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Searching for my grandfather
Posted by Angus Barr on April 25, 2018, 8:56 am
I wonder if anyone on this site can help me discover the identity of my grandfather. My mother was adopted and although she was happily reunited with her mother in later years, we knew very little about her father (my grandfather) other than that his first name was Alexander and that he was a saxophone/woodwind player in Frank E. Franksí band. It was while working for Frank E. Franks that he met my grandmother, Mary Alice Kane (whose stage name became Alyce Dey), who had been performing in her uncle Frank E. Franksí touring company since childhood. They had a fleeting relationship in the early 1930s, just long enough for my mother to be conceived around August 1931. Apparently he died of TB relatively young.
A cousin of mine latterly came across a 1930s photo of Frank E. Franksí band on-line (which Iíve attached), and I wonder if my grandfather could possibly be one of the saxophone players. The one at the bottom far left bears the closest family ressemblance.
I would be very grateful to hear from anyone that has any memories on this subject, or ideas about where to look next.
While Iím on the subject, I think I read somewhere that Frank E. Franks was writing his memoirs when he died. I wonder if the unfinished manuscript was preserved. Presumably it would have gone to his widow, Gene Boyne, but I donít know if they had children to pass it on to.
Recommended Local History websites.
www.oldtyneside.co.uk www.gatesheadeast.co.uk, www.donmouth.co.uk and www.hebburn.org