Ellen Brooker

Ellen  Brooker (known as Nelly) was born in Biggleswade, Bedfordshire on 7 February 1916. Ellen was the daughter of David Brooker and Ellen Kefford.  She had a sister, Phil and a brother, Arthur.


The 1939 register shows Ellen living at 16 The Baulk, Biggleswade, working as an unpaid housekeeper and living with David Brooker, a widower and Arthur Brooker. The following year, Ellen married my grandfather in Biggleswade, by special licence two days before Frederick had to report for military service.

The wedding of Frederick and Ellen.

Wedding announcement for Mr F Payne and Miss E Brooker.

Frederick and Ellen had three children, Pamela Ann and Freda were twins born in 1940 but Freda only lived to be three days old – her death certificate states she was a premature twin born at seven months. My mum was born seven years later on 3 February 1948.

Ellen died aged 60 on 15 November 1976.