My great Aunt was called Sylvia May Beacock and she was the sister of my paternal grandfather, Frederick Allan Beacock. She was born on 6th April 1931 in Hull, East Yorkshire, and was the only daughter of Frederick Walter and Lily Beacock (nee Kirby). In total there was a total of 5 children; Frederick Allan (1925-1998), John (Jack) William (1926-1926), Stanley (1927-1991). Sylvia May (1931-1952) and Ronald (1932-2012).
On 9th April 1938, Sylvia’s father Frederick Walter Beacock passed away as a result of Tuberculosis. She was only 7 years old. According to family member and stories, Sylvia’s father was not a very nice man. Despite this, the family still struggled after his death. Money was sparse and Sylvia’s mother Lily at this time had 4 children to bring up on her own, as well as bring in some sort of income.
The photograph below shows a group of children that attended the Fig Tree Gospel Hall, which was a church situated on King Edward Street in Hull. Sylvia can be seen on the 4th row from the front. She is the second girl from the left.
From what I know, Sylvia and her brothers were very close to their mother Lily. The two photographs below show Sylvia with her. I love these photographs, as they show the both of their characters. Lily, Sylvia and her brothers all had character, and had a great sense of humour as well as being caring. The second photograph below shows Sylvia and her mother at a Butlin’s Holiday Camp. I never realised that Lily used to take her children there!
Sylvia never had the chance to live a long life, which in itself was in my eyes, not fair. She never had a chance, if she had decided to, to marry someone she loved and have children of her own. We can only imagine what she would have looked like on her wedding day. The photograph below shows her as a bridesmaid at a wedding of a couple I do not know. I would love to know whose wedding it actually was. Sylvia can be seen on the left of the group of people.
The photograph below is one my most favourite of Sylvia, as you can really see how she looked. You can clearly see her facial features and characteristics. I believe you can see that she has a very kind face and also very kind eyes.
Probably not long after the above photograph was taken, Sylvia contracted Tuberculosis and she was taken to Castle Hill Hospital which at that time was used as a Sanatorium. The photo below shows Sylvia there. You can see the shutters at the back of the photograph. Back then, it was believed that fresh air was the best cure for Tuberculosis.
Sylvia was apparently a very sweet girl who got on with everyone and also had a really good sense of humour. If she was anything like my grandad and his brothers, I know that these stories will be true. On photographs that I have seen and stories I have heard, Sylvia always seems very innocent and I believe that she would have always been like this if she had had the chance to grow older. I would have loved to have met her.
Sylvia sadly passed away at the age of 20 on 16th March 1952. On 19th March 1952, she was buried in Northern Cemetery, Hull in the same grave as her late father. I have visited this grave, which also contains the remains of Sylvia’s mother Lily and also the ashes of her brother, Ronald. It is such a shame that there is no gravestone for them. If I had enough money, I would purchase one myself for them.
It’s such a shame that some people are taken so early in their lives, and it always seems to be nice people too. I really hope to meet Sylvia someday, wherever and whenever that may be. I would love to know more about her, so if anyone can tell me anything else about her, I would be very thankful. Any information would be truly appreciated.
Thank you very much for reading,