James Geoffrey Carrington's was born on the second November 1911 at 47 Southwell road, Norwich. His parents were James Carrington (a licensed victualler) and Phoebe Annie Chettleburgh (pictured with Geoff below left).
When his parents both died, the orphaned Geoff was sent into a home. The location is unknown at this time, although there are no records of him being in an orphanage in Norwich.
Later in his life he was suspected of having tuberculosis and sent to the Eastby Sanatorium (Bradford Poor Law Sanatorium at Eastby nr Skipton, which opened 3rd Nov 1903 with 33 beds).
After Eastby Geoff was sent to work at Kirkconnel Hall, Ecclefechan near Lockerbie in Scotland (DG11 3JH).
Kirkconnel Hall has since become a hotel, and Geoff later went on holiday there, although he never mentioned to his children that he had once worked there.
Mr H. Arnoth Collington from Kirkconnel Hall subsequently wrote a reference (scan here) for Geoff: