William Nicholls and John Gorman – Diver’s Assistants in 1901

John GORMAN (1844-1921) and his step-son William NICHOLLS (1870-1932) are both listed in the 1901 Census as being ‘Harbour Contractor’s Diver’s Attendants’. It was the attendant’s job to look after the diver he was engaged by, to assist him with the putting on of his elaborate equipment, watch him go down below the surface of the water in the diving …

Elizabeth NICHOLLS’ letter home to her family – Christmas 1919

In the Willis family archives there is a handwritten letter from my Great Aunt, Elizabeth Nicholls, to her parents. It’s the document which sparked my interest in family history – when was the letter written, where from and who were the people mentioned in it?