George Unwin 1892-1975 is Will’s maternal grandfather
The name has two meanings. In early old English ‘Hunwine', was a personal name meaning ‘bear cub friend’. In early Middle English it means ‘unfriend’ or ‘enemy’
• Will’s grandfather George Laurence Unwin was a cotton porter on Liverpool docks. He was known as "the memory man" for being able to name the Liverpool FC team that played any match since 1900. He is also believed to have had a trial as a player for a major club, possibly Manchester United or Burnley.
• One of George Laurence’s boyhood stories involved his mother berating him for being late home one night. He was insistent it had stayed light later that night. Us grandchildren treated the tale with the scepticism it deserved. In recent years, however, the phenomenon of “bright nights” has been recognised.
• Frank Unwin 1920-2018 (1st cousin once removed) published his memoirs in 2018, recounting his time as a PoW. He escaped from the Italians and then his British officers before being caught by the Germans. He went on to have a distinguished career in the diplomatic service. Frank’s brother Les 1922-2001 was landlord of the Golden Lion pub near Rugby.
• The Unwins moved from Derby to Liverpool in the early 1800s. We haven’t found a precise date but 4x gt grandfather James 2 was born in Derby in 1791 and was in Liverpool by 1841. His wife Margaret Williams was born in Lancashire; judging by the ages of their children, we believe James was in Liverpool by 1818.
• Disasters at sea blighted the family. George 2 1839-84, 2x gt grandfather, died after a ship fire in the Falklands; George Alfred 1866-1928, great grandfather, was on the RMS Republic in 1909, and Betty Unwin 1928-40 (1st cousin once removed) was killed when the City of Benares was torpedoed.