Item BCA - 2018.1572 - Mr & Mrs Horace Morse, daughter Kit and Kit's husband Bill

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BCA - 2018.1572


Mr & Mrs Horace Morse, daughter Kit and Kit's husband Bill


  • 1915 1945 (Creation)

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pdf of 9 photographs

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Horace Henry Morse was born about 1890 and married Kate Fox in 1915. His father was John Morse, Kate's father was Timothy Fox. In WWI Horace was in the 3rd battalion Ox & Bucks Light Infantry. In later life, he collected the buckets of 'night soil' twice a week and the ashes twice a week as well. The ashes were rubbish that later on went into dustbins. It was taken down the Gogg Lane and burnt. The night soil was spread on agricultural land as fertiliser. It wasn't until he died in June 1955 that Bampton was put on mains water and sewerage and that because nobody else was prepared to do the smelly job. Marjorie Pollard was very cross about the plight of Bamptonians having to put night soil buckets out so late into the C20th and threatened to go outside parliament and make her feelings known. They had a daughter called Kit who became Mrs Kit Jackson and she is seen in one of the pictures with her husband Bill and her father Horace by the workshop. In another picture Kit is with her parents standing in front of the coach with Southsea written in the destination window. Horace was the Town Hall caretaker during the second world war along with his other duties.

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