Alfred Lennon

Office-boy, bellboy, Steward, Kitchen Porter, Dishwasher Alfred Lennon

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.
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  • 1976
    Age 63
    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.
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  • 1969
    Age 56
    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.
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  • 1966
    Age 53
    In 1966, Alf asked John if he could give Pauline a job, so she was hired to help, looking after Julian Lennon and also the piles of fan mail.
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    Pauline had been an 18-year-old Exeter University student and a Rolling Stones fan when she met the 54-year-old Alf in 1966.
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    In 1966 "Freddie Lennon" (the name under which Alf recorded) tried again, and issued three singles with the group Loving Kind.
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  • 1965
    Age 52
    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.
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  • 1964
    Age 51
    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.
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  • 1958
    Age 45
    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.
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  • 1949
    Age 36
    In 1949, Alf's career at sea ended when he was sentenced to six months' imprisonment.
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  • 1944
    Age 31
    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.
  • 1943
    Age 30
    Alf later told his version of what happened while he was AWOL in 1943.
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    The cheques to Julia stopped when he went absent without leave in 1943.
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  • 1938
    Age 25
    On 3 December 1938, 11 years after they had first met, Julia married Alf after proposing to him.
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    He married Julia Stanley in 1938.
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  • 1930
    Age 17
    In March 1930, he took a job as bellboy on board the Cunard passenger liner SS Montrose.
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  • 1927
    Age 14
    In 1927, he auditioned for a children's music hall act, Will Murray's Gang, at the Empire Theatre in Liverpool.
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  • 1915
    Age 2
    Jack eventually married Polly in 1915, after they had moved to Elmore Street, Everton.
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  • 1912
    Born on December 14, 1912.
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