My earliest recollection is sheltering under the table with mum during an air raid. We later used to go next door to their shelter when they had one put up until we got our own Anderson shelter. I have recollections of a Morrison shelter but I am not sure where that was. Mum was a Civil Defence warden and I still have her armband. She also had a stirrup pump which we still had after the war and used to water the garden.
I remember fetes in the park run by the NFS (Nationl Fire Service) from the top of Recreation Avenue. These were towards the end of the war and maybe after, but they died out, perhaps when the NFS departed. There was one fete where I was left in Mary's charge while mum went off to buy vegetables. I persuaded Mary that we needed to go the anouncement tent and put out a lost child call. She was reluctant but I insisted. When I got there the chap on the microphone said "how can you be lost, you live over there", pointing at our house. Nevertheless I insisted and to pacify me he made the call. When mum arrived she was furious as she had to abandon the queue she had spent all that time in. The NFS had the famous Green Goddesses, I remember them all being taken away. The station was left there derelict and we used to play in it climbing up inside the boiler house to the roof.
During the war Mary was evacuated to Huthwaite but I was too young to go and stayed with Mum. Mary came back after the worst of the Blitz was over and we had an air raid shelter by then. Towards the end of the war when V1s and V2s started we were evacuated again, and I went this time.
I attended Gubbins Lane Primary school and sat for entrance to Christ's Hospital, the Blue Coat school but didn't qualify. I also sat for entrance to Sir Anthony Brown's but none of us from Gubbins Lane qualified, we all went to the Romford Royal Liberty instead. I applied for an apprenticeship in the RAF when I was 15, but failed the medical due to colour blindness.
I went on to Queen Mary's College, London University to study maths but dropped out after failing the second year exams. I then went to work for Ford Motor company at Parts Division, South Ockendon as a computer operator on their Leo II/4, transferring to a computer programmer after a couple of years. I was later transferred to Dagenham, programming their Leo II/13 and picking up 1401 programming from reading the manual. We were moved about, at one time working in Gants Hill, which was a long way to commute from Stanford and parking was difficult.
I got fed up with the traveling and went to work at Regent Oil in Mayfair where they had a 1401. I enjoyed three and a half years there, but in the end the commuting got to me; the train wasn't too bad, it was the packed central line from Liverpool Street (later Fenchuch Street) to Marble Arch. I moved to Marconi in Chelmsford who were going to get a KDF9, but I didn't like it, so went back to Ford, now at Warley Central Offices, the old Essex Regiment barracks.
Ford now had a 7010 and four 1401s. Later they got an IBM system 360 (subsequently 370s, 3032s, Amdahl, etc.). As the 1401s and 7010s were decimal machines every one could write simple programs, though computer programmers were used for the meaty stuff. When the 360s arrived they were binary and only the brightest could cope, many programmers had to transfer to systems analysis. Not only that, but the 360 had an operating system which had to be generated, this was considered a menial task and was delegated to the maintenance section where I was, and so I became a software programmer. The maintain section was considered the bottom of the barrel, but in fact was the harder task as we had to look after the old 1401 programs which had been patched to keep them working, and had no source, just an object deck and some notes on bits of paper. We got used to reading the program code in the core dump. This was a skill I carried over to the S/360, even being able to read some of Cobol source code from the core dump.
I retired from Ford under a voluntary redundancy scheme in 1985 and went to work for a consultancy firm that provided contract staff to Ford. I did this for a further two years. Since retiring I have satisfied my need to program by writing HTML and have a website at . I also maintain the website for the South Woodham Ferrers U3A at .
In the good old days, when we were members of CIX, we were in the conference Grand_Hotel. I played the role of the Hotel manager, Mr Mortlake, whose trade mark was that he always got things wrong and when things were going badly would nip off to the kitchen for the chef (Ronfvs) to russle up a plate of sausages, but they had to be the best. We are no longer on CIX, but I do miss Grand_Hotel. However, Mr Mortlake still loves good sausages.
I became interested in Genealogy after my Aunt (Margaret Weston) gave me a family tree that she had been given by her grand mother, hence was strong on the Medd side of the family. I started on Genes Reunited and then moved over to Ancestry and have now discovered Wikitree is even better. Things are going well, but I am still stuck with my maternal grandmother, Lilian Ethel Ottoway (possiby Ottaway). I have a birth date of 22 March 1884 at Woking from her marriage certificate, but have been unable to find a birth certificate or transcription record.
David Weston of Nova Scotia put me in touch with Stephen Weston who is also descended from George Gibson Weston, but from John Frederick Weston's elder brother; George Samuel Weston. I did have a web site where I was developing our family tree, http://thomas-weston-1725.me.uk, but I let the domain lapse and concentrated on Ancestry. He also introduced me to DNA testing and I took the free Sorenson Y-chromosone test and obtained 16 markers . Stephen had done the full test and had 37 markers. I later did an Ancestry autosomal test.
Ancestry prices are going up so we have let our subscription lapse and will be transferring all our data here. This is a much better system anyway with the concept of one profile per person and a strong emphasis on accuracy, rather than copying data from tree to tree and replicating other peoples mistakes.
Although I was registered and christened as John Geoffrey, in later life I have adopted JG as my name (I have not made a deed poll). This came about when I was a Ham, we were all "John" s on our morning mobile net so we adopted handles to distinguish each other. I used my initials as I couldn't think of anything else at the time. I then realised I had always signed myself as JG Weston, so it was my name. I have since always introduced myself as JG and people have got used to calling me that. It is handy, as if someone calls out "John", I don't have to ask "Do you mean me?". I have had to remove "Geoffrey" as my middle name in my profile as Wikitree was formating my name badly as JG G Weston.
Dad wanted to name me Wellesley as three Vickers Wellesley bombers set a long range distance record when I was born. Mum said no! At junior school I told my friend Bill Ashpole, who promptly told everyone else, and I got the nickname Welsey which lasted throughout my school career, (Romford Royal Liberty).
I was brought up as C of E but am now an aetheist and support Humanism. To me religion, together with Nationalism, are the prime cause of much of the worlds problems. If asked for my ethnic origins my answer is human, if asked for where I live I reply Earth. We all live on the same planet it is time we stopped fighting each other and make the most of our resources for the benefit of everyone.
To aid WikiTree in the administration of my account should I be incapacitated, or in the event of my death, I hereby give permission for the following:-
1. All my private or unlisted Weston profiles to be transfered to Chris Weston (https://www.wikitree.com/wiki/Weston-987) should he wish to manage them.
2. Any of my remaining private or unlisted profiles to be transferred to any of my WikiTree relatives who is/are willing to manage them (whether or not they are currently on the Trusted Lists).
3. Any remaining private or unlisted profiles may be transfered to any Leader or WikiGenalogist if that is not possible.
Please make all of my profiles as open as possible where appropriate including my own.
Any open profiles I manage will just become orphaned and may be adopted by any WikiGenalogist.
DNA I did a free 37 marker test at Sorenson so found 16 of my markers, with the help of David Weston (Canada). My 4th cousin, Stephen, did the 37 marker test and so my markers would probably be the same as his. My 16 Y chr. markers are in the images attached to this profile. I have done the Ancestry sonomal test but there are almost 700,000 markers. I have uploaded the data to GEDmatch.
Remarried, after divorce, in 1988 at Brentwood .
I have relatives from both marriages in my family tree.
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