Family from Watford - Can you help?

Hi all,

I’m looking to find any information on behalf of my mother, Jenny Sturgess who lived in Garston, went to Francis Coombe school and was the cousin of the Tickner family.

Her parents were Michael (Mick) and Yvonne Sturgess (nee Perry) and they lived on Harris Road in Garston at the time of her birth in 1966 until shortly after her dad’s death in 1973.

Michael worked for Shell Mex and BP based in Hemel and died in January 1973 driving his petrol tanker for Shell in Ealing we believe.
Michael lived in Devon Road Watford and there may be links to Derby Road.

Michael was given his mother, Ruby’s, surname and there is no record of his father anywhere. Ruby Doris Sturgess was born in 1901 in Luton and lived there her whole life unmarried and without children until 1939 when she moved to 20 Fuller Road, Watford. She lived in Devon Road in 1940/1 at the time of Michael’s birth and then moved back to Luton a few years later.

There is no record of Michael living as a child in Watford or Luton, nor with Ruby. There are no records of him attending school and the only piece of information we have next is his marriage (at 15!) to Yvonne and the birth of their first son soon after. So if anyone believes they may have known him as a youth, or at all, do please get in touch as we know very little!

Yvonne had family that lived on Gladstone Road, again, surname Perry (Albert and Dorothy; Albert may have worked for Benskins Brewery). Yvonne then moved to Poole, Dorset and died there also.

Any information, memories or even just recognising the names or places would be so good to hear. Please contact me at

Thank you all.




This page was added on 24/05/2018.

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  • Hi Lisa My Name is Alan Traxon and i am fairly certain that i went to school with Michael.If you would like to Email me i would be glad to tell you what i know of Michael. Take care. Alan

    By Alan Traxon (25/05/2020)

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