Sepia Saturday 113 – Film

My Grandfather’s claim to fame was that he had cooked for George Formby during the Second World War. From early research it looks as though this was one of the many entertainment for troop evenings that George Formby did in Europe. Whilst both of them were in Africa during the Second World War, they is no match between the dates and location!
Taking part in Sepia Saturday

About Julie Goucher

Genealogist, Author, Presenter, native Guildfordian, Pharos Tutor, lover of Books & History, Surnames, European Ancestors, Butcher & Orlando One-Name Studies, avid note taker and journal writer.
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19 Responses to Sepia Saturday 113 – Film

  1. I had to Google him too – very cool connection.


  2. Bob Scotney says:

    'When I'm cleaning windows' is one of those songs that you never forget. Formby was a fine entertainer. Hope you can make a date connection.


  3. Linda says:

    Something about him reminds me of a cross between Milton Berle and Oscar Levant.


  4. Christine H. says:

    I'm going to have to hunt down a recording, because ALL of my windows need washing.


  5. Anglers Rest says:

    Currently humming “I'm leaning on a lamppost “!


  6. Anglers Rest says:

    Stories such as these add more depth to our ancestors!


  7. Karen S. says:

    How wonderful…although I had never hear of Mr. Formby until now! It's so much fun learning new things!


  8. Linda@VS says:

    I hadn't heard of George Formby and had to Google him. Now I understand Postcardy's “cleaning windows” comment. I've been on a search similar to yours, trying to find my grandfather and Rita Hayworth in the same time and place.


  9. Little Nell says:

    It’s always fun to find a relative who knew someone famous.


  10. Postcardy says:

    I never heard of him before. I just watched the video “When I'm Cleaning Windows.” He reminds me of Tiny Tim.


  11. Anglers Rest says:

    Oh yes! or even a nice fat memoir in which he wrote, had a super dinner cooked by the cook, a nice fellow called George!


  12. Joy says:

    He still seems to be popular. Wonder if he said to your Grandfather, turned out nice again:-)


  13. Anglers Rest says:

    Thanks Kristin, I need to sit and decipher my Grandfather's Second World War record.


  14. Kristin says:

    Hope you find that missing match that puts them in the same place at the same time!


  15. I like to listen to George Formby when I'm cleaning windows 🙂


  16. Wendy says:

    A perfect Sepia Saturday post! Very cool ~


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