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Horace Pople Nunn

My father, Horace Pople Nunn, was born in Gravesend, the fifth of Edwin's children. His middle name appears to have come from Josiah Pople, who was a witness at his father's wedding. My father spent all 52 years of his working life at Dreyfus & Company Ltd., a firm of wool importers in the City of London. He started as an office boy at the age of 15 and ended up as a director and company secretary. The photograph, taken from his WW1 travel permit to Ireland, shows him in his uniform of Special Constable.

In 1897 he married Eva Pattison, daughter of a Victorian organist, composer and conductor, Thomas Mee Pattison, whose works are still played by organists today and who developed the Maidstone Movement, which initiated tuition in violin-playing in schools for some 400,000 British schoolchildren. Horace and Eva had two children, Veda and Darrell, who both have numerous descendants. 34 years on, in 1931, Horace married Jessie Baker and I was born a year later. The fact that my father was already 60 when I was born means that I have a great-great-grandfather who was alive in the eighteenth century.

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