The Chadwick Family

Daniel Chadwick

Daniel Chadwick
  • Born 6th Feb 1865
  • Age (in 1914) 49 years old
  • Occupation Factory Worker

Fuddling father to Duncan, Fraser and Edie, Daniel is a North Shields widower who likes more than a drop, especially if it’s his birthday. He has given up trying to set an example to his co-working sons and is dangerously close to the edge in his dead end job at Marshalls.

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Duncan Chadwick

Duncan Chadwick
  • Born 4th Apr 1889
  • Age (in 1914) 25 years old
  • Occupation Factory Worker

Since the death of their mother, Duncan disapproves of his father Daniel’s drinking and the way in which his erratic behaviour is tearing the Chadwick family apart. His siblings in turn disapprove when Duncan’s pious teetotalling is channelled into the burgeoning local Temperance movement, under the guidance of Joyce. His earnest preaching on the evils of drink is a particular embarrassment for twin brother Fraser, Duncan’s junior by half an hour.

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Fraser Chadwick

Fraser Chadwick
  • Born 4th Apr 1889
  • Age (in 1914) 25 years old
  • Occupation Factory Worker

Union rep in Marshalls during a time of industrial unrest and upheaval, the affable Fraser takes his role as shop steward seriously, having left his job in the shipyards for unknown reasons. Under pressure from both management and his members, Fraser befriends Davy having long since drifted away from twin brother Duncan and alienated Edie with his brotherly condescension.

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Edie Chadwick

Edie Chadwick
  • Born 3rd Dec 1893
  • Age (in 1914) 20 years old
  • Occupation Factory Worker

Canny and self-assured, Edie stands out in a family of men, whose authority she is only too happy to question. Brother Fraser is especially vexed both by empowered Edie’s new job at Marshalls factory and the male friendships she forms there. As well as developing a strong relationship with reclusive Davy, Edie is particularly drawn to Johnnie’s socialism.

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The Graham Family

Gabriel Graham

Gabriel Graham
  • Born 1st Jun 1858
  • Age (in 1914) 56 years old
  • Occupation Councillor

Town councillor, married to formidable Syvia, father of Freddie, Isabel, Juliet and Cressida; likes the finer things in life and is shocked by the reality of war.

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Sylvia Graham

Sylvia Graham
  • Born 7th May 1862
  • Age (in 1914) 52 years old

Aristocratic wife of Gabriel Graham and autocratic matriach, Sylvia shamelessly favours son Freddie over his three sisters and is fiercely behind Folkestone's war effort.

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Isabel Graham

Isabel Graham
  • Born 28th May 1883
  • Age (in 1914) 31 years old
  • Occupation Sunday School teacher

Unmarried Sunday school teacher, daughter of Gabriel and Sylvia, nursing secret pain and a passion for the vicar, Ralph. Isabel bears the weight of her mother's arrogance.

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Freddie Graham

Freddie Graham
  • Born 8th Apr 1890
  • Age (in 1914) 24 years old
  • Occupation Cavalry officer

A dashing, devil-may-care second lieutenant in the King's Own Hussars, Freddie is the beloved son of councillor Gabriel and his formidable wife Syliva - from a distinguished military family herself - and brother of Isabel, Cressida and Juliet. Freddie is a reckless pleasure-seeker, who loves drinking, riding and gambling and sees war as a game - a good friend to but a bad linfluence on his cousin and fellow officer Victor.

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The Lyle Family

Robert Lyle

Robert Lyle
  • Born 14th Dec 1867
  • Age (in 1914) 46 years old
  • Occupation Builder

Builder and landlord Robert frequently works away from his home in Tynemouth, a situation beloved wife and temperance campaigner Joyce has come to accept.Entrepreneurial and well-liked, he is an obvious choice when a contract comes up at Marshalls in North Shields. However when he tries to avert an accident at the factory, Robert is keen to keep his name out of the local paper, something that journalist son Luke accepts as another example of his father’s trademark modesty

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Joyce Lyle

Joyce Lyle
  • Born 24th Jul 1870
  • Age (in 1914) 44 years old
  • Occupation Temperance campaigner

Joyce is chief volunteer for the local “Temperance Hotel”, doing all she can to convince locals against the demon drink. Blissfully happy with her life in a middle-class area of Tynemouth, she and son Luke accept husband Robert’s need to work away from home.

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Luke Lyle

Luke Lyle
  • Born 2nd Nov 1893
  • Age (in 1914) 20 years old

Disabled by Polio as a child, Luke won't be signing up but longs to tell the bigger stories of the war. When he befriends one of the female “scavengers” whilst reporting on the scheme, it soon becomes clear that the match is not a suitable one.

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The Macknade Family

Bill Macknade

Bill Macknade
  • Born 5th Apr 1878
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  • Age (in 1914) 36 years old

Bill is a drunk and a bully, feared and despised by his family and scorned by Folkestone society at large. Unemployed mostly, Bill sometimes works as a barker. Reckless and violent, he frequently gets in fights and is well known by the local police and magistrates.

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Alice Macknade

Alice Macknade
  • Born 12th Sep 1878
  • Age (in 1914) 35 years old

Matriarch of the unruly Macknades, Folkestone's chaotic underclass clan, Alice suffers at the hands of drunken husband Bill and dreams of a better life for herself and her five children.

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Joe Macknade

Joe Macknade
  • Born 6th Feb 1896
  • Age (in 1914) 18 years old
  • Occupation Unemployed barker

Affable but not-too-bright son of Bill and Alice Macknade, unfairly tarnished by the family's bad reputation: does odd jobs, friends with Jack Wilson, has infamously bad teeth.

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Esme Macknade

Esme Macknade
  • Born 17th May 1900
  • Age (in 1914) 14 years old

Feisty teenage daughter of Alice and the brutish Bill Macknade, employed as a maid but prone to backchat and disrespect.

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Maggie Macknade

Maggie Macknade
  • Born 11th Nov 1901
  • Age (in 1914) 12 years old

The more subdued twin of wild Mickey Macknade, daughter of Alice and Bill, sister of Joe, Esme and Jimmy, Maggie is the quiet one of the unruly Macknade mob.

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Mickey Macknade

Mickey Macknade
  • Born 11th Nov 1901
  • Age (in 1914) 12 years old

Wild twin brother of Maggie Macknade, a chip off dad Bill's riotous block, Mickey loves fighting and is more fierce than Maggie or his other siblings Joe, Esme and Jimmy.

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Jimmy Macknade

Jimmy Macknade
  • Born 2nd Jan 1907
  • Age (in 1914) 7 years old

A sweet Macknade boy, fond of treats and his friend Sam's sister Kitty, Jimmy is unaware of his chaotic family's social standing.

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The Marshall Family

Phyllis Marshall

Phyllis Marshall
  • Born 19th Feb 1860
  • Age (in 1914) 54 years old

Sister to councillor Graham's formidable wife Sylvia, with whom she has a fraught relationship, Phyllis belongs to the priveleged and militarily distinguished Marshall family.

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Adeline Marshall

Adeline Marshall
  • Born 17th Oct 1870
  • Age (in 1914) 43 years old

However when a shortage of hospital beds displaces the jaded but perceptive Adeline, her older sisters Phyllis and Sylvia struggle to contain their dark secret within the confines of Collingwood Park.

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Geoffrey Marshall

Geoffrey Marshall
  • Born 21st Mar 1878
  • Age (in 1914) 36 years old
  • Occupation Owner, Marshalls Factory

Loving, though preoccupied, husband to Cressida and father of Rosamund, Beatrice and Gussie, Geoffrey is both a mild-mannered patriarch and judicious factory owner.Heeding the Government’s call for more artillery, his plans to convert Marshalls to munitions is a feat he navigates with trademark tact. Stuck between less forward-thinking industrialists on one side of him and a strongly unionised workforce on the other, the return of his newly-radicalised brother Johnnie is the last thing Geoffrey needs.

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Cressida Marshall

Cressida Marshall
  • Born 10th Oct 1886
  • Age (in 1914) 27 years old
  • Occupation Wife

Perfectly content to continue the family trend with her three daughters and fulfil social expectations as wife of wealthy Geoffrey, Cressida is however only too pleased when intrigue comes to an otherwise subdued Collingwood Park.Councillor Maud Burnett’s scheme to get women working is one way Cressida puts her ample spare time and money to good use, but she is even more inspirited when rooting out family secrets, especially those of Aunt Phyllis and mother Sylvia.

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Johnnie Marshall

Johnnie Marshall
  • Born 25th Dec 1887
  • Age (in 1914) 26 years old
  • Occupation Shareholder, Marshalls Factory

Johnnie returns from Russia to his wealthy factory-owning family, full of revolutionary zeal and hostility towards war. A minority shareholder in Marshalls, he would rather work on the shop floor than get involved with dismissive brother Geoffrey’s conversion to munitions.An inspiring romantic, impulsive agitator and frequenter of Tyneside’s more proletarian watering holes, Johnnie’s over-involvement in the life of the workers is not, however, always welcomed.

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The O'Leary Family

Violet O'Leary

Violet O'Leary
  • Born 13th Oct 1872
  • Age (in 1914) 41 years old
  • Occupation Wife

Violet lives in a working class area of North Shields with daughters Esther and Hannah.Though caring, self-sufficient, and at times unpredictable, Violet misses the support of her husband, especially in times of family crisis.

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Esther O'Leary

Esther O'Leary
  • Born 9th Sep 1892
  • Age (in 1914) 21 years old
  • Occupation Waitress

Quick to make friends and leave a good impression, the bright but unfulfilled Esther is a waitress in a stuffy tea rooms in Tynemouth.Esther is much closer to mother Violet than she is to her frequently absent father, who is oblivious to the new course her life is taking.

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The Wilson Family

Albert Wilson

Albert Wilson
  • Born 5th Oct 1872
  • Age (in 1914) 41 years old
  • Occupation Signalman

Affectionate, old-fashioned signalman husband of washerwoman Florrie, father of Jack, Kitty, Adam and Sam, Albert maintains good humour despite many troubles involving his children.

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Florrie Wilson

Florrie Wilson
  • Born 10th Dec 1874
  • Age (in 1914) 39 years old
  • Occupation Laundress

Washerwoman wife of signalman Albert and mother to Jack, Kitty, Adam and Sam. Florrie is upright, aware of her social position, and keen to see her children safe and settled.

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Jack Wilson

Jack Wilson
  • Born 6th Jan 1895
  • Age (in 1914) 19 years old
  • Occupation Porter

Railway porter, son of signalman Albert and washerwoman Florrie, brother of Kitty, Adam and Sam, somewhat reluctant friend of Joe Macknade.

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Kitty Wilson

Kitty Wilson
  • Born 1st Dec 1895
  • Age (in 1914) 18 years old
  • Occupation Domestic

Pretty, loyal daughter of signalman Albert and washerwoman Florrie and sister to Sam, Adam and Jack. Pregnant, Kitty must decide between her German lover Dieter and British officer Victor.

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Adam Wilson

Adam Wilson
  • Born 27th May 1902
  • Age (in 1914) 12 years old

Thoughtful youngest son of signalman Albert and washerwoman Florrie, brother of Jack, Kitty and Sam, Adam becomes friends with baker's daughter Jessie after Sam disappears

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Sam Wilson

Sam Wilson
  • Born 17th Jun 1907
  • Age (in 1914) 7 years old

Son of Albert and Florrie, brother of Adam, Kitty and Jack, best friend of Jimmy Macknade, Sam has a mischievous streak and often gets his pal into trouble.

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The Winwood Family

Ralph Winwood

Ralph Winwood
  • Born 6th Aug 1874
  • Age (in 1914) 39 years old
  • Occupation Vicar

Vicar of St Jude's married to Dorothea, no children, Ralph takes the moral responsibility of his job seriously but is far from perfect: indeed, he is not even perfectly honest.

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Dorothea Winwood

Dorothea Winwood
  • Born 21st Jun 1879
  • Age (in 1914) 35 years old

Wife to vicar Ralph, Dorothea's unconventional attitudes reflect her childhood in India: war gives her life purpose but also exposes the secrets of her marriage.

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Kush Winwood

Kush Winwood

Kush is a friendly prize-winning St. Bernard Dog, owned by the Winwoods.

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Others

"Mr Boot"

"Mr Boot"
  • Occupation Caretaker

A mysterious man seen hanging around at the German Consulate, "Mr Boot" is so-called by Adam because he walks with a limp.

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Alan Lowther

Alan Lowther
  • Born 24th Aug 1870
  • Age (in 1914) 43 years old
  • Occupation Factory Manager

Geoffrey’s man on the ground at Marshalls, Alan is a business-savvy manager who’s worked his way up through the factory hierarchy.Alan’s the one dealing with strengthened union demands, finding a role for Johnnie, pressure from the Temperance movement, scuffles between his workers and employing women – at half the rate, of course. This is all a world away from looking after his alcoholic sister Gladys at home.

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Archie Tulliver

Archie Tulliver
  • Born 13th Jul 1878
  • Age (in 1914) 36 years old
  • Occupation Landlord and businessman

Local businessman and landlord, full of schemes to increase his profile or profit, whether through Dog shows, Male Beauty shows, or the exploitation of Belgian refugees.

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Arthur

Arthur

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Barry Stokoe

Barry Stokoe
  • Born 1st Jun 1889
  • Age (in 1914) 25 years old
  • Occupation Soldier

Up front and game for a laugh, Corporal Barry Stokoe is not exactly what Dorothea Winwood had in mind when she agreed to soldiers being billeted at the vicarage. Though lacking in tact, Tynemouth-born Barry does at least keep his wayward comrade George MacNamee in check.

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Bear

Bear

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Bertha

Bertha

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Beth Lowther

Beth Lowther

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Bob Welsh

Bob Welsh

Officer in Canadian Army who has a run in with PC Josiah King

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C J CROUCHER

C J CROUCHER

works with Albert Wilson

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Captain Beau Tilley

Captain Beau Tilley

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Carson Martindale

Carson Martindale

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Clara Wedger

Clara Wedger
  • Born 22nd Apr 1879
  • Age (in 1914) 35 years old

When it is converted into a military hospital during the war, she remains loyal to Adeline, having for years been her closest companion.

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Clemmie Crayford

Clemmie Crayford
  • Born 30th May 1874
  • Age (in 1914) 40 years old

A warm, apparently genuine medium. She offers readings in her family home and reputedly uses her gift to bring comfort to the bereaved, offering a warm welcome to both living and dead. Considerate but oracular, Clemmie only charges what Florrie and Sally can afford when they attend a séance at her well-furnished home. The voices which she channels from the other side can, however, be both confused and confusing.

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Connie Cavendish

Connie Cavendish

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Constable Morton

Constable Morton

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Cyril

Cyril

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Cyril Lauter

Cyril Lauter

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Davy Wardle

Davy Wardle
  • Born 15th May 1888
  • Age (in 1914) 26 years old
  • Occupation Factory Worker

A recent widower from nearby Newcastle, laconic Davy keeps himself to himself, focusing on the well-being of his sickly children Stella and Ray. He supports them by taking a job on the lathes at Marshalls, where he befriends neighbours Fraser and Edie Chadwick.However, Davy’s reluctance to get involved with the factory football team or join them at the local pub soon creates suspicion amongst the rest of the workforce.

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Dieter Lippke

Dieter Lippke
  • Born 1st Aug 1894
  • Age (in 1914) 20 years old
  • Occupation Waiter

German waiter Dieter is embroiled with Folkestone girl Kitty when war breaks out and resorts to desperate measures to stay close to her and the child they have conceived.

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Dolly Clout

Dolly Clout
  • Born 17th Oct 1842
  • Age (in 1914) 71 years old
  • Occupation Fortune teller

Theatrical and often short of cash, Dolly Clout is the closest Folkestone has to a mystic. Some believe she has a gift: she may even believe it herself.

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Dr Amy Robinson

Dr Amy Robinson

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Emmeline Pankhurst

Emmeline Pankhurst
  • Born 15th Jul 1858
  • Age (in 1914) 56 years old
  • Occupation Suffragette

The suffragette leader sets Folkestone talking when she arrives to give a speech in support of the war, despite her opposition to the patriarchal establishment.

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Ernie Moore

Ernie Moore
  • Born 28th Nov 1881
  • Age (in 1914) 32 years old
  • Occupation Baker

Town baker Ernie is husband to HIlda and father to the spirited Jessie, and a wam, open-hearted man.

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Flora Jeffery

Flora Jeffery

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George Macnamee

George Macnamee

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Gladys Lowther

Gladys Lowther

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Grace Cavendish

Grace Cavendish

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Hannah O'Leary

Hannah O'Leary

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Henri Lambert

Henri Lambert
  • Born 6th Dec 1866
  • Age (in 1914) 47 years old
  • Occupation Baker

Belgian refugee married to Ottoline and carrying a dark secret, his silence and bouts of weeping the legacy of German atrocities.

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Hilary Pearce

Hilary Pearce
  • Born 22nd Jan 1886
  • Age (in 1914) 28 years old
  • Occupation Secretary to Councillor Graham

Shrewd, talented secretary to Councillor Graham, who is dedicated to the town and its people but also to his own advancement.

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Hilda Moore

Hilda Moore
  • Born 4th Jul 1882
  • Age (in 1914) 32 years old
  • Occupation Baker

Runs the bakery with husband Ernie, mother to spirited Jessie, a good woman and a good friend to Florrie Wilson.

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Howard Argent

Howard Argent

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Hugh Cavendish

Hugh Cavendish

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Humphrey Grimes

Humphrey Grimes
  • Born 10th Mar 1891
  • Age (in 1914) 23 years old

Son of pushy society lady Miranda Grimes, the well-schooled Humphrey has never needed to be anything other than blissfully naïve about his privilege. Affable and earnest, he is desperate to get a commission in order, like his surprising compatriot Joe, to carry out his duty.

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Inspector Forrester

Inspector Forrester

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Irene

Irene

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Ivor Davies

Ivor Davies
  • Born 12th Jun 1892
  • Age (in 1914) 22 years old
  • Occupation Soldier

Sergeant Major and groom at Shorncliffe barracks, whose friendship with Victor is compromised by his over-familiarity.

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Ivy Layton

Ivy Layton
  • Born 25th Oct 1887
  • Age (in 1914) 26 years old
  • Occupation Theatrical manager

Ivy is the niece of Ewart Potter. She arrives in Folkestone to take on a new job as assistant manager of the Pleasure Gardens Theatre, which her uncle has arranged for her.Warm and friendly, unfortunately Ivy can be misunderstood and she has a way with men that infuriates their wives. Her singing voice delights men and women alike though.

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Jerry

Jerry

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Jessie Moore

Jessie Moore
  • Born 21st Jun 1902
  • Age (in 1914) 12 years old

An indulged child of older parents, the local bakers, and a friend to Adam Wilson, Jessie is quick-witted, pert and resilient.

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Joseph Fannon

Joseph Fannon
  • Born 5th Jul 1883
  • Age (in 1914) 31 years old
  • Occupation Pub landlord

Landlord of The Ballarat pub, Fannon provides the factory workers, ship builders and aspiring revolutionaries of North Shields with good ale and Russian vodka. Needless to say, he does not have a lot of time for the local Temperance Movement.

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Josiah King

Josiah King

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Josseff al-Assadi

Josseff al-Assadi
  • Born 29th Mar 1867
  • Age (in 1914) 47 years old

Josseff is not only Robert's tenant, he is also a friend and confidant. An immigrant from Yemen, Josseff does not however receive a warm welcome from everyone.

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Juliet Cavendish

Juliet Cavendish
  • Born 30th May 1889
  • Age (in 1914) 25 years old

The Graham’s youngest daughter, Juliet is a self-assured inspiration to big sister Isabel. A thoroughly modern 20th century woman, Juliet’s insistence on driving her own car is just one of the many ways she happily upsets the propriety of mother Sylvia on her frequent trips to FolkestoneWith pilot husband Hugh away on aerial reconnaissance missions and two young daughters Connie and Grace to bring up, Juliet conceals her worries from the rest of the family with her upfront manner.

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Kenny Stokoe

Kenny Stokoe
  • Born 24th Mar 1890
  • Age (in 1914) 24 years old
  • Occupation Factory worker

With brother Barry at the front and sister Ada a maid at Collingwood Park, working-class North Shields lad Kenny has a job at Marshalls. Star of the factory football team, he's a popular fixture with his fellow workers, especially friend Duncan.Everyone has always presumed that the guileless Kenny would end up with Edie, but he hasn't accounted for the fact that she might have other ideas.

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Laurie Pearce

Laurie Pearce
  • Born 18th Aug 1888
  • Age (in 1914) 25 years old
  • Occupation Post office worker

Vigilant and forthright, Laurie works in the Post Office where he is convinced of shadowy conspiracy taking place.Laurie is always keen to impress embarrassed older brother Hilary with his encyclopaedic knowledge of cricket, but despite having the same mother and father, they seem to occupy very different worlds.

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Leonard Proctor

Leonard Proctor

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Lewis

Lewis

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Lieutenant B C Hucks

Lieutenant B C Hucks

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Lilian Frost

Lilian Frost
  • Born 27th Apr 1886
  • Age (in 1914) 28 years old
  • Occupation Photographer

Photographer for the local press, a modern woman in a changing world, Lilian is bright, outgoing and persuasive, and also runs Folkestone's leading photographic studio.

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Lord Alfred Douglas

Lord Alfred Douglas
  • Born 22nd Oct 1870
  • Age (in 1914) 43 years old
  • Occupation Poet and translator

Oscar Wilde's infamous lover appears in Folkestone, demanding the local police arrest him on an outstanding warrant, before he dines at the Savoy.

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MR SCOTT

MR SCOTT

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MRS EDKINS

MRS EDKINS

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Madame Lebeque

Madame Lebeque

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Maisie Plackett

Maisie Plackett
  • Born 10th Apr 1896
  • Age (in 1914) 18 years old
  • Occupation Greengrocer's Assistant

Greengrocer's assistant and the unworthy object of Mervyn Harris' affections, Maisie has a sharp tongue and a butterfly heart.

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Manners

Manners

Chauffeur to the Cobbolds family in Felixstowe who returns Adeline to Folkestone.

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Margaret Jeffery

Margaret Jeffery
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Marieke Dupont

Marieke Dupont
  • Born 22nd Jul 1892
  • Age (in 1914) 22 years old
  • Occupation Domestic

Belgian refugee and former domestic servant in charge of a baby, Mathieu, who she claims to have found abandoned and rescued.

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Marion Wardle

Marion Wardle
  • Born 15th May 1888
  • Age (in 1914) 26 years old

Passing herself off as recently deceased husband "Davy" in order to get a decent wage, her co-workers are deeply suspicious. Reserved Marion becomes close to Fraser and Edie, who seem less hostile than the rest of the factory.

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Mary

Mary

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Maud Burnett

Maud Burnett
  • Born 27th Feb 1863
  • Age (in 1914) 51 years old

Based on a real Tyneside pioneer, Maud Burnett is a well-respected local councillor who launched a pilot scheme for female scavengers in February 1915 to provide local women with new employment.

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Mhairi

Mhairi

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Miranda Grimes

Miranda Grimes
  • Born 30th Nov 1860
  • Age (in 1914) 53 years old

Folkestone society lady who takes a leading role in the white feather movement - direct and intimidating, she is compared by Florrie to the Medusa.

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Mr Talbot

Mr Talbot

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Muriel Grainger

Muriel Grainger

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Nancy Parker

Nancy Parker
  • Born 21st May 1853
  • Age (in 1914) 61 years old
  • Occupation Cook

Cook to the Graham family, Irreverent and lacking in discretion, Nancy "nosy" Parker is nonetheless the warm heart of the Graham household.

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Norman Harris

Norman Harris
  • Born 9th Apr 1871
  • Age (in 1914) 43 years old
  • Occupation Police sergeant

Police sergeant, husband of Edna and father of Mervyn and Jerry, Norman is also the grandson of Jeremiah, the oldest man in Folkestone. He is long-suffering in both professional and family life.

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Ottoline Lambert

Ottoline Lambert
  • Born 8th Sep 1865
  • Age (in 1914) 48 years old

Lively Belgian refugee, married to the traumatised Henri, who alone witnessed what the Germans did to their sons.

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PILGRIM

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Pauline

Pauline

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Private Neil Best

Private Neil Best

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Ramesh Bhattacharrya

Ramesh Bhattacharrya
  • Born 5th Nov 1888
  • Age (in 1914) 25 years old
  • Occupation Soldier

In training at Shorncliffe Barracks, Private Ramesh Bhattycharrya is one of the soldiers billeted with the Winwoods. Highly-educated and with a natural sophistication, Ramesh is more at home talking to Dorothea in his native Hindi than he is partaking in banter with his fellow troops.

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Reynolds

Reynolds

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Roy Lavoie

Roy Lavoie
  • Born 8th Jan 1883
  • Age (in 1914) 31 years old

A Canadian soldier who becomes romantically involved with the older Alice Macknade. His romance with Alice causes him to desert his unit and disguise himself as a woman to avoid detection. He was formerly the handler of his Canadian regiment's 'mascot', a bear cub named 'Ursa Minor'.

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Sally Erridge

Sally Erridge
  • Born 5th Jun 1870
  • Age (in 1914) 44 years old

Neighbour to the Wilson family, Sally loses her son Herbert in the war.

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Solomon Joseph

Solomon Joseph
  • Born 3rd May 1871
  • Age (in 1914) 43 years old
  • Occupation Pawnbroker

The character of Folkestone's pawnbroker is based on a historical figure, and is a kindly and generous man.

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Spence

Spence

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Stan Burton

Stan Burton
  • Occupation Vagrant

Local vagrant, braggart and serial defendent in the magisterate's court.

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Stephen Forrester

Stephen Forrester
  • Born 1st Mar 1864
  • Age (in 1914) 50 years old
  • Occupation Police inspector

Folkestone police inspector, a calm and methodical man, Forrester thinks he has seen everything but war brings its own surprises.

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Thornton Tulliver

Thornton Tulliver

Shady and seductive in equal measure, Thornton is quick to exploit the demand for entertainment and escapism in Folkestone. Whilst his lucrative schemes certainly offer a distraction from the war, for some townsfolk they also stretch the boundaries of both legality and morality. Whether it is providing soldiers with home comforts or running illicit horseraces, shrewd Thornton is careful not to give satisfaction to his adversaries, such as Hilary and Josiah, who would like nothing more than to expose him as a profiteer.

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Toby Speedwell

Toby Speedwell
  • Born 1st Mar 1890
  • Age (in 1914) 24 years old
  • Occupation Soldier

An unexpected friend of Victor's, Lieutenant Toby Speedwell is welcomed into the Graham household whilst on army leave.Seemingly charming, Toby's conceals unpleasant attitudes behind his highfalutin facade.

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Tom Wright

Tom Wright

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Victor Lumley

Victor Lumley
  • Born 11th Jun 1892
  • Age (in 1914) 22 years old
  • Occupation Cavalry officer

A more sensitive version of his brash cousin, friend and fellow officer Freddie Graham, victor is handsome and forward-looking, though he may have a dark secret.

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Yevgeny Zamyatin

Yevgeny Zamyatin
  • Born 1st Feb 1884
  • Age (in 1914) 30 years old
  • Occupation Engineer and writer

Based on the naval engineer and later renowned dissident writer, Yevgeny Zamyatin is a Russian émigré who finds himself in the shipyards of the Tyne. Well-travelled and sardonic, he is sceptical of Johnnie's socialism, though happy to trade dialectics for a drink.

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