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The late Mr Pettit was my father-in-law. A retired Major with the Salvation Army. When he died in 1989, aged 69, his origins were still unclear.
He was the illegitimate son of Ethel Williams(nee Tomlinson) b1888 in Barton on Humber nr Grimsby, and Able Seaman Arthur Pettit, date and place of birth unknown.
I have recently discovered thatEthel Tomlinson marrid George Williams at Glanford Brigg in 1908. I know nothing about George.
Born in Grimsby in April 1920, of his early years I have few concrete facts:
A half-sister, Florrie(Florence?) Williams, older than Arthur but who died in her late 'teens in the 30's, and
A half-brother, George Williams.
It was wartime conscription, which revealed his true parentage, previously he believed his name was, and was known as Arthur Williams.
Arthur William Pettit joined the Salvation Army in 1948 and eventually became a Major. He was Officer in Charge at many different Corps until his death in April 1989.
He failed to find his roots. I am trying to complete his search! Can you help in any way?

Posted Mar 2010
Grimsby, Lincolnshire


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