Michael (Mike) Loftus
December 3, 1996
Greetings from New Zealand.
My wife and I have been on the Internet for less than a week and are still very much beginners. It didn't take long to find out how to use the various search engines however and being the sort of person who looks up “LOFTUS” in telephone books whereever I go - well, here I am.
My name is Michael (Mike) Loftus and I live with my wife (Lesley), son (Tony) and daughter (Nicky) in Gisborne New Zealand. Our claim to fame in this part of the world is that our city is the first city in the world to see the light of the rising sun each new day. Understandably Gisborne will be a popular place on 1 January 2000 and 2001.
This is all very interesting but I thought you might like to know something about our branch of the family. Naturally I would be delighted to hear from any long lost family by E-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org or by ordinary mail at 96 Stanley Road, Gisborne, New Zealand.
My Grandfather, Edward Loftus, was born on 25 August 1885 at 16 Blagdon Street, All Saints, Newcastle Upon Tyne, England. His father was John Loftus, a slipper maker, and his mother was Henrietta Loftus (nee Wickett).
Edward travelled to New Zealand with a view to becoming a butcher and a farmer. Those dreams were never realised because in a nine month period during the First World War he was called up for military service, trained, shipped to France, lost his left arm (yes he was left handed), and was shipped home.
On 29 March 1918 he married Julia Ethel Ramsay in the town of Ashburton which is approximately 80 kilometres (50 miles) south of Christchurch in the South Island of New Zealand. They had four children, John (my Father) (5-5-19), Patricia (20-11-20), Edward (19-12-33) and Margaret (9-8-37). My Grandmother died in 1962 and My Grandfather in 1974.
My father (John, born 5 May 1919 and still going strong), married Irene Margaret Capstick on 9 February 1946 and had three sons, Ian (9-4-48), Peter (21-6-51) and myself (31-7-56) - yes I have just hit 40!! I am often accused of rambling by my wife so I will leave it at that for now. I hope this information is of interest or even of use. I look forward to hearing from you some time soon.