Leonard ARDRON II (1909 - 1991)


Father: Leonard Ardron I (1873 - 1955)
Mother: Florence Hewson

Tree extract starting with common ancestor to me:



My 2nd cousin 3 times removed was born on 1 March 1909 and baptised on 6 April 1909 in Swinton . His father was a miner of 66 Bridge Street(APR) This agrees with a GRO index entry. (GRO ref Rotherham 9c 867 Jun 1909)


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) Leonard was aged 1, living with his parents at 66 Bridge Street, Swinton. (PRO ref RG14 ??)

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

Leonard married Alice Gill on 9 June 1930 at the parish church of Mexborough after banns. He was aged 21, a bachelor and a miner of 49 Brookfield Avenue, Swinton. His father was also a miner. Alice was aged 20, a spinster and of 21 Glasshouse Lane, Mexborough. Her father was George Gill, a miner. Witnesses were Frank Wild Hewson and Mary Alice White. (GRO cert MXB749811 + GRO ref Doncaster 9c 1902 Jun 1930 - Gill) 

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

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

1989 Tim Berners-Lee invents the World Wide Web

He died in 1991 aged 82. (GRO ref Rotherham 1991 September vol no 3 pg 659 reg no 991 - [born] 01-May-1909 (note different month of birth compared to APR)

Alice GILL (1910 -)
She was born in 1910, the daughter of George Gill, a coal miner.
(Based on marriage cert)

1911 CENSUS?? – AGED 1?

Did Alice die in November 1999? She would have been aged 89. (GRO ref Rotherham 1999 November dist no 0451B reg no B49B ent no 056 dor 1199 - [dob] 16-Oct-09)


1) June Ardron II (1939 -)
My 3rd cousin twice removed was born in 1939. (GRO ref Don Valley 9c 1248 Jun 1939 - Gill)

2) Patricia A. Ardron (1942 -)
My 3rd cousin twice removed was born in 1942.
(GRO ref Rother V. 9c 1111 Mar 1942 - Gill)

Did Patricia marry in 1962 to ? Good? She would have been aged 20. (GRO ref Rother V 2c 1480 Mar 1962 - Good)


3) Leonard Graham Ardron (1947 -)