May (Hills) Sexton
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Louisa May (Hills) Sexton (1915 - 1980)

Louisa May (May) "Fairy" Sexton formerly Hills
Born in Barking, Greater London, Englandmap
Ancestors ancestors
Wife of — married 14 Jun 1939 in Romford, Essex, Englandmap
Mother of [private daughter (1930s - unknown)], [private son (1940s - unknown)], [private daughter (1940s - unknown)] and [private son (1950s - unknown)]
Died in Norwich, Norfolk, Englandmap
Profile last modified | Created 22 Aug 2014
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May (Hills) Sexton has Jewish Roots.
May (Hills) Sexton is the descendant of a Huguenot emigrant.
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May (Hills) Sexton was born in Barking, Essex, England.


Louisa May Hills was born on April 12, 1915 at Barking, Essex, England. [1] She was the daughter of Harry Hills and Sue Reeves.
he had a very fair complexion and fair hair unlike most of her siblings and was sometimes known by the nickname 'Fairy' as a young child. She was named after her mothers sister, who in fact never used the name always being called 'Sally' and thus Louisa May was always called May.

May was the youngest of the six Hills girls and was very close to her next sister, Birdie. They went to dances together and went for holidays together to their Norfolk relatives, Birdie pairing up with Jack Gay and May with Harry. Harry's parents were convinced that May would marry him and were quite put out when she married Charlie Sexton on June 14, 1939.[2]

Charlie was away in the RAF during the war and May worked with Birdie in her husband's fish and chip shop, often singing as they fried and served up the chips. Soon May had two children and after the war two more were born.
May and her sister Minnie, who was widowed, lived together in Whiting Avenue Barking. May returned to work in Hills Stores, the family shop at 61, North Street, while Minnie ran the house and looked after the children. Later they moved to Sisley Road next to their sister Franie and her family.
By this time Charlie had been discharged from the RAF and ran his own fish and chip shop in Goodmayes.

Eventually the Sextons moved to Goodmayes but May continued to work in Hills Stores in Barking until they moved to Bradwell in Norfolk in the mid 1960s.
May had become an expert on records and was offered work by HMV but she was content to help Charlie in his fish and chip shop in Bradwell.
At first they lived above the shop but after a couple of years they bought a house in nearby Belton.

In the late 1970s May developed cancer and she died in the Norfolk and Norwich Hospital on August 10, 1980.[3] She was cremated at Gorleston Crematorium Norfolk.


  1. FS England and Wales Birth Registration Index
    Name Louisa M Hills
    Event Type Birth Registration
    Registration Quarter Apr-May-Jun
    Registration Year 1915
    Registration District West Ham
    County Essex
    Event Place West Ham, Essex, England
    Mother's Maiden Name (not available before 1911 Q3) Reeves
    Volume 4A Page 497 Line Number 109
    "England and Wales Birth Registration Index, 1837-2008," database, FamilySearch ( : accessed 24 May 2016), Louisa M Hills, 1915; from "England & Wales Births, 1837-2006," database, findmypast ( : 2012); citing Birth Registration, West Ham, Essex, England, citing General Register Office, Southport, England.
  2. FS England and Wales Marriage Registration Index, 1837-2005
    Name Louisa M Hills
    Event Type Marriage Registration
    Registration Quarter Apr-May-Jun
    Registration Year 1939
    Registration District Romford
    County Essex
    Event Place Romford, Essex, England
    Spouse Name (available after 1911) Sexton
    Volume 4A Page 1612 Line Number 134
    Louisa M Hills married Charles V S Sexton "England and Wales Marriage Registration Index, 1837-2005," database, FamilySearch ( : accessed 24 May 2016), Louisa M Hills and null, 1939; from “England & Wales Marriages, 1837-2005,” database, findmypast ( : 2012); citing 1939, quarter 2, vol. 4A, p. 1612, Romford, Essex, England, General Register Office, Southport, England.
  3. FS England and Wales Death Registration Index 1837-2007 Name Louisa May Sexton
    Event Type Death Registration
    Registration Quarter Jul-Aug-Sep
    Registration Year 1980
    Registration District Norwich
    County Norfolk
    Event Place Norwich, Norfolk, England
    Birth Date (available after June quarter 1969) 12 Apr 1915
    Volume 10 Page 1691 Line Number 122 "England and Wales Death Registration Index 1837-2007," database, FamilySearch ( : accessed 24 May 2016), Louisa May Sexton, 1980; from "England & Wales Deaths, 1837-2006," database, findmypast ( : 2012); citing Death Registration, Norwich, Norfolk, England, General Register Office, Southport, England.

Part of the biography is first-hand information as remembered by me Christine Frost

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