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Watts, Hampson, Diplock, Carron

by Denise 22 May 2009

Hi, I’m trying to find my ancestors from the brighton and hove areas and wondering if anyone can help. My Granddad, George A Watts, was a fisherman in Brighton. He died in 1940 after he and his brother Charlie helped in the Dunkirk Rescue. I believe George Watts skippered a boat called ‘Pop Gun’, and think Charlie skippered a trawler called ‘Challenger’. Georges son, my Uncle George, owned the fishmongers Geo Watts and Son in St James street Brighton until his death last year. I believe George Watts snr and family, wife Jean(or Jane it seems most called her) daughter Pamela, sons Paul, Jim and George lived in the Carlton Hill area, Nelson rd, until it was demolished in the 1930’s. My Mum, Pam and Uncle Paul were evacuated to Lancaster in about 1940. My Uncle George attended Circus street school. He and Uncle Jim were quite a bit older than my mum and Uncle Paul. George was a Chief Petty Officer aboard the HMS Malaya. Jim was also a sailor but I am unsure of his service details.
Also my nan, Ellen Carron, was apparently a midwife in the area. She was the wife of Alfred George Carron, he was injured during WW1 and apparently lost a leg. He died in 1937. I’m sorry for the very long message and load of details,I’ve been trying to find family for so long and found so very little information, especially on the Carron family as my Dad was only about five when his father died. Dad knows very little about him and not one photograph is known to exhist of Alfred Carron. Hope someone can help. Any information would be very much appreciated. Thanks. Denise

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