Looking for my Father's history 1925-1941

My dad was born in 1925 in Wales and was “given” to a family who raised him in Canvey Island, Ilford and I assume other parts of Essex. His birth name was changed to Jeffery PRATT.
I have a fair amount of info on dads life but the years from 1925/26 to 1941 when he joined the Merchant Navy are somewhat blank. In correspondence to me when he was alive he mentioned some family names that were associated with his upbringing and I am wondering how to approach finding them….. or their descendants.

Before I post family names and their addresses etc thought I might ask the best way to approach even tho the people from around that time would be gone so I am more than happy to share info here publicly.

What I can share here and now is that dad went to Canvey Island State School and he mentions with some warmth the Headmaster (Mr Read) and a Miss Skinner. I guess this would be around the early 30s. He apparently went to Ilford Hospital with Mastoid of the ears.
I have located him and the family he was with on the 1939 register, but would appreciate any thoughts on how to fill out a bit of historical info on the families he lived with and schools he went to etc. Would there be someone in this group that might be able to assist please?

Many thanks
Dave McBride (né David Antony Pratt)
PERTH, Western Australia

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