We know from the Electoral Registers that number 12 Pullins Green was occupied in 1921 by Daisy Thorne. Daisy was a widow. Her maiden name was Daisy Maud Simmons and she was born on 10th April 1889, the daughter of Charles Simmons, a brickyard labourer and his wife, Emily from Rudgeway.
It is possible that Daisy had been living there earlier, possibly with her husband. In 1912 Daisy Maud Simmons had married James Thorne in Thornbury. James was the son of James Thorne and his wife, Charlotte (nee Cook). The Thorne family lived at the Hackett in the Census of 1901 when James was a carter on a farm aged 44, Charlotte was aged 44 born in Aust and young James was aged eleven.
James and Daisy had one son, Lawrence C. (presumably Charles) born on 9th June 1913. James worked as a printer in Thornbury, but in December 1916 James enlisted in the Army. He was a Private in the 4th Battalion Grenadier Guards when he was killed in Belgium on 13 April 1918. At the time, James was involved in action at Ver Berguin near Estaires and Merville on the Armentiers Front. The British Army were retreating as a result of a major German push and James’s patrol was surrounded by the enemy. The report of his death said that James ‘was sniping a Hun when he got a bullet through his head and died instantly. He was aged 28. He is remembered with honour at the Ploegsteert Memorial and on the Memorial in Thornbury Church.
In 1921, Daisy re-married in Bristol. Her second husband was Albert Edward Long, a quarryman. They had a daughter, Iris May, born on 9th March 1922 and baptised in St Mary’s Church in Thornbury on 23rd March 1922.
Albert was the son of Robert Long and his wife, Clara. Robert was a carter working for the saw mill. In 1901 he and Clara were living in the house which became known as 2 Saw Mill Lane with their six children, including Albert, then aged 2 months. According to the records of the Council Upper School Albert was born on 15th January 1901. He started at the Upper School in 1908 moving there from the Infants School. He left the school in 1914 when his parents ‘left town’ which we assume to mean when they moved to Buckover.
Albert worked in one of the local quarries and Daisy was a cleaner at the Council School. They were to live in number 12 for a long time. They are first shown in the 1925 Electoral Register when Albert’s parents (Robert and Clara) may have been living with them.
In the Gazette of October 6th 1928 it was reported that A E Long of Pullins Green, a married man, was one of those leaving for Canada “under the harvesting scheme”. They were seen off by Mr Fudge of the Labour Exchange and a large crowd that gathered at Thornbury Station. We know that Albert did not spend very long in Canada, probably just for the harvest. The answer to a question in Parliament to the Secretary for the Dominions in December 1928 reveals that he was not alone in returning so soon. “The number of harvesters who went to Canada was 8,449, and the number who have returned is 6,876. Of those who have returned 4,577 received a loan of the whole or part of their return passage money.”
Lawrence Thorne, Daisy’s son from her first marriage, lived with them in 12 Pullins Green throughout the late 1930’s until 1958. The special 1939 register hows that he also worked in the quarry. Daisy died in Berkeley aged 72 and was buried in Thornbury Cemetery on 15th November 1960. Albert and Lawrence are still listed as living in the house in the 1961 Electoral Register. We are not sure when Albert died.
We understand that Lawrence Thorne was to marry late in life. He married a widow, Mrs Savery, the mother of Roger Savery who ran the ‘Windbound’ for many years. At this time, Lawrence moved to Shepperdine.
Iris May Long got married in 1943 to Jack Knowles. Jack was aged 29, a gunner from Thornbury, the son of John Lee Knowles, a deceased canal worker from Shipley in Yorkshire. Jack and Iris continued to live in Pullins Green for some time.