Saturday, 5 April 2014

12 Ancestors - #1 Cecil Bertram James Hook

Cecil Bertram James Hook was my paternal grandfather. He was known as John. He was born on 7th December 1919 at 45 Meyrick Road, North End, Portsmouth. The house is a typical two up two down terrace.

He was the child of Walter Samuel Hook, 31, and Lucy Matilda Latter, 30. His father's occupation is Corporation Motorman on his birth certificate. At the time of his birth he had 5 siblings:
Elsie born 1911
Gladys born 1913
Sybil born 1914
Walter born 1917
Freda born 1918
He was followed by 9 more children:
Betty born 1921
Kenneth born 1923
Eric born 1925
Geoffrey born 1926
Alec born 1927
William born 1928
Leonard born 1929
Pamela born 1932
Robert born 1933
Walter, Kenneth, and Eric did not survive to adulthood.
He married Norah Patricia Johnson (known as Pat) in 1941 at Portsmouth Register Office. He was 21 and she was 24. They had two children: John born 1942; and Patricia born 1944. At the time of their marriage they were living at 5 Second Avenue, Cosham, Portsmouth and he was a labourer (fireman) at the P.A.D. Ordnance Depot in Portsmouth. Norah was a machinist at the HM Dockyard

This marriage broke down shortly after the birth of Patricia but I have been unable to find a divorce record to confirm the date. It costs about £65 to search for the divorce in the English Family Court.
 In 1955, at the age of 35, he married for a second time to Monica Marfleet who was 31.
By 1957 he was the landlord of the White Swan public house in Aylesbury, Buckinghamshire. He remained there until his death in 1973 at the age of 53.
He died on 29th July 1973 at Stoke Mandeville Hospital, Aylesbury. His death certificate lists his occupation as "licensed victualler" of The White Swan, Walton Street, Aylesbury. The cause of death is listed as:
1a Intracerebral haemorrhage (stroke)
1b Low Prothombin efficiency (a clotting disorder)
1c Hepatic failure (liver failure)  
No known photos of him exist as he was estranged from my grandmother and it is thought she destroyed all his photos.

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