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What did my Great-Aunt do in WW2?
« on: Wednesday 04 September 19 11:49 BST (UK) »
My Great-Aunt - Mary Marguerite Hodgson (I haven't got her exact dates but she was born between (1907-1911) and died about 1992).  She didn't marry until she was into her 70's.

My family has always believed that Aunt Mary did something "top secret" in WW2 that she could never talk about.

I have no idea how to find out about this - can anyone help?

Her parents were Vera Marguerite Bacon  &  Arthur Thomas Hodgson, who Married at Uttoxeter, Staffs (1906)

Looking for relatives of John Cowham Parker (1773-1841), mayor of Hull & had 2 wives, Ann Goodhand & Elizabeth/Eliza Speedings.  And information of John Goodhand Parker, William Bilbie Parker, Henry Watson Parker, Marion Parker (nee Rorauer), Wilfred Watson Parker & Frances Charlotte Mary Purssell (& her parents Alfred Purssell & Ellen Ware, and grandparents Roger & Charlotte Purssell).

Also Maternal line - Hodgson, Bacon, Stapylton, Slingsby, Percy, Mortimer.

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Re: What did my Great-Aunt do in WW2?
« Reply #1 on: Wednesday 04 September 19 12:04 BST (UK) »
WW2 records are still with the MOD ;D

Maybe you can get something from this site:
https://www.gov.uk/get-copy-military-service-records

But there will be a fee of 30, and you will need to provide a copy of her death certificate.

There is a chance that, as her job was "top secret" it will still remain classified?
Do you have any idea where she was employed?
Or where she was living at the time?
Garrad (Suffolk, Essex, Somerset), Crocker (Somerset), Vanstone (Devon, Jersey), Sims (Wiltshire), Bridger (Kent)

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Re: What did my Great-Aunt do in WW2?
« Reply #2 on: Wednesday 04 September 19 12:12 BST (UK) »
Maybe you can get something from this site:
https://www.gov.uk/get-copy-military-service-records


If she worked at somewhere like Bletchley would that show as "military service"?


Have you looked for her on the 1939 Register?  The 1911 census should give an indication on when she was born.
Howard , Viney , Kingsman, Pain/e, Rainer/ Rayner, Barham, George, Wakeling (Catherine), Vicary (Frederick)   all LDN area/suburbs  Ottley/ MDX,
Henman/ KNT   Gandy/LDN before 1830  Burgess/LDN
Barham/SFK   Rainer/CAN (Toronto) Gillians/CAN  Sturgeon/CAN (Vancouver)
Bailey/LDN Page/KNT   Paling/WA (var)



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Re: What did my Great-Aunt do in WW2?
« Reply #3 on: Wednesday 04 September 19 12:46 BST (UK) »
Not Bletchley Park - I just checked on their website ;D

https://bletchleypark.org.uk/roll-of-honour
Garrad (Suffolk, Essex, Somerset), Crocker (Somerset), Vanstone (Devon, Jersey), Sims (Wiltshire), Bridger (Kent)

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Re: What did my Great-Aunt do in WW2?
« Reply #4 on: Wednesday 04 September 19 14:26 BST (UK) »
Interesting that the GRO doesn't seem to have anyone of that name born in that time frame. Even if you leave the maiden name of bacon out. How sure are you of her dates and birth names?
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Re: What did my Great-Aunt do in WW2?
« Reply #5 on: Wednesday 04 September 19 14:31 BST (UK) »
My Great-Aunt - Mary Marguerite Hodgson (I haven't got her exact dates but she was born between (1907-1911)

We aren't allowed to do 1911 look-ups, but Mary Marguerite is easily found on the 1911 census.

This census gives you her exact age in months. Given that the 1911 census was taken on the 2nd April you can easily work out approximately the month of her birth  ;)

Having worked that out it's not too difficult to find her in the 1939 Register (we can't do look-ups from that either) and to find out what her occupation was at that time.
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Re: What did my Great-Aunt do in WW2?
« Reply #6 on: Wednesday 04 September 19 14:34 BST (UK) »
From FreeBMD:

Mary M Hodgson  DecQ 1910  St.Geo.H. Sq     1a    371


I think this could be her.
Howard , Viney , Kingsman, Pain/e, Rainer/ Rayner, Barham, George, Wakeling (Catherine), Vicary (Frederick)   all LDN area/suburbs  Ottley/ MDX,
Henman/ KNT   Gandy/LDN before 1830  Burgess/LDN
Barham/SFK   Rainer/CAN (Toronto) Gillians/CAN  Sturgeon/CAN (Vancouver)
Bailey/LDN Page/KNT   Paling/WA (var)



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Re: What did my Great-Aunt do in WW2?
« Reply #7 on: Wednesday 04 September 19 14:34 BST (UK) »
Interesting that the GRO doesn't seem to have anyone of that name born in that time frame. Even if you leave the maiden name of bacon out. How sure are you of her dates and birth names?

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From GRO website: (female) Hodgson (no christian name) 4th q. 1910, St George Hanover Square 01A 371, mother's maiden surname Bacon.
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Re: What did my Great-Aunt do in WW2?
« Reply #8 on: Wednesday 04 September 19 14:36 BST (UK) »
Interesting that the GRO doesn't seem to have anyone of that name born in that time frame. Even if you leave the maiden name of bacon out. How sure are you of her dates and birth names?

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From GRO website: (female) Hodgson (no christian name) 4th q. 1910, St George Hanover Square 01A 371, mother's maiden surname Bacon.

Yes just got that too without any Christian name! These indexes are designed to confuse us at times!
North East of England