Ted & Mary were married at Herne, Kent
on 3 June 1937
Ted was born on 10
January 1914, the youngest son of Charles & Sarah Tritton. He went
to St Dunstan's school in Canterbury, where he later met my grandmother.
He joined local firm Robert Brett & Sons in 1928 as an office boy, and
worked his way up through the sales department until he retired as
Director in 1977.
witnessed the bombing of Canterbury during World War II, including the
destruction of Brett's offices during the blitz of 1942. A year
later he was called up and served with the Army in England, France,
Belgium and Germany.
He was a keen soccer and cricket enthusiast, and before the war played for
Canterbury Waverley Football Club and Brett's soccer and cricket teams.
In 1934 he helped the Brett family set up the firm's sports and social
club. As his playing days neared their end in 1947 he helped the
Mayor of Canterbury and William Brett form Canterbury City Football Club,
where he served on the club's committee for about ten years.
Mary was the daughter of Frederick & (Emily)
Alice Nicholls. She was born on 26 October 1913, at No 7 St
Dunstan's Street, Canterbury, where for nearly
30 years her parents ran a successful bakery. In 1928, after she left school, Mary joined H J Goulden, a local booksellers, where she worked until she married
Ted in 1937. Ted and Mary had two children, born either
side of World War II:
Grandma made many life long friends during
her early years, and several of them were mentioned in her book, 'A
Canterbury Girl', written about her childhood memories, and inspired by
her love of local history, which was published in 1998 to coincide with
her 85th birthday.
My brother and I usually stayed with our
grandparents for a week during the summer holidays, and Grandma would
us round the town and Canterbury Cathedral, pointing out places of
interest and recalling stories from her childhood. She
continued this practice with my sons when they were younger.
Ted and Mary celebrated their Diamond
Wedding in June 1997, with a party for family and friends at St Lawrence
Cricket Ground, just along the road from the home they shared all their
photograph above was taken c1946. The locket Grandma is wearing was passed
onto me after her death in 2000; inside were
miniature photos of Grandad, and my father as a baby, and I wear it often.
The photo below was taken at St Lawrence Cricket Ground in June 1997 to
celebrate their Diamond Wedding.