Hancock, Dorothy

Notes on Dorothy Hancock

See interview tapes 178 and 179, and lectures 166 and 175.

Born c 1915 Ilford.

Brothers and sisters. One brother Harold (oldest, died November 1995), one sister (five years younger than brother, five years older than Dorothy, Winifred, known as Biddy, died at age of 83 in c.1993)

Residences. From Walthamstow to Witham when 12, in 1927. Lived in stationmaster’s house in Easton Road. Then after father retired, in Second World War, for four years to Valley House, Guithavon Valley, then briefly next to the Spread Eagle, then briefly flat near the George, then 3 Highfields Road.

Parents. Father George born in Hackney and mother Bertha Elizabeth (nee Hammond), born Bethnal Green. Father stationmaster at Witham (started by helping his own father (William Joseph) who was stationmaster at Woodford. Worked at Rectory Road in Hackney, then Buntingford, then stationmaster at  Walthamstow, then Witham. Lived to age of nearly ninety. Father’s brothers were Will, Harry (older) and Edwin Bob (younger).

Work. First in Peter Jones shop, London, when sixteen, for six or seven years, till War started in 1939. Then in Witham to Associated Fruit Growers of Essex, in offices (first at 100 Newland Street, then 87 Newland Street, then 84 Newland Street, upstairs.). Stayed there till retired.

Died. November 2004

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