My great-grandmother Lily Beacock (nee Kirby) was born on 24th December 1901 on 2 Jebson Place, Gibson Street in Hull, East Yorkshire, to John William and Selina Kirby (nee Bone).
I cannot seem to find a baptism record online for Lily. This could be because it has not been put online. Lily would have been baptised because the family were very religious. I will have to check at the Hull History Centre if there is a baptism record there.
On 31st December 1907, just 7 days after Lily turned 6 years old, she received this certificate from St. Paul’s Infants School. It states that she attended the school 206 out of 208 days during that half year.
On the 1921 Census, Lily was living with her parents, 5 of her siblings and 1 sister-in-law at 1 Jebson Place, Gibson Street in Hull. She was 19 years, and 6 months old, and her occupation was recorded as Messenger for a Drapers, at 37-42 Prospect Street in Hull. She could have been delivering cloth and other material to various places on foot or bicycle.
Lily married Frederick Walter Beacock on 27th October 1923 in Hull, East Yorkshire. Their marriage certificate is in possession of a close relative and it has given me a lot of information about Lily and her husband Frederick, my great-grandparents. The certificate shows that John William Kirby was the father of Lily and that he was also an Oil Miller. The couple went on to have 5 known children: Frederick Allan (1925-1998), John William (1926-1926), Stanley (1927-1991), Sylvia May (1931-1952) and Ronald (1932-2012).
On the marriage certificate, it states that Lily was living at 5 Frances Buildings, North Street, at the time of her marriage. Frederick’s sister, Frances, lived at 6 Frances Buildings at the time of her marriage in 1916. One of my theories is that Lily and Frederick met when Frederick was visiting his sister. On the marriage certificate, it also shows that Frederick was living at 70 North Street, so he and Lily were definitely living in the same area. Obviously, I cannot know for certain but, I believe it is a very strong possibility and seems to much of a coincidence!
From the information provided by the Electoral Registers from 1926 to 1931, it seems that there were a few different residences. Lily and Fred were living at 4 Scott’s Place in 1926, 21 Caroline Street in 1927 and 20 Heron Street in 1928, 1929, 1930 and 1931.
Lily was a member of the church and attended every Sunday. My auntie Janette (Lily’s granddaughter), told me that she always remembers her grandmother being at church, whether it was for the services, teaching children at the Sunday school or cleaning it.
My auntie also told me that she remembers that Lily always went to jumble sales, and was always first in line! She used to buy clothes such as jumpers so that she could unpick the wool or whatever material was being used, and make new clothes for. She would give some of these to her grandchildren.
Lily regularly went on day trips with the members of the church. Here is a photo of Lily on one of those outings.
A very close friend of the family remembers Lily and was very good friends with her. 87-year-old Edna Gardiner (nee Towse) is known by the family as “Mrs Gardiner”. She grew up with my grandfather Frederick Allan Beacock and his siblings (children of Lily) and was my father’s Sunday school teacher as well as mine. She has known a few generations of the family and is still a very close family friend. She was married to Gideon Gardiner, who was the Pastor of Fig Tree Gospel Hall, the church that Lily attended.
After the death of her husband Frederick Walter Beacock in 1938, Lily had to bring up her children and live her life, on her own. I have been told that she was very strong minded and hard working.
Lily sadly passed away on 30th June 1970 in Hull as a result of Carcinoma of the fundus of the stomach, which is otherwise known as stomach cancer. She was buried in Northern Cemetery in Hull on 3rd July 1970. She was buried with her husband Frederick and also her daughter, Sylvia May Beacock. Her son Ronald Beacock was also buried there in 2012. There is sadly no gravestone for this grave.
I will hopefully find out more information about Lily in the future, as well as see some more photographs. Both information and photographs will come from close siblings and also a very close friend of hers.
Thank you for reading,