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20 Glengall Road school

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Island History Trust Image Collection


Nellie Horner, born 1911, outside No. 20 Glengall Road in about 1925. “They were nice houses, three up, three down, with a long passage, kitchen and scullery, owned by Mr Warren, the rent about fifteen shillings and threepence a week; we took a lodger when we got into debt! Nellie is doing the passage, banging the mats against the wall to get the dust out.”. Nellie the eldest of five children, went to St John's School; when she left she went into service as a live-in maid. Then she got work in pubs as a housemaid/barmaid. She met her soldier husband in Poplar, where he was visiting an aunt. They married in April 1939. They had one daughter, Babs but he only saw her once, he was killed in action between 1st and 23rd June, 1940. Nellie died :eaten up with cancer”, on VJ Day 1945. Babs was cared for by her aunt, Nancy Wisewell, who gave in this photograph and information. Donated by Nancy Wisewell