I was born in Newport Monmouthshire in April 1947.  We lived at 28 Redbrook Road until moving to a house in Glasllwch Cresent near the Bassaleg area of Newport. I went to Clytha Road Primary School until I was five.
At 6 years old the family moved to Rumney in Cardiff where I lived for the next 16 years, attending Rumney Junior School until the age of Eleven. and then Caer Castell Secondary Modern until the age of nearly 16.
I started work at Guest Keen Iron & Steel on East Moors as an office boy in August 1962, prior to starting an apprenticeship as an electrician in February 1963.
In May 1969 Mike married Judith Ann Cook at Rumney Methodist Church in Wentloog Road Rumney.
After the wedding we moved into a house in Caerphilly at Sir Stafford Close, where we lived for the next eight years. During this time we had our two children who were both born in the Caerphilly Miner Hospital. By the time we got married I had finished my apprenticeship with GKIS and was working as an electrical draughtsman in the main office, I was also still finishing my HNC in Llandaff Tech during the evenings, around this time I decided to leave GKIS, there was rumours of closures in the steel industry so I applied for a job with Rank Xerox as an engineer.
In 1977 Xerox wanted engineers to go to New Zealand, to assist with the rapid growth in the photocopying industry, I applied for one of the positions and Ann and I took our young family to the other side of the world.
Our children have both grown up in New Zealand, our son still lives in New Zealand, but our daughter moved to Australia about 7 years ago. We still live in New Zealand today, and have 5 grandchildren, some in Australia and some in New Zealand. Our two great grandchildren live near us and we see them regularly. I retired from the electrical industry just over 7 years ago. We have recently celebrated our 50th wedding anniversary and went to Rarotonga to celebrate.
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On 5 Oct 2019 at 16:55 GMT Claire (Chapel) Nava wrote:
When Lou's two profiles were merged, she ended up as an inadvertent volunteer.
I have posted a severely modified Greeting/ Confirmation message for her and will let you get on with it.
Thank you, Mike!
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On 18 Jul 2019 at 11:48 GMT Susie MacLeod wrote:
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We sent you a message about a week ago about the England Project but have not yet heard back from you. If we don't hear from you by this time next week we'll assume you no longer wish to be in the project.
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On 2 May 2019 at 13:08 GMT Wendy (Ling) Sullivan wrote:
On behalf of the England Project Leaders we're carrying out a check-in to see how all the members are doing and taking the opportunity to thank you for all your hard work over the past six months. We have been so impressed with the way everyone has rallied together and gone the extra mile to make this one of the most dedicated, productive and friendly communities on WikiTree. What are you enjoying most about being in the project? What would you like to see improved or changed? Would you like to continue in the project moving forwards?
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On 18 Mar 2019 at 10:59 GMT Maria Maxwell wrote:
I've added the UK Project badge to your profile and your name to the members interest pages of this and the Wales Project.
Thanks for joining and good luck with your research.
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