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Triplets born in 1939

This family outdid Joey when they had triplets in 1939, because they had 9 children already! And lived in a small-ish house with no bathroom and definitely no Anna ... and the dad sadly died whilst the 5 youngest were still at school. I don't know the mum can have coped: she deserved a medal. Interestingly, it says that triplets were so rare in 1939 that the family got a congratulatory letter from King George VI, so presumably Jo and Jack should have got one too!

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Quite like this story https://www.express.co.uk/news/uk/80738 ... rld-record

And just like with Joey they didn't tell the mother because 'it might scare her'


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They would have got money too

King’s/Queen's Bounty
From 1849 there was a payment of one guinea for each child of a multiple birth above two. The grants were begun by Queen Victoria in 1849, after a visit to Ireland, "to enable the parents to meet sudden expenses thrown upon them". To qualify, the births had to be live and in wedlock, and the parents British subjects.
A further condition, until 1938, was that the parents had to be "in necessitous circumstances". The payment of the bounty lasted until 1957, by which time the amount had greatly declined in value. Apparently between 1936 and 1957, payments were made to 19 sets of quads and 1,451 sets of triplets. The parents had to apply to the Privy Council for the "King's Bounty" when the children were born.


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EBD missed a trick there :lol: .

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As an aside, are the rest of of you familiar the the Dionne quintuplets? They were a set of 5 identical girls born in 1934 in Ontario, and the first recorded case of quintuplets surviving infancy. Their story is an interesting (if sometimes horrifying) read.

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Yes, I've heard of them.

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I think you might have to go into the messy question of the Channel Islands to answer that question and whether Guernsey is actually part of Britain. That might have exempted them from the possibility of claiming the bounty.

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I don't suppose they were fussed for three guineas :lol:, which wouldn't have been worth that much to a well-off family in 1939, but (thank you, Google!) the requirement was only for the parents to be British subjects, not to be born in the UK - there are records of families across the Empire and Commonwealth receiving the money. The letter would have been nice to have, though - and apparently these letters were still sent until 1995, when presumably it was decided to stop them because advances in fertility treatment meant that multiple births were becoming more common.

There does still seem to be a lot of interest in triplets, hence all the newspaper articles about triplets celebrating landmark birthdays, so Len, Con and Margot can presumably hope to get their pictures all over the papers in November :wink: .

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I can remember a lot if interest in several sets of quads when I was younger, and of course the Walton sextuplets have been featured in a series of TV programmes since birth in 1983.There have been others since, as well as even larger births.


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It does make you wonder if EBD knew about it, though - she would have included it, I think if she had have done.
Also she was concentrating on the war story line too, so maybe a detail too much? :D Plus The Maynard family were quite well off, so had Joey and Jack known about it, they wouldn't have bothered?

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