Gordon Hulland was born at the family home, The White House, Lubenham, Leicestershire on 8th November 1911, the youngest of 10 children of farmers, James Owen Hulland and his wife Eleanor nee Skinner.

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The family subsequently moved to Beauchamp Grange, Kibworth Beauchamp, Leicestershire where Gordon attended the local Grammar School.


On leaving school and, as there was insufficient farming land for all the sons, Gordon joined National Provincial Bank, Kettering, Northamptonshire as a Junior Clerk.

He used to take Postal Orders to the local Post Office where he met Frances Russell, a Post office Clerk & Telegraphist.

Gordon was transferred to the York Branch of the Bank and then married Frances at
St Andrew’s Church, Kettering on 7th June 1938. Frances was obliged to resign from her job as married women did not normally carry on with paid work in those pre-war days.

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After honeymooning at the Golden Grove Hotel near Whitby, they settled at ‘Debdale’ Hamilton Drive West, Acomb, York, a new 3 bedroomed semi-detached house at a rent of 18 shillings per week (90 pence equivalent) They could have bought the house for £365 with a mortgage of £300 but couldn’t afford the deposit of £65 on Gordon’s salary of £250 per annum.

Their three children were born in York - Valerie Mary Anthony nee Hulland in 1940, Christopher Russell Hulland in 1943 and Rosemary Frances Braisby nee Hulland in 1947.

After the war, Gordon returned to banking. Promotions took him and his family to
Middlesbrough on Teesside, Market Drayton in Shropshire and finally Boston in Lincolnshire where he retired as Senior Manager in 1971.

Frances Hulland died on 23rd April 1970, aged 60

Gordon died on 4th August 1989, aged 77