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Brian David Hamson (1933-1996)                                                                         

'Root person' for the Hamson family history - Generation 1.












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Father: Harold Ernest Hamson:

Birth: 28 April 1909, 20, Bradford Road, Southsea, Portsmouth, Hampshire.

Marriage: 22 April 1930, Registry Office, Portsmouth, Hampshire (Harold was 20 years old).

Occupation: Fire engine driver on H.M. Dockyard.

Death: 19 May 1944, Infectious Diseases Hospital, Portsmouth, Hampshire (Harold was 35 years old).

Cause of death: Pulmonary tuberculosis.

The death of Brian's father 18 days before Britain and its allies stormed the beaches of Normandy and changed the course of World War II (1939-1945), left his family in an impoverished condition as his mother struggled to raise his family on her own.


Mother: Eileen Elsie Ellen Fielder:

Birth: 9 April 1913, 2, Tower Street, Dover, Kent.

Death: 15 November 1956, Queen Alexandra Hospital, Southwick Road, Cosham, Portsmouth, Hampshire (Eileen was 43 years old).

Cause of death: Carcinoma of cervix and sub-acute bacterial endocarditis (cervical cancer).


Birth: 2 October 1933, St. Mary’s Hospital, Portsmouth, Hampshire.

Brian was the third of nine children born to his parents. He and his siblings were raised in the naval garrison city of Portsmouth, Hampshire, located 64 miles (102 kilometers) south west of London on the English Channel coast.


Partnership: 1959, Portsmouth, Hampshire (Brian was 26 years old).


Partner: Patricia Dorothy 'Pat' Eastland:

Birth: 17 May 1935, 28, Victoria Road North, Portsmouth, Hampshire.

Death: 9 April 2006, Bristol Royal Infirmary, Bristol, Gloucestershire (Pat was 70 years old).

Brian first met Pat while she was serving with the Women's Royal Army Corps (W.R.A.C.). Inside 6 months, he and Pat were sharing a life together, and their first child was born 12 months later.


Children: 4 x living.


Marriage: 5 April 1975, Parish Church of St. Peter, Chippenham, Wiltshire (Brian was 42 years old).

Without warning, Brian abandoned Pat and his children after 16 years of being together, and married a co-worker citing the address where he'd been living with Pat and his children on his marriage registration record. Brian and his wife settled in Marlborough, Wiltshire, where they had three daughters between 1975 and 1977.


On 8 June 1998, a fire broke out in Brian's old home in Marlborough, Wiltshire, it was one of many listed timber frame buildings dating back to the 1500’s. An investigation concluded that the fire had been caused by water getting into the electricity supply. It took 100 firemen from two counties to put it out.


Spouse: Living.


Children: 3 x living.


Occupations: National Service (1951-1953) and butcher (1954-1996).

On 3 October 1951, Brian started his National Service (compulsory peacetime military conscription) in the Royal Corps of Signals, with whom he served in Britain and Hong Kong until October 1953. He was discharged to the Army Reserve in October 1957. This was the only deviation he had from his lifetime career as a butcher.


Death: 2 January 1996, Radcliffe Infirmary, Oxford, Oxfordshire (Brian was 63 years old).


Cause of death: Cerebral oedema, cerebral infarction and subarachnoid haemorrage (fatal stroke).


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