Alison Ewing, born Alison Paula May Jarvis on 29.4.60, Chichester
Died 3.4.10, Headingley, Leeds
Did you know Alison? I did, but only from 2002 onwards. I have more knowledge of her life now than I did during her lifetime, but there are still notable missing pieces. If you knew Alison in Iping, Fareham, Portsmouth, Locks Heath, London or Leeds, please share your memories. She was a special person and, as a writer dissecting the remaining shreds of mystique surrounding her so I can finish telling her story, I want to connect these lost fragments as best I can.
Some things I know about Alison’s life before we met
Alison was born Alison Paula May Jarvis at St Richard’s Hospital, Chichester on April 29th 1960, to Anthony Frederick Morton Jarvis (a Corporal in the RAF) and Geraldine Mary Jarvis (formerly Ritchie). The family address was her grandmother’s house, ‘Kismet’, in the village of Iping, near Midhurst, West Sussex (the setting for HG Wells’ classic novel, ‘The Invisible Man’). ‘Kismet’ was recently on the market again and here is a picture of the residence as it looks now…
Alison once told me she was amongst a contingent of servicemen’s families evacuated from Cyprus as a child. Her father must have been posted to the troubled colony early in her life and, despite independence from Britain in 1960, nationalist violence between Turkish and Greek Cypriots erupted anew in 1964, when this dramatic event in Alison’s childhood probably took place.
I know little of Alison’s schooling or her working life, but the Jarvis family home when Alison’s first son, Darryl, was born in 1978 was on Wildern Close, Locks Heath, Fareham. She married Andrew Ewing in the autumn of 1980 and their homes as a married couple were at North End Avenue, Portsmouth; Lechlade Gardens, Fareham; and Band Hall Place, Hook. Her second son, Timothy, was born in Portsmouth in the summer of 1983.
Alison and her husband split in the early 1990s and Alison relocated to London with her children, studying for a sociology degree at Kingston Polytechnic and living at No.2 Waters Road, Kingston upon Thames. After a couple of years on Thurlestone Road, West Norwood, Alison eventually moved to Leeds alone around 1997, initially to live with her sister Sue. When I met Alison, she was a relatively new arrival at her Headingley home of Bear Pit Gardens, as her previous Leeds address (2000-02) had been at Jacques Close, a couple of miles away.
This is just a brief summary of Alison’s life before I knew her. If you knew Alison at any time between 1960-2002, please provide any information that will help complete the jigsaw. Recollections, anecdotes and photographs would be invaluable and much appreciated.
© Johnny Monroe 2014