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William Earnshaw []

William Earnshaw, known as Bill, was the first son of Frederick Earnshaw & Mary Emily Stainsby born 1910 at Ryhope, Co Durham.

Bill was a pupil at Bede Grammar School, Sunderland. He was interested in religion & one of his friends was a curate named Gerry. William, in his early teens, & Gerry had returned from a ride on the curate’s motorbike when Bill got off & slipped, falling against the kerb. He broke his coccyx which gradually led to paralysis. His family have memories of him remaining in good spirits after the accident & dashing about in a wheelchair. The accident unfortunately led to his early death in June 1929 at the age of 19.


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