George Harmon lived at 56 Ashville Road until 1954 when he was 16 years old. Much
of the furniture from the house is still with George in Australia. He emigrated
there in 1967, having been offered a job.
Mrs Beryl Wilkerson, name before marriage Barkas, lived next door at 54 Ashville
Road. On the night of 29th January 1944 Ashville and Pearcroft Roads suffered a
direct hit from an enemy bomb. Several people were killed and her family’s house
suffered blast damage to windows and doors. At this time her grandmother and aunt
were in service to the Lister family (sisters - Edith & Gulielma) who lived at Sycamore
House, 881 High Road, Leytonstone. The sisters allowed Beryl Barkas and her mother
and sister to stay at Sycamore House whilst their Ashville Road home was being repaired.
By the time this was done Beryl’s grandmother had retired and her mother had taken
over the housekeeping duties. Servants were hard to get after the war and Beryl’s
mother did not like to leave the old ladies. Gulielma Lister died in 1949, and after
the death of Edith the following year Beryl and her mother and sister returned to
54 Ashville Road.