Elsie Lynam was born on 2nd May 1894 in West Ham District. The 1911 census shows that she was living on Macoma Road on Plumstead Common Road, Plumstead, with her parents and her brother. Her father, John, was a foreman engineer while her brother was an engineer apprentice. During this time, the census lists her occupation as ‘school’; while this may mean she was in education at this point, it could be that she was training to be a teacher.
Her registration on the Teacher’s Registration Council Register shows that her first position as a teacher was in 1914, where she was an assistant mistress at Ancona Road School in Plumstead. During this time, she was training in teaching at Fulham Training College. Prior to her training, she attained a Board of Education Certificate.
Her VAD records show that she is living at Macoma Road, Plumstead, and she started her service on 31st March 1917. She initially worked for 42 hours at Southwood Hospital, before working on the ward as a pantry orderly at Charlton House from 1st October 1918. In addition to this, Elsie helped to collect funds in the sale of flags and gave assistance at recruiting week at Plumstead.
After the war, Elsie married John George Hoare in Woolwich District in 1925. John was born in Woolwich District on 26th April 1893, and the 1901 census shows him living on Nithdale Road, Plumstead, with his parents and four siblings. His father was a turner of metal, while his mother was born in Melbourne, Australia. His occupation on the 1911 census is listed as a pupil teacher on the Teacher’s Registration Council Register, while in 1923 he is shown to be living at Axholme Road, Doncaster. What is interesting about John’s 1923 address is that Elsie was shown to be living at this address in 1920.
John attained a Board of Education Certificate Diploma in Physical Education and a Diploma of Educational Administration at Leeds University. He trained at Westminster Training College and Sheffield Physical Training College, Sheffield University. His school experience was from 1914-1925, as well as undertaking military service from 1915-21.
The 1939 register shows Elsie and John to be living on Axholme Road, Doncaster. Elsie’s occupation is shown as unpaid domestic duties, while John’s is an organiser of physical education. Their son, John, was at school, while her father had retired as a foreman of an ordnance factory. Elsie died in 1975 in Doncaster District, while John died in 1979 in the same district.
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