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An East End farewell : memoirs of an apprentice undertaker during the Blitz and beyond : the life of Stan Cribb / Yvette Venables.

By: Venables, Yvette [author.].
Material type: materialTypeLabelBookPublisher: Long Preston : Magna, 2016Edition: Large print edition.Description: 341 pages (large print) ; 23 cm.ISBN: 9780750541879 (hbk).Subject(s): Cribb, Stan | Undertakers and undertaking -- Great Britain -- Biography | East End (London) -- BiographyGenre/Form: Large type books.DDC classification: 363.75 Summary: This is the memoir of an East End undertaker, Stan Cribb, who began his apprenticeship aged just fourteen, burying the victims of London's Blitz. During the last century, East End households had a special relationship with their local undertakers due to the large familes and high mortality rates. Since he can remember, Stanley Harris (more commonly known as Stan Cribb), spent his weekends captivated by the goings-on at his grandparents' funeral home. At fourteen, and much to the reluctance of his father, he dons his first suit and joins the family business as an apprentice to his quick-tempered uncle. Entering the profession at a time when an undertaker's role exposed them to the brutal realities of World War II, Stan spends his teenage years recovering dead bodies in the dark and standing guard over funeral carriages during air raids. After the war, with unfailing good humour, Stan takes us on a journey through his National Service, marriage and unpredictable life as an East End undertaker.
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Stan Cribb begins work aged just fourteen when, much to the reluctance of his father, he joins the family business as an apprentice undertaker. The young Stan is soon burying victims of London's Blitz. His fascinating and at times hilarious memoir describes the East End way of death during the Second World War and the years after, when horses worked in partnership with their owners and funeral rites hadn't changed much since Victorian times. Stan takes us through ups and downs of the trade, with all its quirks and characters, and gives us a tour that is both memorable and moving.

Subject's real name is Stanley Harris but is more commonly known as Stan Cribb.

This is the memoir of an East End undertaker, Stan Cribb, who began his apprenticeship aged just fourteen, burying the victims of London's Blitz. During the last century, East End households had a special relationship with their local undertakers due to the large familes and high mortality rates. Since he can remember, Stanley Harris (more commonly known as Stan Cribb), spent his weekends captivated by the goings-on at his grandparents' funeral home. At fourteen, and much to the reluctance of his father, he dons his first suit and joins the family business as an apprentice to his quick-tempered uncle. Entering the profession at a time when an undertaker's role exposed them to the brutal realities of World War II, Stan spends his teenage years recovering dead bodies in the dark and standing guard over funeral carriages during air raids. After the war, with unfailing good humour, Stan takes us on a journey through his National Service, marriage and unpredictable life as an East End undertaker.

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