The pictures shown here were sent in from Mel Sharples who now lives in Australia. Mels grandfather Alfred Clifford Sharples & his wife Alice (nee Gambriel from Old Warden) are seen above in their garden in North Drive. These are the only photographs we have of any early residents of Shortstown so it is a pleasure to show them here....
The electoral registers show that this family lived in North Drive from at least 1925 until 1950. As Mel explains "both my grandfather (Alfred Sharples above) & father (Frederick Alfred Sharples) worked for the Air Ministry at Cardington. My grandfather worked as a civilian storeman." Early records from the RAW Sports & Social Club show that Alfred was a committee member in 1943 and 1944 and was Treasurer between 1946 & 1949.
Alfred Sharples was born on 3rd May 1880 and in Mels words " I have more or less been able to trace him from Feb 1899 which is when he enlsted in the army and served with the Somerset Light Infantry both in the Boer War and the Great War. He was transferred to the army reserve in 1907 and married my grandmother Alice Gambriel at Wilhamstead on Aug 23rd 1909. Early in 1911 they moved to Brentwood Acton."
After Alice died in March 1950 he went on to marry Lily Mayhew at the Bedford Record Office and the two of them lived in Mile Rd Bedford for a while.
The next Mel knows about him is that he was in The Royal Chelsea Hospital, London where he died on August 13 1967.