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Douglas Henry Middlemiss

(born 25 Nov 1919 Hackney, London died 16 Jun 2006)

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Maternal grandmother: not known

Maternal grandfather: not known

 

Paternal grandmother: Elizabeth Sarah Stone (born 5.11.1855 London Bethnal Green died 6.1.1923 )   View NotesHide notes  

“A favourite story of Aunt Lil's was how her parents Edward and Elizabeth first met. Elizabeth (then Stone) travelled with a Sunday school party to Chingford Plain one bank holiday. Then, as now, there was a fair on the Plain and she, goaded by her friends, visited a fortune teller. This lady foretold a sudden meeting in the very near future with a handsome man who would become her husband. While they were still giggling about this outside the tent, Elizabeth turned to walk away and bumped into a handsome young man who, of course, turned out to be Edward. The girls all cried "Oh, the gipsy, the gipsy", and doubtless Edward wanted to know what it was all about. Anyway, the story goes that he raised his hat and apologized and the acquaintance went on from there. They had four sons and a daughter at two yearly intervals and then a gap of nine years before Mabel was born. During those nine years, four babies were either still born or died soon after birth. For some time during their married life (certainly during Mabel's childhood) Grandma Stone lived with them and, presumably, helped with the household chores.

“The family moved frequently. In 1879 they were living at Dalston, in 1885 at Clapton Park, in 1894 at 34, Glaskin Road, (a turning on the north side of Well Street - now demolished), Hackney London. 

“At the turn of the century they were living at 10, Tudor Road, Hackney, next to the Bearmans. Thus Edward Stone Middlemiss and Hilda Bearman met and became engaged. Alexander William and Elsie Nora Bearman were also interested in each other during 1900 but this was apparently vetoed by Mrs. Bearman.

“In July 1903 they moved to 83, Dongola Road, Tottenham and, some time between April and July 1904 to 43, Cadogan Terrace, Homerton, London from where Edward Stone Middlemiss was married in 1907. In later years, Edward and Elizabeth had rooms in Alexander William's house, first at 76, Devonshire Road, (now Brenthouse Road) Hackney, London then, after Elizabeth's death in 1923, at 154, Kyverdale Road, Upper Clapton. London 

“Grandma Elizabeth became blind in one eye later in life through glaucoma and had a glass eye which Aunt Lil used to take out and clean for her. Edward was much disabled by arthritis in his last years. He died during the great frost of 1928-29 as a result of falling down the four steps from the hall to the dining room and hitting his head against the fender.”

From Dr Frank Middlemiss’s family tree at www.sredburn.free-online.co.uk/middlemiss/middlemiss01_2008.html

married 17 Sep 1878 Bethnal Green, London

Paternal grandfather: Edward Middlemiss (born 8.12.1853 London Hampstead died 10.2.1929 )   View NotesHide notes  

Lived in Hackney in 1891 census too along with Alexander D, Edward S, Elizabeth H, Ernest H and Albert Henry

Edward ”spent some time helping out at the Swiss Cottage dairy farm; later he was a sorter in the General Post Office. Still later he had his own plate and sheet glass business at Chilton Street, Bethnal Green. The mirrors in the overmantles at Beach Crest were produced by his firm, but later the firm fell on bad times. From 1900 he was complaining of poor business and he sold the business in late 1902 or early 1903.“

“... A favourite story of Aunt Lil's was how her parents Edward and Elizabeth first met. Elizabeth (then Stone) travelled with a Sunday school party to Chingford Plain one bank holiday. Then, as now, there was a fair on the Plain and she, goaded by her friends, visited a fortune teller. This lady foretold a sudden meeting in the very near future with a handsome man who would become her husband. While they were still giggling about this outside the tent, Elizabeth turned to walk away and bumped into a handsome young man who, of course, turned out to be Edward. The girls all cried "Oh, the gipsy, the gipsy", and doubtless Edward wanted to know what it was all about. Anyway, the story goes that he raised his hat and apologized and the acquaintance went on from there. They had four sons and a daughter at two yearly intervals and then a gap of nine years before Mabel was born. During those nine years, four babies were either still born or died soon after birth. For some time during their married life (certainly during Mabel's childhood) Grandma Stone lived with them and, presumably, helped with the household chores.”

Dr. Frank Middlemiss - personal notes

Baptisms of children on Ancestry - some still to document

 

Mother: Ethel Miller (born abt 1890 Hackney, London)  

married 1912 Hackney, Middlesex

Father Albert Henry Middlemiss (born 1883 London Hackney)   View NotesHide notes  

Albert “like his two elder brothers, was a glass silverer in his father's factory, according to the 1901 census. He served in the Army during the 1st World War- stationed at one time in Dover Castle. In 1917, he was in Naval Squadron no. 9. He, like his brother, worked for the Hackney Board of Guardians. He married Ethel Miller (always called "Effie") on Easter Saturday 1912. He and his family settled before the 1st World War at

191, Essex Road,

Leyton.

The house suffered severe damage on several occasions from enemy action during WW2. In Autumn 1940, a parachute mine landed in the small hours about a quarter of a mile away and took out all their windows. They retreated to a cottage at Tring (see Mabel Victoria Middlemiss) until the house was habitable again, but more damage occurred in 1941 and they stayed for two months with George Whitbread in Epping. Finally, in Autumn 1944, a V2 rocket landed just 30 0 yards away and brought down all ceilings, windows, doors, etc. Astonishingly, they continued to live in the house together with Brian and Grace after this, without windows and without daylight. They did have an air raid shelter which they dug and constructed themselves in the garden, although at times, when the air raids were less severe, they slept in the living room, which had been turned into a sort of fortress. They moved away from 191, Essex Road after the war and lived with Bert and Grace (their son and daughter-in-law) first at

86, Larkshall Road,

Highams Park

and later at

34, Underwood Road,

Chingford.

Finally, about 1969, they moved to a bungalow at

Lyminge,

Kent,

near to Bert and Grace.

Dr Frank Middlemiss online notes


Brother: Albert Valentine Middlemiss (born 14.2.1914 Hackney, London )   View NotesHide notes  

Albert “served in the Royal Armoured Corps from July 1940. He was in Egypt by January 1941, spent some time in Malta during 1943, and was in action more or less throughout the North African and Italian campaigns of the 2nd World War. His civilian occupation was on the Stock Exchange. Bert married Grace Tuck in March 1937. Grace was a highly intelligent and resourceful woman, who had a responsible position in the Housing Department of Hackney Council. She used to go to great lengths to visit Bert while he was still stationed in the Army in this country, in spite of the great difficulties in the way of travel under wartime conditions. While Bert was away Grace lived at first with the others in the cottage at Tring, but by August 1941 she was back at 191, Essex Road, Leyton with her parents-in-law in spite of the daunting conditions there. In August 1942 she acquired a flat at

3, Forest View,

Whipps Cross,

Leyton,

where she and Bert lived for a time after the War. Bert and Grace were always great friends of Ed and Elsie. They never had any children. Many years later they moved to Lyminge, Kent, from which Bert used to commute daily to London in all weathers. Here Grace died in 1983. Bert re-married and settled at Elham, Kent, with Dorothy (nee Hart).”

Dr Frank Middlemiss online notes

Wife: Grace Bertha Tuck (born 1909 Hackney, London )  

Brother: Ernest Joseph Middlemiss (born 6.1.1916 Hackney, London died 8.2004 )   View NotesHide notes  

Ernest “worked in the office of the electricity service, latterly the London Electricity Board. He was a keen sportsman; as a boy he had been especially good at gymnastics. He was exempted from military service during the War, but took an active part as an officer in the Air Training Corps and also joined the Home Guard. He married Joan Clark and in later years they lived at

378, Larkshall Road,

Chingford,

Essex.

Joan died on the 30th December 1992. They had no children. Towards the end of his life, Ern was in a BUPA home near Stowmarket. He died after a short illness.”

Dr Frank Middlemiss online notes

Wife: Joan Edith Clark (born 1917 West Ham, London died 30.12.1992 London, Waltham Forest)  


Douglas Henry Middlemiss Notes:

Douglas “was educated at Canterbury Road School, Leyton, and later at the Leyton County High School, like his brother Ernest and like myself. The three of us were all at these schools at the same time. Douglas had a clerical position with the London Electricity Board. He married Irene ("Renee") Furnish in August 1940, when they were both only twenty, and was called up into the R.A.F. immediately afterwards. Only two months later he was posted to Canada and Renee was accorded the rare privilege of going with him. However he did not actually go until December 1940 and Renee did not accompany him. Soon afterwards he was reported to be living in 30 degrees below zero, and he arrived home from Canada in October 1942. Meanwhile their first child, James Middlemiss, had been born in August 1941. They later had two more sons - Frank (1944) and Robert (Nov. 1945). Doug was the only one of Albert and Effie's family to have children, but he made up for it by producing a large family of descendants. In the early 90s he was Chairman of the Resident's Association in Upper Walthamstow Road, where he and Renee had lived for many years. About 2002, they left their Walthamstow house and moved to Ditchingham, near Bungay, Suffolk. Doug suffered from Parkinson's disease in his last years.”

Dr Frank Middlemiss online notes



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Middlemiss in the 1902 electoral register for Bethnal Gr...

Present day Map with below census address/es in red

Census records:

1861 2 Derbyshire Street, Derbyshire Street, London, Middlesex
  
Stowe Ebenezer S Head M 34 1827 Type Founder Shoreditch, Middlesex, England 2916
Stowe Elizabeth S Wife F 34 1827 Shoreditch, Middlesex, England 357
Stowe Elizabeth S Daughter F 5 1856 Scholar Bethnal Green, Middlesex, England 45
Stowe William Son M 2 1859 Scholar Bethnal Green, Middlesex, England 2917
Stowe Robert Thos Son M 0 1861 Scholar Shoreditch, Middlesex, England 4051

1861 Swiss Dairy, Finchley New Road, Hampstead, London
  
Middlemiss John Head Married M 39 1822 Dairyman Finchley, Middlesex 2898
Middlemiss Ruth Wife Married F 32 1829 Wing, Buckinghamshire 2899
Middlemiss Hannah Daughter F 12 1849 Scholar Hampstead, Middlesex 2900
Middlemiss John Son M 10 1851 Scholar Hampstead, Middlesex 2901
Middlemiss Henry Son M 9 1852 Scholar Hampstead, Middlesex 2902
Middlemiss Edward Son M 7 1854 Scholar Hampstead, Middlesex 44
Middlemiss Charles Son M 4 1857 Scholar Hampstead, Middlesex 2903

1871 George Gardens, Bethnal Green, London, Middlesex
  
Stone Ebenezer Head M 44 1827 Type Founder Middlesex, Shoreditch 2916
Stone Elizabeth Wife F 44 1827 Middlesex, Shoreditch 357
Stone Elizabeth Daughter F 15 1856 Toy Spring (??) Maker Middlesex, Bethnal Green 45
Stone William Son M 12 1859 Type Founder Middlesex, Bethnal Green 2917
Stone Thomas Son M 6 1865 Scholar Middlesex, Bethnal Green 2918

1871 Swiss Dairy Finchley New Road, St John Hampstead, London, Middlesex
  
Middemiss Ruth Head F 42 1829 Dairy Keeper Beds, Wing ovr Leighton 2899
Middemiss Hannah Daughter F 22 1849 Middlesex, Hampstead 2900
Middemiss Henry Son M 19 1852 Middlesex, Hampstead 2902
Middemiss Edward Son M 17 1854 Middlesex, Hampstead 44
Middemiss Charles Son M 14 1857 Middlesex, Hampstead 2903

1881 4, Clark Terrace Pratts Road, Hackney, Middlesex
  
Middlemiss Edward Head Married M 26 1855 Clerk , Hampstead, Middlesex 44
Middlemiss Elizabeth L Wife Married F 25 1856 Bethnal Green, Middlesex 45
Middlemiss Edward S Son Single M 1 1880 Dalston, Cumberland 360
Middlemiss Unchristened Son Single M 0 1881 Hackney, Middlesex 359
Bennett Harriet Nurse Widow F 69 1812 Nurse , St Lukes, Middlesex

1891 34, Glaskin Road, Hackney, London
  
Middlemiss Edward Head Married M 37 1854 Manager To Plate Glass Merchant Hampstead, London 44
Middlemiss Elizabeth S Wife Married F 35 1856 Bethnal Green, London 45
Middlemiss Edward S Son M 11 1880 Scholar Shoreditch, London 360
Middlemiss Alexander D Son M 10 1881 Scholar Hackney, London 359
Middlemiss Albert Henry Son M 7 1884 Scholar Hackney, London 46
Middlemiss Ernest H Son M 6 1885 Scholar Hackney, London 358
Middlemiss Elizabeth H Daughter F 3 1888 Hackney, London 47
Stone Elizabeth S Mother In Law Widow F 64 1827 Living On Own Means Shoreditch, London 357

1901 10, Tudor Road, Hackney, London
  
Middlemiss Edward Head Married M 47 1854 Glass Silverer Hampstead, London 44
Middlemiss Elizabeth S Wife Married F 45 1856 Bethnal Green, London 45
Middlemiss Edward S Son Single M 21 1880 Glass Silverers Clerk Shoreditch, London 360
Middlemiss Alexander W Son Single M 20 1881 Glass Silverer White Hackney, London 359
Middlemiss Albert H Son Single M 17 1884 Glass Silverer White Hackney, London 46
Middlemiss Ernest T Son Single M 16 1885 Hackney, London 358
Middlemiss Elizabeth H Daughter Single F 13 1888 Hackney, London 47
Middlemiss Mabel V Daughter Single F 14 1887 Hackney, London 356
Middlemiss Reginald G Son Single M 1 1900 Hackney, London 49
Stone Elizabeth S Mother-In-Law Widow F 74 1827 Shoreditch, London 357

1911 80 Devonshire Road Hackney, London
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Middlemiss Edward Head Married M 57 1854 Glass Merchants Clerk London Hampstead 44
Middlemiss Elizabeth Sarah Wife Married F 55 1856 London Bethnal Green 45
Middlemiss Albert Henry Son Single M 27 1884 Glass Silverer London Hackney 46
Middlemiss Elizabeth Hannah Daughter Single F 23 1888 Dressmaker London Hackney 47
Middlemiss Mabel Victoria Daughter F 14 1897 Embroidress London Hackney 48
Middlemiss Reginald George Son M 11 1900 School London Hackney 49