David Edward Rockliffe 1931 - 2020

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Uncle Dave as a young boy
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I always knew him as my Uncle Dave but he was the son of Kitty’s sister Alice Mary so he is actually my cousin. Alice Mary died in 1947 when dave was just sixteen

On the left we see him in about 1936. Someone in the family once said "he rarely smiled as a baby" and this kind of proves it!

During the war David was evacuated to Newbury, staying with a Mrs Shelton. She would have been paid 10/- (50p) a week for having an evacuee.

David left home at eighteen when his father, David, re-married so Uncle Dave went to live in Dombey Street with Kitty.

In 1948 the family lived in British History Online have a nice map here showing the street

In 1949 Dave married Mary Elizabeth Savage and they had two boys Peter and John and a daughter Linda. They lived in a flat in Drury Lane and later above a shop in Grays Inn Road.  They later divorced.

He once worked for Traceys the funeral directors. This was the firm that arranged the burial of Nonty Binning and Dave's sister, Renee.

In 1970 Dave was married Marie Patricia Brock. Sadly she died of cancer in 1976.  After this Dave was with his partner Maggie for many years.

Peter Rockliffe's recollection

Finsbury Rangers

Picture of the team 945, Team positions 945a and the full programme 945b

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Archive: In Drury Lane [320], 1959 Rawstorne Bldgs [640], in 1965 at Babington Court [654], and 1961 Grays Inn Road [653], with Uncle Bob [ 675 ], with Uncle Bob [669], at Iris's wedding 1968 [405], football team, Dave 3rd from left, Albert 5th from left, Nonty Binning far left [750], with Uncle Bob [330], Dave and Marie wedding group [826], Street Party [827]

Birth
19th February 1931
Marriage
Apr-May-Jun 1949
and 1970
Death
September 2020