Sepia Saturday 101 – Old BSA 1958

The photograph shows my late father in law, Derek Goucher 1926 – 2010, on his BSA motorcycle, when he was stationed at Blandford Camp in Dorset in June 1958. He bought the motorcycle for £250.00.
Derek Goucher June 1958

We know nothing about the motorcycle other than what has been mentioned here. Stuart wanted to try and either locate the bike or at least find out a bit about it and perhaps purchase a similiar model.

I posted the photograph to our site on Flickr and also to the BSA photo group and after a period of four years, someone posted that the model was a BSA C12G.

Taking part in Sepia Saturday

About Julie Goucher

Genealogist, Author, Presenter, native Guildfordian, avid note taker and journal writer. Lover of Books, Stationery & History; Surnames, Butcher & Orlando One-Name Studies. Pharos Tutor for all One-Name Studies/surname courses as well as Researching Ancestors from Continental Europe.
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17 Responses to Sepia Saturday 101 – Old BSA 1958

  1. Little Nell says:

    Isn’t the web marvellous for quests like this – even if it did take so long? I can only agree with the others, that he was a fine-looking chap and very smart too.


  2. TICKLEBEAR says:

    He looked pretty dashing there. Just hand a man some wheels and he's happy like a little schoolboy.


  3. Isn't the net great? Information at our fingertips that in the past we might have never found.

    Very fun photo of your father.


  4. Alan Burnett says:

    First of all a belated welcome to Sepia Saturday : sorry I missed your post from last week but I have tracked back and read it now. Our parents obviously shared a love of motorbikes for I have a whole collection of such shots featuring my mother and father. Looking forward to future Sepia Saturday posts.


  5. How great that someone eventually identified the model for you.


  6. Karen S. says:

    He looks very happy on his motorcycle…good luck in finding another one…if you search long enough I'm sure you'll find one like it…or very close to it!


  7. Bob Scotney says:

    1958 was the year when I started my National Service in the Army – Catterick in December was a rude awakening. I never got anywhere near a motorbike but admired the Signals Display Team from afar.
    The Sergeant Major would have approved how you father-in-law wore his beret – cap badge above the eye.


  8. Echoing the other comments, a handsome man and a very nice photo, so clear


  9. mary says:

    A very handsome Dad you had!


  10. Marilyn says:

    He looked so happy, sitting proudly on his bike. Great photo.


  11. Dizzy C says:

    Fab photo, Julie.

    Brings back memories of days gone by, tho not quite that far back for me. LOL

    My grandad always wore overalls and a beret around the house and garden at weekends.

    I have a photo of my dad in his drainpipe suit and brylcreemed hair posing with his first motorbike.



  12. Liz Stratton says:

    Great looking bike! It's so nice to learn more about our images.


  13. Postcardy says:

    It's nice that you got a response and were able to learn what kind it was.


  14. Christine H. says:

    Great photo and how wonderful that you were able to find out more about the motorcycle. I bet that was a fun ride.


  15. imagespast says:

    The internet comes up with some miracles if you wait long enough. Perhaps one will come up for sale eventually! Jo


  16. how nice that after all that time, you got your answer. Your father-in-law was sure a handsome guy.
    Nancy Javier


  17. Hope you find it, or a similar one.


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