NEWSLETTER December 2011
Dear Members and Friends,
And his wife Joan added to our knowledge:
Further to your discussion of the Imperial Lighthouse Service,
my great uncle, Lambert S. Johnson, was the Lighthouse Inspector in the
40s and maybe before then. He would travel around on the Firebird, I believe,
and he collected wild orchids from the Islands. He lived in Colebrook
Lane, was married to Belle French, and his sisters were my paternal grandmother
Eunice Julia (Johnson) Bethel and Ellen Menendez Johnson, MBE who was
the Parcel Post Mistress. He and his sisters were all born in Harbour
Island. His children were: Arnold (who married & lived in Canada--Halifax,
I believe), Norman (lived in California), and Grace (who served in the
British Army and subsequently became the second wife of Capt. Chris Brown,
Harbour Pilot. Their son, also Chris, succeeded his father as Harbour
Pilot and he lives in Lightbourn Lane.) Joan Bethel Lightbourn
I am trying to establish the cause of his death - indeed the cause of so many deaths in the Bahamas would be interesting to know too - and any other information which may be available about him and his service there.
I am aware that No 111 OTU was located there and your recent newsletter provided much detail about that and the cemetery, all of which is extremely useful.
I would appreciate any help you can provide. Many thanks David Mathias
Name: Lt Col D A Mathias DL
Address: Uplands, Carmarthenshire, UK phone: e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
The National Archives in London have a very full record of the # 111 OUT and maybe we have information in the Dept of Archives here.
And on the IODE gifts to the Bahamian Community:
Jim, there are not many of these left on the island; this one donated in 1908 by the Daughters of the Empire! I must look and see if the trough on the Eastern Parade is still there. Ron Lightbourn
The horse trough is still there at Eastern Parade and I
have many pleasant memories of washing down there after the Paradise Soccer
team training sessions in 1969 - 1972. The coach at that time was Treffor
Davies, who I met up with recently at his home in Spanish Wells. He was
followed up as coach by Pepi Terelli, who is back living in Nassau (His
son Dario is the DNA candidate for the Blue Hills Constituency). Other
players still in Nassau are Stan Bocas, who owned the Buena Vista restaurant
for many years) and Jerry Symonds, who donates much of his time in charity
work. Not sure if Luis Reynosa is still here.
I must thank Postmaster Leslie Cartwright for once again
assisting in the mailing of the BHS Journals.