Family Matters

Please see listed archives below for Family Matters.

Title Details Location Reference
"Off the Cuff" Jottings, Apr-Dec 1988, A daily diary of Thoughts and Occasions' by Ruth I Johns ISBN: 9781527212589
Deposited 8 Aug 2017
Nottinghamshire Archives
County House
Castle Meadow Road
Nottingham NG2 1AG
Accession No: 9184
Additions to Northampton's knowledge of W.J.Bassett-Lowke
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Including the book Ships and Men by W.J.Basett-Lowke and George Holland [London, George G.Harrap and Company Ltd.,1946]. see pdf for further details.
Northamptonshire Record Office, Wootton Hall Park, Northampton NN4 8BQ Accession number 2010/34
Documents relating to various correspondence Book reviews ; Radford Care Group, Correspondence re: Jill Davies and Baroness Neuberger DBE 2008, Annual Report 2006-07
Correspondence re: Julia Manning 2015 (restricted access);
Ruth I Johns correspondence re: papers 2014; copy of paper written by Ruth I Johns Re: winner of the Whitbread Volunteer Action Award 2000
Personal letter to Christine Davies
POW correspondence, report, notes and sundry papers 2008-2011
Correspondence re: Daniel Kinderman 2015
Nottinghamshire Archives
County House
Castle Meadow Road
Nottingham NG2 1AG
Tel: 0115 9581634
Accession No: 9707
Documents/books relating to life of Ruth I Johns' parents
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1. The Grapes & the Thorns: Thoughts in War-time by Gilbert O Thomas [London, Headley Press] hardback 1915
2. Reviews of this book during WW1
3. Copy of The Times obituary of author January 19th 1978
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Quaker Library, Friends House, 173, Euston Road, London NW1 2BJ Accession No: 10963 (Deposited 26 April 2013)
Dorothy from Hythe in Kent Various Photographs in relation to family research re: Publication of 'Dorothy from Hythe in Kent'; Family history research and correspondence Libraries, Registration and Archives
Kent County Council
Kent History and Library Centre
James Whatman Way
Maidstone ME14 1XQ
Tel: 03000 420673
Dorothy from Hythe in Kent by Dorothy K. Thomas (wife of Gilbert Thomas) and Ruth I. Johns (daughter of Dorothy and Gilbert); Plowright Press 2004 Added to Gilbert Thomas collectionof books already held in Local Studies Library; Autobiography of Dorothy's life until she married Gilbert Thomas. Her life after marrying Gilbert. Dorothy was born in 1900 and died in 1981. Her MS was found after her death. David Wilson Library, University of Leicester LE1 9QD July 2015
Dorothy Thomas papers Papers relating to Dorothy K Thomas, nee Dann, and the publication of 'Dorothy from Hythe in Kent', written by Dorothy and her daughter Ruth I. Johns [Plowright Press 2004 - see separate section of this website]. Also includes family history research and correspondence by Ruth created during research for the book. Includes mauscript of 'Broken Eggs Can't Sing' by Dorothy, which appears in 'Dorothy from Hythe in Kent'. Kent History and Library Centre, James Whatman Way, Maidstone ME14 1LQ U4065-2015/72
Family and Charity Papers Documents relating to Ruth's daughter Naomi Claire (1960-1996) and Ruth's late husband Walter. Includes photographs.
Also memoir of Rosemary Broadbear
Nottinghamshire Archives
County House
Castle Meadow Road
Nottingham NG2 1AG
Tel: 0115 9581634
Accession No: 9664
Gilbert Thomas papers Newspaper cuttings of critical appraisals of the work of Gilbert Thomas, mounted in separate notebooks, between 1912-1946 (nine books: John Masefield; Things Big and Little; Birds of Passage; The Wayside Alter; Sparks from the Fire; Poems 1912-1919; Calm Weather; The Further Goal; Autobiography 1891-1941.

Albums of collected cuttings of articles written by Gilbert Thomas and published in newspapers and periodicals 1909-1968. General articles 1909-1925; general articles 1925-1928; general articles 1931-1937; mixed content (reviews of William Cowper and the Nineteenth Century by Gilbert Thomas, reviews of The Inner Shrine by Gilbert Thomas, general articles on various subjects by Gilbert Thomas 1937-1951; general articles 1937-1951; general articles 1963-1968.

Photos of Gilbert Thomas, Dora Booth (one of his sisters), Isabella Anne Thomas (his mother), John Oliver Thomas (his father). Plus various documents including correspondence to Gilbert and Dorothy Thomas.
University of Leicester, David Wilson Library, Leicester LE1 7RH Waiting for accession number
Gilbert Thomas' model railway Four items from Gilbert Thomas' model railway 'Paddington to Seagood': GWR passenger coach; GWR guards van; coal shed building; small section of track with buffer. See article on same in Friends of 78 Derngate Northampton Newsletter, Feb 2015 (issue no 93). 78 Derngate Northampton Trust, Northampton NN1 1UH
Form no 2014/15
Gilbert Thomas' typewriter Portable Remington Rand typewriter bought in 1936 by Gilbert Thomas, Ruth's father (1891-1978), writer, literary critic and poet, brought up in Leicester. Leicester City Museums Service, Newarke Houses Museum, The Newarke, Leicester LE2 7BY.
John Rowsley Laine Correspondence to his mother Sibyl; diaries of Sibyl; letters from Anne Booth. Leicester and Rutland Archives, Wigston Magna DE9074
John Rowsley Laine; Dora Booth c1893, younger sister of Gilbert Thomas, mother of Dr. Anne Both and cousin of Ruth I Johns, her brother David and of John (Jack) Rowsley Laine. Bundle of papers /documents relating to the life of John Rowsley Laine inc: death notice; press diary of Island life during the German Occupation 1940-1945; Pembrooke College; short essay by Ruth I. Johns on Sibyl Laine (her aunt); outline by Ruth I. Johns on the life and work of Dr Anne Booth (her cousin); letters from Dr Anne Booth to her aunt Sibyl Laine etc.
Details of the lives of Dora and daughter Anne, An adopted daughter of Dora and Vernon Booth, Anne trained as a Doctor and Surgeon at a time when women surgeons found it difficult to be employed in Britain. She worked in Dharapuram, Coimbatoire District, South India, leaving a teaching hospital with trained Indian doctors and staff. The excellence of her work was not known in Britain in her lifetime. Following Anne's death, local people named their hospital as the Dr Anne Booth Memorial Hospital. Ruth wrote the notes about Anne hoping someone might be able to research further. She never told her story at a critical time in India/Britain history
Leicester and Rutland Archives, Wigston Magna DE8754
Paula Block The story of Paula Block’s life (1901-1992) appeared in an informal booklet given to those who attended her memorial in Warwick, England. Paula Block (nee Friedman) was the first wife of Dr Erich Bloch. Their son WJ Block (formerly Bloch) was born in 1928. Aged 10, he was a Kindertransport refugee from Germany and Paula managed to escape just before the outbreak of World War 2 in 1939. A copy of Paula’s booklet and a document about Paula by Ruth I Johns (daughter-in-law and Walter’s wife) are held in Konstanz’s Town Archives in Germany with Dr Erich Bloch’s documents. Paula said that the last eleven years of her life were her happiest (when living with Ruth and Walter in Warwick). For more about Paula and son Walter see his interview in Anja Salewsky’s book ‘Der olle Hitler soll sterben!’ published by Claassen ISBN 3-546-00271-7. There is an English translation of the interview at the National Holocaust Centre, Acre Edge Road, Laxton, Newark NG33 0PA. Stadtarchiv Konstanz, Sigismundstrasse 2A, 78462 Konstanz, Germany. Tel +49 7531 900 851 Stadtarchiv Konstanz, X, VI Nachlass Dr Erich Bloch, Box 28
Piper's Hill Auxiliary Hospital, Bishops Itchington, Warwickshire
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Information discovered about this World War Two Auxiliary Hospital. Two photos; relevant pages from Dorothy from Hythe in Kent: and correspondence. Warwickshire County Record Office, Priory Park, Cape Road, Warwick CV34 4JS
PH 1076 & CR 4549
Walter W. J. Block Walter W. J. Block, husband of Ruth I. Johns for nearly 37 years, died at home on 12th October 2016.

A celebration of Walter’s life was held on 25th February 2017 for family and friends at the Lord Leycester Hospital, Warwick. Peter Jewel’s outline of Walter’s life is available online.

Data from 2014 is entered by Christine Davies