Denis Evans aged 13



Denis, Dennis, David and Joan 6 April 1931

This is another picture of DENIS EVANS.  Slightly older than the previous picture; this one was taken on 6 April 1931, so we know Denis would have been just 13 at the time.   The other children in the picture are not brothers and sisters, they are the children of his brother HARRY EVANS.  From right to left DENNIS (aged about 6), DAVID (aged about 4) and baby JOAN.  The woman cut from the picture is almost certainly Harry’s mother-in-law, MRS WOOD, since he apparently didn’t get on with her.

The picture was probably taken in CANTERBURY where Harry had moved as young man.  He was the brother that DENIS was closest to, and Denis would be invited to visit and stay.  The journey was made by bus from London to Canterbury.  His strongest memory of those visits was sitting cross-legged on the bed, while HARRY taught him to tell the time using a big wall clock and moving the hands manually.

DENIS out-lived these nephews and niece.

Denis Evans circa 1926/8

Denis Evans circa 1926

This is DENIS EVANS, probably taken around 1928.  It is not possible to make out the cap badge but he went to RHYL STREET SCHOOL, KENTISH TOWN from age 5 to 11, and then on to HAVERSTOCK HILL SCHOOL.  He always claimed he should have gone to the grammar school in Haverstock Hill, but the eleven plus exam was changed the year he should have taken it (around the time of this photo), so he went to what was effectively the Secondary Modern instead.

DENIS was the youngest child of FREDERICK AND ROSE EVANS of ST LEONARD’S SQUARE, KENTISH TOWN.   Denis was very much the youngest, the next nearest child, his brother DAVID, being nearly eleven years older.  As a child, Denis shared a bedroom with David, and his main memory of that time was the way David would throw open the window every morning and do keep-fit exercises in front of the fresh air, freezing Denis in the process.

Denis Evans talking about Rhyl Street School: 


Florence and Mary Louise Griffin

Florence (Pat) & Mary Griffin circa 1927

FLORENCE and MARY LOUISE GRIFFIN.  Judging by their ages, it was probably taken around 1925/6.

Mary was born on Christmas Day at her maternal grandparents’ house in FORTESS GROVE, KENTISH TOWN.  Florence’s memory of the occasion was sitting with her cousins, eating quartered oranges from a large blue and white patterned plate, whilst her mother gave birth.  Florence was allowed to name the new baby; Mary was presumably given because of its association with Christmas in Florence’s mind.

John Griffin

john griffin0001Only known picture of JOHN GRIFFIN, (Lizzie Burkinshaw’s second husband), with their older daughter, FLORENCE GRIFFIN.   Judging by Florence’s age, the photo was probably taken around 1922.

We know hardly anything about John.  He was reputedly of Irish descent and was born around 1885/6.  Florence had only hazy memories of him.  The strongest one seems to have been playing outside and running to meet him on Friday nights (pay-day), when he used to bring home her mother’s favourite treat wrapped in newspaper – pigs trotters.

At that time the family were  living at 38 VORLEY ROAD, near the Archway in London.

John worked in the printing industry, he is variously described as a printer’s labourer and a compositor on different documents.   He died in Lambeth hospital and since this is just over the bridge from Fleet Street it seems probable he was taken ill at work.

Lizzie Burkinshaw circa 1915

Elizabeth Burkinshaw circa 1915Early photo of LIZZIE BURKINSHAW (at that time Lizzie CHIPPERFIELD).  There is a stamp on the back reading 1915, if this is true, then Lizzie would have been about 22 yrs old.  The picture was taken at FLORENCE STUDIOS, 103 HIGH STREET, CAMDEN TOWN in NW London.

The picture is a postcard so it’s possible it was taken to send to her husband who was serving in the Army.  The identity of the child is not known.  He/she could have been a nephew/niece of Lizzie’s, but it seems unlikely (there are only a couple who fit the time frame) and it’s strange that this is the only photo from that period that she kept.  Possible it’s a relative of her husband Sidney?

Sidney William Chipperfield


We think Sidney was born in Lowestoft, Suffolk around 1882/3.  His father had a butcher’s shop and Sidney seems to have been one of, at least, 6 children.  Sidney appears to have been a twin; the other ‘half’ being a sister, MABEL.  This would make sense as there seem to have been several multiple births in the family according to later censuses.

At some point part of the family must have moved to London.  When Sidney and Lizzie married in 1912 at Old St Pancras Church, Sidney’s brother BERTIE G CHIPPERFIELD was one of the witnesses (the other was THOMAS BURKINSHAW the bride’s father).

Sidney was described as a labourer on the marriage certificate.   They both gave their address as 9 LITTLE GREEN STREET which was actually the home of Lizzie’s family.

For a long time this was thought to be a wedding picture, but since Sidney’s in uniform it is more likely it was taken as a souvenir photo just after he enlisted. The stamp on the back shows it was taken at The Art Room, 271 KENTISH TOWN ROAD in North West London.   We don’t know when he joined up but it must have been very early during the First World War as he died on the 26th May 1915 whilst serving in the Duke of Cornwall’s Light Infantry.  He’s buried at First D.C.L.I. Cemetery, The Bluff, in Belgium.

As far as we know, they had no children, so this picture is all that’s left behind of him.Elizabeth Burkinshaw & Sidney Chipperfield circa 1915