Johnny TRUNLEY aka the Fat Boy of Peckham was overweight right from the start. A newspaper article states that by the age of seven months he weighed in at 2 stone; by 9 he weighed 18 stone; by 14 he weighed 26 stone; and by 18 a staggering 33 stone. He made appearances in theatres and music halls, and travelled on the continent with the likes of Buffalo Bill, and was a friend of Charlie Chaplin.
Whatever attracted my pretty great aunt Flo (nee WEEDEN) to him is anybody's guess. They married in 1927. He was her second husband after Alf PETTY, a barber, who appears with her in the photos printed on earlier blogs this week(the picnic, the walk, the gate). Flo and Alf had married just 6 years earlier, and she was newly widowed. As it happens, she and 'fat boy' were married for 14 years, until he died in 1944 after an air raid. As for Flo, she married Jim ROBINSON, husband number 3, in 1948 and went on to live to the ripe old age of 87.