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Uncle Jim: Part 1

by Sue Bridgwater

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Sue Bridgwater
People in story: 
Ernest James Adams
Location of story: 
Plymouth and France
Background to story: 
Royal Air Force
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20 April 2004

UNCLE JIM was born ERNEST JAMES RICHARDS on the 18th of December 1924 at Greenbank Nursing Home in Plymouth. His birth was registered in January 1925 in the sub-district of Plymouth North by his mother, ROSE RICHARDS, (b 31.01.1900) who married HARRY OSWALD ADAMS in 1935. Rose was Harry Oswald’s second wife and he was a widower at the time of their marriage. His first wife was Rose’s elder sister, Lilian May Richards, who left six children. Presumably it was after the marriage of Harry Oswald and Rose that Ernest (Ernie) Richards started to be called Jim Adams. There is no evidence at present that there was ever an adoption or formal change of name. At this time Jim was 10 and Ernest Harry Adams, his first cousin who became his stepbrother, was 12 which is probably why it was Jim who became known by his second name. Interestingly, two of the Richards sisters named a son ERNEST. Their father’s name was WILLIAM JOHN RICHARDS, so were the boys named for some other relation?

Jim’s only surviving step-brother at the time this memoir was compiled, Reg Adams, recalls that they were good mates in childhood. They would take long, long walks together, and later even longer bicycle rides. From their home in Mount Gould Terrace they would go along the Embankment of the Plym, up through the woods at Plymbridge until they came out onto the moors, where they would swim in a pool. They would then walk across the moors and come back down through Crownhill, along Mutley Plain, and in past Sutton High School to make their way back home.


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