I met GE when he was living in Seaford, East Sussex (1970), while working at Fisher & Duforest, a shipping company in Newhaven, which hired casual dock labourers to unload and sort ships' cargo. He also worked as a roadsweeper and as a car-park attendant for Seaford for Seaford District Council. I am also keen to find out what he did before he moved to Seaford.
I think he must have had some kind of artistic training; certainly an artistic bent. He knew about the techniques of etching, for example. I met him often for a drink in pubs in Seaford. He often talked of Ezra Pound and other poets, and spent hours at the guesthouse pencil-drawing. He very occasionally sold one of his drawings. All this seems remarkable for someone who only worked as a manual labourer when he was in his mid-60s.
I think he had a sister or relatives who lived in Rye, I think, with whom he spent Christmasses. He was a very modest, shy man. I don't think he ever married. I took some good-quality colour photographs (slides) of him on the shingle beach at Seaford in the around 1974, with my first SLR camera with the Russian 'Helios' lens, and still have them! He made a great subject to photograph.
When living in Seaford, he was a resident of the Bentley Guest House in Pelham Road, where he rented a room.
I want to know:
- Whether he is still alive
- What he did in the earlier part of his life
- Whether he has any living relatives, and whether they would like the colour photographs
- Whether he attended CH
- What subjects he excelled at
- Whether there are any other records of him or his life
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