FWGN joined Stephen Clarke and Asssociates 1936-1938 but contracted TB in 1938-1939, and had his lung collapsed (standard treatment). The second world war in 1939 and FWGN`s TB came as a great shock to the family after the Chinese lifestyle, especially as the family was very dispersed in the early days of the war, with all three children in boarding schools and FWGN in a sanitorium. He served in the Civil Defence force after coming out of his sanitorium.He was Director and Chief Mining Supplies Officer at the Ministry of Fuel and Power, then Chief Supplies Officer Coal Board from 1946 (Under Hugh Gaitskill). Domiciled in this period at 60 Moss Lane, Pinner and 1 Russell Grove Mill Hill 1943-1949.
His lung was allowed up following antibiotic treatment in 1949 but he was hospitalised with severe thrombosis whilst gardening at 1 Russell Grove and died 36 hours later in University College Hospital in 1949, aged just 55 years old.
Gladys survived him by over 40 years and gallantly and fiercely kept her independance, though towards the end she was always was touchingly gracious, courteous and appreciative of any help given. She lived until just before her 95th birthday
Jeremy North, her son, said at her funeral: “My own first memories of her were very much as a struggling wartime wife and mother, keeping a home together whilst father went daily into the blitz to work by day and to firewatch by night sometimes too. She made it, like lots of women all over London, all seem quite normal even when the V1 and V2 weaons started to reach us in Pinner.”