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Would like to meet.........

New to 2018 this page launches a special project we have taken on this year. We are hoping to track down relatives of the following three families who have lived in Shortstown. We would love to hear from anyone with any information about these people.

The Quantrelle family.

Our first family are the Quantrelles who were amongst the earliest people to take up residence in Shortstown. They moved in to North Drive on 30th September 1918 and remained in Shortstown until the 1990's.

Quantrelle Court

Quantrelle Court is named after this family in recognition of their time spent here.

Mrs Quantrelle

We do know that in 1925 there was a Charles Thomas Quantrelle and an Alice Maud Quantrelle living in North Drive. It appears that by 1929 Charles was no longer in Shortstown and by 1932 Alice had moved a few yards away just around the corner to Eastcote. Other family members are listed as Colin, Daphne, Marjorie and Kathleen. In 1947 Colin and his wife Annie had moved to a house in Greycote.

This undated photograph shows Alice Quantrelle and is only one of two photographs we have of any member of the family.

Alice Q opening Binks Crt

Our second photogrpaph and article from a local newspaper again undated shows Alice Quantrelle cutting the tape to open up Binks Court in Shortstown.

If anyone has any information at all about this family please make contact.

The Monshin Family

Bernard and Millie Moonshine first appeared on the registers in 1945 and remained in Shortstown until the 1950's. We do know they had children. We already have a page in the Shortstown People section dedicated to Bernard who adopted the stage name of Bernard Monshin. It is most likely that the family lived in Shortstown during the war years but there are no registers for that period. Bernard had a very succesful musical career with his own orchestra and had a long running slot on national radio. Shown left is Bernard in RAF uniform playing at a concert in Bedford.

Monshin 6 Jan 1942 empoloyees danceSM

We would love to hear from any family members of Bernard and Millie especially his children as we are sure they will have many interesting stories to tell us about their time here.

George Joyce

George Joyce

We would love to hear from anyone who remembers George Joyce. Registers show that George and Nellie Joyce lived in Central Avenue, Shortstown from 1927 - 1931 and then in Eastcote, Shortstown from 1932 to at least 1950. It is most likely that George worked on the R101 in some capacity. The above photograph is of the inscription on a mantel clock presented to George on his retirement.

Shown left is a Royal Airship Works report outlining proposals in regard to staff back in 1921. At that time the government was in the process of taking over the airdrome from the Short brothers. As can be seen a Mr Bretnall is highly regarded and has earned himself a considerable pay rise.

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