Note: Edward James Winckless known as Ted to so many, also Joe to his work mates. His Service Number 6029217 Essex Regiment, joined up 5 Oct 1940 in the 70th Young Soldiers Battalion in Essex. In the same line was a chap called George Wilson, who later was to become his brother-in-law. On 9th Sep 1943 Ted transferred to the Royal Engineers. Ted remained in the army until 1946. Ted was a Lance Corporal at the time of his marriage, to Gladys Rosa Wilson, sister of George mentioned above. Gladys & Ted married 30 Dec 1944. As a boy Ted and his half brother Roy, would play on a beach near their home, with a black dog called Jack, unsure if the family owned this dog. Many a good game was also played in a castle "Hadleigh" unsure if this name is correct. Ted & Gladys lived with Gladys parents for about 10 years of their marriage, before Ted's firm moved from London to Stevenage. A Neighbour in London gave Ted a rusty old bike on moving to Stevenage, saying to Ted "You may need this in the country". This bike Ted used to get him to work, for about 11 years, he would work on the bike during the weekend cleaning it etc. In the Winter Ted would use his "Shoebox" car a Austin model to get to work in the snow and bad weather. Returning to his bike in the spring & Summer months. Ted learnt to drive because of a very Kind Neighbour in School Close, a Mr Geoff Nice, driving lessons were dear compared to his wages. Our very 1st summer holiday, was in 1958 to Southend-on-sea in Essex were Ted was born. Ted passed his drive test on the Saturday morning, & we used Geoff Nice car to drive to Southend that afternoon. Colin & I in the back holding onto a suitcase, we were told not to speak at all. Ted loved his garden, Roses being his Favorite flower.
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