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Harry Jackson & Mary Bond Cocks (my grandparents), Annie Jackson and the later years of Ann Jackson nee Lee

 

 

Harry Jackson, Mary, Muriel, Kenneth, Annie Jackson, Ann Jackson, Noah Swindells

Date probably 1918 - Annie and Noah probably engaged by this time

Harry Jackson was born on 1st Mar 1890 in Hyde, Cheshire, and Annie Jackson was born on 22nd Jul 1892 also in Hyde, to Edward Jackson, and Ann née Lee (previously Aldous). Harry and Annie were both baptised at St George’s Hyde.  They both were admitted to Kearsley School on 3rd December 1903. Edward Jackson, having been an undermanager at Hyde Colliery at the time of their birth, had become a mine manager by 1901 in Breightmet, near Bolton, Lancashire. By 1918 Harry was undermanager to his father at Lingard Lane Colliery at Bredbury, Cheshire. Harry told my mother that there was a lot of studying involved in qualifying for this role. Edward died in 1921 of Cancer of the Oesophagus, his occupation being stated as Coal merchant at that time. Harry married Mary Bond Cocks is Sept quarter 1913 in Salford registry office. Mary was daughter of Richard Bond Cocks who was (mostly) a clerk of works, and Eliza Leah. She was born on 23rd October 1888 in Bottom Street, Godley, Cheshire, and was baptised at St John the Baptist, Godley on 9th December 1888.

 Annie Jackson married Noah Swindells, son of John Thomas Swindells and Martha née Ford, on 8th November 1922 at St Mark’s, Bredbury. At that time he was a publican and farmer. Noah was born in Sept quarter 1890 in Whitehough Head, Derbyshire. Annie was always known as Cissy (as confusingly Sarah Cocks my mother’s godmother was also known)

Harry, at some point between 1920 and 1923 was injured in a pit fall, and was unable to work in a mine again. The family moved south, staying initially with Ann’s daughter (by her first marriage) Sarah Hammerton (known as Sadie), née Aldous, in Chiswick, then in rooms  in that area, then from about 1925 at 25A Ethel Road Ashford. Annie and Noah, with Ann Jackson moved down about the same time, and also lived in this house. In about 1929, Harry Jackson and Mary and family moved to Woodthorpe Cottages, Ashford (now part of Woodthorpe Road), and Noah and Annie Swindells with Ann Jackson moved to 19 Squires Bridge Road, Littleton, Shepperton. Harry and Mary moved again to School Road, Ashford in about 1934. Some of their movements can be seen by following the birthplaces of their children: -

Kenneth George Jackson, born 3rd Oct 1914 in Blackwell, Derbyshire, died 7th Aug 1991 in Whiteley Village, Surrey, married on 12th Oct 1946 to Annie Markland in Romiley, Cheshire. They had two children, Peter Richard Jackson born in October quarter 1947 in NE Cheshire district, and David Kenneth Jackson in July quarter 1954 in Windsor district. Annie died on 13th May 2009 in Southport. Kenneth and Annie unfortunately split up before many years of marriage.

Muriel Mary Jackson, born 9th Dec 1917 near Cannock Chase, Staffs, died Dec 1999 in Surrey Northern District. She married John Wright in July qtr 1938 in Battersea district. They had three sons, William G S Wright, born in July quarter 1940 in Staines district, Peter J Wright was born in July quarter 1943 in Staines district, and Ian D Wright was born in October quarter 1947 in Middlesex South district. John died in January 1993 in Surrey North West district.

Enid Bond Jackson, my mother, born 20th Jul 1920 in Bredbury, Cheshire, married on 11th Jun 1948 Kenneth Hugh Douglas at St Matthew’s, Ashford, Middlesex

Sadie Annie Jackson, born 20th Oct 1924 at Gunnersbury/Chiswick, Middlesex, married on 5th March 1949 to John Ronald Reason at St Matthew’s Ashford, Middlesex.

Betty Jackson, born 26th Oct 1926 in Ashford, Middlesex, married on 11th Jun 1948  to Walter John Browning at St Matthew’s, Ashford, Middlesex.

Noah and Annie had only one son Edward Thomas Swindells, born in Staines on 19th Jul 1925. Noah Swindells during all this latter period was a builder, and his company built the house at Squires Bridge Road. For Harry and Mary money was more tight, and Mary used to clean out the newly built houses that Noah had built for extra money.

1940 was a terrible year for the household at Squires Bridge Road. Firstly Ann Jackson died on 6th February 1940. She was 92 years old. Then on 21st Oct 1940 Edward was killed by a bomb hitting Sound City, part of Shepperton Studios. Two fifteen year old boys were the only ones killed by this bomb. Finally Noah Swindells died on 14th Nov 1940, following appendicitis, it was said he did not seem to have the will to live. All were buried at St Mary Magdalen, Littleton (as was Annie much later). Annie was left in the house alone. Sadie went to live with her for a while to help her through this difficult period.

Annie remarried, to Ernest J Wardle, a gas board official, who had been in the army during the war. This was at Maidenhead in July quarter 1952. Annie moved to Maidenhead in about 1950, not far from Boulter’s lock.

Harry died on 1st Apr 1953 at St Peter’s Hospital, Chertsey. Annie died in 1977, in St Richard’s Hospital Chichester, having been in a Sussex nursing home. I believe Ernest had already died by this time. Mary died on 22nd Mar 1980 in Ashford, Middlesex, at a nursing home.

IN LOVING MEMORY OF

ANN JACKSON

DIED FEB 6th 1940

AGED 91 YEARS

AT REST

 

EDWARD THOMAS SWINDELLS

DIED THROUGH ENEMY ACTION OCT 21ST 1940

AGED 15 YEARS

A FAITHFUL SERVER

"LORD I HAVE LOVED THE HABITATION OF THY HOUSE"

 

NOAH SWINDELLS

A DEVOTED HUSBAND AND FATHER

DIED NOV 14TH 1940

AGED 50 YEARS

IN THE SHADOW OF THE CROSS

MAY THEY FIND PEACE AND REST

 

 

Annie Wardle née Jackson was also buried here, but there is no inscription to record that

St Mary Magdalen, Littleton

She died 25th Aug 1977 aged 85

 

St John the Baptist, Godley

Mary was baptised here in 1888 and her grandfather Christopher Leah was buried here in 1896

Roger May / CC BY-SA 2.0

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