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Family of John Flower King
John Flower King, born St Albans 1886 to John and Ellen. 3 younger sisters- Mary (b, 1888), Ivy Ellen and Grace.
In 1901 was a 'straw hat maker', by 1911 was away from home working as a clothing assistant at Newington, Southwark. In 1916 he married my Great Aunt Mary (always known as May) Philips from Llanelli. They lived at Wood Green until his death in about 1949. I've found some indication that he served on HMS President (London area shore establishment) in WW1, working on communications for the RNAS. He later worked for the Post Office as a telephonist or similar. I knew my Aunty May very well- she died in 1985- and once met one of 'Uncle Jack's' sisters- I think it was Mary. There was a vague family story that he'd been gassed at some point during the war and thus his lungs were damaged and his relatively early death was become of resulting weakness.
Although Aunty May and other members of the family spoke often & affectionately about him, I have never seen a photo of him, and would like to know more about what he did during WW1. Jack & May had no children, so the only possible family left would be descendants of his sisters or possibly of siblings of his parents

Posted Feb 2021
St Albans, Hertfordshire


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