52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks – Week 4


Robert Alfred Cripps (aka Bob). This is my grandfather on my maternal side of the family.

Robert Alfred Cripps was born on 27th December 1929 in Uxbridge, Middlesex to Horace and Eva Cripps.  He had 2 older brothers, Horace John and Dennis Cripps.

In 1941, at the age of 12, Robert moved to Barry, South Glamorgan with his family.

He did his military service between 1948 – 1950. He was a driver at 1st Batt Welch Regiment.  He was working as a Railway Porter prior to this.

Robert married his girlfriend Marie Louise Moyst who lived a few doors down from him at Old Village Church, Cadoxton on 24th July 1954.

In 1956, Robert started working at BP, however at the time the name was Distillers. He started his career as a labourer, then later became a operator and fitters mate and factory service operator, utilities and supplied. He retired in 1981 where he was working as a assistant storeman. engineering and technical, after working there for 25 year, where he was given a purple TV for his service.

Robert Cripps passed away on 7th December 1999 at Llandough Hospital from left ventricular failure.  He was buried at Barry Cemetery at DD296.

Next week, I will be looking at Robert Maxfield, who is the grandfather of Chris.




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