Annie Victoria Mitchell (1910-1993)                                                                     

Mother of Patricia Dorothy Eastland and 'root person' for Mitchell family history - Generation 2.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Birth:  

4 April 1910, 32, Alver Road, Kingston, Portsmouth, Hampshire.

 

Annie was born at home in the Royal Navy garrison town of Portsmouth, situated on the south coast of England overlooking the English Channel. She was the fifth born of nine children, and the only girl. There is little wonder she grew up to be resilient and 'tough as old boots'.

 

Her brothers, almost without exception, had military careers at one time or another. This family suffered much loss, and by the time she was 32 years old she had lost three brothers, her mother and the fate of two other brothers is unknown.

 

Between the ages of 4 and 8 years, she lived through the horror and privations of World War I (1914-1918). Fortunately, there were no members of her family serving in the military during this conflict. Around this time, the greatest impact on her life was the death of her mother.

 

Between the ages of 29 and 35 years, she lived through the hardships and disruption caused by World War II, including air raids, food rationing, the blackout and a severe shortage of coal. This war was horrific for all concerned, most especially for those who lost loved ones, had their homes destroyed or were separated from their families through evacuation. As well as losing two brothers during this conflict, Annie was raising her young family during a time of real and present danger.

 

On the eve of World War II (1939-1945), on 29 September 1939, a register was compiled by the Registrar General of everybody living in the United Kingdom for the purpose of issuing identity cards, ration books and call-up papers. Annie and her family were recorded as living at 68, Merton Avenue, Fareham, Southampton, Hampshire.

 

Parents:

John Samuel Mitchell (1866-1946) and Annie Thomas (1878-1922).

 

During Annie's childhood, her father was a naval pensioner and rigger on H.M. Dockyards. Annie was 12 years old when her mother died, leaving her in the unenviable position of keeping house for her father and five brothers aged between 5 and 15 years.

 

Siblings:

John Frederick Mitchell (1901-1906), Frederick John Mitchell (1902-1963), Ernest William Mitchell (1905-1939), Leonard Henry Mitchell (1907-1942), Samuel Mitchell (1911-1991), Henry Mitchell (1917-1962) and 2 x unknown.

 

With the exception of John who died at the age of 5 years, Annie's brothers served in the military.

 

Marriage 1: 

5 August 1934, St. Stephen's Parish Church, Portsea, Portsmouth, Hampshire (Annie was 24 years old).

 

Percy and Annie had a long marriage of 36 years, and like others of their generation they lived through the horrors and deprivations of World War I (1914-1918), The Great Depression (1929-1939) and World War II (1939-1945), the most volatile period in twentieth century history. 

 

Spouse 1:

Percy Eastland, born 26 February 1898, 32, George Street, Buckland, Portsmouth, Hampshire. Died 21 October 1970, Lime Kiln Lane Estate, Caravan Park, Holbury, New Forest, Hampshire.

 

Children: 

 

Patricia Dorothy Eastland (1935-2006): was born in Portsmouth, Hampshire, and married her first husband with whom she had one child before they divorced. In a long term relationship with Brian David Hamson she had four more children before he deserted them. Finally, she married Michael Maurice Ingram with whom she had no children, but did have 25 years of love and security. At the end of a life filled with mixed blessings, Pat died at the age of 70 years, surrounded by her children and grandchildren. 

  

Graham Percy Eastland (1943-1999): was born in Portsmouth, Hampshire, and married Valerie Ena Ware with whom he had two children, their marriage lasted 35 years and they died within 12 months of each other. Notably, Graham was a second born (by 10 minutes) identical twin.

 

Marcellin Anita Eastland (1947-2017): was born in Portsmouth, Hampshire, and married her first husband with whom she had three children before they divorced. She married her second husband with whom she had no children, but did have 22 years of love and security. Lynne died peacefully at the age of 69 years in the arms of her husband.

 

3 x living.

 

Marriage 2:

1972, Southampton, Hampshire (Annie was 62 years old).

 

Spouse 2:

Cecil William F Stone, born 1 August 1905, Salisbury, Wiltshire. Died 1990, 70 Stafford Road, Shirley, Southampton, Hampshire.

 

Annie married 67 year old Cecil, a retired ambulance driver, 2 years after Percy's death. This marriage lasted for 18 years.

 

Children:

None.

 

Occupation: 

Unpaid domestic duties.

 

As far as is known, the only occupation Annie had was keeping house and/or raising children.

 

Hobbies and interests:

Unknown.

 

Death: 

3 May 1993, Royal South Hampshire Hospital, Southampton, Hampshire (Annie was 83 years old).

 

Cause of death: 

Myocardial infarction and coronary artery atherosclerosis and thrombosis.

 

It is known that Annie's coronary problems were caused by a defective heart valve used in a bypass operation, which is likely to be why a post mortem was conducted, however, Annie did not have a particularly healthy diet with a high level of cholesterol which may also have contributed to her demise.

 

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