Grand father’s diary

Among some family papers in my parents’ house I find the little pocket diary of my grandfather, Frank Birks.  It gives a brief description of his daily activities –Went into town alone; made three pounds of blackberry jelly; posted parcel to Belfast. That parcel was to his daughter and his grand-daughters who had moved to Belfast in 1959 when his son-in-law got a job there; it was a move that took a part of his family a long way away and probably made him unhappy.  At that time it was a considerable journey, often by overnight ferry.  He had only been retired for a couple of years having worked until 70 as a Cost Accountant in Rolls Royce (a job that I rather suspect he did not like very much).  There is a sense of his aloneness, he often notes going shopping by himself.  The last entry is for 23rd December when he goes into town and later his son and grand-daughter come for tea.  There are no more entries. On 25th December he died of a heart attack, he was 73.


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I am a family historian with an interest not only in direct lines but in the social background and historical setting of the families I research.
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