Miss Harrison

no-picture-square3Gwendolen Rhoda Harrison, 23, (1910-1971) a future schoolteacher, attending the dinner with her father A.E. Harrison, soon to be the general manager of Time and Tide.

puzzle-piece2-50Can you tell us more of this young Cardiff born woman making her way in the world, in London?


Perhaps her father, but the occasion would probably have been better spent in conversation with retired head teacher Jessie White who perhaps could have helped her in her career? Or chatting with mystery guest Marian Hodson if she is also in training to be a teacher. It is possible that it is Gwen who has invited the other women mystery guests, Miss Marian Hodson and Miss Phyllis Crossley, who may be young students too.


Perhaps finding out more about the Time and Tide world which was to be her father’s new habitat. An enthusiastic young woman looking to make her way in the world, in the presence of many women who have done just that?


Gwendolen Rhoda Harrison was born on 1st March 1910 in Cardiff (219 Mackintosh Place in 1911), the (only?) daughter of Edith Mari Rhoda Down, born on 28th November 1881, Plympton, Devon, and Albert Edward Harrison, newspaper manager, born in 1884, in Battersea, London. In 1931 Gwen was living at 25-35 Adamson Road, Hampstead, London, with many other women (presumably a women’s hostel) – perhaps studying or training to be a teacher?  She would have celebrated her 23rd birthday at the beginning of the month.


By 1934 Gwen was living with her parents, who had recently moved to London from Cardiff, when her father joined Time and Tide as general manager. In 1934 -35 they were registered as living at 4 Montague Gardens, Acton, and at 43 Woodville Gardens, Ealing in 1936 and 1939. By September 1939 Gwen was a school teacher living at 15 Wellesley Road, Clacton, Essex. At 38 she married the 38 year old Leslie Marchant, schoolmaster, on 20th April 1948, in Ealing. In 1939 Leslie, whose father was a plumber, was living with his parents in Harrow, and a volunteer pilot officer with the RAF.  In 1965 Gwen and Leslie were living at 4 Essex House, Ealing North, W3. Gwen died on 20th July 1971, when at 9 Tempsford Court, Sheepscote Road, Harrow, Middsx. Leslie died on 28th March 1979, also at Tempsford Road.

puzzle-piece2-50Can you tell us more about Gwen, a young woman attending this notable dinner with her father, going on to be a teacher? She married a teacher too.


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