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Annie Beatrice 1900 - 1971

Annie Beatrice was born in Lee in 1900. Recorded at the age of one in the 1901 census, by 1911 the family had moved to 23 Lenham Road and Annie was at school. By now the family was complete, and Annie was the only daughter sharing her parents home with 6 brothers.

In September 1927 she married Walter Edward Ross-Gower. Mr Ross-Gower is also reported to have had marriage banns read in 1921 with an Alice Maud Hardy, but no marriage seems to have taken place. Thee 1927 marriage is correctly recorded in the register. He is recorded as a musician on the banns in 1921.

Mr Ross-Gower is later recorded as a bandsman when in 1933 he is on the passenger list of the Cunard ship Antonia, embarking at Liverpool for Montreal with the Band of the Scots Guards. He returned a month later, his address being given as Wellington Barracks, Westminster; although he presumably lived with Annie in Abbey Wood, Woolwich. He was still a Sergeant in HM Scots Guard Band in 1939, when the couple are reported living at 80 Darcy Road, London SW16.

For much of the period before their move to SW16, the couple are recorded at 1 Brodick Grove, Woolwich. This is presumably where there were when their first child was born, whilst their second was presumably born in SW16. 

The family had moved to Croydon by 1971 when Annie died, before the birth of her grandchildren. Walter was able to enjoy their early years as he survived to 1982.

Annie Beatrice died on 12th February, 1971 in  Croydon.

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