Edgar ARDRON (1884 - 1970)

Father: Charles Ardron II (1858 -)
Mother: Sarah Jane Bowns


Tree extract starting with common ancestor to me:


My 1st cousin 3 times removed was born on 28 September 1884 at 4 Stall/Hall(?) Street, Rawmarsh. His father was a blast furnace labourer. The informant was his mother of the same address. (GRO ref Rotherham 9c 665 Dec 1884 + GRO cert BXBZ694390)


1884 The Third Reform Act - voting extended to agricultural workers (triples the electorate)

On the 1891 Census (5 April) he was aged 6, living with his parents at 9 Alma Street, Wombwell. (PRO ref RG12 piece 3778 folio 6 page 5)

1893 Invention of motion pictures by Thomas Edison
1895 Invention of wireless telegraphy by G Marconi

1899-1902 Britain fights the Boer War in South Africa

1901 Death of Queen Victoria, succeeded by King Edward VII

On the 1901 Census (31 March) he was aged 16, a grocer's assistant, living with his parents at 9 Alma Street, Wombwell. (PRO ref RG13 piece 4320 folio 52 page 8)

1908 on 27 April Olympic Games open at White City in London

He married Ada Davison on 28 September 1908 at the Garibaldi Street Primitive Methodist Chapel, Great Grimsby, in the county of Lincoln. He was aged 23, a bachelor and grocers' manager of 48 Helena Street, Mexborough. His father was a miner. Ada was aged 24 and a spinster of 84 Duncombe Street, Great Grimsby. Her father was Fred Davison, a labourer. Witnesses were Oscar Ardron [brother] and Alice Davison. (GRO ref Grimsby 7a 1431 Sep 1908 + GRO cert MXB153274)

1908 on 27 October Parliament approves old age pensions (weekly means-tested pension of a maximum of five shillings to all those aged over 70)

1910 Death of King Edward VII, succeeded by King George V

1911 National Insurance Act provides cover against sickness and unemployment


On the 1911 Census (2 April) Samuel was listed as head of household for 2 Glen Villas, Doncaster Road, Mexborough:

a) Edgar Ardron, head, 26, married (2 years), grocerís assistant, worker, Wombwell, Yorkshire Wombwell

b) Ada Ardron, wife, 26, married (2 years), Yorkshire Grimsby

The record shows a total of 0 children born alive in present marriage, 0 still living and 0 having died.

The property consisted of 7 rooms (including kitchen but excluding scullery, landing, lobby, closet, bathroom, warehouse, office or shop if present).

(PRO ref RG14 ??) COPY

He joined the Royal Navy: WHEN??
Official number: F26750
Date/place of birth: 28 September 1884 / Rotherham Yorkshire
Occupation: Motor mechanic
Height: 5 feet 5 inches
Chest: 36 inches
Eyes: brown
Hair: brown
Complexion: fair
Ship, &c, served in: ??
(Royal Navy Registers of Seamens Service, TNA catalogue ref ADM/188/613)

1912 on 15 April sinking of the SS Titanic
1913 on 4 June Suffragette Emily Davison is killed by the king's horse

1914-18 The Great War (World War I)
1918 in May a massive flu epidemic reaches Britain and kills more than 200,000 people in Britain and up to 50 million worldwide

1918 All men over 21 and all women over 30 get the vote

1921 in July unemployment reaches a post-war high of 2.5 million

1922 The Irish Free State is established

1927 on 1 January the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) is created

1928 Equal Franchise Act - All women are given the same voting rights as men (all over the age of 21)
1928 on 30 September Alexander Fleming discovers penicillin

1929 on 24 October the Wall Street Crash sparks the Great Depression

1931 Financial crisis and run on the pound (Britain abandons the gold standard)

1935 in July the first Penguin paperbacks go on sale, costing just 6 pence, bringing literature to the masses

1936 Death of King George V, succeeded by King Edward VIII
1936 Abdication of King Edward VIII in order to marry Wallace Simpson, succeeded by King George VI

1939-45 World War II
1944 Butler Education Act - framework for new free comprehensive secondary education for all
1947 on 1 January Britain's coal industry is nationalised

1948 National Health Service established

1948 on 29 July the Olympic Games open at Wembley Stadium in London

1952 Death of King George VI, succeeded by Queen Elizabeth II
1954 Rationing resulting from ends

1955 on 22 September commercial television starts with the first ITV broadcast

1956 on 17 October Britain switches on its first nuclear power station at Calder Hall

1959 M1 Motorway punched through the Midlands from Watford to Birmingham

1963 The Profumo Affair
1965 on 8 November the death penalty is abolished

1966 on 30 July England win the football World Cup

1967 Abortion and homosexuality are legalised

1969 on 2 March Concorde, the world's first supersonic airliner, makes its maiden flight

He made his last will on 18 April 1969. The executors and trustees were Cyril Inkpen of 23 Osbourne Street, Grimsby and his daughter Dorothy Ida Baker of 18 Bushey Court, Bushey Park, Raynes Park, London, SW20. His will gave:
a) Linda Lucy Brunton £100
b) All his estate to his daughter
(Copy of Will)

Edgar died on 15 March 1970 at Fryston House, Bargate, Grimsby aged 86. The cause of death was (a) acute on chronic left ventricular heart failure (b) myocardial infraction and fibrosis (c) coronary artery atheronia. He was born 28 September 1884 at Kimberworth, Yorks [slightly different location to his birth certificate]. The informant was Cyril Inkpen. Death was certified by Peter W. Gladwin, Coroner for the County Borough of Grimsby, after post mortem without inquest. He was cremated. (GRO cert QBDX170974 + GRO ref Grimsby 3b 812 Mar 1970 - [aged] 86)

His will was probated on 12 August 1970: "Ardron, Edgar of Fryston Old Peoples Home Grimsby died 15 March 1970. Probate Nottingham 12 August. £21,008" (Wills & Admons 1972, Family Division of the High Court)

Ada DAVISON (1884 - 1954)
She was born in 1884 in Grimsby, Lincolnshire, the daughter of Fred Davison, a labourer, and Eliza.
(Based on her age at marriage + 1891/1901 Census) GRO REF??

On the 1891 Census (5 April) Ada was aged 7 living with her parents at 36 Arnesley[?] Street, Grimsby:
a) Fred Davison, head, married, 34, platelayer, employed, Lincs Barrington Fens
b) Eliza Davison, wife, married, 32, Butterwick Notts?
c) Ada Davison, daughter, single, 7, scholar, Lincs Grimsby
d) Alice Davison, daughter, single, 3, Lincs Grimsby
e) Wm Andrew Davison, son, single, 1, Lincs Grimsby
f) John Braden, boarder, single, 35, general labourer, employed, Lincs Stickney
(PRO ref RG12 piece 2613 folio 95 page 23)

On the 1901 Census (31 March) Ada was aged 17, a milliner, living with her parents at 44 Railway Street, Grimsby:
a) Fred Davison, head, married, 44, dock labourer, worker, Lincs Stickney
b) Eliza Davison, wife, married, 22, Lincs Butterwick
c) Ada Davison, daughter, single, 17, milliner, worker, Lincs Grimsby
d) Alice Davison, daughter, single, 13, Lincs Grimsby
e) Wm Andrew Davison, son, 11, Lincs Grimsby
f) Lucy Davison, daughter, 9, Lincs Grimsby
g) Edith Davison, daughter, 5, Lincs Grimsby
(PRO ref RG13 piece 3089 folio ?? page ??)

Ada died on 14 December 1954 aged 70 at 110a Scarthoe Road, Grimsby. Though she was resident at 69 Alexandra Road, Grimsby. (Wills & Admons 1955 + GRO ref Grimsby 3b 219 Dec 1954 - [aged] 70)

Her will was probated on 21 February 1955: "Ardron, Ada of 69 Alexandra Road, Grimsby (wife of Edgar Ardron) died 14 December 1954 at 110a Scarthoe Road, Grimsby. Probate Lincoln 21 February to Harold Andrew Holden, solicitor and the said Edgar Ardron, provisions merchant clerk. Effects £1191 15s. 6d." (Wills & Admons 1955, Family Division of the High Court)


1) Dorothy Ida Ardron (1920 -)
My 2nd cousin twice removed was born in 1920 (GRO ref Grimsby 7a 1292 Mar 1920 - Davison)


Dorothy went on to marry Jack O. Baker in 1952. (GRO ref Grimsby 3b 545 Jun 1952 - Baker, Jack O.)


At the time of her fatherís death in 1969 she was living at 18 Bushey Court, Bushey Park, Raynes Park, London, SW20. (Copy of fatherís Will)