Notes and queries: A father's friends
Where to start… My father spent his early years in Brighton. When his parents split in 1940, he was moved to Orpington and his father was prevented from seeing he and his siblings. My father, Fred Marchant, would dearly love to hear from old friends such as Les & Desmond Macey, Gerald Hyatt, Billy Wolvin, and his old sweethearts Doreen Cooper and Mary Wickson. They all lived around the Elm Grove/Cobden Rd area.
But my search centers around his father. I have been unsuccessful in documenting any part of his life prior to 1926. I can’t find a birth date or records of his medal awards from WW1. Frederick Marchant Sr. was a motor mechanic and owned a garage first on William St. and then at 16 Richmond St. It appears his best friend would have been Mr. Lewis Morris who owned a number of boarding houses on Carlton Hill and William Street. My father called his daughters, Rose and Agnes, Auntie.
My best bet was his second wife, Kathleen who married Cornelius Woodhouse after Frederick’s death in 1942. Unfortunately, she passed away in 1974 and is buried at Hove Cemetery. I have been unable to locate any records for Cornelius from that time. He would be 106 as of this date, so I would assume he died. As Kathleen’s estate was not probated, I would assume that he died after her.
If anyone has information on anyone listed here, I would greatly appreciate hearing from you. My father is 73 now and I would dearly love to solve this mystery while I can still share it with him.