Edwin ARDRON II (1915 - 1987)


Father: Matthew Henry Ardron (1878 - 1947)

Mother: Edith Ann Hirst




Tree extract starting with common ancestor to me:



1914-18 The Great War (World War I)


My 2nd cousin 3 times removed was born on 10 December 1915 in the registration district of Rotherham. (Jane Kelly (nee Ardron) + GRO ref Rotherham 9c 1454 Mar 1916 - Hirst) This is one day different to the date of birth shown on the GRO death index which shows 9 December of the same year.


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

Edwin married Lucy Wilson in 1940 in the registration district of Hemsworth. (Jane Kelly (nee Ardron) + GRO ref Hemsworth 9c 465 Mar 1940 - Wilson)


Towards the end of World War Two, he was stationed for a year in Florence, Italy with the RAF as a driver to an officer. (Jane Kelly (nee Ardron))


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

1971 on 15 February decimalised currency replaces 'pounds, shillings and pence'

1973 on 1 January Britain joins the European Economic Community

1978 Wide spread strikes result in the so called “Winter of Discontent”
1979 Margaret Thatcher becomes Britain's first female Prime Minister

1984 on 12 March the 12-month 'Miners' Strike' over pit closures begins


He died on 14 July 1988. (Based on date of death on Probate register + GRO ref Worksop 1988 July vol no 8 pg no 1305 reg no 788 - [born] 09-Dec-1915)


Edwin's will was probated on 12 August 1988: "Ardron, Edwin of 41 Brace Bridge Av Worksop Notts died 14 July 1988. Probate Leeds 12 August. Not exceeding £70000. (8881603632G)" (Wills & Admons 1988, Family Division of the High Court) 




1) Jennifer Ann Ardron (1941 - 2000)
My 3rd cousin twice removed was born on 26 April 1941 in the registration district of Hemsworth. (Jane Kelly (nee Ardron) + GRO ref Hemsworth 9c 437 Jun 1941 - Wilson)


Jennifer married Joseph Brian Farnell on 10 September 1963 in the registration district of Sheffield. (Jane Kelly (nee Ardron) + GRO ref Sheffield 2D 650 Sep 1963 - Farnell)

She died in 2000. (Jane Kelly (nee Ardron)) GRO REF?? - none found on GRO index


2) Jane Margaret Ardron (1950 -)

My 3rd cousin twice removed was born on xx xx 1950 at The Croft, Rackford Lane, Anston, R.D. Her father Edwin Ardron was a commercial traveller (flour) and her mother was Lucy Ardron (formerly Wilson). The informant was E. Ardron of The Croft, Rackford Lane, Anston. (GRO cert DF653664 + GRO ref Rother V. 2c 904 Jun 1950 - Wilson)


Jane married Graham Charles M. Kelly on 29 July 1972 in the Parish Church of the parish of St James, Woodhouse, Sheffield. Jane was aged 22, a spinster and a teacher. She was resident at 2 Coalbrook Grove, Woodhouse Mill. Her father was Edwin Ardron, a grocer. Graham was aged 25, a bachelor and also a teacher. He was resident at 10 Princess Street, Chesterfield. His father was Hugh Kelly, a manager. The witnesses were the two fathers. Interestingly the officiating minister was the Bishop's Chaplain for Social Responsibility. (GRO cert D959982 + GRO ref Sheffield 2D 111 Sep 1972 - Kelly (but note that it is shown as Ardon on the GRO marriage index)

In 2001 she completed a Master of Arts degree at Oxford Brooks University on the History of British Art. (Jane Kelly (nee Ardron))