Anniversary. Which we held at Royston Methodist Church, Barnsley, South Yorkshire.

I have four children: Julie, Graham, Adrian and David. I have two grand-children: Daisy Jean and Albert Freddie who are the daughter and son of Adrian and his partner Sarah.


Melvin D. Shaw - Online since 2002

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