On my father’s side, my great grandparents Herbert and Georgina Mason (née Briancourt) had lived round the corner from us when I was a child in the 1960s and I knew they had been there for ages. They were living at 45 The Fairway in Palmers Green, London N13.
Herbert was described as a “heavy motor driver mechanic”. With them were two sons, Ivor, who was born in 1912 and was a “warehouse packer” and George a “motor driver mechanic” born in 1915. Thus I discovered that the person I had on my tree as “Ron” Mason was actually George Ronald: I had never bothered to check out his details. There is also one closed record for someone at the same address, possibly the youngest child, Joyce, who was born in 1921.
My Brittain great grandparents, George Francis Brittain and Elizabeth (nee Wiltshire) were living at 65 Coburg Road, Wood Green, London. George was a “glass cutter and glazier” and Elizabeth is listed as “unpaid domestic duties”. With them was their daughter Minnie, born in 1921. Her occupation is a “rubber appliance maker”. Also in the household is a single woman , Florie Cole, born in 1871.
On my mother’s side, only one of my great grandparents was alive in 1939 – Emily Saunders, née Ferry, who died in 1946. I have her death certificate which confirms that she died at 36 Colchester Road, Walthamstow on 9th May 1946. A quick check of this address in 1939 shows that the occupants were John W Saunders, his wife Elsie and their daughter , also Elsie, born in 1926. No sign of my great grandmother, though.