The family of John Grantley Jacobs of Cinderford.
Yvonne added: "...
my late husband`s maternal grandparents with five of the eight children born to them. From left to right in the back row are:
Nelly (born 1905, at Stroud) John Grantley, father (born 1881, Cinderford) Florence (born 1907, Ross) Ellen, Mother (born 1881, Berkeley) and in front of these from the left: my mother-in-law, Gladys (born 1903, Stroud) Dora (born 1909, Ross) John Richard (born 1911, Ross). There were three other children: Grantley (born 1914, deceased 1915, Ross) Edith Mary (born 1916,
Ross) William Arthur (born 1917, Cirencester). John Jacobs joined the army 29th June, 1916, as a Saddler but was discharged on December 8th of the same year as being "no longer physically fit for war service". He had declared a chest/breathing problem upon his admission to the army although this, apparently, was not deemed serious enough to prevent his enrolment.
His discharge report notes that on September 26th he caught a severe chill and had difficulty breathing thereafter. It also states that "T.B. was found"......But "not the result of and not aggravated by Military Service".
He was awarded a pension of 10 shillings per week with a "Children`s Allowance of 1/6p. per week for six"! He worked as a Shoemaker but died in 1919 in Cirencester. Thereafter the family returned to Ross-on-Wye where Ellen, who never remarried, and who was a feisty lady, worked hard to keep her family together - she was tough, but had to be. My mother-in-law, Gladys, left school and went away to work "in Service" at the age of fourteen but regularly contributed to her mother`s household until her own marriage in 1929".
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