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Gertrude "Madge" Margaret Enock (1898-1982).



Madge pictured with Ernie in 1938 (click to enlarge).[1]

Date of birth: Thursday, 29th December, 1898.[2]
Birthplace: Acocks Green, Birmingham, England.[2]
Date of death: Sunday, 25th July, 1982.[3]
Place of death:
Battlefield House, Kidderminster Road, Bromsgrove, England (aged 82/83 years).[3]
Buried/cremated: Cremated and scattered in Redditch Crematorium. No headstone.

Will: Gross not exceeding £25,000, net not exceeding £10,000[3]
Executor: Ernest Wildridge.

Signature:[4]



Father: Robinson Enock (1843-1909).
Mother:
Eleanor Amelia Enock (nee Wilson) (1858-1932).
Siblings: Amy Clara Elizabeth Enock (1893-?), Robert Doeg Enock (1895-1967).

Partner: Ernest Moor Wildridge (1878-1969).

Children: Ernest R Wildridge (1938-).

Residences.

1895-1909 - Rosedale, Sherbourne Road, Acocks Green, Birmingham, England. (Unfortunately, the house was replaced by flats in the 1960's).[5]


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Sherbourne Road pictured in the early 1900's. Rosedale was the house behind the white building on the right.[8]

Sherbourne Road pictured in the early 1900's. Rosedale was the building on the right.[8]



Aerial view of Acocks Green c1950. Rosedale has been highlighted red.[22]

Sherbourne Road pictured in August 2014. Rosedale was replaced by flats in the 1960's (click to enlarge).[9]

Rosedale was replaced by flats in the 1960's (click to enlarge).[9]

c1910-c1916? - Howard Villas (left hand side), Stockfield Road, South Yardley, Birmingham, England. (Information on how I pinpointed this residence can be found here) - built in 1903.[5]

The Enock family lived in the left hand side of Howard Villas. Picture taken in August 2014 (click to enlarge).[9]

c1919-1924 - 16, Augusta Road, Acocks Green, Birmingham, England. (Information on how I pinpointed this residence can be found here) - in existence by 1888.[7]  

Number 16 is the house with purple curtains. Picture taken 1st May 2016 (click to enlarge).[7]


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May 1938-1939 - 45 Homecroft Road, Yardley, Birmingham, England.[6]


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1939-1946 - 65 Eachelhurst Road, Walmley Ash, Birmingham, England.[7] 


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1970 - 12 Garibaldi Terrace, Old Station Road, Bromsgrove, England[3]

 

?-1982 - Battlefield House, Kidderminster Road, Bromsgrove, England.[3]


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Hearing.

'She had a serious accident (aged around 6, falling down cellar steps?) in her early youth and could thereafter remember nothing about her previous life. Worse, her profound 'Enock' inherited deafness seemed to be triggered from this occasion. She was desperately unhappy most of her life due to her devastating deafness - she attempted suicide '. Patrick Wilson/Ernest Wildridge.

Sophia Derrington (Madge's aunt), Robinson (Madge's father) and Ernie Wildridge (Madge's son) all experienced hearing issues.

Religion.

'Gertrude grew up in a Quaker household and attended a primary school with a very small class of around 6 children. When it came to secondary school, she was sent to a boarding school where despite her hearing difficulties, she did extremely well.' Ernest Wildridge.

Family Issues.

There appears to have been a rift within the family after her father Robinson died. 

In a letter to her cousin, Hugh Brian Wilson, she writes:

"But really, I feel that if anyone had to pay the premium for me again, it should be Bob, only I don't know what to do about him, he is so determined to keep every penny for himself. Ever since mother died he has made it clear, without saying so in so many words, that he would take no responsibility for me, or help me financially, or even make me welcome at his home, friendless as I was. The only time I ever asked him if he could help me a little financially was just before I was going to another town to have the baby, and he refused, saying he hadn't got the money. He has always had a good job at Stewart's and Lloyds, but he never writes a letter, nor does his wife, without impressing it on me how poor he is. In fact there has been so much reiteration about it, that I long ago realised it was just a throwing of dust in my eyes. Last Xmas he said his children just ruined him, and last summer his wife said they were having a holiday for the first time for years and that they had cashed their precious War Savings Certificate t pay for it. I find it all a bit too much to swallow, but have never told him so. What's the use?

He had the same fear that he might have to help support Amy, as she had become very strange in her ways and since having an unhappy love affair, and she could not keep her jobs. I realise now, though I did not at the time, (being young and very inexperienced) that Amy was even then going out of her mind. Bob said that Amy had better be sent to a job so far away, that she wouldn't come back again, and he and Aunt Annie, (who was living with us just then) arranged she should go to Australia. Amy protested all the time, that she wouldn't, but Aunt Annie collected her things, and packed them, and took her off to London and got her on the boat after a struggle. Amy tried for a while to earn her living in Australia, but ended up in a mental home, where I suppose she still is. Bob did not send the money mother left her, as he didn't want the authorities to get it.

It is only in the last few years that I have really realised what Bob is. Up till the time he went to Kettering in 1940, I had believed him to be honourable and truthful, but one little thing and another have opened my eyes till I can see behind the wonderful facade he has built up. Many others are taken in also by his manner and the marvellous way he can twist things around to his own advantage.

I found, too late, that he had so turned the Tilehurst Aunts against me, (and your own father) that Aunt Minnie wrote saying she had erased me from her will and was sending me then (1941) £20, which was what she had intended to leave me, but she preferred to send it herself as it was going to make it difficult for her executors, my having changed my name etc. Of course I knew very well that she had intended to leave a much larger sum, but I couldn't very well say so, so there it was.

I felt something was wrong somewhere, and eventually decided to write to Uncle Jim telling him all my story and ask him if Bob had misrepresented things when he went to see him. Uncle Jim wrote me an awfully nice letter saying it was so and "he didn't know how anyone professing to be such a Christian, could be so cruel". I have never seen Bob since I knew this and one cannot very well write him a letter about it all. especially as he still hasn't a penny piece! So now you understand how I feel that there will be no help forthcoming from that quarter." - Gertrude Margaret Wildridge (nee Enock).[10]

She also appears to have grew to dislike her mother, believing she had been dominated by her sister Annie Wilson who she saw as an 'evil ogre'. Annie is apparently the person who shipped Amy off to Australia because her delicate mental health presented the possibility of a scandal within the family.

Ernest Moor Wildridge.

Whilst living in Birmingham, Madge met Ernest Moor Wildridge who was 21 years her senior. Ernest's family also suffered with hearing difficulties, which lead him to be very sympathetic towards anyone with the disability. Ernest had been married once before to Jessie Shorter in 1908, but she deserted him and their children a while after.[11]

The law in the early 1900's allowed only a certain timeframe in which to 'divorce'. If nothing was reported within this timeframe, there was nothing that could be done to dissolve the marriage. This meant that Ernest and Gertrude could never marry although she gave her surname as Wildridge.

Comments.

'Madge, she was a strange one. We felt that she didnít sort of open up.' - Joan Enock

Pictures.

Left to right: Joan Enock (1st cousin 1x removed), Nellie Enock, Madge, Derek Enock (1st cousin 1x removed), Olive Enock (wife of Jack Enock, Madge's cousin) (click to enlarge).[1]

Left to right: Olive Enock (wife of Jack Enock, Madge's cousin), Madge, Joan Enock (1st cousin 1x removed), Ernie Wildridge at the back. Photo taken Sunday, 20th September, 1959 - 24 Dovercourt Road, Dulwich. (click to enlarge).[1]

Madge pictured 1910s/1920s (click to enlarge).[12]

Do you have any more information on Gertrude? Please contact me at adam.c.enock@gmail.com.

Notes.

1. Pictures provided by Patrick Wilson.

2. England & Wales, FreeBMD Birth Index, 1837-1915 - Name: Gertrude Margaret Enock - Registration Year: 1899 - Registration Quarter: Jan-Feb-Mar - Registration district: Solihull - Inferred County: Warwickshire - Volume: 6d - Page: 657.

3. Found via https://probatesearch.service.gov.uk/#wills 

4. Taken from a letter in the possession of Clive Enock, edited by Adam Enock.

5. Taken from census records, and electoral records.

6. Found on a letter addressed to Robert Enock.

7. Electoral records.

8. Taken from: http://aghs.jimdo.com/sherbourne-road/

9. Picture taken by Adam Enock.

10. Letter provided by Patrick Wilson.

11. Information provided by Ernie Wildridge.

12. Picture provided by Ernie Wildridge.

Page updated 21st November, 2016.