GUMMETT Family History

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Philip Charles GUMMETT



30 Dec 1922 


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5 Oct 1946 St Peter's on the Greig, 

Bargoed, Mid-Glamorgan
(D/1946, E.Glamorgan, 8b, 740) (Free BMD)

spouse Morfydd Ioli BROWN   

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25 Sep 1937 104, Waldgrave Road, Becontree, Essex
21 Jul 1960 64, Sydenham Road, Croydon, Surrey, CR0 2EF

23 Apr 1974 Purley, Surrey




Permanent Deacon

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In order to continue his education, Philip Charles GUMMETT transferred from St Vincent's School, Becontree, to SS Peter and Paul School, Ilford.
It was a great surprise to him when his mother, Mary Flavella fell on his new teacher, Miss GUINEVAN and greeted her like a long lost sister. Why was his Mum greeting this old(!) lady so warmly?
Well, Miss GUINEVAN had been 'walking out' with Mary's brother Bob CONNOR before he went off to war, the two women had expectations of being sisters-in-law, but Bob had been killed in the war. So Miss GUINEVAN, like many of her generation, remained unmarried and became a teacher.

GUINEVAN is another rare surname like GUMMETT, so it seems likely that Miss GUINEVAN was one of the only GUINEVAN family living in Islington at the time that the CONNOR family were growing up. Free BMD lists the following births:
Catherine Elizabeth GUINEVAN b 1879
(S/1879, Islington, 1b, 221)
Joseph Patrick GUINEVAN b1881 (M/1881, Islington, 1b, 295)
Alfred Thomas GUINEVAN b1883 (S/1883, Islington, 1b, 218)
William ALfred GUINEVAN b1886 (J/1886, Islington, 1b, 291)
Ellen Florence GUINEVAN b1889 (M/1889, Islington, 1b, 349)
Francis Joseph GUINEVAN b1891 (D/1891, Islington, 1b, 290)
Teresa Mary GUINEVAN b1894 (J/1894, Islington, 1b, 269)
Margaret Mary A GUINEVAN b1897 (M/1897, Islington, 1b, 326)

Teresa Mary married in 1926, and Maragaret Mary A married in 1930, suggesting that the unmarried teacher was probably either Ellen Florence or possibly Catherine Elizabeth.

censusOn 25 Sep 1937, at the age of just 15, Philip Charles travelled to Lisbon, Portugal on board the Highland Princess to train as a priest. Unfortunately, he contracted malraria and was shipped back to blighty. This put an end to his priestly studies, which was lucky for his wife and children-to-be.

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