Yes it does, although I believe there was more going on with the dynamics within the Harnett & the Squire families than we will ever know.
For instance mum always said that she came from good stock while her father has a question mark over him, referring to him being known as a bit of a cad & an entrepreneur, and his father being a General Dealer, on FWDC's marriage cert., what would a General Dealer be around 1928 anyway?
Oh, but I don't think it was so much rejection as much as just letting things slide until it was too late. Even under the best circumstances, a naval career isn't conducive to hands-on fathering and pre war it was unheard of for a widower to bring up a small child - especially a girl. Then he remarried - maybe the new wife said she didn't want to bring up his child. That brutal honesty may have saved your mother from a miserable childhood with a stepmother who didn't want her.
The other interesting point is that he has adopted the name Dennis at some point - what was THAT about I wonder?
I think this document probably relates to FW's father, who was also a seaman:
You can download it for £3.50, but never having downloaded any naval documents myself, I have no idea what information it's likely to contain.
OC - My wife & I were thinking along the same lines, his sister may also have reassured him that his daughter was settled, happy & being well looked after. Mum has said that "Auntie Ann(e) was a good woman & was always good to me", so all in all, not the ideal but possibly the best outcome given the circumstances.
I will be in Plymouth in a few weeks time & will be talking to mum about FTF & how helpful you have all been, maybe the info. up to this point will jog her memory about other things of interest & importance.
Mary - I will download the document you mention, thank you.
Might be worth asking your mum if she remembers an "Auntie" Constance or Ethel (FW's 2nd wife) - you never know, they may have met.
Or even if the name Caunter strikes any bells!
This thread is so brilliant - problem stated, various bits of information given out by enquirers and helpers and a highly likely scenario suggested- all by people who will probably never meet each other but help because they can. This is what makes FTF so great.
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