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George Berridge George Frederick Berridge was born on October 14th 1904. He was known throughout his life as Fred. Not a great deal is known of his early life and childhood. He married Ethel Moat in 1929 and their only child John was born in 1934. Fred was a clever man who worked in the engineering industry throughout his life. He worked for a company called Cosmos at Brimsdown, Enfield, which was progressively taken over by a succession of companies. His particular specialism was glass and he designed machinery for making glass valves and then later machinery to produce cathode ray tubes. He was involved in a big break through in technology for that time when they found a way to fuse cathode ray tubes together. These had their uses in televisions and his family was one of the first families to own a TV in their home. During the Second World War Fred remained in London and was an Air Raid Warden who undertook nightly patrols during the years of threats from bombing from enemy aircraft. George was very interested in photography and developed his own prints. He enjoyed holidays with Ethel and her cousins Ivy and Bert Turner. On Saturdays he would enjoy watching the horse racing and smoking his pipe. When John married Pauline he and Ethel took an enjoyable trip to Canada to visit Pauline’s family. A quiet, gentle man he was always interested in his family and took great delight in his grandchildren. He sadly died at the relatively early age of 67 in 1971.
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