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Thomas and Ethel

Thomas 1893 1966


Thomas was born in Aldbrough St John, North Yorkshire on 24 th August 1883, one of nine children to James Vayro 1853 / 1893 and Elizabeth Pounder 1854 /1892. James was a farm hind, who found casual farm labouring work in the villages of Tunstall, Gilling, Hartforth, Forcett, Aldbrough, Skeeby, Easby and Coatham Mundeville, all close to Darlington in the North East of England.

On the 1891 Census (ENOCH program Area 4036) James and Elizabeth were in Skeeby, North Yorkshire with most of their children. Thomas was 8 years old. On the 1891 census his elder brothers William and Edwin were known to be working on farms in Snape near Richmond and Aske near Easby. A year later Elizabeth died on 7 th May 1892 of Cancer and James died on 8 th April 1892 of Diabetes. Both are buried in Haughton Le Skerne Churchyard. As a result Thomas became an orphan and though this has never been proved it is understood that the youngest children Alfred, Thomas, George, Elizabeth Mary, and Harry were placed in a workhouse in Darlington.


Thomas (1883 / 1966) aged 30

Thomas and Ethel (nee Poole) 1916 with Thomas Henry, John William and Mary Elizabeth

It is also rumoured that Martha his sister then aged 17 may have taken the youngest children to live with an aunt Louie Vayro at Angram Cote Farm in East Witton but this also has never been proved.

On the 1901 Census Grandfather Thomas then aged 18 was "living in" with his sister-in-law Hannah (nee Sherrington), in Wesley Street, Willington, Co Durham and working at nearby Brancepeth Colliery.  His brother William who was married to Hannah was boarding at Mary Street in Stanley, near Crook and working at Sunniside Colliery nearby.

Thomas was married twice. His first wife was Anne Dunn was born 17 th May 1885 and the marriage ceremony took place at Durham Register Office on 21 st September 1907. At the time he was living at 7 Park Terrace, Willington, Co Durham.  Anne must have been pregnant at the time, and succeeded in giving Thomas his first of four sons. Unfortunately Anne died shortly after on  28 th February 1908 following complications.

Thomas  Henry Vayro   Born 22 nd Jan 1908   Died 17 th Feb 1964

Thomas's second wife was Ethel Poole born 6 th August 1887 and they were married at  the Wesleyan Methodist Chapel,  Old Elvet, in Durham City on 15 th February 1913. At the time Thomas was living at 71 Commercial Street, Willington.

Ethel was the daughter of Isaac Poole and Elizabeth Dobson, and had two brothers, John and Thomas and two sisters Elizabeth and Lily. Grandmother Ethel died on 6 th October 1954 and is Buried in an Unmarked Grave (no 350) at St Stephens Church, Willington.  

Children of Thomas and Ethel

John William  Vayro            (Father of John Rennison Vayro)
Born 1 st August 1913         Died 23 rd August 1982
Mary Elizabeth    Born 2 nd December 1915     Died  22 nd May 1992
Alfred                Born 30 th May 1920            Died 28 January 1921
Harry                 Born 20 th December 1922
Lilian                 Born 1 st April 1924
George              Born 27 th December 1925    Died  18 th September 1997
Ruth                  Born  17 th January 1930      Died 21 April 2007


Thomas and Ethel 1948
19 Gardner Ave Willington

Thomas had only just been married for the first time when he enlisted in the army in 1911, and served throughout the 1914 -1918 first world war.  Full details are in another page of the website. A request for information from the Durham Light Infantry showed that his name had been included in a booklet entitled "The Faithful Sixth" a History of the 6 th Battalion. He was mentioned as "Private T Vayro, Pioneer" as one of several members of the Battalion who lined the streets of London at the Coronation of King George V in 1911.

On leaving the Army Thomas began working in the local Collieries, at Brancepeth, Oakenshaw and Sunnybrow, where he continued to work until aged 67 in 1950 when he decided to retire. However he had worked an extra 2 years to put an extra 6 pence on his miner's pension but then took up a round delivering newspapers until the age of 70 to cover his "beer money"

Grandfather Thomas died on 4 th September 1966 at 19 Gardener Avenue, Willington Co Durham and was buried on 7 th September 1966 alongside his second wife Ethel in the same unmarked grave in St Stephens Churchyard, Willington.

Thomas and Ethel in 1954


Family Camp 1950 at Harelaw Farm Wolsingham

L to Rt,  Thomas, Phoebe, John Rennison, John William, George

Rt to L,  Mary, John Cuthbert, Lilian, Ethel

Blackpool 1952
Back L to Rt, Thomas, Phoebe, Ruth, Edna, John William
Front L to Rt, Mary, John Rennison, Ethel

My own memories of my Grandfather are of a thin wiry man, hard as nails through many years of working in the mines, and because of his military discipline would take no nonsense from his children and particularly his grandchildren. Even in his late 70s his back was straight, his vegetables were planted in his council house garden, and he still walked to the local club for a pint of ale with his friends who worked or fought beside him.

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