I have no knowledge where or how she met Geoff. I do know that they married at Farnham Register Office in June 1921. Her address was given as Aldershot. This was where Geoff was stationed. His address on his marriage certificate was Barossa Barracks, Aldershot. Occupation Sergeant, 2nd Coldstream Guards. (Note to self - more research to be done here!!)
|Geoff and Joyce Sep 1921, Boughton|
I grew up without much contact with my grandparents. My father had died when I was only 4, and we lived a fair way away from my grandparents. Neither we, or they, had a car. I expect because they were on my paternal side, my mum didn't feel the need to be as close to them, especially as both her parents were alive to support us, but I'm only guessing.
My outstanding (and only) memory of my grandparents is of the day that one of my uncles got married, which was on 30th July 1966. Does the date sound familiar? It should do. It was the final of the World Cup. What planning. At least our family went to the wedding. I have some memories of the reception (but not the wedding itself). But the overiding memory was of playing out in the street with the other children from the wedding, whilst the rest of the family were indoors watching the television ! I never realised why until did my research. These connections that you make while researching are priceless to me. Other than World Cup Day I have no memories of my grandparents. Thinking about it now, we had loads more contact with my grandad's sisters than with him. As for my grandma, we knew nothing about her side of the family at all. This doesn't mean to say they were out of touch. I remember the Christmas thank you letters we had to dutifuly write before school started again in January. (I think they sent us money).
|gravestone at Stoke Ferry|
|as a baby with my grandparents|
But, of course, that was too late to have a relationship with my grandparents. I have no memory of being told either Geoff or Joyce had died. My grandfather died the year I did my A levels. My grandmother died well after I'd moved to Downham in the mid 70s (and she was only a few miles down the road). It's sad that not being taught and encouraged to make relationships, then I didn't go ahead and forge them on my own. I HAVE been to their graves and left flowers. But it's not the same is it? I hope they forgive me and understand.