This is the family tree of my father Dudley John Andrews who was born on the 28th of May 1929 and died on the 18th of April 2010 at the age of 80.

Family relationships within the tree are with regards to myself, Stephen Andrews.

If you hold the copyright for any of the pictures that are in use, please contact me so I can attribute them or remove them.


Second Generation (Parents)

Dudley John Andrews

Dudley is the eldest son of John Henry Andrews and Noreen Dudley and was born on the 28th of May 1929 at 18 Spalding Road, Nottingham.  He was baptised on the 11th of November 1943 in St. Matthias’ Church in Nottingham at the age of 14.  Dudley died on the 18th of April 2010 at 14 Dunstan Crescent in Worksop, Nottinghamshire at the age of 80, and was cremated on the 29th April 2010 at the Sherwood Crematorium in Ollerton, Nottinghamshire.

The cause of his death was non-Hodgkins Lymphoma and Ischaemic Heart Disease,

Congestive Cardiac Failure, Diabetes Mellitus. 

Research Notes: Possess Birth Certificate, Wedding Certificate, Passport dated 24th February 1951

Much of Dudley's life is documented in a 'life-story' that he wrote which he made available at his funeral. 

This is at the end of the narrative.

Birth Certificate - This is a thumbnail click on it to enlarge

School Days

On Friday the 17th of February 1939 the Duchess of Gloucester, who at that time was the wife of Prince Henry, the third son of King George V and Queen Mary, visited Nottingham to open the £40 000 extension to the Nottingham Hospital for Women on Peel Street.  In the report carried by the Nottingham Evening Post, representatives from Nottingham's schools were present and their names printed.  Representing Sneinton Trust Junior Mixed was nine year-old Dudley, an event he mentions with pride in his 'life story';

When I was five I went to Sneinton Trust School, which was a Church of England school attached to St Stephen's Church.  I progressed through the Infants' school to the Junior school, there was no Senior school as it had been transferred to St Mary's.  The highlight of my junior schooling was when I was selected to represent the school and present a purse to the then Duchess of Gloucester along with children from other schools at Peel Street Hospital. It was here I met David Richard Edward Bicknell for the first time, more about him later.  In my penultimate year at Sneinton Trust School with one year to go I came out top of the school, my Grandpa thought I wasn't being challenged enough so arranged for me to attend Sneinton Boulevard School, an all boys school.

The school had collected £1 10s. 3d. and Dudley was given a card in recognition of the day.  This collection would be worth approximately £96 in 2018. 

A £40 000 extension in 1939 would cost about £2 556 000 in 2018. 

Envelope and Card

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School Days at Mundella School

It has not been possible to find Dudley on the 1939 register which was completed on the 29th of September.  He doesn't appear in the entry for 18 Spalding Road where he grew up this is probably because during the Second World War he was evacuated to Newstead Colliery Village in Nottinghamshire.  He was taken in by Mr & Mrs Kitchen even though he had mentioned that he had a great aunt in the village.  The aunt was Mary Jane Andrews (1873 - 1967), she was the daughter of John Andrews (1843 - 1922)and Elizabeth Isaac (1841 - 1911) and had married Arthur Mitchell (1876 - 1959) in 1896.  The 1939 register shows that they were living at 8 Musters Road in Newstead.  Arthur was an engine driver at the colliery.  Also at the address were three of their children Florence M Mitchell (1/7/1910 - ), Alec Mitchell (14/11/1917 - ) and Nellie Mitchell (12/4/1900 - ).  Dudley had previously talked of being with Aunt Polly in Newstead but there is no trace of an Aunt Polly, maybe he meant Nellie, though she was actually a cousin, but old enough to be an aunt.
The Kitchen's according to the 1939 register lived at 7 Abbey Road in Newstead. 
John H Kitchen (30/12/1896 - 1945) was a colliery yard labourer and was in the ARP;
Elizabeth Kitchen (29/12/1906 - ) did unpaid domestic duties, she would later become Elizabeth Parker;
Daisy Kitchen (27/4/1920 - ) was a tin box machinist and ARP first aider, she would later become Daisy Swindells and then Daisy Richmond.
There are two officially closed records, one of these could be Dudley.

Although Dudley had been evacuated in 1939 he still attended Mundella School in the Meadows area of Nottingham.  Indeed in October 1939, the head teacher of Newstead School wrote, "A few more children have returned to Nottingham and at this rate I am afraid that in the course of a few weeks the scheme will have to be regarded as a failure." By May 1944 this school only had one evacuee on their roll.

Dudley spent five years at the Mundella School from 1940 to 1945.  His school number was 5060 and he was in Hardwick House.  The Headmaster at the time was R. B. Calder.  Throughout the years Dudley was usually in the bottom half of his form, but his reports do show that at times he excelled.

  • Christmas 1940 – Form 1d – 11th in class of 33 – Absent 4 – Late 3 – Conduct VG

1st in Geography and General Science, but 30th in English.

  • Easter 1941 – Form 1d – 12th in class of 34 – Absent 0 – Late 4 – Conduct VG

1st in General Science, though 10th in the exam.

“Has the ability to improve upon these results.” – J. Hill, Form Master.

  • July 1941 – Form 1d – 12th in class of 33 – Absent 0 – Late 0 – Conduct VG

7h in French exam and 19th in Geography and Drawing.

  • Christmas 1941 – Form 2b – 21st in class of 30 – Absent 10 – Late 4 – Conduct VG

14th in History and 26th in Chemistry

Dudley is an earnest and interested worker.  He must try to improve his written style.” – D. Crossley, Form Mistress.

  • Easter 1942 – Form 2b – 21st in class of 27 – Absent 0 – Late 0 – Conduct VG

2nd in Mathematics and 27th in English

Some good results.  Dudley’s attitude in class gives general satisfaction, but his written style is still his weakness. – D. Crossley, Form Mistress.

  • July 1942 – Form 2b – 26th in class of 28 – Absent 0 – Late 0 – Conduct VG

6th in Mathematics and 28th in History

Results generally are fair.  He must continue to put forth his maximum effort. – D. Crossley, Form Mistress.

  • Christmas 1942 – Form 3b – 22nd in class of 28 – Absent 4 – Late 0 – Conduct VG

13th in Biology and 28th in Geography

Dudley’s interest in his work is very pleasing, but he still makes careless mistakes.” – Dorothy Crossley, Form Mistress.

  • Easter 1943 – Form 3b – 24th in class of 28 – Absent 23 – Late 0 – Conduct VG

10th in Physics and History exams and 25th in Geography

Dudley’s effort continues to be satisfactory.  If he maintains this he will progress. – Dorothy Crossley, Form Mistress.

  • July 1943 – Form 3b – 22nd in class of 28 – Absent 0 – Late 0 – Conduct VG

4th in Music exam and 27th in Geography and German exams

Dudley has worked and his results show that he has made progress. – Dorothy Crossley, Form Mistress.

  • Christmas 1943 – Form 4b – class of 30 – Absent 9 – Late 1 – Conduct VG

No positioning in class given

A term of generally fair progress. Must not neglect arts subjects.” – T. Robinson,  Form Master.

  • Easter 1944 – Form 4b – 21st in class of 27 – Absent 1 – Late 2 – Conduct VG

11th in Physics exam and 26th in Drawing

Fair results generally. – T. Robinson, Form Master.

  • July 1944 – Form 4b – 23rd in class of 30 – Absent 11 – Late 0 – Conduct VG

8th in Mathematics exam and 26th in Biology exam

Fair.  Will need to work hard at his weaker subjects. – T. Robinson, Form Master.

  • Christmas 1944 – Form 5s – class of 27 – Absent 8 – Late 0 – Conduct VG

No positioning in class given

Needs more consistent effort to ensure success later.” – Thos. C Thorpe, Form Master.

  • Easter 1945 – Form 5s – 14th in class of 26 – Absent 0 – Late 0 – Conduct VG

5th in Physics exam and 23rd in German

Has worked consistently. – Thos. C Thorpe, Form Master.

  • Midsummer 1945 – Form 5s – class of 24 – Absent 0 – Late 0 – Conduct VG

7th in Physics and 19th in English and in German

A steady and willing worker. – Thos. C Thorpe, Form Master.

 In 1945 Dudley took his school exams at Mundella Secondary School according to his certificate from the University of London exam board.

English Litaerature Pass
Geography Pass
Elementary Mathematics Credit
Physics Credit
Chemistry Credit
Biology Credit

Post School

After leaving school in 1945 Dudley went to work as an office clerk in Boots and he was encouraged to continue his studies.  In 1946 and 1947 at the Nottingham and District Technical College he achieved, via the Royal Society for the Encouragement of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce London;

Book-Keeping   Credit 1946
Book-Keeping 1st Year First Class Pass 10th of May 1946

In 1945 the Nottingham and District Technical College was established and Dudley would have been one of its earliest students.  Through amalgamations it would become Nottingham Trent University.

At the Boots Day Continuation School in Nottingham he achieved;

Book-Keeping Credit 1946
Arithmetic First Class 1946
Book-Keeping Second Class 1947

The Boots Day Continuation School, later known as Boots College, was established by Jesse Boot to extend the academic and vocational education of the companies younger employees.

In 1949 Dudley was called up for National Service and according to Dudley’s Royal Air Force Service and Release Book, Acl 3105520 Andrews DJ was released from the RAF as class A, ‘Skill in his trade’.  He is described as 5' 5'' tall with no marks or scars.

His book has one detailed entry, previous pages have been removed, from 1st of July 1949 to 4th of September 1949,

AC Andrews has been employed as a Clerk Equipment Accounts, during his service in the R.A.F.  He has put in a great deal of hard work, been keen and hardworking at all times.”

EA Jones Fl. Lt. 5th August 1949.






At the age of 24 Dudley married 22 year-old Betty Hebblethwaite at 11 a.m. on the 4th of July 1953 in St. Matthias' Church on St. Matthias Road in St. Ann's Nottingham.  Dudley's best man was his brother David Anthony Andrews and Betty's bridesmaid was her sister.  The wedding reception took place at Croshaw's on Angel Row in Nottingham.

The marriage resulted in three children;

  • a daughter born ten months after the wedding in 1954,

  • a son born in 1957 at Nottingham City Hospital,

  • a son born in 1959 at the family home at 54 Sedgley Avenue in Sneinton Dale in Nottingham.

The church was the same church that Dudley’s parents John Henry Andrews and Noreen Dudley were married.  It was known as St. Matthias' Sneinton, was closed in 2003 and has since re-opened as St. Mary and St. George Coptic Orthodox Church having been bought in 2006 and on 22nd of March 2009 it held its first service.

Dudley and Betty had 49 years of married life until the sudden and unexpected death of Betty on the 12th of August 2002 at the age of 71.


St. Matthias' Church

Dudley & Betty

From left to right

Walter Charles Dudley, Mabel Elizabeth Dudley, David Anthony Andrews. Dudley, Betty, Cyril Gleadow Hebblethwaite, Elaine Hebblethwaite, Gwendolen Mary Hebblethwaite

From left to right

Mabel Elizabeth Dudley nee Smith, George Albert Atkinson, David Anthony Andrews, Noreen Andrews nee Dudley, Martin Eyley Atkinson, Walter Charles Dudley,
Edna Alice Atkinson nee Dudley. Dudley, Betty, Cyril Gleadow Hebblethwaite, Elaine Hebblethwaite, unknown, Gwendolen Mary Hebblethwaite nee Cooke, plus five.



Second Marriage

Eighteen months later and Dudley, at the age of 74, married his second wife 69 year-old widow Sheila in service conducted by the Reverend Martyn Alvey.  The wedding took place at Christ Church in Worksop in Nottinghamshire on the 28th of February 2004 Christ Church is a modern building in the parish of St John, built in 1992 on Thievesdale Close and it was consecrated in January 1993.  It is the most recent new built church in the diocese of Southwell and Nottingham.

A blessing was conducted the following day, the 29th by the Reverend Rob Cotton at Arnold Methodist Church in Market Place, Arnold.

Following the wedding Dudley moved into Sheila's home and sold his home in Arnold.  Dudley and Sheila had six years of married life until Dudley's death.


Christ Church


Dudley Andrews Limited

On the 15th of April 1975 Dudley incorporated Dudley Andrews Limited, a furnishing retail company with shops at 15-17 High Street in Arnold, Nottinghamshire and 577 Mansfield Road in Sherwood, Nottinghamshire.

On the 31st of October 1980 Dudley and his business partner Jack Marriott put Dudley Andrews Limited and M. H. Coupe Limited into liquidation.

The London Gazette 6th November 1980


Notice is hereby given, pursuant to section 293 of the Companies Act 1948, that a Meeting of the Creditors of the above-named Company will be held at The Dorchester Restaurant, Hamilton Road, Sherwood Rise, Nottingham on Wednesday, 12th November 1980, at 10.30 o’clock in the forenoon, for the purpose of having a full statement of the position of the Company’s affairs, together with a list of the Creditors of the company and the estimated amount of their claims, laid before them, and for the purpose, if thought fit, of nominating a Liquidator and of appointing a Committee of Inspection.

By Order of the Board of Directors.

D. J. Andrews, Director

The London Gazette 26th January 1983


Notice is hereby given, pursuant to section 299 of the Companies Act 1948, that a Meeting of the Members and Creditors will take place at the offices of Cooper-Parry, Watson, Sowter & Co., 102 Friar Gate, Derby on Monday, 7th February 1983 at 10.30 a.m. and 11 a.m. respectively, for the purpose of having laid before them an account of the Liquidator’s acts and dealings and of the conduct of the winding-up during the past year.

Proxies to be used at the meeting must be lodged with the Liquidator not later than 4 p.m. on the day before the meeting.

R. W. Leivers, Liquidator

20th January 1983.



Dudley was aware that he was dying as he had suffered poor health in his final years, but it did give him the opportunity to arrange details of his funeral.  He died on the 18th of April 2010 at the age of 80 and was cremated on the 29th at Sherwood Crematorium in Ollerton in Nottinghamshire.

His funeral wishes that he had previously given to his wife, Sheila and his three children. 

“I wish to be cremated at Sherwood Crematorium and my ashes scattered on the Woodland Walk at Wilford Hill.  Perhaps Gail, Peter and Stephen can arrange this, with Peter H's advice.  Family flowers only, donations may be made through Hopkinsons to Cancer Research UK and Worldshare, 50% each.  The times etc. to be published in both the ("Worksop") Guardian and the Nottingham Evening Post.

 A short committal service at the Crem (sic) with a joyful celebration at Christchurch (sic), followed by a buffet by Pam and Mick to be paid for out of my estate.

On entering the crematorium I would like Aled Jones singing "How great Thou art", and on leaving Bryn Terful to sing "Amazing Grace".  It might be a good idea if the Minister, hopefully, Revd. Martyn Alvey or Revd. Dr. Derek Stringer could read my life story. 

The songs to be used during the celebration service to be selected from the following:

On the 12th of August 2010, the eighth anniversary of the death of Betty, his first wife, most of Dudley's ashes were spread on the Woodland Walk at Wilford Crematorium, Nottingham. 

Five days later on the 17th August the rest of his ashes were spread at the top of Mount Snowden, Wales by his children and their spouses, Gail & Ian, Peter & Jackie  and Stephen & Anne.  Dudley had always wanted to go to the top of Mount Snowden and requested that his children go there instead.  It was decided amongst them to take part of his ashes with them. 

Having pre-booked the rail journey up the mountain the day turned out to be very wet and windy. As such the trip down the Mountain was also done by the railway and as so only thirty minutes could be spent at the top.  The train wasn’t the most comfortable ride, smoke often blew into the carriage, and the visibility was extremely poor and disappointing as we ventured upwards through clouds.  At the top the rain was pouring down but at least Dudley did make it to the top and his ashes blew in the wind over Snowden.

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My Life by Dudley John Andrews

The following was written by Dudley, part of which was used at his funeral at Christ Church.  It has been edited for spelling mistakes and formatted to fit this document only and appropriate paragraphs put in, other than that it has not been changed.


My name is Dudley John Andrews, I was born at an early age at 18 Spalding Road, Nottingham which was my Grandparent's house.  My Grandparents were Walter Charles (Tom) and Mabel Dudley, and John Henry Andrews and Noreen Andrews were my parents.  My birth date is 28th May, 1929.

The first memory I have is of a toy lighthouse which was lit by a candle that made the top of coloured glass revolve with heat and shine down stone steps leading to a flat in Leicester. About this time we moved to a house on an estate where all the roads looked alike, I wandered off and could not find my way back. A policeman's wife took me in until my parents were contacted and brought me home.

Brother Derek was born 3rd May 1932, brother David Anthony (Tony) was around 18 months old, I was ill with a sore mouth and taken to hospital.  I must have had whooping cough at this time because I infected the whole ward and we were all isolated.  I remember seeing my Grandpa Dudley looking through the glass doors at me, he was a commercial traveller at that time; it was here I spent my third birthday. One of my presents was a toy barrel organ, made of tin, filled with sweets, sent to me by a Mrs. Briggs, the owner of a sweet shop on Carlton Road.

Because my mother had just had Derek and I had just come out of hospital I was taken to Spalding Road for a few weeks whilst my mother got over Derek's birth; those few weeks lasted until after I was married at 24.  I never lived with my parents and brothers again.

18 Spalding Road

At Spalding Road were my Grandparents, my Great Grandmother Elizabeth Smith, and Edna Alice Dudley my only Aunt, my mother's sister who was about 18.  I was treated as an only son with much love and affection.  When I was five I went to Sneinton Trust School, which was a Church of England school attached to St Stephen's Church.  I progressed through the Infants' school to the Junior school, there was no Senior school as it had been transferred to St Mary's.  The highlight of my junior schooling was when I was selected to represent the school and present a purse to the then Duchess of Gloucester along with children from other schools at Peel Street Hospital. It was here I met David Richard Edward Bicknell for the first time, more about him later.  In my penultimate year at Sneinton Trust School with one year to go I came out top of the school, my Grandpa thought I wasn't being challenged enough so arranged for me to attend Sneinton Boulevard School, an all boys school.

Around this time I was, along with my playmate Derek Thorpe, a member of the Life Boys, the junior branch of the Boys Brigade, belonging to the 5th Company, at the Albert Hall.  On one of our outings we went to Newstead Colliery village.  I had only been at Sneinton Boulevard School a few weeks when WAR was declared.  A large number of children were evacuated out of industrial Nottingham, we were put on buses with our gas masks and small hand luggage not knowing where we were going. After what seemed a long journey the bus turned off the main road and into a village street; it was Newstead Colliery village!!! I was taken in by the local captain of the Boys Brigade and his wife their names were Mr & Mrs Kitchen, they had a son John who was a month older than me. John who was l0 yrs & 6 months still believed in Santa Claus much to the amusement of his fellow pupils.

I don't remember a lot at this time only that I was brought home for my Auntie Edna's wedding. Grandpa fetched me on the bus and I recall the bus was filled with smoke from the miners' cigarettes, they had just come off shift. Edna married George Albert Atkinson (always called Albert) and they started married life at Spalding Road, and I had a camp bed in the dining room. Albert was called up and joined the Sherwood Foresters and served in North Africa and Italy.

In 1936/7 my parents and my two brothers went to live in my Grandpa & Grandma's small house in Netherfield. Shortly after the Coronation in 1937 my mother left home and went to London leaving my father and brothers in Netherfield. Nobody heard from her until the middle of the war, about 1942.

Back at Newstead I found I had a Great Aunt living in the village she had a very climbable tree in the garden also a stream. John and I would climb the tree and dam up the stream; great fun! During this time I sat the 11 plus examination and passed, which meant leaving Newstead to go to a new secondary school - Mundella which later was designated a Grammar school. It was a very happy time at Mundella I again met up with David Bicknell and the following year Derek Thorpe came to the school. About this time I was persuaded by Albert Swan, also at Mundella, to join the choir at St. Matthias Church, I was later confirmed there and became a server and acolyte, and later Sunday School teacher and youth leader. Whilst at St Matthias after being confirmed I would attend Church four times every Sunday.

During 1941 Nottingham was severely blitzed, we all cowered under the stairs at Spalding Road. A boy in our class was killed, he lived up St Ann's Well Road. Because  of the bombing Grandpa applied for a communal air raid shelter to be built near us. It was, right outside our house.  One couldn't get firework during the war, boys always like bangs. So with two large bolts joined together with a large nut and some explosive material between the bolts one had a banger. If this was dropped out of a bedroom window it made a satisfying explosion; having done this a few times Brian Vinard who lived opposite at No. 5 wanted a go, so I lent him the materials, and the bomb promptly bounced up and through his living room window!!! It was Brian who persuaded me to join the local Boys Brigade namely Dako No 2 Company Nottingham Battalion. I left the B.B. after two years to join the A.T.C 674 Squadron at Mundella. It was with A.T.C that I first went flying, doing circuits and bumps at Spitalgate airfield near Grantham.

Wedding of George Albert Atkinson & Edna Alice Dudley
at High Pavement Chapel, Nottingham.
From left to right
George Arthur Atkinson, Edna Holloway, Lizzie Atkinson nee Walker,
William (Bill) Arthur Smith, George Albert Atkinson, Edna Dudley, Mary Smith,
 Dudley John Andrews, Walter Charles Dudley, Mabel Elizabeth Dudley nee Smith
In the BBC -WW2 People's War website one contributor said,
"At this time Edna was living with my sister Ivy who lived at 10 Spalding Road Sneinton, as Ivy's husband Jim Attwell was also serving in North Africa.  During school holidays I often went to stay with these two loving sisters and I remember air raids when the three of us would have to climb the 90 odd steps at the end of Spalding Road to get up to the shelter on Windmill Lane."

In 1943 my father, who had been wounded just before Dunkirk and taken prisoner was repatriated and he asked the taxi driver what the flags were out in Netherfield for, and the driver said "they are for you mate".  He was repatriated in an exchange of wounded POWs, he had been loaded up with thousands of cigarettes and other goodies, that was when I learned to smoke.

A memorable incident at school was when in the fifth form one or two of us missed the double games lesson (cricket) and went to Highfields Lido (where I learnt to swim at the late age of 15).  Unfortunately the games master, Jimmy Hill, had a roll call and there was about 30 of us missing. The next morning we were all up before the Head, R.B. Calder who later became a priest, he excused us all thinking we were doing last minute revision for the imminent exams for School Certificate, little did he know.

It was about this time that Mammam (Elizabeth Smith) died and Edna got a flat behind Grice's greengrocery shop on Carlton Road. Albert had came home on leave from Italy, we think Mammam was hanging on till then, she was 84 . During this time my Mother got in touch with Grandpa and Grandma, she was in the Civil Defence in Chelsea, London, and had got some leave and came home to Spalding Road to spend it. As the blitz had seemed to stop I went back with her for a couple of weeks.

In 1944 the allies invaded France on D-day and shortly afterwards I went again to London to stay with Mother in her Chelsea Flat, suddenly during the night the air raid siren warning sounded and mother and I went to the local air raid shelter. Mother gave me the job of taking down everyone’s name and address, very difficult as most of the occupants had foreign accents. Nothing was happening so we went up into the street above and stood talking to an all night baker when we saw in the sky what looked like a plane on fire. Little did we know that was the first V1 bomber (Buzz bomb) over London; Hitler's secret weapon. The Home Secretary broadcast the next day and told everyone how serious the situation was. I came home immediately. Incidentally the following year I was again in Chelsea when the first Atomic bomb was dropped on Japan and the war was over shortly afterwards. When, as the war in Europe was nearly over Belsen Concentration Camp was liberated by the Allies and pictures were shown at the cinema the silence in the cinema was awesome.

The fifth form sat the exam for London School Certificate but the results did not come out till after the term ended. I went for a job interview at the National Provincial Bank, now known as Nat West, but it seemed they were offering me a post simply because my Grandfather had an account with them, I didn't fancy that. My next interview was with the City Treasurer's Dept. The interview went well until I was asked if I thought I had passed the School Cert., and always honest I said "no". They said they would let me know!! I joined Boots the next week and found myself in the Wages Dept. The results were published and I had attained four credits and two passes; credits Maths, Chemistry, Physics and Biology with passes in English Literature and Geography. I failed English Grammar, Religious Knowledge and German. After working a couple of weeks at Boots the City Treasurer's Dept wrote to me offering me a post, I didn't accept, I continued in the Wages Dept. I had never seen so much money when we had to check what came from the bank, especially as my salary was £1. 14s.0d + 4s overtime (£1.70 +20p).

I was transferred from the Wages Dept because I couldn't add up, although I found mistakes in tables that had been in use for years for calculating men's wages. I found myself in the Audit Dept with two lads my age three men and about a hundred girls (aged 14 to 54). We three lads were management trainees and much to our resentment had to attend Boots College one whole day a week, we thought we had finished with schooling!!  However I received R.S.A certificates in Bookkeeping, Commercial Maths and English.  After the Audit Dept I went to the Invoice, Credit Note and Retail Stock Dept followed by the Internal Audit Dept, and finally the Expense Cashiers Dept. It was while in the Invoice, Credit Note and Retail Stock Dept.  I met my first girl friend, Mary Longstaff and because we were "going out" together she was transferred to another Dept.


Four Generations from left to right

Mabel Elizabeth Dudley nee Smith, Mary Elizabeth Smith nee Eyley (Mammam)
Noreen Andrews nee Dudley, Dudley

Later in the year I went camping with Hugh and Peter Rees, the Vicar's two elder sons and Hugh's girlfriend Jean Goddard. Peter's wife came later. It was the end of the church camp all the children had gone back to Nottingham. Peter's wife was expecting their first child so we made her a "charpoy" a rope bed with a wooden frame. The camp was at East Runton on the Norfolk coast. We had some marvellous meals cooked on a primus stove. When we paid the farmer the rent for the field he gave us a duck egg each so for our final breakfast we had - bacon, sausage, reconstituted dried egg, mushrooms as big as a dinner plate found in the next field, and the duck egg fried; lovely grub!!!!

My parents were divorced during 1947 and my father married Elsie who had one daughter and so I acquired a stepsister, Audrey.

Next came NATIONAL SERVICE, in July 1947. Because I had been in the A.T.C I was accepted into the R.A.F.  With a small case and clutching my travel warrant in my hand with my first day's pay (four shillings or 20p) in my pocket I left Nottingham via the Midland railway station to go to Padgate, which was the RAF's intake station. We were issued with our uniforms, had our photos taken and received our pay books and ID cards. After 10 days our intake was transferred to West Kirby in the Wirral for basic training (square bashing).   We were met off the train by the RAF station band. As we marched about three miles mainly uphill and just before coming to the camp the band struck up "You'd be far better off in a home".  It was here I met Tony Driver from Kettering, who later broke a bone in his foot on a squadron run.

No one was allowed out of camp for ten days until we had learnt to look like airmen; and off we went to New Brighton and Hoylake, both holiday resorts. We all had to take an aptitude test and apply for a trade. I applied for Pay Accounts, or Equipment Accounts or Clerk Special Duties. I actually got Equipment Accounts and was sent to RAF Credenhill, Hereford for trade training. But not before we were given seven days leave, this was the first leave we received and Nottingham looked really good.  After passing the trade test I was promoted to a trained AC2 and I received six shillings (30 p) per day, later becoming automatically AC1 this was increased to 6s. 6d (32 ½ p). I missed being an LAC by 2%.

I was posted to RAF Pershore and starting to work in Equipment Accounts. The first weekend I was there I thought I would try my luck at hitch hiking; I started out with 1s. 6d (7 ½ p) in my pocket which was still there when I got home, I had to catch a tram out of Birmingham and the conductress wouldn't take my money. The war hadn't been over very long and people gave servicemen lifts and I hitch hiked home most weekends straining the rations at Spalding Road. Whilst at home on one these weekends I went with brother Tony to a dance at the Co-op Hall in Netherfield and there met Dorothy Ford, and I went with her for well over a year. I saw her most weekends and we went dancing, she was 21 and a Roman Catholic. I went to Scarborough with her and her family for a summer leave, sharing a bedroom with her younger brother.


The whole of RAF Pershore was transferred to RAF Manston on the Isle of Thanet we all had a shaking up as the discipline was much stricter. We got away from camp some weekends hitch hiking, or catching the Thanet Belle (a Pullman train) to London and staying at Mother's flat; Dorothy, who worked as a telegrapher on the railway at Nottingham Victoria station (no longer there) could get some free rail travel would come down too. When I couldn't afford to leave the area I would wash dishes at a cafe in Margate for two shillings (l0p) an hour and as much fish and chips as you could eat. One day I worked 13½  hours and had had three good meals. The girls in the cafe would pack me up with loads of cakes not sold at closing time, I was very popular when I got back to the billet.  

If I only worked seven or eight hours I would go to Dreamland dancing to the sounds of big bands. One weekend we were given a 72 hour pass and Tony Driver invited me to stay at his home in Kettering. We started hitching just outside the camp we got a short lift to Broadstairs and then an ambulance stopped and gave us a lift through London to St Albans another lift to Luton and then another to right outside Tony's door, that was a weekend to remember.

A big incident at Manston was in 1948 during a Battle of Britain display a Mosquito flew over flying control in a roll and didn't make it out of the roll. What we, who watched in horror, didn't know at the time was that the plane had crashed on a line of cars full of people coming to the display - 13 civilians were killed as well as the two man crew. About a week after this tragedy two airmen were returning to camp on bikes when reaching the same spot on the approach road they were struck by a taxi and thrown yards into a field, that meant there were four Military Funerals in less than a fortnight.  

Demob time was approaching and someone tried to arrange a bus to go to a dance at a nearby WAAF station, RAF Hawkinge, he didn't get enough men for a coach so eleven of us went in one taxi, a large Austin 6. There were twelve of us on the way back plus the driver. Around this time Dorothy and I split up and so when I was demobbed at RAF Kirkham, near Blackpool, I was without a girlfriend when I came home.  

In November 1947 Edna and Albert had a son, my first (and only) cousin; they named him Martin Eyley Atkinson. Eyley was an old family name from the Smith side.

After a short demob leave I returned to Boots and was put in the Traffic Dept, on the claims section - what a boring job.  At St. Matthias Church I helped with the boy's club and sort of inherited the football club when John Rees, the Vicar's youngest son, went back into the RAF.  I knew, and know even now, nothing about football but on occasion had to act as referee!!!! It was while acting as the club's delegate at League meetings I met Eric Turner who was the league secretary, I later became the league treasurer. Eric and his wife baked and decorated wedding cakes and other large cakes. 

In November 1949 my father and Elsie had a son and they called him Christopher Glenn. So now I had two brothers, a stepsister and a half-brother. Derek was going out with a girl called Liz Inger and one Saturday night when Derek and I went to Carlton Drill Hall dance her friend came, Angela Bingham.  Angela and I dated for about eight months. 

1950 came it was my 21st birthday and Eric made and decorated a marvellous cake, Grandma supplied the ingredients as food rationing was still in force. The party was held at Boot's Institute near Trent Bridge, Tony Driver and another friend from the RAF, John Eaton, came from Kettering.  Derek brought Liz and Angela, and loads of school and church friends.  Brother Tony and his girlfriend, Grace, came down from Scotland, he was a Leading Writer in the Royal Navy, a week later as he couldn't get leave for the day. 


In uniform in the back garden in Spalding Road.

Later in the year I helped at the Church Camp, somewhere in Yorkshire. We had three bell tents for the boys and girls I had a tent to myself as did the Vicar and his wife. The Vicar and I travelled in his car and we set up camp, Mrs Rees came on the train with the children, going home she went back with Fr. Rees and I went by train in charge of all the kids, quite a responsibility. 

I had a cake made for Christopher's first birthday by Eric and took it along to show my father who was manager of a furniture shop on St Anne's Well Road.  Father had met Maurice Coupe (the owner of the shop) after he was repatriated and had to join the Pay Corps. I met MHC at this time and asked him if he needed a clerk. 

Whilst working in the Traffic Dept I met Edwin Amos who had organized a holiday in Switzerland the previous year and was getting up another for 1951, so I signed up. A letter arrived by hand for me at Spalding Road.  It was from Maurice Coupe offering me a job as accounts manager for Equitable Finance Ltd and to run a second hand furniture shop across the way from the main shop. I took the job and worked there for seven years.

Early in the new year (1951) again I went with Derek to the Carlton Drill Hall and there I met Betty Hebblethwaite and as they say 'the rest is history'.  Betty lived with her parents and sister, Elaine at Burton Joyce, a village about six miles east of Nottingham; quite a long walk home when one missed the last bus.  Her brother was a policeman with the Nottingham City Police and had to live in digs within the city boundary. 


We did a lot of our courting up a bridle path called Willow Wong, it’s now a road leading to some very nice houses.  Betty was the secretary of the area manager of Dean & Dawson, a Mr. Gibson, on Parliament Street in Nottingham, she was also a Sunday School teacher at the Methodist Chapel in Burton Joyce and played the piano for the hymns.

In May/June a party of about 26 young folk left the Midland Station with tickets booked to the top of the mountain Jungfrau Joch in Switzerland; we called ourselves 'The 19-25 Club'.  It was a very long train journey taking about two days and the trains in Switzerland had wooden seats.  Our accommodation was in a pension or guest house with very comfortable beds and continental quilts on top of eiderdowns, quite a way up the side of a mountain which we walked up later in the holiday.  

At that time everyone was restricted to taking abroad £10 sterling by governmental regulations and the club also restricted us to £20 in francs.  So with the train fare to Switzerland and the accommodation only costing about £20 the whole ten day holiday cost in the region of £50 to £55.  During this holiday I met John Dalby and his girlfriend Irene who later became his wife. We also went on a day trip to Lake Como in Italy travelling through the Brenner Tunnel.  I bought a few presents back especially fishnet nylons for Betty which were unobtainable in the UK at that time. 

Back down to earth and at work I spent my time learning the furniture trade and chasing people who were not paying their HP accounts regularly even suing them in the County Court.  Betty and I later went on holiday with Edna, Albert and Martin at the YMCA at Skegness.  Betty was on the ground floor and I was above her on the first floor.  Betty and I got engaged after Christmas that year



YMCA Skegness
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During that year Tony & Grace were married in Dundee, I travelled up on Thursday night changing trains at Grantham where I met a shipmate of Tony's. I was best man at the wedding and mother came up from London.  The photographer took everyone's photo as they arrived at the Kirk, and after the ceremony the wedding party all went to the photographer's studio to have formal pictures taken. The reception was held in a posh hotel and after the meal every body went to the ballroom where there was a three piece band for dancing.  After that we all saw the bride and groom off on their honeymoon at the railway station.  We all had quite a time going to four dances in two nights, and on Sunday as genuine travellers getting a drink at a pub.  In Scotland at that time the pubs shut on Sundays but the fish & chip shops were open unlike in England where the opposite was the norm.

I applied for a post with Harris Furnishers who wanted a manager for their new Bulwell branch they were about to open.  The attraction was that there was a flat available.  My application was successful, however MHC made me an offer I couldn't refuse which was to make me a partner in a drapery business called M.H. Coupe & Co.  So I stayed in the shop on St Ann's Well Road, for a number of years.  Maurice Coupe and I came up on the Spring double, the Lincoln and the Grand National, Early Mist and Sailing Light were the two horses.  I won £72 for an outlay of 15 shillings (75p), we all had champagne in the shop that day.  MHC won £216. 

Betty and I were married on the 4th of July, 1953, Elaine was Bridesmaid and brother Tony my Best Man.  Derek brought his latest girl friend, Pauline whom he later married.  Betty's brother was absent as he had emigrated to Canada to join the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (the Mounties).  The wedding was celebrated at St. Matthias Church and the reception held at Crowshaws restaurant on Chapel Bar in Nottingham.  As I was a Parochial Church Councillor at the time I was not charged for the wedding only for the organist, Mr. Mason.  After going back to Spalding Road to change we set off to Torquay for our honeymoon but not until our cases were sabotaged with confetti.  Quite a lot people came to see us off and dance round us on the station platform.  We had to change trains at Derby and as we had a compartment to ourselves we tried to get rid of most of the confetti, not 100% successful.  We broke our journey in Bristol staying at a good hotel for B&B and the local church clock chimed every hour.  We carried on to Torquay on the Sunday morning to stay at the Southlands Hotel.  The weather was great and the hotel food very good especially as food rationing was still partly in force.  We went to Paignton and Babbacombe and at night went dancing to Ivy Benson's All Girls Band.  On our return we set up home in the front room at 18 Spalding Road and in the bedroom I was born in. 

Before the wedding mother noticed that Grace was pregnant Tony had told me earlier.  Carol was born on St. Andrews day in the Autumn of 1953, I was her Godfather by proxy as the Baptism was held at the Kirk they were married at. 

Early next year we bought a house at 54 Sedgely Avenue just off Sneinton Dale and only three doors below Edna and Albert who lived at No. 60.  Our first house cost only £950 the mortgage repayments less than £5 per month which was a struggle some months.  We furnished the dining room, one bedroom and the back kitchen.  In 1954 on 5th May ten months and one day after we were married along came Gail Mary Andrews, incidentally on Grandma Dudley's birthday, so we had to furnish the second bedroom.  The third bedroom had been made into a bathroom, a large room with an old disgraceful bath in one corner.  I had a new bath put in also a toilet and washbasin, thus doing away with the outside loo.

n 1957 Betty's sister Elaine married Brian Christopher Unwin, a corporeal in the RAF, in the Roman Catholic Cathedral on Derby Road, Nottingham.  While Betty was doing her duty as Matron of Honour I was looking after Gail at the back of the Cathedral and taking her outside when she wanted her mother and started to cry.

M. H. Coupe & Co.

88 St Ann's Well Road

Marriage Certificate
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At work I had created a system of accounts using an electrical accounting machine, which MHC had acquired, by using knowledge learnt from my years at Boots.  The firm took over a shop in Netherfield and I was appointed manager.  Two people replaced me at the St Ann's Well Road shop, Alice Turner on the accounts and John Newcombe as a salesman.  For the journey from Sneinton Dale to Netherfield I bought a Cyclemaster a sort of motorised bicycle that kept breaking down and was hard to pedal without the motor working.  

Derek married Pauline, I was again Best Man, and they rented a house No. 64 Sedgely Avenue, so there we were us at 54, Edna and Albert at 60 and Derek and Pauline at 64.  In March 1957 Peter Dudley Andrews was born and I dreamed of having a train set for him (me really) to play with.  Grandma & Grandpa celebrated their Golden Wedding at Mapperly Tea Gardens and I was to propose the toast before about 60 friends and relations. 

Whilst working at Netherfield I had a 15 year old as an assistant, when on his 16th birthday he surprised me by saying he wanted the day off to get married, his girlfriend was pregnant.  He left later and joined the Army in the Household Cavalry.  After he left the Army he became involved with a married woman whose Polish husband murdered him. 

In 1958 my father, who was manager at Coupes, was ill and when he recovered it was decided he would take over the Netherfield branch under his own name and call it Jack Andrews Ltd.  And so I returned to the main shop on St Ann's Well Road.  M.H. Coupe and Co was discontinued and the partners were paid out; which meant I could now afford to furnish the front room as a lounge.  After a few months I became discontented and felt I was getting nowhere and I obtained a position in the furniture dept at Griffin & Spaldings (part of the Debenham Group), selling top quality furniture and bedding.


In 1959 Stephen Michael Andrews arrived on the 5th of September (making his date of birth 5 9 59).  He was born at home with my mother assisting the midwife, I was sent out to go and see my brother Derek and keep out of the way. 

I became First Sales at Griffin & Spaldings and when I asked for a rise I was told I was the highest paid salesman in the Debenham Group, and I should apply for an under buyer's post.  I saw advertised a manager's post in the Cabinet Maker at Hereford, where I had done my trade training in the RAF.  The company was called Foyles of Cheltenham part of Blundells of Luton.  I went by train to Cheltenham to be interviewed, I was told that the existing manager was not now leaving but there was the assistant manager's position open.  After discussion with Betty I opted for assistant manager especially as there was a company flat available.


We sold the house on Sedgely Avenue for £1250.  I moved to Hereford staying in digs till we sold the house.  I saw at once the company flat was unsuitable and negotiated for a new semi­-detached house on a new estate in Leominster.  We moved into the flat awaiting the completion of the building of the house at The Meadows, Leominster.  This brand new house cost £1130 at basic price but we had extras built in such as a double drainer sink, a gas poker for the all night coal fire, more electric sockets, half tiled bathroom and coloured floor tiles instead of the standard black; this made our house cost £1225.  We thought it quite a bargain, we decided against a garage as that would have made the price another £250.

As it was a new estate all the neighbours helped each other if someone had a load of bricks or rockery stone delivered, there would immediately be a number of blokes come and help shift them.  Our adjoining neighbour, Ken, was a bricklayer and built many of the walls and garages on the Meadows.  Even before we moved in Betty's mother and father purchased a bungalow a few doors below us, so we had babysitters very near.  We attended the Minster, the children went to Sunday School and Betty joined the young wives group.  There was a bridge club in the town that we joined along with Betty's father.  Very happy days, but Betty's mother didn't like it as she was cut from her sister, Auntie Grace and her niece Dorothy and her family in Nottingham.

About the middle of 1962 Peter and Mildred in Birmingham had a son and we were all invited to the Baptism.  Grandma & Grandpa, Edna, Albert & Martin and my mother, now living at Spalding Road, all from Nottingham and us from Hereford.  Grandpa was quite ill and couldn't attend and my mother stayed behind to look after him. 

Our opposite neighbour, Len, also worked in Hereford as a solicitor's clerk and gave me a lift to work and back in his old motor car which often broke down.  Late in 1962 Len had some legal business in Nottingham and if I could get time off would take me with him, so I arranged it.  On the Sunday night before the Monday trip we had a phone message that Grandpa had passed away.  I arranged that Betty would phone the shop and tell them I would be away till after the funereal so I rode with Len and he dropped me off outside Griffin & Spalding's.  As I was outside I went into the furniture dept. and the buyer Mr. Ashcroft offered me my old desk as there was a vacancy, I said I would let him know.  I then made my way to 18 Spalding Road to see and comfort my Grandma. 

The next day I went to St Ann's Well Road to see if there was anyone on the staff who I knew.  Well Maurice Coupe (MHC) took me out for a drink and after talking for a while he said "are you asking me for a job" I said "no" and he immediately offered the manager's position to me.  I couldn't make a decision there and then as I had to talk it over with Betty. 

After we had talked it over and decided to go back to Nottingham, Betty's mother was thrilled so was Edna and Grandma.  I duly gave my notice in to the manager at Foyles and later in the week the Sales Director, Mr. Spencer, from Cheltenham came to see me and offered me the post of furniture & carpet buyer at Raynors of Ross, a sort of miniature Griffins; I turned it down.  We put the house up for sale and I went to live back in my old room at Spalding Road, whilst looking for a house, Betty staying in Leominster for the time being.  I had strict instructions not buy a house in Arnold or district.  It was like a coming home returning, to M.H. Coupe Ltd on St Ann's Well Road after an absence of about four and a half years, I had four salesmen working for me.

I duly went house hunting looking at property on Bakers Fields and Sherwood, a semi on Bedale Road, just missed it.  Edna, living then with her family Albert & Martin on Rydale Road, Sherwood, spotted an advert for a house in Kingswell Road - and where was that - yes ARNOLD.  This was very suitable detached three bedrooms, two reception, hall, bathroom, separate toilet and large garage, so I negotiated for it knocking the price down to £2750.  Unfortunately the completion took a long time and I stayed at Spalding Road and travelled back to Leominster every fortnight going there by train and returning on a bus "go anywhere in a day" for ten shillings - (50p) ticket.  1962 winter was a fierce one and the snow didn't clear till well into March. 


Funeral bill for Walter Charles Dudley (Grandpa)
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We had a successful December's trading and managing to satisfy our customers with the delivery times etc.  At last the house sale was completed and Betty, the children and I moved into 36, Kingswell Road, Arnold, in March 1963.  MHC said he liked his managers to be on the phone and told me to apply for one and the firm would pay. Around this time Alf, one of my salesmen, who had charge of the van and took it home with him each night, gave his notice in and MHC said what can we do with the van I jumped in and said I had a garage.  He immediately told me to sign up with British School of Motoring and send the bill to the firm.  I failed the test first time but passed the next, I felt like a complete citizen.  The second Sunday after passing I took us all to Skegness fixing fireside chairs in the back of the van, quite a tiring trip considering I had only been on very short journeys up till then.  The following year I bought a car, my first, to go on holiday to Butlins at Clacton-on Sea; the car turned out to be a real "banger", but the holiday was great!  

During that year Peter & Mildred had another boy, Simon, and Betty and I were asked to be Godparents.  Edna seemed under the weather and when we got home she became quite ill and Grandma went to look after her and Martin as Albert was working away for Boots.  The doctor was sent for who sent her to hospital, she died later that week with leukaemia on Friday 13th August 1965, aged 50, a very painful time for all of us.  It was earlier that year that Albert and Edna had celebrated their silver wedding. 

The children were growing up Gail was at Arnold High School and the boys at Kingswell Junior School and Betty decided she would look for a part time job.  The first job was at Lewis & Grundy on Victoria Street in Nottingham.  The pay was abysmal so she went to an agency, Brook Street Bureau, who sent her all over Nottingham.   A job was advertised for a part time typist at the Home Brewery in Daybrook, it was really for a secretary for the MD at Killingley’s the wine and spirit section of the brewery.  She was successful in her application and was there for about 26 years.  The manager at Killingley’s, Bill Jamson, introduced us to flat green bowling, which almost took over our lives later on especially when we went indoor bowling.

Gail was taking German as her language study and had a German girl, Angelica, for a pen friend.  After they were corresponding for a time we invited Angelica to come to Arnold for a visit.  She landed at Heathrow and Gail and I went to meet her she stood out from the crowd as she was in national dress.  Betty and I took some holiday so that we could show her around.  And when we took her and our kids to Skegness she was overjoyed she had never seen the sea before and wanted to know if she could go again to the seaside, so we took her to Cleethorpes, later in the holiday she was taken to the Blue John caves at Castleton.  Angelica enjoyed her stay with us and cried when it was time for her to return home to Germany.  A little later Grandma was ill and I used to go round every day and my Mother was also ill and was in hospital so I was sleeping at Spalding Road but going home for my meals.

It was about this time that MHC wanted me to take over a new venture at a shop on Derby Road to sell discount three piece suites and beds, the business to be called "LAZYBONES".  I thought it over for a few minutes then said O.K. if I could have a financial interest in the business, and this was agreed.  During the preparation of the shop my Grandma who was quite ill and was in Newstead Hospital died and I along with Albert was an executor of her small estate, quite a task!!  After things were sorted out I ran Lazybones very successfully for over a year when MHC decided to sell the business on St. Ann's Well Road to Jack Marriott.  Jack was a car dealer and major shareholder in Equitable Finance Ltd.  He wasn't familiar with retail selling so wanted me to run the shop.  So now I was a company director of both Lazybones and M.H. Coupe Ltd. with three shops, and a company car, and a staff of five or six.


The Andrews family at Butlins

It was while we were taking over the businesses that Gail went to visit Angelica in Germany for about three weeks and going with her family on holiday to the Black Forest.  She came home quite sun tanned but alas her German hadn't improved.  Gail had a Saturday job at Boots shop in Sherwood, Peter also wanted a Saturday job and I was able to give him one at the St. Ann's shop and put him on the wage book. 

Betty and I were getting involved with bowling she was treasurer of the Home Brewery Ladies Bowls section and I played for the Men's Club.  We also joined the Nottingham Indoor B.C. before it ever existed and later when it was built we became founder members.  It was here that my bowls became more serious. 

The next year Elaine and Chris (who were in married quarters) invited us to visit them in Germany.  We went on the ferry from Harwich to the Hook of Holland and drove through the Netherlands into Germany.  Elaine and Chris and family were supposed to meet us at the border, they weren't there!!  So we carried on until we saw them coming towards us and we all joined up, and they led us to their house in the RAF camp.  That was quite a holiday, driving on the wrong side of the road, but we managed it. 

Back at home big things were about to happen in the St. Ann's district, it was to be demolished and all new housing and a small parade of shops built.  My two shops and another 198 were to go and be replaced with only six units.  I had to apply for the only double unit and found myself competing against Burtons Furnishers (owned by the Ideal Homes Group); this was the first time I met Richard Brown and Barry Moss.  I always wonder if my successful application had any thing to do with the fact that the man leading the planning procedure was David Mason, son of the organist at St. Matthias.  So we had a brand new double unit with a loading dock at the rear and fitted out as a furniture and carpet showroom.  As the new shop was not big enough to give office space to Equitable Finance Ltd. and Anchor Finance Ltd we had to find additional premises, and on High Street, Arnold we discovered a vacant double unit which had been recently been occupied by Furnisher Harris.  We opened these premises as Dudley Andrews the High Street Furnisher and created office space for the finance companies.  We traded successfully for a few years when we heard that Maurice Coupe was about to dispose of his shop in Sherwood on Mansfield Road but he wanted more than we thought it was worth.  However there was a fairly new shop at 577 Mansfield Road with a lease for sale so we negotiated and opened it as a branch of Dudley Andrews.  We had lost Lazybones Ltd on Derby Road to redevelopment and of course the one on St Annes Well Road along with the second hand shop on Alfred Street Central, we now had three shops Robin Hood Chase, High Street Arnold and Mansfield Road Sherwood.  This latter shop was not profitable and we sold on the lease and got out.

I had joined Rotary sponsored by Stan Cupit.  I really enjoyed my membership, I was appointed Rotaract Officer and managed to interest Peter and Stephen along with Nigel, their cousin to join: Peter became Vice President and Stephen Treasurer. 

Peter borrowed my car to take Clive, his best friend, and two girls to Skegness about 10.30 that night Peter phoned to say they had become involved in an accident at Newark and the car was a mess.  Apparently a three wheeler, a Robin Reliant, crashed into them travelling on the wrong side of the road, my car was a write off.  The driver of the Reliant had been on a night out with two RAF mates and was over the limit subsequently the insurance paid us off very well. 

Betty's mother became very ill with cancer and had to have a colostomy which was later reversed.  It was while she was recuperating at Ruddington Hall from this latest operation that we had a visit from the police very early one morning to tell us that Betty's father had been found dead outside the bungalow by a man on his way to work. We along with Elaine and Chris had to tell Betty's mother the sad news.  It was only just then that Betty and I discovered that her parents had both been married before and Gwen had a son, Denis, and Cyril had had Donald, Maud and Marion.  


Home Brewery Men's Bowls Club
(Before Dudley joined)

We arranged the cremation at Wilford Hill and waited for Gwen to return to the bungalow.  Shortly after this Peter and his wife Pearl came on a visit from Canada and took the whole family to the Saracen's Head at Southwell for a meal.  Soon after Peter and Pearl had returned to Alberta that Gwen informed us that she had bad toes and that she had to have them amputated, she went into hospital for the operation.  When we went to visit her we found she had her leg amputated above her knee so we decided she had better come to us and we would put one of her beds in the lounge for her.  It was quite awkward as our bathroom and toilet was upstairs.  We decided therefore to move and get a more suitable property, we chose Carmel Gardens thinking we could convert the pantry into a toilet and washroom.  Before we could complete the sale Gwen sadly died, I think she just gave up.  We then had to arrange the sale of her bungalow and dispose of the contents for the benefit of the heirs, all seven of them; we also had to manage two houses in Calverton collecting rents seeing to the repairs.  Eventually the tenants moved on and we sold both houses and divided the proceeds between seven. 

Peter married Jackie during this time at St. Mary's Arnold.  Jackie still jokes that Peter tried to kill her on their first date.  We held the reception in the Church Hall with Betty doing the catering, which was difficult as there was a baker's strike on at the time, but we had loads of meat.  Jackie and Peter left the reception in the Dudley Andrews' furniture van to go to their house in Carrington.  In the evening we had a party at Carmel Gardens for our bowling friends when we ate the leftovers from the reception.

The shop in Arnold had been open for about eight years when I had a phone call from Richard Brown, wondering if I was interested in parting with the business. I had of course to talk it over with Jack Marriott, he thought we would be able to sell the businesses and come away with some capital.  When the accountants, Sheltons, were consulted they informed us we were insolvent and should stop trading: we followed their advice and had a meeting with them and the management of Guy Turner (Wedgespring Ltd) i.e. Richard Brown, Barry Moss and Ralph Allen.  The outcome was that we filed for voluntary liquidation of M.H. Coupe Ltd and Dudley Andrews Ltd.  There was virtually no assets after the liquidators, the accountants and the solicitors and redundancy for the staff, including myself, were paid.  It so happened that my redundancy matched the amount of capital I had invested.  The shop on Robin Hood Chase reverted back to landlords, Nottingham City Council but the one on High Street was taken over, for a song, by Guy Turner.  As it happened I had impressed the management of Guy Turners and they employed both Peter and I.  So now I was the manager of a business and only had my income to worry about not staff to find salaries every week.  Betty said the relief showed in my face, I stayed with Guy Turner till I retired at 65.  When I had been with Guy Turner a number of years Betty was made redundant by Scottish & Newcastle who had taken over the Home Brewery and were in the process of closing it down and selling the site to Sainsbury’s.  Betty had a really good redundancy package including a pension, which she would not have been entitled to with the Home Brewery.  She decided to do voluntary work and chose The Imperial Cancer Fund shop on Front Street.

After I retired I was employed, part time for one and a half days at shops in Kirkby-in-Ashfield and Eastwood.  When I retired the lease was up for renewal at 15/17 High Street and Barry Moss spent too much on alterations that it made Guy Turner go into liquidation, and so my part time employment ceased.  At 65 I was much too young to do nothing so I did voluntary driving for the local Council in Arnold; and then Elaine, who was working with Betty in the Imperial Cancer Research Fund as volunteers, volunteered me for Treasurer and I did that for about seven years. Betty worked at that shop for well over 12 years.  


Peter Hebblethwaite when he was in the Nottingham police force.

Whilst we were both retired we spread our wings a little, we went on bowling tours most years; and one year we took the whole family to Euro-Disney.  When we went to book for Euro-Disney we were hoping to go on the Euro-Star but could not get anywhere as regards a firm price so Betty decided we would fly, even though she was afraid of flying.  Every one had a good time, especially Stephen, because we stayed on site.  

Later on we went to Austria with Skill's by coach staying over night in Germany both going and returning; the tour was called "The Sound of Music" tour.  The following year we went to the Isle of Bute again by coach.  Also during this time we had four weekend bowls tours, twice to Blackpool, Cliftonville and on the south coast, with Hillside. 

Betty bought a knitting machine and was soon proficient and made all the family junipers and cardigans.  Along with her friend Pauline she start attending Craft Shows and was quite successful.  I went along to set up the stall of course.

It was approaching young Ian's 18th birthday in August 2002 and as Peter and Jackie were working in America Gail said she would provide a party for him.  It was quite a success, Betty being the life and soul of the party.  On the Sunday following we had a bowls match at Rushcliffe and Betty had a very good game and was in great spirits.  During the early hours of Monday Betty woke me up saying she didn't feel well so I rang the emergency doctor, the call being diverted to a call centre who immediately said they would send an ambulance, a paramedic arrived before the ambulance and attended to her.  When the ambulance arrived Betty was quickly taken to the City Hospital and I went with her, I was put in a waiting room and given a cup of coffee.  After about fifteen minutes a nurse came and said Betty's heart had stopped and they were attending to her, very soon afterwards another nurse came in and shook her head.  Betty had died and I was devastated.

Gail had gone on holiday in the Scarborough area, Peter was in America working and Stephen was at work at Grantham College.  How they did it I do not know but the hospital contacted Stephen and after about an hour he came and collected me.  Stephen really looked after me, accompanying me to the mortuary at the hospital, and then contacted Peter who made arrangements to fly home; Gail immediately returned from the Scarborough area.  Gail and Stephen went with me to the funeral directors, Lymn's, and we requested Rev. Rob Cotton of Arnold Methodist Church to conduct the service at Wilford Hill Crematorium the following Monday.  

It was on the Sunday before the funeral that I felt a great need to go to church, I went to St Mary's but it was closed then to St Paul's which also closed; but the Salvation Army was open and I went in to pray.  I had nearly 200 cards and letters of sympathy to such an extent that after a few days I used to dread the postman coming, but they gave great comfort.  Peter and Jackie arrived from America where Peter was working, and Jackie, Gail and myself went to Asda to stock up for after the ceremony when we expected people to come back to Carmel Gardens.

When we, the family, arrived at Wilford Hill I was amazed at the number of cars parked on the approaches as the car parks were full.  There were so many people in the Chapel that the doors at the back were opened and folk standing crammed together.  Many bowlers were present from many clubs nearly all Hillside, lots from Gedling Indoor B.C, workers from the Cancer shop and friends from the knitting club and many others.  Betty had held many honorary posts at Gedling IBC and was also known in County bowling circles.  The Revd Rob Cotton gave such a wonderful address that I decided I would attend Arnold Methodist Church.

Gail suggested that I went back with Peter to America and I said if Peter could arrange it I would.  Gail took me shopping for things I needed - socks, sun cream etc. Christopher and Ian were also going back with their parents, we all went to Manchester Airport in a mini-bus.  After checking-in and boarding we flew to Dulles Airport Washington D.C. and Peter picked up his hire car and drove us all to the apartment which had three bedrooms and two bathrooms.  Peter had to go to work but Jackie took the rest of us to the city where we 'did' all the museums.  At the weekend Peter drove us to the  National Cemetery at Arlington.  One weekend we went to the hills and on the way home saw a black bear with two cubs. 


Wilford Hill Crematorium

Returning home everything was very strange but I had to get on with it.  I saw many friends at the bowls centre and I still coached the juniors on Sunday mornings, and I started attending Arnold Methodist Church (AMC).  After a little time I took part in an Alpha Course and on completion was admitted as a member to the church. It was then that I volunteered to wash the cups and saucers on Saturday mornings and also make the tea.  The worst time was on Sunday evenings when after church I went home to an empty house; during the week I could go out to museums etc. and I continued as treasurer at the Cancer shop.  

In the post one day my Air Miles statement came and I saw I had enough miles to go to Paris.  I asked Stephen if he would like to come with me and he said yes.  We flew from Birmingham after hours of delay, our plane was delayed in Spain.  We did all the sights mainly from the top of a bus.  It was in Paris that I pumped Stephen and found he had a girlfriend and she lived in Lancaster.  I took loads of photographs with my new digital camera, and then lost the photo card.

The following year I went again to America for a month at Peter and Jackie's invitation Peter's job had moved to Harrisburg in Pennsylvania.  We had a weekend in New York and also visited Philadelphia.  Peter and I toured the battlefields of the American civil war, later we all went to where it all began.  With a friend we went to the Amish part of the area and saw how they lived and some of their culture.  It was while I was in Harrisburg that I said that I would like to see the Grand Canyon which was near Las Vegas.  No sooner a word than a blow and I had been booked on a flight and with a hotel reservation as well.  Las Vegas what a place all neon lights and razz-a-mat-taz and 24 hour gambling.  My proud boast is that I didn't spend a cent on the tables or on the machines, I spent my cash on a helicopter flight over the Grand Canyon.  What an awesome sight, the awful thing was I had nobody to share it with or say "look a that".  Never the less I did enjoy the visit and walking down the 'Strip'. I could not find a church only several Wedding Chapels just like amusement booths but I did find the Roman Catholic Cathedral, very modern but very beautiful.  The flight back to Harrisburg was an adventure - it was only a small plane and the turbulence was horrific it didn't help when some girls started screaming. A few days later I flew back to the U.K. 

The Methodist Circuit invited a choir from Zambia and they were really very good in fact I became a 'groupie' listening to them at Woodborough, St. Cyprian's Carlton Hill, twice at AMC and finally at the Methodist Church in Carrington.  It was while waiting for the concert to begin that Sue Clayton sat next to me along with her husband Phil and Sue asked me if I was a widower because she had a widow friend who wasn't coping very well with widowhood.  I thought about this during the concert and I said to Sue that she could give this lady my telephone number if she thought I could help her get over her loss.  Someone was telling me to do this.  

Come Monday morning I had a long conversation with a lady from Worksop and we arranged to meet at Rufford Park, fancy me on a blind date at 74, we duly met on the following Friday, 5th September 2003.  When I arrived at Rufford Park the only people I saw were Peter and Anne Woodhead from Gedling Indoor BC in the coffee bar to my embarrassment.  Soon after I saw a lady who could have been my 'date' and she was. 


Arnold Methodist Church

We walked around the lake in deep conversation, had coffee, walked some more, and then went for lunch at the Robin Hood at the Edwinstowe crossroads.  When it came to paying Sheila wanted to share the bill but I said she could pay next time.  Later we walked through the village and talked and talked some more.  We seemed very compatible and arranged to meet the next week when we visited Chatsworth House near Chesterfield.  We continued to meet and Sheila took me to Christchurch where she worshipped.  I travelled most days to Worksop when we took Sheila's dog, Sam, for a walk in Clumber Park; it took me about 45 minutes to drive to Dunstan Crescent in the daytime but only 35 minutes back home to Arnold at night.  I felt like a teenager and it must have shown because Sue Hall asked me twice how I was and I had to tell her I had met someone, she immediately said "is she a Christian".  It was then I told Gail and Stephen when we were at Gail's playing cards, they were taken aback so I left early so they could talk it over.  At home I phoned Peter in America who somehow didn't seem surprised.  By this time Sheila and I were an 'item' and we went together to the Harvest Supper at AMC and also to Hillside's Presentation Dinner at Ramsdale Golf Club at Calverton where she met many of my bowling friends.  We also went to a Christchurch house group held at David and Christine Owen's house in Carlton-in-Lindrick.

Later that year I went with Gail and Ian to Blackpool to see the illuminations it was there I told them that Sheila and I had decided to get married on the 28th of February 2004.

When we went to see Reverend Martyn Alvey about the wedding I said to him I felt the Lord had much to do with our meeting.  Sheila and I picked the Hymns and songs for the ceremony and the order of service.  We advised Martyn that there would be several ministers present and could they take part, he agreed and it was arranged that Holy Communion would be offered at four points of the church and that Rob Cotton would read the lesson. 

Frank and Eric from folk dancing were to do the catering, a finger buffet, and Beverly would make the cake.  David and Christine organized the music, a string ensemble, Christine violin, David cello, Gilbert Perkins viola and Angela Mould piano.  Shirley from folk dancing and house group arranged the tables; Sheila Robertson the flowers. 

The big day duly arrived and there was about 250 in the congregation old friends, bowling friends, folk dancing friends and of course relatives, of these 200 stayed for the meal, Sheila and I were served first but didn't get much to eat as we were circulating and talking to as many people we could get round.  What a super day one I will always remember and hold dear. 

Askrigg in Yorkshire was where, along with Sam, we went for our Honeymoon and that year we had many holidays.  Askrigg was the village where the TV series "All Creatures Great and Small" was filmed, although it was called Darrowby.  We went to Scarborough for Easter People and later to The Isle of Purbeck in Dorset. Following this holiday we visited Seattle in the US of A, for three weeks, as Peter had moved there with his job.  Finally in the year 2004 we went to the Trossachs for two weeks.

'Darrowby' - Askrigg in the Yorkshire Dales


Noted events in his life were:

*  Birth Registered: 7th June 1929, Nottingham Registration District.  Birth in the sub-district of Nottingham East
*  Living: 3rd May 1932, 12 Vallance Road, Leicester.  First memory of a flat in Leicester aged 3.
*  He was educated in 1934 in Sneinton Trust School.
*  He represented Sneinton Junior Mixed School at a Royal event on the 17th February 1939.
*  He was educated in 1940-1945 in The Mundella Grammar School, Nottingham.
*  Baptized:  11th November 1943 at St. Matthias’ Church in St. Ann’s, Nottingham.
*  He worked as an Office Clerk in Boots in 1945.
*  He was educated in 1946 at the Nottingham and District Technical College.
*  He was educated in 1946-1947 at the Boots Day Continuation School.
*  National Service, RAF Manston, in 1949.
*  Living: 24th February 1951, 18 Spalding Road, Nottingham. 
*  He worked as a Salesman on 24th February 1951.
*  Living: 4th July 1953, 18 Spalding Road, Nottingham. 
*  He worked as a Clerk on 4th July 1953.
*  Living: 12th March 1957, 54 Sedgeley Avenue, Sneinton Dale, Nottingham. 
*  He worked as a Furniture Salesman in Griffin & Spalding, Market Square, Nottingham in 1958.
*  Living: 5th September 1959, 54 Sedgeley Avenue, Sneinton Dale, Nottingham. 
*  He worked as a Furniture Salesman on 5th September 1959.
*  Living: 1960, 3A Union Street, Hereford. 
*  He worked as an Assistant Manager in 1960 in Foyles of Cheltenham, Hereford Branch.
*  Living: 1960-1963, 71 Green Lane, Meadows, Leominster, Hereford. 
*  He worked as a Furniture Salesman in M.H. Coupe Ltd. Shops in St. Ann’s and Sherwood in 1963.
*  Living: 1963-1976, 36 Kingswell Road, Arnold, Nottingham. 
*  He worked as a Furniture Retailer in Lazybones, Derby Road, Nottingham in 1967.
*  He worked as a Furniture Retailer in 1974-1976
    Dudley Andrews Ltd. 15-17 High Street, Arnold, Nottingham,
    M.H. Coupe Ltd, 28 Robins Hood Chase, St. Ann’s, Nottingham.
*  He worked as a Furniture Retailer in 1976-1980
    Dudley Andrews Ltd. 15-17 High Street, Arnold, Nottingham,
    Dudley Andrews Ltd. 577 Mansfield Road, Sherwood, Nottingham,   
    M.H. Coupe Ltd, 28 Robins Hood Chase, St. Ann’s, Nottingham.
*  He worked as a Furniture Shop Manager in Guy Turners, 15-17 High Street, Arnold, Nottingham in 1980-1984.
*  Living: 1976-2004, 7 Carmel Gardens, Arnold, Nottingham. 
*  Living: 28th February 2004, 14 Dunstan Crescent, Worksop, Nottinghamshire. 
*  Marriage: Second marriage, 28th February 2004, Christ Church, Worksop.  Marriage ceremony began at 3 pm
*  He was diagnosed with non-Hodgkinson's Lymphoma on 16th November 2004 in Kings Mill Hospital, Worksop.
   Treatment of Chemotherapy started on the 18th  November 2004.


Memorial Plaque at Wilford Hill for Betty & Dudley Andrews
with the wedding bouquet of granddaughter Emma

Photo Gallery - These are thumbnails, click to enlarge



  RAF days Dudley & Betty
Confetti time Just married
Lucky Horseshoe!!
Dudley, Betty, Martin Atkinson,
Gwendolen Hebblethwaite nee Cooke,
David Andrews, Elaine Hebblethwaite.
Cutting the cake
Dudley & Betty To the beach?? Dudley and daughter Gail Dudley & Betty
22nd September 1973 - Daughter's Wedding
Florrie (mother of groom)
Ian, Gail, Betty, Dudley
1954 - Best Man at Wedding of
Derek Andrews and Pauline Beadles
Best Man at Wedding of
David Anthony Andrews and Grace Taylor
George Albert Atkinson, Edna Alice Atkinson nee Dudley (aunt)
Betty, Dudley
Derek Andrews (brother), Pauline Andrews nee Beadles (sister-in-law)
A. N. Other, A. N. Other
Three generations
Noreen Andrews nee Dudley,
Mabel Elizabeth Dudley nee Smith, John Henry Andrews, Dudley, Walter Charles Dudley
Clockwise from the top
Michael, Emma, Christopher, Ian & Richard
Betty and Dudley
Three brothers
Dudley, Derek, David Anthony (Tony)
HMS Warrior Car Dealer???  America Trip Dudley and Betty At a dinner party
School Exams
First Class - Arithmetic
At Boots
Credit - Book-Keeping 1946
At Boots
Credit - Book-Keeping 1946
At Nottingham and District Technical College
Second Class - Book-Keeping 1947
At Boots


2nd Generation 3rd Generation 4th Generation  
Parent Grandparents Great Grandparents  
John Andrews
(15/11/1882 - 7/2/1942)
John Henry Andrews
(9/7/1907 - 4/10/1971)
Florence Louisa Winterbottom Peet (16/7/1879 - 1957)
Dudley John Andrews
(28/5/1929 - 18/4/2010)
Walter Charles Dudley
(2/8/1881 - 19/11/1962)
Noreen Dudley
(9/12/1907 - 18/12/1981)
Mabel Elizabeth Smith
(5/5/1882 - 4/9/1969)