Frank Rees of Clearwell and Fetter Hill stone quarry near Coleford, Gloucestershire.
Above: "Fetter Hill" quarry near Coleford - in 1904, Frank Rees is third from the right.
Frank added: "Please find attached 2 photos of my maternal grandfather, Frank Balch Rees, 1883 - 1972. He lived in "Porch House", Clearwell, from 1904 until his death. He married Ethel Harper (1883 - 1954) of Coleford, in 1909 and they had 3 daughters, Marjorie, Edna Grace (my mother), Joan and 1 son, John.
Frank served in the "Royal Field Artillery" during the Great War and was a very well known and liked character in and around Clearwell (Tom ..., who lives near the "Cross", still remembers him). Frank was a quarryman & manager and a stonemason, had a wonderful old house, orchard and walled garden and liked a pint in "The Lamb" and the "Wyndham".
The 2 photos were taken at "Fetter Hill" quarry near Coleford - the first in 1904, Frank is third from the right and the second in1908 and he's the right hand man.
I hope this is of interest to you and others in the "Forest".
Maurice Oliver added: "... The gentleman to the left of Frank Rees is my Great Grandfather William York. His Father was a Blacksmith in Clearwell. His Father- in -law lived next door to Porch house (Called the Tannery) although the tanning was done at Porch House I believe".
Above: Fetter Hill stone quarry in 1908, Frank Rees of Clearwell is the man standing at the far right.
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