Victor Stables (1925-1992, Darfield)
Victor was the son of Ernest Victor Stables and Esther Chance and was born in Darfield in 1925.
When he was just two years old, his Aunt Rhoda Wilhelmina died and her son Jack Chance came to live with them.
During World War II, Victor and Jack were both serving in the armed forces, fighting in the Middle East and met up by chance in the Palestine in 1943. This extraordinary and fascinating story was recounted in the local newspaper back in England.
Later in life, Victor Stables became very interested in Family History and gathered an amazing collection of information about the Stables Family that features prominently on this web-site.
His obituary, published in The Barnsley Chronicle, gives a fascinating account of his achievements during his life.
The Photo and Newspaper Cutting were very kindly supplied by Michael Chance.
This is a transcript of Victor's obituary, that was published in The Barnsley Chronicle on August 28th, 1992.
Former NCB Accountant Dies
Mr. Victor Stables, aged 67, of West Street, Darfield, who in 1984 retired from the post of accountancy team leader at Grimethorpe area office of the National Coal Board, has died.
He leaves a widow, Vida, one son, two daughters and three grandchildren.
Mr. Stables spent all his working life in a clerical capacity in the mining industry, and was a branch official of the Clerical & Administrative Workers' Union. He served three years in the Royal Navy during the second world war.
He was a member of Darfield Urban District Council for about 16 years, serving two periods as chairman, during which time he was a Barnsley Magistrate.
Mr. Stables was connected with many local organisations, for some of whom he acted as auditor and treasurer.