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Barbara Joan Murgatroyd was born at 28 Wallbutton Road, Brockley on 12 Feb 1916.
She was educated at Addey and Stanhope Grammar School, New Cross, London up
to the age of 18. She passed Higher School examinationsin English, Latin, French,
and History and was awarded Inter B.A. to London University at age 17 but did not
take up the offer.
She met her future husband Charles Davis Harding (1914-2013) at school and married him at St Catherines Church Brockley on 16 April 1938 [1938Q2 Deptford Vol: 1d, Page: 1950].
She was employed first at Woolwich Arsenal Offices and then at Woolworth Head Offices in London until the beginning of WW2 when they moved out of London.
After marriage they lived in Forest Hill London until shortly after the outbreak of war when the house was badly damaged by bombs and they then moved to Orpington.
She started a thriving Conservative Ladies Section in the Croften area of Orpington and was chairman for some years. She also was a very active member of the Croften South Social Club, was on the Entertainment Committee, and active in the running of the club.
She died on 29th August 2004 after suffering a minor stroke from which she largely recovered, a complicated fracture of her arm from a fall, and possibly a hospital acquired infection when she was already weakened.
They have two sons Christopher and Peter.
Her parents were Alice Emma Dewhirst-Murgatroyd(1873-1949) and Arthur Haley Murgatroyd(1871-1946)
Barbara Joan Murgatroyd-Harding is my maternal aunt and provided the above life synopsis some months before her death.
Barbara as a young woman
Barbara Murgatroyd Wedding (from L to R)
Back row: Maurice Murgatroyd, Mrs Cumber, Alice Murgatroyd, John Rigg
Front row: Charles & Barbara Murgatroyd
Barbara Wedding group (L to R)
Back row: Arthur, Pauline, Maud, Maurice, ??, Gerald, Gertie Powell, John, Maud Wren, Winnie Powell
Middle row: Dorothy, Alice Emma, Charles, Barbara, Gladys, Alma
Front row: Dennis, Jacqueline, Kathleen, Arthur