This is the sum total that I know about my family...
My maternal Grandfather was born in Bury St Edmunds in Sussex, England. He was raised by his aunt and uncle, who both unfortunately died by the time he was 14. We did not know until shortly before his death that in fact his birth mother was my "great aunt" who everyone knew as Auntie Hettie (Harriet). Hettie it seems became pregnant out of wedlock so was sent away to have the baby, who was then raised by her brother. My Mum told me she always knew that this particular aunt was "more special" than the rest as they all saw her a lot around Christmas etc. Even now I remember as a small child we would visit London where she lived and take her out for the evening to get roasted chestnuts and see the Christmas lights. Whenever I smell roasted chestnuts I think of my Auntie Hettie. My Mum found out when both of them were terminal in hospital and someone from the hospital in London rang and asked to speak to William regarding his Mother Harriet! My Mum obviously confronted my Grandad and she said it was the only time she saw him look a little sheepish!
He met my Grandmother and had 8 children, including my Mum. They divorced when my Mum was 21, my Grandmother citing in the divorce that my Grandad would not help round house etc. Neither remarried. My Grandad died in 1988 when I was 4 on my sisters 16th birthday, a week or two after his own birth mother.
My paternal Grandfather (Pop) lived his whole life in my home town. He worked first in WWII collect unexploded bombs as he could not actively serve due to being deaf in one ear. I believe he met and married my Grandmother after the war and married. They had 4 children over the years. He then wroked as a dreyman, delivering barrells of beer to all the local pubs (And there were a lot!) There were no drink driving laws so Pop would get a pint at every pub for his trouble. By the end of the day he'd be absolutely reeking but he'd still go to the pub after work for a pint!!
His next job was at a local builders merchants, where my Dad would eventually work himself. They worked side by side for 22 years until the company became bankrupt. It was through this job my Dad met my Mum when my Dad was 16 and my Mum was 14. My Mum's older brother also worked at the company and brought my Dad home one day
After a reluctant first date (the initial reluctance from my Mum!) they became a couple and have been together ever since. My brother was a complete accident, born in 1968 when my Mum was 16. They married the day after my Mum's birthday in 1970
My sister and I followed, my sister a few years after my brother, and me around 11 years after my sister.
Unfortunately my Grandfather passed away in 2000 of kidney failure.
and I think that is all there is to tell! Hope it wasn't too boring!