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Phyllis Pidoux (b. April 8, 1913)Phyllis Pidoux (daughter of John Pidoux and Emma Florence Aslet) was born April 8, 1913 in Mere Green, Sutton Coldfield, Warwickshire.She married Joseph L. Bull on June 3, 1939 in Mere Green, Sutton Coldfield, Warwicks., son of Charles James Bull.
Notes for Phyllis Pidoux:
Lesley Poole Green visited Aunt Phyl at Sidmouth in Sept. 1996 and made these notes from their reminiscences:(1) Phyl last saw her Grandma Clara (Tomlin) Pidoux in 1938.Phyl stayed with Daisy Betts (her cousin) in Chingford, Essex, a suburb of London, and Grandma Pidoux came to visit there. This must have been early in the year since Clara Pidoux died in Hackney Hospital in June 1938.
2) Phyl remembered that there was a family story that there was an Aslet who was Commander of the naval warship "Britannia", not the sailing ship of Nelson's time but a successor ship in Queen Victoria's day, possibly with both masts for sail and steam power.
3) Uncle Alf Pidoux had many children who died and the only two who survived were Cissie and Annie.
4) Aunt Phyl has a photo of Grandpa Richard Aslet bowling (i.e. outdoors on a bowling green) wearing a tweed cap, with other men in tweed caps looking on and a group wearing straw boaters (flat hats) in the background. This gives a clue to the photo in Doris Poole's collection showing Grandpa Aslet in a tweed cap posing with a group of men wearing boaters, most likely on the same occasion.
5) Grandma Pidoux was a very brisk, modern woman, always clean and spruce and smartly dressed with piercing bright blue eyes. Grandma Aslet was old fashioned in her dress and habits.She always wore hats in an identical style, with ribbons tied under her chin, made by her daughter (Phyl's mother) who was a milliner before her marriage and continued to make and trim hats for her family.
6) When Phyl's brother Charlie emigrated to Canada he was taken by twin Uncles of the family friend Miss Roberts. They had a farm in Alberta and they deducted Charles' fare from his wages so that for a very long time he earned nothing at all.Grandpa Pidoux (Phyl's father) had saved the scholarship allowance that her eldest brother John Leslie had received as a scholar at Bishop Vesey Grammar School so he gave it to John L. to pay his fare so he could follow Charlie to Canada.Donald, the third son, also wanted to go and he worked the necessary year of farm work to qualify for emigration but had no savings and his father refused to lend him the fare, being unwilling to part with his one remaining son. Even in later life Donald was sore about this.
7) Grandpa John Pidoux (his father) fixed Donald up with drumming lessons from a good professional so that Don could become a drummer for his dance band and Don was very good at it and also played tenor banjo. They played all over the area, travelling by motor bike with the instruments in the side car and Donald riding pillion behind his father.
8) After farming, Don went to work at Foster Brothers Clothing Company head office in Birmingham where his sister Doris (Lesley's mother) worked.Later he went to the wholesale fruit and vegetable market where he worked for Baragwenath & Co. for the rest of his working life.
9) During the General Strike of 1926 Donald was enrolled as a Special Constable and Phyl has a photo of him in his uniform. He would have been 20 years old at the time.
10) Phyl's grandfather, John Pidoux, wood carver, worked for Maples Furniture Co. of Tottenham Court Rd. London, and was also a valuer, going to country houses to value furniture items for Maples.He also did repairs to carved pieces by taking plaster moulds of the carving and then replicating the damaged part for replacement.
11) Phyl knows nothing from family tradition about her gt. grandfather George Pidoux and does not remember any mention of him.
12) As a child Phyl was told that the Pidoux's were descended from a French Duke and as Huguenots they escaped to Switzerland and later descendants came to London.
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Marriage: June 3, 1939, Mere Green, Sutton Coldfield, Warwicks..