Jubb – Annie (1920-2015)

Life Events :

  • Born : 20 October 1920 in Hull, Yorkshire
  • Married : 29 June 1946 to Sam Cuthbert
  • Died : 12 April 2015 in Hull. Cause of death dementia

Parents : William Jubb and Eliza Giblin

Children :
  • Ann – 18 August 1947
  • Peter Graham – 25 March 1950
  • Stewart – 24 May 1952
  • JIllian – 29 June 1962

What a century to live through! During Annie’s lifetime, the lives of ordinary people would change beyond recognition with technological, medical and scientific advances. The establishment of the NHS probably being the most life-changing for the poor. She personally benefitted from the ease of being able to book a doctor’s appointment, being treated in hospital and having life lengthening operations, things the previous generation did not have access to but we take for granted now. Technologically, TV was not even a thing when Annie was born but by the end of her life, there was on-demand TV, mobile phones, games consols and the internet. Vacuum cleaners, washing machines, hot running water are all normal everyday conveniences that simply were not around in her childhood.

British Historic Events :

  • 1926 – John Logie Baird gives the first public demonstration of television
  • 1928 – All women over 21 get the vote
  • 1939 – The outbreak of WW2
  • 1948 – The NHS is established
  • 1952 – Queen Elizabeth II succeeds her father George VI
  • 1969 – Man lands on the moon
  • 1971 – Decimalised currency replaces ‘pounds, shillings and pence’
  • 1981 – The Humber Bridge opens, the longest single span bridge in the world at this time
  • 2012 – The Queen’s Diamond Jubilee
Aged about 2

My mother was born Annie Jubb, 20th October 1920 in Sidney Street in one of the poorest areas of East Hull, known as Groves, she had happy memories of her childhood on the whole. She used to talk about how she and her younger sister Rose were the lucky ones because they and younger brother Gilbert were the youngest of a family of nine surviving siblings. The eldest two or three by now working and bringing money into the household, so mum, Rosie and Gil had warm coats and shoes on their feet. She loved her family very much and always used to tell us that although they were poor, there was always a good meal on the table and they were loved and cared for by their parents.

Her first job at the age of 14 was at Needler’s factory, making sweets and chocolates and she was there for a few years before the start of WW2. Annie, or Ann as she was more commonly known, was 19 when WW2 broke out and she loved to tell us all the stories of going to dances and being walked home by handsome soldiers or airmen. She and Rose had fun during those war years, no hanky panky mind you!

Annie aged about 19
Sept 1940 aged 20

She started work at Ideal Boilers & Radiators Ltd or most commonly known locally at the time as ‘Radiator’. A young Scot called Sam Cuthbert who was a time-served pattern maker and so in a protected trade was sent down from Glasgow to Hull to work at Radiator, although at the time he would have preferred to sign up to fight as his two elder brothers were doing in the RAF. However, his skills were needed to help make the boilers and radiators for military use and besides that, he would never have met Annie Jubb had he been in the RAF! They started courting despite another fellow who was sweet on Ann trying his best to come between them and telling her “you can’t understand what the Scotch bugger says”. Her response was “I understand him well enough” and in 1946 Annie and Sam were married.

L-R : Ellen Cuthbert, Jack Cuthbert, Rose Jubb, Sam, Annie, bridesmaids Pat Sillis & Sheila Harrison, Bill Jubb, Eliza Jubb

In the wedding photo above is my father’s mother and brother, mam’s sister Rose, mam’s brother Bill who gave her away (grandfather didn’t bother going to weddings after the first one apparently! ), mam’s mother and the bridesmaids are the daughters of mam’s sisters, Jessie Sillis and Maggie Harrison.

Daughter Ann arrived in August 1947 followed in March 1950 by son Peter Graham (known as Graham all his life) and youngest son Stewart in May 1952. Around this time, dad’s mother and siblings had decided to emigrate to Canada and wanted Sam and Ann to go with them. Mam was so very close to her own parents and siblings and just couldn’t contemplate living so far away from the people she loved and currently saw almost everyday so they stayed here in Hull. In 1962 she was shocked to find herself pregnant again, this time with me and I was born on their wedding anniversary, 29th June1962. Her parents had passed away by this time, her mother in 1960 and father in 1961. She and her sisters and brothers having always been close to each other and to their parents were all devastated by their loss and they remained close for the rest of their lives.

Ann (daughter), Annie, Mary, Jess, Pat (Jessie’s daughter), Eliza (always known as Lal)
Gil, Rob (from Australia) Bill, Fred (Mary’s husband)

Throughout my childhood in the 1970s, I remember my mum having various office cleaning jobs, either early morning or evening so that she could still be home for me during the day. She cooked a main meal every day at lunchtime and I would come home from school and dad from work to eat dinner together as a family.

By 1972, I was the only one left at home, Ann, Graham and Stewart all being married and starting their own families. This is when my mam became the absolute personification of a grandma. She did the babysitting, the spoiling rotten and she loved nothing more than Saturday afternoons when the family would visit and the grandchildren play in the garden or borrow books from my collection of Enid Blyton’s. There was always something she could rustle up to eat if someone arrived hungry, sausage, egg and chips being a favourite. My dad was a keen gardener and as well as vegetables and salad crops, we had apple trees in the garden and most weekends during autumn, she would have baked apple pies. Everyone went home with an apple pie and a bag of veg from the garden. These were such happy times and I loved Saturday family visits. I was close to my nieces and nephews being only 9 years older than the eldest of them. Although we have all grown apart with our own lives and families, there is no doubt that these happy memories still bind us together as a family.

By the time I had my sons, the first crop of grandchildren were mostly grown so my two were lucky to have a lot of lovely grandma attention. Dad had suffered a couple of strokes and after he died in 1996, mam started to spend a lot of time with me and the boys, my husband at the time often working away at sea. Each Saturday after the family visit, I would drive her back to my house and she would spend the night and the next day with us. She became my best friend and was always there for me when I needed her. They were very happy times for all of us and I know my boys remember it as fondly as I do.

Sometime in the early 2000s, round about 2002 I think, she met a man at the local pensioners social club. Ken was widowed and clearly thought the world of her. He did ask her to marry him but I think she felt it would be disloyal to the memory of my dad and so refused him. He did move in to her council house though and when her sight started to deteriorate due to macular degeneration, Ken took over most of the household jobs and cooking. In a way, it perhaps wasn’t the best for her because she became very dependent on him having previously been a very independent woman, and after he died she just couldn’t cope, she became depressed because she couldn’t see well enough to do things that she had previously been able to. Although she was reluctant to leave the three-bedroomed house she had lived in for over 50 years, Ann and I talked her into moving into sheltered accommodation and not long after that, she developed dementia and went downhill from there, needing daily carers and eventually having to go into a care home for full time care until her death in 2015.

Here she is with Sam, my dad. I like to imagine them reunited now.