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What did your grandparents do for work?

Discussion in 'Personal' started by Reecedouglas1, May 16, 2019.

  1. Reecedouglas1

    Reecedouglas1 New commenter

    Saw this on another forum so thought I would start it here

    Both my grandads were soilders in world war 2 and both my grandma were stay at home mums
  2. peakster

    peakster Star commenter

  3. Aquamarina1234

    Aquamarina1234 Star commenter

    What did your second cousin twice removed get for GCSE maths?
  4. HelenREMfan

    HelenREMfan Star commenter

    My grandmother (maternal) never worked and had a live in maid/help, Bessie who helped run the house and her 2 daughters. My grandfather (maternal) ran a coal business. He was in the Navy during WW1 and I have a letter he wrote to my grandmother when expecting to be demobbed.
    My grandmother (paternal) didn't work that I know of. My grandfather (paternal) I know nothing of except he was in WW1
  5. Flowersinspring

    Flowersinspring Lead commenter

    Leccy board and a fur coat shop.
  6. blazer

    blazer Star commenter

    Maternal Grandfather was a precision machine toolmaker. Grandmother never worked as far as know. Paternal Grandfather was a bookies runner for a gang of Peaky Blinders until getting legit work on the trams for Birmingham transport. Grandmother never worked as far as I know.
  7. Pageant

    Pageant Occasional commenter

    My paternal grandma put tags on laces in a factory opposite her house (tags=those end bits on laces). My paternal granddad fought in WW1 and was out of work when he came home deaf from the shells all around him, so he took in washing and did it outside in the yard using a dolly tub, posser and mangle. He later worked in a textile mill.

    My maternal granddad died when I was very young. He worked on the (steam) railway. No idea about my maternal grandmother she was shunned by my mother. I only remember seeing her once.

    MAGAorMIGA Star commenter

    Mum's Dad was a carpet fitter, Dad's Dad doesn't seem to have stuck to anything, drifting from job to job.
  9. grumbleweed

    grumbleweed Lead commenter

    Dads parents both killed by drunk driver long before I was born but she was a 'canary girl' during the war, he was her boss. Mum's dad was a butcher, her mum never worked that I recall.
  10. primarycat

    primarycat Star commenter

    One side were army and actress. The step grandmother after they divorced was an author. The other side were shop manager and something vaguely to do with theatre but I'm not totally sure what.
  11. lexus300

    lexus300 Star commenter

    Is this just curiosity or is it something else?
    Laphroig likes this.
  12. Aquamarina1234

    Aquamarina1234 Star commenter

    "Never worked".
    You mean never got paid for the (unassisted by modern technology) housework, childcare and community support?
    Pageant and nizebaby like this.
  13. magic surf bus

    magic surf bus Star commenter

    So that accounts for about 6 years of their lives. Were they influencers the rest of the time, or did they have proper gainful employment?
  14. theselofane

    theselofane Occasional commenter

    My grandfather worked in a biscuit factory - grandmother was a house-wife.
  15. burajda

    burajda Star commenter

    An actress and a bishop
    bevdex, agathamorse, nizebaby and 7 others like this.
  16. Mangleworzle

    Mangleworzle Star commenter

    Any quotes?
    Jamvic and magic surf bus like this.
  17. jubilee

    jubilee Star commenter

    My Irish granddad left school when under 10 years of age (born 1888). He went for months at a time onto an island, on his own, as a shepherd, with food supplies delivered to him at intervals. He then came to Britain and was a coalminer before and after fighting in WW1 at Galipolli and The Somme.My Irish grandmother was a governess before marriage.

    My Italian grandparents worked in cafés in the UK from 1914 onwards, eventually being owners. My grandfather mae proper ice cream and sold it from an insulated carrier on a tricycle in the summer months. In Italy my grandfather worked on the family farm. My grandmother left Italy aged 14 and never saw her widowed mother again.
  18. irs1054

    irs1054 Star commenter

    On my father's side my grandfather was a coal miner who died just after I was born and my grandmother died giving birth to my father. On my mother's side my grandfather was a glass blower who fought in the First World War where he was gassed with mustard gas but survived to go back to his job until he was killed in an industrial accident in the 1930's. His wife was a housewife and died in 1977, the only one of these four I ever knew.
  19. burajda

    burajda Star commenter

    "Whatsoever thy hand findeth, do it with thy might"
  20. Aquamarina1234

    Aquamarina1234 Star commenter


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