Chapter 1: Henry and Amelia Oxby
An unacknowledged father When Henry met Amelia In Australia Life of Mrs. Oxby Henry heads to Canada Reconciled with Amelia
Chapter 2: Lilian Oxby
College in Wales A Canadian affair and a random choice The locksmith goes to Egypt Lilian moves to Wednesfield Amelia needed in Liverpool Joyce and Mavis go to school Wood Avenue
Chapter 3: Joyce and Mavis: life on Wood Avenue
Strangers in my house Down to market Our semi-detached home Lemons and oranges Stuffed with furniture Sewing Hearth rugs Grandma always busy On walks with Mother Daily and weekly deliveries Joyce declines an invitation Games we played Dialect spoken here Chores The Jobbers come visiting Sunday roast dinner Sunday School A fatherless childhood Visiting Dad The Oxbys of Cardiff Summer holidays Schooling Grandma moves in Death of Henry Oxby To Colwyn Bay Studying for a scholarship Remedies Seasonal traditions The last year of childhood Holiday in Skegness Bus to the future
Chapter 4: Winifred Annie (Cole) Hilborn
Grandma's story Roy Henry’s history “He couldn’t resist women” Life on the Prairies A cow for milk Photography business Weekend exercise The Klan strike Divorce Return to England Notes on Annie Cole and Winifred Cole
Chapter 5: Ralph Lloyd Hilborn
Uncle Ralph remembers the early days A shack for Winnie Roy in the sanatorium Selling pianos in Moose Jaw Roy’s newspaper
Chapter 6: Jack Howes
A visit to the old homestead in Saskatchewan
Chapter 7: Roy Hilborn in WWII
My Royal Navy career Anti-submarine boats Four to a room Depth charges Londonderry base Rammed Acoustic mines Blitz Bombed Air-sea rescue A nicked earlobe Rum days Undercover agents To Plymouth D-Day
Chapter 8: War-time romance
War-time romance: Roy’s version
A girl to talk to Up the river
War-time romance: Joyce’s version
At the Wrennery Number 44
Chapter 9: Post-war
Roy, on the post-war period
A new house Where’s Guelph? Emigration
Joyce, on the post-war period
Cherry Beach A letter from father
Appendix A: Chronology, Residences
Appendix B: Genealogy
Family trees: Oxby Jobber Hilborn Cole
Appendix C: Sources
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