Raymond ARDRON I (1922 - 2003) C.ENG., M.I.MECH.E., M.I.PROD.E.
Ardron II (1894 - 1973)
Mother: Hilda Dutchman
Tree extract starting with common ancestor to me:
My Grandfather was born on 17 November 1922 in Rawmarsh. (GRO ref Rotherham 9c 1305 Dec 1922)
1922 The Irish Free State is established
1928 Equal Franchise Act - all women are given the same voting rights as men (all over the age of 21)
1931 Financial crisis and run on the pound (
1938, aged 16 he left the grammar school and started a two year mechanical
engineering course at Rotherham College of Technology and Art. However after
one year a large number of students left and the second year was
cancelled. As a result he left college one Friday in July 1939 and started
work on 3 July at The Backer Electric Co. Ltd.,
this time Raymond continued his studies by attending evening classes and
obtained National Certificate in mechanical engineering and then Higher
National Certificate with endorsements in strength of materials and heat
engines. He took electrical engineering up to National Certificate level but
did not take the exam. As a result of this study he became a member of the
1939-45 World War II
During World War Two, he had a medical in order to be commissioned in the Royal Electrical and Mechanical Engineers, however Backer Electric had many war contracts and his entry into the army was blocked indefinitely. (Recollections of Raymond Ardron 2002)
married Dorothy Bright at the
The best man was Mr. W. Clapham and the groomsman was Mr. C. Barlow. The reception was held at the Queens Hotel, Rawmarsh where eighty guests were entertained. Gifts included a plated silver cake stand from the nurses of "The Bungalow",
The honeymoon was spent on the Isle of Man.
This marriage was later dissolved.
Around 1947, my Grandfather bought his first car, a Ford Prefect.
1948 National Health Service established
1954 Rationing ends
went on to marry Dorothy Hart (nee Morris) in 1957. (GRO ref Rother V. 2c 1724
Mar 1957 - Hart) She was a widow with two children,
1963 The Profumo Affair
1978 Winter of Discontent (amongst Unions)
1979 Margaret Thatcher becomes
During his career at Backer Electric Co. he became Works Superintendent, Works Manager and Chief Engineer. With a downturn in the fortunes of Backer Electric he took early retirement on 28 June 1980. (Backer Electric correspondence)
My Grandfather died on 7 June 2003. (GRO ref Rotherham June 2003 reg no D60B dist no 045/1D ent no 291 - [dob] 17 Nov 1922)
funeral was held on 13 June 2003 at the
17.11.1922 - 7.6.2003
A wonderful husband, Dad,
"Simply the Best""
Dorothy BRIGHT (1923 - 1979)
My grandmother was born on 15 May 1923 at Ladysmith Cottage, Conisborough. The informant was her mother of the same address. (GRO cert BXCD540033 + GRO ref Doncaster 9c 1468 Jun 1923 - Hanson) Her father was Albert Bright and Mary Alice (nee Hanson).
In 1946 she was working as a nurse at the
Following the dissolving of her marriage to Raymond,
Dorothy Ardron (Bright) married Walter Gaines in the Register Office, Lower
Dorothy died in 1979. (GRO ref Wakefield 5 1406 Jun 1979 - [dob] 16 May 1923) – though note the day difference on birth date given compared to the birth certificate
Dorothy Hart (nee Morris) (1916 -)
She was born on 26 August 1916. GRO REF??
RAYMOND AND DOROTHY BRIGHT HAD THE FOLLOWING CHILD: