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The Great Aunt I Never Knew [Feb. 7th, 2017|10:27 am]
Tony Grist
I mentioned the Bridges family's taste for amateur theatricals- and how I suspect this was the context in which my grandfather met my grandmother. Well, here's some tangential evidence.

These glamorous youngsters are my grandfather Cyril and his sister Ethel all togged up for a production of Iolanthe in 1916.

(Don't they know there's a war on?) 

Hang on a minute, his sister?

It was only after his death that I found out that he'd even had a sister. He may have kept in touch with her- I really don't know. If he did it was when we weren't looking. He may even have had other siblings.

From the photographic evidence I know that Ethel married a man called Harry Huggins and had at least one child.


[User Picture]From: splodgenoodles
2017-02-07 10:49 am (UTC)
That's a bit mysterious.
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2017-02-07 12:06 pm (UTC)
And that's how it'll stay, I suppose. There's no-one left alive who knows exactly what was going on in that family.
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[User Picture]From: pondhopper
2017-02-07 03:13 pm (UTC)
So you never knew about your grandfather's possible sibling(s) until after he died? If that photograph of her and her child is there, wouldn't he have been in touch with her? Whose photo was that? That's quite some costuming for an amateur performance!
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2017-02-07 04:14 pm (UTC)
The photos of Ethel are from my grandfather's collection. He seems to have kept in touch into the 1920s, but I'm not sure we have any later pictures of the Huggins family.

I think the splendour of the costumes might not be entirely unconnected to my great grandfather having been a draper. Perhaps he had them run up by the girls in the shop....
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