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My birth certificate stated that my father was a Sales Manager Tannery, 2087170 Sergeant R.A.,of 60 Courtland Avenue, Ilford, but 92 Herongate Road, Wanstead Park, E12 also given.

I was born on 28th March 1945 in the Ilford Maternity home: this, alias St Georges, was purpose-built in 1926 in Eastern Avenue, Newbury Park.  The Home was administered by the Borough of llford and contained small wards of 1, 2 or 3 beds each. The building has now been replaced with more modern ones My parents were Francis William Lyons & Joan Edith Turner. My mother suffered from a deep vein thrombosis after my birth and was kept in hospital for 6 weeks, my maternal grandmother, Edith Turner, staying at the newly acquired family home of 92, Herongate Road, Wanstead Park, London E.12. to look after my elder sister, Hazel, then aged 2 & 3/4. I assume my father was still serving in the Royal Artillery at this time as the Second World War didnot end, in Europe, until May 8th that year. My mother had been living at (rented) 60, Courtland Avenue, Ilford, during the latter days of the war, and this address was also given on my birth certificate. I think Herongate Road was purchased during the last months of 1944.

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I was christened at St.Gabriels Church, to which Hazel & I returned in 2008 and were made most welcome. There was a lady there who had been the Brownie Leader in the 1950s, but she did not remember us. They thought my Baptism might be in the book in the Church, but in fact their current book started after 1946. My godparents were Harry Payne, Doris Dore and Margery Davies


Ilford Maternity home, St Georges -


92 Herongate Road, photo taken by me 2008


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V E Celebration in Aldersbrook, likely in the Church Hall. Hazel a tot in a nurse's uniform, Mum holding babe Chris 2nd from right.

I looked fondly at this photo on 8/5/2020 as the UK held street parties to celebrate the 75th anniversary of VE day: but I was in Lockdown in Spain due to the lethal Covid 19 virus. Joanna attended one of these street parties in Westcroft Grove, Westfield, Sheffield


Hazel with cousin Philippa in 1943

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