Herbert Sowton Hancock (1907 - 1956)

The only child of Harry and Annie, Herbert was born on the 5th May 1907 at 102 Curzon Street, Leicester. On the death of his father, he and his mother moved from the boot and shoe business to live in Linden Street. Herbert is thought to have initially worked at the British Thread Mills, but later on was a clerk at the John Bull Rubber Company which made tyres and was a reserved occupation during WW2. Herbert married Gladys Ena Scott aged 20, on 18th May 1929 at St. Peters Church, Leicester. He worked at the Rubber Company until 1947 when the family moved to the village of Asfordby to run the village stores and newsagents. Ena (she hated the name Gladys) had had a lot of experience in running a shop as she had previously worked in a grocers and in fact became the manageress of one of the chain of Worthington stores in Leicester during the war. Herbert and Ena had three children, Kathleen Joyce, Elizabeth Mary and James Wyatt (me). Herbert died of lung cancer on 25th September 1956 at the age of 49.
Ena carried on running the shop becoming village Postmistress in the process. She died at the age of 95 of acute Pancreatitis on 2nd November 2003 at Sherborne Tower Nursing Home, Malvern, Worcestershire.
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