The perils of politeness

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  1. Guy Hudson

    Guy Hudson Looker-upper

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    The Western Morning News Tuesday 28th January 1941

    Colin Spittle
    24th March 1902 - 25th January 1988
    Motor omnibus conductor residing 38 Studfield Hill, Sheffied 29.9.1939
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  2. TTH

    TTH Senior Member

    Wait...Colin Spittle???
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  3. Robert-w

    Robert-w Banned

    Spital and Spittle were middle English shortened forms of hospital. The conductor's ancestor probably worked or lived in a hospital as a spittleman - bit like a porter - see Spitalfields London
    In medieval times hospitals were essentially guest houses for the monasteries and an aid for travellers providing safe accommodation along the roads.
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