This is a chronicle of the young life of Jack Mortlock, who was killed in action in the Far East in 1942. He was 25 years old.
Jack left Queen Elizabeth's Grammar School in July 1934. His mother had died in 1933. In 1938 Jack and his sister Joyce (later Hewitt) bought 99 Wroxham Gardens, Potters Bar and moved their father in with them.
Jack was called up in 1940 and sent to Catterick Camp for training. His success and agility in fitness training drew him to the attention of Officers. Upon completion of training, Catterick wished to keep him as a P.E. Instructor.
Unfortunately, the necessary paperwork was delayed because of the War and Jack sailed for Singapore. The paperwork arrived the day after he sailed — never to return. This collections tells Jack's story. Joyce (his sister) never gave up hope that one day his fate would be revealed. It was not to be. The British Government made a extremely small payment of £76 for each serviceman who died in the Far East.
His sister Joyce died in 2006 and her daughter Carol Mahoney found these papers whilst clearing the house after her mother's death. Mrs Mahoney has kindly arranged them in chronological order and presented them to Queen Elizabeth's School. The collection also includes an album of photographs.
Jack Mortlock is on the panelling in the School's entrance hall.
Names mentioned in letters:
Joyce Mortlock (later Hewitt) - Jack's sister
Carol - Joyce's daughter
Adrienne - Jack's French girlfriend
Auntie Lizzi Mackie & Uncle Jack - Jack's mother's sister and brother
Aunti Alice - Uncle Jack's wife
Elsie & Uncle Charlie - Cousins
Mortlock, Maurice John 'Jack'