Monday, June 15, 2009

A Jewell Sketch

A Jewell Sketch.
At the beginning of the Second World War, Sidney found himself doing something to help the war effort, that of being an Ambulance Driver during the early part of the Blitz on London. It was while he was doing this volunteer work that he was told to look after a young lady named Joan Hartridge. Sidney’s reply was “If you want me to look after Joan, then the best way I can do that, is to marry her!” So they were married, but the time, and place are unknown to the family. It is known that soon after Sidney joined the Royal Navy as a Gunnery Officer and Joan was evacuated to Cookham with her first child a baby girl with the name of Christine in 1942, to live with Miss Dixon who lived on Lower Road in Cookham Rise.

Again it is not known for sure by the family, but again it is thought that Sidney visited Joan any time that his leave permitted.

The sketch above is thought to be one of Miss Dixon that he did while on leave from the Royal Navy. Though it has not been ascertained for sure.

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