Emily Greenwood's first husband was Arthur (James) Greenwood.He was a rigger at Cammell Lairds, Ship Builders, Birkenhead. He fell to his death. (date not known) They had one son Arthur James Greenwood -
step brother to Christopher and Emily's four children. Emily's maiden name was Owen.
Christopher and Emily first lived in Gwendoline Street. Their first child Jean Irene was born there. They then moved to 6, Emerald Street, The Dingle, Liverpool. Christopher's sister Annie also lived here.
At a later date Christopher,Emily, Jean Irene and Arthur James moved to 12, Violet Street, Toxteth, Liverpool 8. (Just off Windsor Street and Warwick Street)
Christopher, David and Carol were all born in Violet Street.
During this period Christopher was at sea and the children were conceived when he was on shore leave
between voyages. He signed on with many different Shipping Lines during his service with the Merchant Navy and went all over the world including South America, the West Indies and all points of the compass.
When Christopher was sailing on the Chagres it collided with a Swedish barque named the C.B.Peterson which sank. (see photo)
Then came World War 11 in 1939. Christopher was still in the Mercahant Navy and because of the threat of marauding u-boats the convoy system was organised in the hope that this would mean less merchant ships would be sunk - safety in numbers! At this time Christopher was a fireman/donkeyman in the engine rooms of the ships he sailed in.
While Christopher was sailing with the convoys the Luftwaffe were bombing Liverpool on a regular basis as it was the the main port on the West Coast for the convoys to berth when they returned from Canada and America.Emily and the family at home had to cope with these conditions as well as the added worry of whether Christopher was safe. During this time Windsor Street about 200 yards from Violet Street was bombed. The Luftwaffe had missed the docks and jettisoned the bombs killing and injuring many people. The Medland family were lucky!!
Christopher was torpedoed three times and was lucky to escape from the engine room on all three occasions.
At the time when the German U-boat wolf packs were at their height the convoy was returning from
America when the convoy Commodore ordered them to scatter. The ship Christopher was on thought they
had been torpedoed after a loud crashing sound. The ship though damaged at the bow was not sinking as she was still seaworthy. They carried on to Liverpool. When she arrived in the Mersey Bay waiting to dock a small ship arrived and she was escorted to the dock. On the dockside stood an Admiral of the Royal Navy waiting to meet the Captain and crew. After the order to scatter had been given the ship had actually
run over a U-boat and sunk it.
Christopher was declared unfit for further service on 19th December 1942.
During his sevice as a Merchant seaman he led an interesting life and experienced many happy and sad episodes over the years.
After leaving the Merchant Navy he worked on a dredger at Garston docks Liverpool.
In 1953 he applied for a job at ICI in Northwich Cheshire. At that time ICI had an agreement with the local council to allocate council houses to new ICI employees. He was allocated a house in Barnton. (a small village on the outskirts of Northwich) Consequently the family moved to Northwich. He first worked in the boiler rooms which generated the power for the ICI factories at Winnington and Wallerscote. At a later date a vacancy occured for deck hand and cook on the MV Polythene - a coaster belonging to ICI. The Polythene travelled up the River Weaver to Runcorn then through the River Mersey to Glasgow and then returned to Northwich. This journey was undertaken on a weekly basis. Christopher continued in this occupation for a few years until he had a bad heart attack. When he was fully recovered ICI gave him a job in the mail room of their Northwich office.
Christopher retired from ICI and then went to work at the Westminster Bank in Northwich as a customer usher.
This is the story of the life of a man who sailed the world from 1922 until 1942 when he was no longer considered fit enough to be sailing the seven seas. He served his country during World War 11 by sailing in the Atlantic convoys. He was awarded the following medals The 1939 - 1945 Star,The Atlantic Star and the World War 11 medal.
He worked hard all his life and cared for his family. All his children are very proud of him.