Woolwich & Districts
Picton & Rogers Families
Gibson (Nee Rogers)
and mothers family were born in the Woolwich area as I was myself.
My father's family always worked at the Woolwich Arsenal my
dad had 46 years service in when he died just before retirement
at 60 years), he was in charge of the proving yard. His family
lived at 3 Speranza Street Plumstead, which my sister visited
a couple of weeks ago.
My mother's family all worked at Siemens, Granddad Neve was
a foreman there, my mother also worked and her siblings.
In September 1940 there was a massive raid on the woolwich Arsenal
and surrounding towns, it was decided the Key personnel should
be evacuated with their families to Staffordshire, house were
built to accommodate them, it is still known in Stone (the nearest
town) as the ministry estate. Late 1949 it was decided Dad was
needed back at the Arsenal, so we moved back to Sidcup
Both my sister and I were born in Woolwich Mothers home. I am
now trying to trace graveyards for my Maternal Grandmother's
family the Pictons, have you any ideas how I can achieve this,
I believe that there buried in churchyards not cemeteries.
p.s. my mothers maiden name was Neve and they lived at 29 Riverdale
All my family were born in Plumstead, I myself was born in Woolwich.
My father Frederick Rogers was born at 3 Speranza Street Plumstead
next door to Plumstead Police Station in 1906, all his family
worked at the Woolwich Arsenal. himself serving 46 years and
was still working there when he died aged 60.
My Mothers family the Neves and the Pictons lived in Plumstead,
his parents, the Neves, lived in Riverdale Road and most of
the family worked at Siemans where my Grandfather was General
The Pictons which was my Grandmothers maiden name lived in Woolwich,
quite a few of them emigrated to Canada in the early 1900's
(originally from Pembroke Wales).
The Neve family were on my mothers side, they originally came
from Necton in Norfolk, my Grandfather was born in Woolwich
in 1878 and died in 1938, my mother Jessie was born in Charlton
as her father worked at Siemens as a Engine, she had nine siblings.
Unfortunately I didn't know them very well as our family was
evacuated to Staffordshire in 1941.
The Pictons which were on my maternal grandmothers side I did
not know about until I received a 57 pages family history from
Brian Picton Swann in Canada, the only thing I knew was that
they were originally from Haverfordwest Wales and worked in
the coal mining industry and moved to Woolwich to work in the
George Rogers lived next to the Plumstead police station, my
sister and I went in May for nostalgia trip and both set of
Grandparents houses were there, Granddad used to lift us up
to look over the wall at the police dogs in the yard.
The other family the Hursts who were my paternal Great Grandparents
were Army people who ended up living in Woolwich as William
(my Great Grandfather) was in the Royal Artillery, but on the
1901 census he's occupation was boilermaker so would assume
that he had retired from the Army.
My sister and I also visited the Woolwich Arsenal site which
had museums but also now is a estate of luxury flats mostly
each costing 1.3 million.
George Rogers. He was my paternal Grandfather, he worked at
the Woolwich Arsenal in the Danger Building and lived at 3 Speranza
The Neve family - the formidable old lady in the photo was
My Great grandma Maria and the rest were my Uncle Fred's family
outside Bath Road Plumstead celebrating the 1918 Armistice.
My Mum and Dad getting married at St Nicholas Church Plumstead
on 28th June 1928.
My mother Jessie with myself and my sister Evelyn taken about
1939 at a photographers in Woolwich.
Gran and Granddad Neve
A very formidable looking Granddad Neve!
Uncle Fred Neve and family.