Joseph Martin                                                          Home

 

Born:   

13 April 1886

125 Kingsley Rd, Maidstone, Kent

Died:

Feb 1959

6 Maxey Gardens, Dagenham

Occupation:

Carpenter and joiner

 

 

 

Joseph wanted to be a chef but his mother wouldn’t allow it. While in the Merchant Navy during WW1 however he watched the cooks at work and learnt that way. He was often out of work due to illness and the Depression and often did the cooking for his family. He cooked sausage and mash on Saturday and roast beef on Sunday, cold beef and bubble and squeak on Monday. Also red salmon cakes. Betty remembers him cooking fruit cake, and because she didn’t like it he would make her a plain cake. During WW2 he worked at Green and Siley Wiets (?). He also worked on the Queen Mary. In the 1920’s they lived in Laindon and Vera Dene, Berry Lane, Langdon Hills, near Basildon and he had to travel from there to the London Docks every day. Because it was a very primitive village he used to wear wellingtons to a shop in the town where the station was, leave them there for the day and collect them for the walk home in the evening. In about 1929 the family moved to 6 Maxey Gardens to a three bedroom house with the luxuries of a bathroom and an indoor toilet.

He was very intelligent and clever. He used to read at night, loved ‘Toytown’ on the radio and smoked a pipe. He never raised his voice and was dearly loved by all who knew him. He had Parkinson’s disease and died of cancer of the bladder.

 

 

 

Wife:   Florence Paynter

 

Born:   

22 Jan 1891

28 Brunswick St, Poplar, London

Died:

Feb 1961

6 Maxey Gardens, Dagenham

 

Florence loved the garden and had a herbaceous border until Gerry took up raising rabbits during WW2. She knitted a lot, loved jigsaws and kept chickens.  She had two babies who died in infancy. She was a member of the Spiritualist church and used to have meetings in her living room.

She died of pneumonia.

 

 


Children:

 

                                                                             Betty, Gerry  (at back), John and Elsie

 

 

1.  Elsie Florence

 

Born:   

 

23 Feb 1918

 

321 Central Park Rd, East Ham

Occupation:

nurse

 

Died:

31 Dec 1990

Royal Gloucestershire hospital

 

Elsie started nursing in 1937. She did three years in fevers, started general nursing in 1940 and midwifery in 1943, qualifying in 1945. From 1940-43 she nursed blitz victims in Battersea. Time spent in Laindon as a child led to a love of the country so she came to Coleford in 1946 on the emergency staff,and after taking the Queens District Training she started as a District Nurse in July 1947. She seviced half of Coleford and the villages around. She was always on call and had one day off a week. Weekends were never off or Christmas day and she often worked all day after a night up delivering a baby. In her 43 years as a nurse she delivered well over 800 babies and only lost three babies and they were really abnormal.  She lived in Newlands village near Coleford and often met up with people she had delivered. The tradesmen she used were often babies that she had delivered. In 1968 she received a Long Service Badge from the Queen Mother.

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She enjoyed dressing dolls. In 1990 she came to Australia to visit her brother Gerry and his family. Gerry and Alma had visited her in 1987 and this was the first time they had seen each other since WW2.

Elsie was a regular attender at the local Church of England and has a memorial plaque in the Staunton churchyard.  She died of cancer of the pancreas.

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2.  Gerald Ernest*

 

Born:   

 

6 Aug 1920

 

321 Central Park Rd,. East Ham, London

Married:

8 Dec 1951

Battersea Register Office

Occupation:

Fitter and turner

 

Spouse:

Alma Shoubridge

 

 

Gerry worked as a toolmaker for most of his working life and was in a reserved occupation during WW2. In May 1955, he, Alma, and their children migrated to Australia where they lived for a time in a country town, Moe, and then in a suburb of Melbourne, Maidstone. After retiring Gerry took up gardening. He had many hobbies over the years including keeping tropical fish and brewing his own beer. He did volunteer work for a time until a bad fall, followed a few years later by a broken hip. Two years after Alma died he moved into Alton Court Hostel.

 

 

 

 

 

 

3. Dorothy Betty

 

Born:   


Died

 

31 Aug 1922


18 Sep 2006

 

321 Central Park Rd,. East Ham, London

 
Betty married and had five children.


4.   John Frederick

 

Born:   

26 Aug 1928

 

Died:

~ 1980

 

Spouse:

Faye Paynter

 

John had a weak heart and worked in a variety of jobs including bus conducting. He was in the Catering Corps after the war. He went to Adelaide Australia after 1955 and married Faye. They had several foster children. He worked on the railways. He was an interesting character; his niece Geraldine remembers him having a purple lurex  suit when he was about 45. He died of leukaemia.

 

 

5.  Audrey Millicent

 

Born:   

 

26 July 1929

 

6 Maxey Gardens, Dagenham

Audrey married twice and had two children.