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GREEN,  Olive May

GREEN, Olive May

Female 1910 - 2003  (93 years)

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  • Name GREEN, Olive May 
    Born 8 Nov 1910  Philadelphia, Sunderland, County Durham Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Female 
    Reference Number 318 
    _UID D2390AD9CA814542B4A2F17FF488D7734CC7 
    Died 1 Dec 2003  Sunderland, County Durham Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Person ID I318  Edgoose
    Last Modified 18 Apr 2017 

    Father GREEN, Thomas,   b. 11 May 1884, Newbottle, County Durham Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1970, Sunderland Registration District, County Durham Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 85 years) 
    Mother JACKSON, Annie,   b. 2 Sep 1882, Gateshead, County Durham Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1960, Sunderland Registration District, County Durham Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 77 years) 
    Married 1908  Gateshead Registration District, County Durham Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Family ID F216  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family EDGOOSE, James Henry,   b. 26 Nov 1905, Sunderland, County Durham Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 8 Feb 1971, Sunderland, County Durham Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 65 years) 
    Married 5 Jan 1946  Sunderland, County Durham Find all individuals with events at this location 
     1. EDGOOSE, G.S.
    Last Modified 11 Jul 2016 
    Family ID F211  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

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  • Notes 
    • OLIVE MAY EDGOOSE née GREEN 1910-2003

      Olive May GREEN was born on 8 November 1910 at Yard Row, Philadelphia, Sunderland, County Durham, daughter of Thomas GREEN.
      (GRO December Q 1910 Houghton [which includes Penshaw] 10a 528)
      Thomas Green had married Annie JACKSON in 1908.

      The 1911 census of 5 Yard Row, Philadelphia, Fence Houses, County Durham:
      Thomas GREEN, head, aged 26, engine works time keeper, born at Newbottle, County Durham;
      Annie GREEN, wife, aged 28, married 2 years, 2 children of whom 2 living, born at Gateshead, County Durham;
      Ernest John Green, son, aged 1, born at Houghton-le-Spring, County Durham;
      *Olive May Green, daughter, aged 4 months, born at Newbottle, County Durham.

      From the 1939 Register of 37 Voltages Terrace, Hetton U.D., Durham:
      Thomas GREEN, born 11 May 1884, married, engineering works clerk & bookkeeper;
      Annie GREEN, born 2 September 1882, married, unpaid domestic duties;
      *Olive M. Green, born 8 November 1910, single, dressmaker.
      (RG101/2788H/015/38 FFTJ)

      She married James Henry EDGOOSE at the Old Methodist Chapel, Philadelphia, Sunderland, on 5 January 1946.
      (GRO March Q 1946 Durham N. 10a 1327)

      "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)

      In 1993 she wrote a chapter for the book "I Remember ... The North East" published by The Pentland Press Ltd. in 1993. Her chapter was entitled Philadelphia & Shiney Row:
      (ISBN 1 85821 149 2)
      "To tell all the things stored up in my memory, of the first years of my life, would take a very long time; they are very vivid and clear:
      It all happened in a place which to me was magic - even though it was Yard Row, Philadelphia.
      I was born on November 8th 1910. Yard Row comprised seven stone houses, in a kind of hollow, fronted by a gravel path. A green bank of grass rose up to the road. It was upon this bank that we played.
      The Philadelphia Engine Works, surrounded by a high wall, was situated at the end of the houses. The 'Works', apart from the pits,was the main source of employment. It consisted of engine shed, sawmills, 'shops' such as, electricians', plumbers', fitters' painters', founders', sadlers' etc., where all the young men served their time. Just inside the main gates was the Time Office where my father worked. The goods railway line ran through this part of the yard.
      A number of children lived in the street, and I had a brother a little older than myself. I must have been registering what was happening before I was three years old. A daughter of one of our neighbours used to take me out quite often, to visit her grandfather in the Joicey Homes at Herrington Burn. On one special occasion, she took my brother and me to New Herrington
      to watch a procession. We carried our small Union Jacks, and saw King George V and Queen Mary, who had been visiting Herrington Hall - I think - and were returning to Lambton Castle, where they were guests. I believe this would have been a Coronation visit to the North.
      These early years in the area were idyllic; we seemed to have many friends and relations and were possessed of a lovely garden, where my father grew vegetables and flowers; when the potatoes were big enough, we roasted them on the fire in the garden. The folk in the mining community were mostly good gardeners.
      I started school when I was five years old, at Paddock Style School. By the time the First World War - or the Great War as it was then called - had been on for more than a year. We had had air-raid scares, and we all used to hide under the table in the livingroom. We had heard quite a lot about Zeppelins. I am not quite sure about the date when we did have an air-raid very close to us. It was either late 1915, or early 1916, because it was before my sister was born in July 1916. On a Saturday night, on returning from a visit to Houghton-le-Spring, our neighbours began telling my parents that the 'Zepps' were out!
      Later that night there was a warning, and bombs were dropped in the farmer's field close to Herrington Wood and also near to the Philadelphia power station, which had been their target.
      Next morning my father took my brother and me to see the huge craters in the field where the bombs were dropped. Many house and school windows were shattered, but no severe damage was done.
      A vivid memory at this time was of visiting the neighbours I mentioned before: their son was on leave from the army - his fiancee was there - it was a family gathering, and they sang war songs, including, 'Keep the home Fires Burning'.
      On my sixth birthday we moved from Yard Row, to a new house in South Street, Shiney Row. Some sort of horse-drawn transport was used to convey the furniture, while I, clutching my birthday cards, walked to the new house with my mother. I also had to attend a new school, Shiney Row. Transport at that time was by Sunderland Electric Tramways, which could take us to Sunderland, Roker, and Penshaw Railway Station. I believe only one doctor at Philadelphia owned a car, though pedal cycles were plentiful.
      Home life was good: home cooking and baking in a round oven; coal fires, games and knitting, and also music, on whatever instrument we could afford, usually a small organ.
      We began to appreciate nature and the things around us; villages,such as Newbottle with its lovely stone houses and picturesque church at the top of the village; also public houses were plentiful and there was an abundance of Churches and Chapels too, and Sundays were mainly used for worship.
      On looking back over a lifetime, working first as a dressmaker and secondly, training as a nurse during the war, what a panorama confronts me. Then marriage and a home in Sunderland and a lovely daughter. The years have brought a host of joys: a number of sorrows as well, but wonderful friends and relations have always been there. Life has been rich and good, and it all happened in the North East!"

      In 2002 she and her daughter GRACE were living at 37 Weldon Avenue, Sunderland, SR2 9QB.
      (Electoral Roll)

      She died in hospital on 1 December 2003 aged 93.
      (GRO December 2003 Sunderland B69E 058/1B 221)

      (revised 02.06.2016)