Research: Ronald Beacock

My great uncle Ronald Beacock was born on 20th September 1932 in Hull, East Yorkshire. He was the youngest of 5 children; Frederick Allan (1925-1998), John William (1926-1926), Stanley (1927-1991), Sylvia May (1931-1952) and Ronald (1932-2012). Their parents were Frederick Walter and Lily Beacock (nee Kirby). They all lived at 13 Gibson Street in Hull.

Uncle Ron and Auntie Sylvia
Ron and his sister Sylvia

On 9th April 1938, Ron’s father Frederick Walter Beacock passed away as a result of Tuberculosis. Ron was only 5 years old. According to family members and stories, Ron’s father was not a very nice man. Despite this, the family still struggled after his death. Money was sparse and Ron’s mother Lily had 4 children to bring up on her own, as well as being required to bring in some sort of income.

As a boy, Ron was part of the choir at St. Paul’s Church in Hull, with his oldest brother Fred. The church was on the next street to where they lived on Gibson Street. Ron got kicked out of it some time later, as he was found smoking behind the organ!

During the Second World War, Ron worked as a messenger boy. This would have been nearer to the end of the war, probably in the years 1948/1949, as he would have been about 16 at that time. The photograph below shows him as a messenger boy!

Ronald Beacock as a Messenger Boy.jpg

After the war, Ron enlisted in the army. The first photograph shows a Ron in his uniform. He served in Cyprus as a military postman. The second photograph below shows Ron and some of the other soldiers on a tank transporter. He is sat on the left wheel arch.

On 16th March 1952, Ronald’s sister passed away at the age of 20 years old, and as a result of Tuberculosis. This was devastating for the whole family, but especially for Ron. He and Sylvia had a very close relationship.

On 21st September 1957, Ronald Beacock married Gladys Ablitt in Hull, East Yorkshire. They went on to have 3 children; Kathleen, June and Ian. The photograph below shows the couple outside the church on their special day.

Ronald Beacock Wedding with Gladys Ablitt.jpg

On 30th June 1970, Ron’s mother Lily, sadly passed away at Castle Hill Hospital in Hull aged 68. Ron was 37 years old at the time.

In 1991, Ron’s brother Stan passed away at the age of 63 years old. Then on 26th September 1998, Ron’s remaining sibling, Fred (my grandfather) passed away at the age of 73. The passing of Stan and Fred were very upsetting times for the family.

I will always remember my great uncle Ron because of the effort he made during the time my dad was ill and after he had passed away. He would often drive down from Hull to Hedon, in order to see us all and make sure that we were all fine.

One time after my dad had passed away, he took my mum, my brother and I to Fort Paull for the day. We had a look around and also sat and had something to eat together. From first-hand experience, I know that he had a great personality and sense of humour. This sense of humour seems to span across most of the Beacock family. I really do wish that I was the age I am now, when he was alive, as I believe that we would have really got on. I do miss him, and I will be forever thankful for what he did for us.

My dad used to take us to Uncle Ron’s house before my dad became ill, and I would love visiting him. I still remember the layout of some of his house. He would always be making things, such as models out of matchsticks. After he had shown them to me, my mum bought a large bag of matchsticks for us to have a go!

Uncle Ron
Ron in his living room

Ron sadly passed away on 25th January 2012 aged 79, in his home on Dingley Close, Hull. He was buried in Northern Cemetery in the grave of his mother, father and sister, on 11th February 2012. There is, unfortunately, no gravestone.

Thank you very much for reading,
Tony.

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