Alfred Lennon

Alfred Lennon

Office-boy + Bellboy + Steward + Kitchen Porter + Dishwasher
Born Dec 14, 1912

Alfred "Alf" Lennon was the father of English musician John Lennon. He spent many years in an orphanage—with his sister, Edith—after his father died. He was known as being very witty and musical throughout his life—he sang and played the banjo—but not as being very dependable. Although always known as Alf by his family, he later released a record as Freddie Lennon, and was quoted in newspapers under that name. He married Julia Stanley in 1938.… Read More

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1912 Birth Born on December 14, 1912.
1915 2 Years Old Jack eventually married Polly in 1915, after they had moved to Elmore Street, Everton. … Read More


1927 14 Years Old …  In 1927, he auditioned for a children's music hall act, Will Murray's Gang, at the Empire Theatre in Liverpool. … Read More
1930 17 Years Old …  In March 1930, he took a job as bellboy on board the Cunard passenger liner SS Montrose. … Read More


1938 25 Years Old 1 More Event
He married Julia Stanley in 1938. … Read More


1943 30 Years Old 1 More Event
…  The cheques to Julia stopped when he went absent without leave in 1943. … Read More
1944 31 Years Old He eventually served on a troopship from North Africa to Italy before finally boarding a ship that was making its way to England, in 1944.
1949 36 Years Old In 1949, Alf's career at sea ended when he was sentenced to six months' imprisonment. … Read More


1958 45 Years Old In 1958, when Alf was working with Charlie Lennon in the Barn Restaurant in Solihull, their brother Sydney sent a newspaper clipping from the Liverpool Echo reporting that Julia had died. … Read More


1964 51 Years Old When the Beatles were filming a scene for A Hard Day's Night in the Scala Theatre in Soho in April 1964, Alf walked into Brian Epstein's NEMS office in Argyle Street with a journalist. "I'm John Lennon's father", he explained to the receptionist. … Read More
1965 52 Years Old …  After Christmas, in 1965, John was embarrassed to hear that Alf had made a record: "That's My Life (My Love and My Home)", released on 31 December 1965. … Read More
In 1966 "Freddie Lennon" (the name under which Alf recorded) tried again, and issued three singles with the group Loving Kind. … Read More
1969 56 Years Old Alf and Pauline moved to a flat in Bourne Court, London Road, Patcham (a suburb of Brighton) before moving to Ladies Mile Road, Brighton, in November 1969. … Read More


1976 63 Years Old 1 More Event
By 1976, Alfred was diagnosed with terminal stomach cancer and Pauline contacted John via Apple Corps to make sure that he was aware that his father was dying. … Read More
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