sheI was recently asked by a client to trace her paternal family tree. She knew that her paternal grandfather had been a Lamplighter after the First World War and thought this was because he had been gassed during the War. However, when he joined the Army in 1917 his occupation was shown as Lamplighter and returned to his occupation after the war.
She also remembered her Grandmother having two polish girls living with her in the late 1940s/50s. The Census returns for 1911 showed that her Grandparents also had lodgers then. There were two families each with one child living in the house as ‘tenants’.
What she didn’t know was that her father had had a sister who was born and unfortunately died before he was born. She said how it made her understand why her grandmother always seemed over concerned about her father’s health. It may also explain why her father was baptised just one month after his birth.