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Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Alan M. Streete (Sydney Street)

Alan M. Streete has an entry in The Author's and Writer's Who's Who which records his birth in Romsey, Hampshire, in 1911. He was educated at Ranelagh School, Athlone, and the Royal School, Cavan, both in Ireland. He also attended Trinity College, Dublin.

The entry records his marriage to Joan Gerada Marie Cavadino, which information reveals that Alan M. Streete was actually a pen-name for one Sydney Street. His birth, registered in Ringwood, Hamps., was on 26 January 1911 and he married in Edmonton, Middlesex, in 1934. A&WWW notes two sons: John A. Street, born in Edmonton in 1935 and Colin C. Streete (sic) born in Bromley. Kent, in 1945.

Sydney Street – born only a few weeks after the famous siege of Sidney Street in Stepney – became a schoolmaster and, based in Sydenham after the Second World War, founded the South London Writers Group, of which he was Honorary Secretary. He edited their journal, Streete Corner.

He contributed to John Hammerton's Second Great War, the New Book of Knowledge (War supplement), Sun, Sun, Sun, Mercury, Chamber's Journal, World Digest, Galaxy and other magazines. His interests were listed as tennis, swimming and fishing.

Street died in East Dorset in 1998.

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