Stanley Cecil Cornwell
married to Winifred Ellen Reynolds
Edmund Stanley Cecil
My Mother's Father. My Grandfather.
Edmund was always known as Stan. He
married my grandmother Winifred Ellen Reynolds in 1923.
She came from the neighbouring village of Dry Drayton,
but they married in Lichfield, Staffordshire when they
were both just 19 years old. They gave false ages to
acquire the certificate, as one of them had to be of age,
that is to say 21 or over. They were in Staffordshire
because my grandmother was pregnant, and they had run
away to get married. Stan's older sister Ruth lived at
Colton on the outskirts of Rugeley, and she arranged the
marriage for them. Their first child was born less than
three months later. He had a learning disability, and
lived with his mother for the rest of her life.
1920: The Cambridge Daily News reported on 5th July that Edmund Cornwell of Oakington had been fined 7s 6d for riding his bike without lights at 10.50pm.
1923: Stan married Winifred Ellen Reynolds of Cambridge on the 10th July at the Register Office, Lichfield, Staffordshire. Their address was recorded as Colton Hall Barn Cottages, Colton, Staffordshire, the home address of Stan's sister Ruth and her husband John Wheeldon. On 29th October, their son Cecil Thomas Walter was born and his birth registered in the Lichfield registration district.
1925: Their son Stanley
Arthur James was born. he was baptised at St Andrew,
Oakington, Cambridgeshire on 27th September, suggesting
that Stan and Win were living with Stan's parents.
1930: Their son Reginald Trevor was born at River Bank, Barway, Cambridgeshire. His baptism on 6th April was recorded in the Soham parish registers as being at St Nicholas, Barway, which served as a chapel of ease to Soham.
1931: Their son Edward Malcolm was born. When he was baptised at St Nicholas, Barway on 7th June his abode was given as 'of Little Thetford', but he was probably born in Barway. Little Thetford was the larger village on the other side of the river.
1932: Their daughter Betty Katherine was born, and at her baptism at St Nicholas, Barway on 2nd July 1933 her abode was recorded rather confusingly as 'River Bank Little Thetford Barway Soham'! It is likely that the family were still living at River Bank, Barway as they were in 1930 and presumably in 1931. Betty would contract polio and be confined to a wheelchair for the rest of her life.
1933: The family moved across the river to Grunty Fen.
1934: Their daughter June Frances was born at Red Fen Road, Grunty Fen, Little Thetford, Cambridgeshire. There is no baptism record in the parish registers for Little Thetford, Stretham, Barway, Witchford or for Cambridge St Giles where her maternal grandparents lived.
1936: Their daughter Marion Patricia was born on 27th February at Red Fen Road, Grunty Fen, Little Thetford, Cambridgeshire. There is no baptism record in the parish registers for Little Thetford, Stretham, Barway, Witchford or Cambridge St Giles.
1937: Their son Albert Paul was born in Little Thetford, Cambridgeshire. Again, there is no baptism record in the parish registers for Little Thetford, Stretham, Barway, Witchford or Cambridge St Giles.
1939: Stan was not at home on National Registration Day, 29th September, suggesting that he had already joined up with the Cambridgeshire Regiment.
1943: Stanley Arthur James, 'Jim', their second son, was badly injured on 16th September aboard HMS Warspite. He was just 17 years old. The battleship was taking part in the Salerno Landings off the toe of Italy when it was hit by a German glider bomber. This photograph shows the ratings being addressed shortly before the battle. Jim is in this photograph somewhere.
1946: Their son Stanley Arthur James died and was buried in Little Thetford cemetery.
1949: The Little Thetford electoral register for this and subsequent years up until 1953 shows the family living at Council House, Front Street, Little Thetford. Front Street was later renamed Green Hill. Those in the household old enough to vote were Stan and Win and their sons Cecil and Jack.
1950: The Little Thetford electoral register shows those in the household old enough to vote as Stan and Win and their sons Cecil, Jack and Reginald. The family surname was recorded as 'Cornwall'. Malcom was also by now of voting age, and was probably doing National Service. Reginald had been excused National Service because of his acute asthma.
1951: The Little Thetford electoral register taken on 20th November shows those in the household old enough to vote as Stan and Win and their sons Cecil, Jack and Reginald. By now, Betty was also of voting age, and so it is likely that by now she was at Manfield Hospital in Northampton. Malcolm was probably still doing National Service. The family surname was recorded as 'Cornwall'.
1952: The Little Thetford electoral register taken on 20th November shows those in the household old enough to vote as Stan and Win and their sons Cecil, Jack and Reginald. The family surname was recorded as 'Cornwall' except for Reggie who was recorded correctly as 'Cornwell'.
LIFE GOES ON: AN INTRODUCTION
MY GRANDPARENTS - I - MY GREAT-GRANDPARENTS - I - MY GREAT-GREAT-GRANDPARENTS - I - MY GREAT-GREAT-GREAT-GRANDPARENTS
THE SIXTEEN FAMILIES
KNOTT - I - BOWLES - I - WATERS - I - HARRALL - I - PAGE - I - WISEMAN - I - CROSS - I - CARTER
CORNWELL - I - HUCKLE - I - MORTLOCK - I - MANSFIELD - I - REYNOLDS - I - CARTER - I - ANABLE - I - STEARN
CHRONOLOGY - I - DRAMATIS PERSONAE - I - WHERE PEOPLE CAME FROM - I - CALENDAR
MAP OF ELY - I - MAP OF MEDWAY
MAP OF CAMBRIDGE AND DISTRICT
WORLD WAR I - I - WORLD WAR II
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