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EDGOOSE, George Albert

EDGOOSE, George Albert

Male 1915 - 2015  (100 years)

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  • Name EDGOOSE, George Albert 
    Born 11 Mar 1915  Sunderland Registration District, County Durham Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Male 
    Reference Number 313 
    _UID 273CFD60691B4E1C99516A54C533015EADF3 
    Died 5 Apr 2015  Stockton on Tees, County Durham Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Person ID I313  Edgoose
    Last Modified 20 May 2017 

    Father EDGOOSE, John Holborn,   b. 28 Jan 1877, Penshaw, County Durham Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 10 Apr 1960, Easington, County Durham Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 83 years) 
    Mother STERLING, Sarah Annie,   b. 19 Oct 1880, Sunderland, County Durham Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 22 Dec 1943, Easington, County Durham Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 63 years) 
    Married 28 Jul 1902  Sunderland, County Durham Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Family ID F208  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family KEELEY, Greta,   b. 2 Jul 1918, Easington Registration District, County Durham Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 20 Sep 1998, Sedgefield, County Durham Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 80 years) 
    Married 20 Apr 1942  Easington, County Durham Find all individuals with events at this location 
     1. EDGOOSE, J.S.
    Last Modified 18 Apr 2017 
    Family ID F212  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Photos
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    Edgoose GeorgeAlbertEdgoose 313 144.jpg
    GEORGE ALBERT EDGOOSE (1916-2016) and GRETA EDGOOSE nee KEELEY (1918-1998)

    Date: 20 APRIL 1942

    On their wedding day. On the left: brother and sister-in-law James Henry Edgoose (1905-1971)and Olive Edgoose nee Green (1910-2003)

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    Edgoose GeorgeAlbertEdgoose 313 648.jpg

    Date: UNKNOWN
    At least one living or private individual is linked to this item - Details withheld.

  • Notes 

      George Albert EDGOOSE was born in Sunderland, County Durham, on 11 March 1915, son of John Holborn and Sarah Annie EDGOOSE.
      (GRO June 1915 Sunderland 10a 1316)
      John Holborn EDGOOSE had married Sarah Annie STERLING on 28 July 1902.

      In 1922 the family moved to Paradise Farm, Easington, County Durham, and constructed a timber bungalow, stables and greenhouses. George carried out all the work on the land, ploughing with horses and honing his skills in farming and growing. As a 12 year old he used to knock on doors in Easington Village on his way home from school on Fridays soliciting orders for vegetables which he and his brother John Holborn EDGOOSE would deliver on Saturdays. His son John Samuel EDGOOSE remembers: "I think Uncle John did the colliery rounds with the horse and cart during the week. When Dad left school he must have helped Uncle John as that was when the cart ran over his foot and his brother told him not to take his boot off otherwise his foot would swell. Dad told that tale to all the nurses who came to dress his sore toes over the last couple of years! Later he got his own horse and 'flat' [2-wheeled flat cart] and built up his own 'rounds'. He told me he thought that he was delivering to about 1000 when the 'rounds' were at their height. It may have been when both he and uncle John were delivering by horse and cart during the war but I assumed the 1000 was later when he had the tractor and trailer and only he did the 'rounds'.)
      (Visit to Sedgefield 30 January 1999)
      (Email from John Samuel EDGOOSE, 13 April 2015)

      When war was declared in 1939 he was exempt from military service. The production of food was vital and a farming was reserved occupation. He met his future wife Greta KEELEY, an auxiliary nurse, when they were introduced on the market garden by a friend of Greta's who lived in Easington and must have known the EDGOOSE family. The two had walked to the market garden and met George working there. They were both church goers (George was in the church choir) and according to their son John Samuel they just "clicked". John remembers: "Dad had certain 'theories' about where he may have seen or have had connections to Mum before they met. One was when he was younger at either Seaham or Easington Agricultural Show where he had seen a girl putting her finger in the milking machine teat cup to feel the suction going on and off, as many people have done. He always thought it must have been her he saw! He also told the tale of them both watching the total eclipse in 1927 on neighbouring hills between Easington and Seaham. I think he had an idea that their meeting was pre-destined!"
      (Email from John Samuel EDGOOSE 13 April 2015)

      From the 1939 Register of The Bungalow, Paradise Garden, Easington R.D., Durham:
      John H. EDGOOSE, born 28 January 1876, married, nurseryman and market gardener
      Sarah A. EDGOOSE, born 19 October 1980, married, domestic duties
      *George A. EDGOOSE, born 11 March 1915, single, market gardener and retailer asst father

      They married on 20 April 1942.
      (GRO June Q 1942 Durham E 10a 1197)

      The wedding took place at St. Mary's Church, Easington Village, yesterday, of Mr. George A. EDGOOSE, youngest son of Mr. and Mrs. J. H. EDGOOSE, Paradise Gardens, Easington Colliery, formerly of Sunderland, and Miss Greta KEELEY, only daughter of Councillor S. KEELEY and the late Mrs. KEELEY, of Maureen Terrace, Seaham Harbour. The bridegroom is a lay reader at St. Mary's, and the bride was a Sunday school teacher at St. John's, Seaham Harbour.
      The Rev. G. A. WEST officiated at a choral service, with Councillor J. T. BROWN at the organ. The bride, given away by her father, wore a dress of white lace with georgette trimmings ands embroidered veil to match, and carried a bouquet of pink roses. She was attended by Miss Eleanor EDGOOSE (niece of bridegroom), with Mrs. A. PROUD as matron of honour. Mr. J. H. EDGOOSE (brother of bridegroom) was best man, and Mr. W. WOOD was groomsman."
      (Sunderland Daily Echo and Shipping Gazette, 21 April 1942)

      Their son John Samuel EDGOOSE was born on 2 November 1944.

      "Sunderland Agent's Marriage
      The wedding took place at the Old Methodist Church, Philaelphia, today, of Mr James Henry EDGOOSE, of Easington, and Miss Olive May Green, elder daughter of Mr and Mrs Thomas GREEN, of Philadelphia. Mr Ian MALCOLM, Newcastle, officiated.
      The bridegroom, whose father is well known in horticultural circles, is Sunderland agent for Newcastle Breweries. He is secretary and organist of the Church of Ascension, Sunderland.
      The bride's father is head clerk of Philadelphia Engine Works.
      The bride was a staff nurse at Newcastle General Hospital, and was attended by Miss Jean H. BRYAN, of Annfield, a colleague nurse. Mr. George A. EDGOOSE, Seaham, was best man."
      (Sunderland Daily Echo and Shipping Gazette, 5 January 1946)

      Later he bought Todds House Farm in Sedgefield, County Durham, determined to be his own master and helped by Greta's inheritance from her father, a successful insurance broker, who died in 1953. The 55 acre farm is still owned by the family. "It got to the stage where my father was overworked. They decided to give up the cows and find something else to do on the farm. Very luckily they were approached by Buxtead Chickens for land for a broiler unit. They sold them 4 acres and sold the cows. That meant they could pay off their mortgage and come to our wedding! Dad then managed the Buxtead broiler unit until he retired in 1978. Judith and I came back and took over the farm as tenants in 1977 and we bought it from Dad and Mum in 1986 when we gave up the cows. The farm is still ours of course. When he retired he was still helping me on the farm. He then went back to growing flowers and vegetables - supplying more than we could eat! He was growing well into his 90s. Eventually he could no longer kneel down to deal with the plants but he continued doing the watering, tottering on two sticks trailing the garden hose behind him. He only consented to have a walking frame so that he could go on watering the flowers! A very determined man!!"
      (Email from John Samuel EDGOOSE 13.04.2015)

      He celebrated his 100th birthday at Stockton Lodge Nursing Home, Harrowgate Lane, on Wednesday 11 March 2015. He told the Stockton Gazette's reporter: "It's wonderful to get to this age. I've had a busy life."

      He died there a few weeks later on Sunday 5 April 2015.

      (revised 10.04.2016)