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I have hit a brick wall searching for the birth of my Great Uncle, Harry KING. There is no record of his birth on gro.gov.uk searching 5 years either side of 1895 and searching with or without his mother’s maiden name STENHOUSE and all derivatives/alternatives of the name Harry. As his mother was Scottish, I have also searched Scotlandspeople.gov.uk in case she returned to Scotland to have the baby.
I have been able to trace all 5 of his siblings on GRO using his mother’s maiden name.
I have Harry in the 1901 England Census in Rotherhithe where his age is shown as 6 years making his year of birth about 1895 and birth place St Olave, London. Others in the household on census night were my Gt Grandfather Edward John KING (Head), Mary KING (wife), Eliza KING, E KING and Mary’s brother David STENHOUSE (misspelt on the census). E KING aged 2 was registered Harold Edward King.
Harry’s father Edward John died in 1902 and Mary moved the family back to Scotland where she remarried in 1907.
Harry appears in the Scottish Census of 1911 in Dysart, Kirkcaldy, Fife along with Mary, her new Husband John DICK plus 4 of their children from that marriage, and surviving children from her marriage to Edward John, Charles KING (21), Harry KING (16) Harold Edward KING (12) and my grandfather John George KING (10).
Harry served in the 1st Battalion Royal Highlanders (Black Watch) as a Private (Service No. 2629) embarking on 9th November 1914 until his death in the Somme on 25th September 1916. I have his medals. He has no known grave and is commemorated on the Thiepval Memorial.
I have also have the following:
· British Army WW1 Medal Rolls Index Card in the name of Henry KING
· UK Army Registers of Soldiers Effects in the name of Harry KING
· UK, Soldiers Died in the Great War in the name of Harry KING
· UK, WW1 Service Medal and Award Rolls in the name of H KING
· UK, WW1 Service Medal and Award Rolls in the name of Henry KING
I cannot find his army joining papers so I suspect they were lost during the bombing in WW2, but not sure if they would have his date of birth.
His father Edward John KING was in the Navy and I am left wondering if Harry was the product of liaison between Mary and A.N.Other or if Edward had a liaison with another woman and Harry was the product of either liaison and taken into the family. There is a clear family resemblance between Harry and members of my family which would imply that either Mary or Edward were Harry's biological parents or perhaps a child of one of their siblings and then looked after by Mary and Edward.
I am in London for a few days in April and I plan to visit the registry office in Southwark to see if I can find anything there.
I have no idea what else to do and open to suggestions.
I have an ancestor, Joseph DAWES who married Ann DAWES in East Horsley 11
Feb 1775, Joseph was from East Horsley & Ann was from West Horsley. From his
death in 1825 age 75 he was born around 1750. So far I have found no baptism
record for a joseph DAW(E)S in surrey or anywhere else that could be for
Joseph. Does anyone else have any further information of this Joseph?
One possibility, is he could be the son of John DAW & Mary HOWARD of East
Horsley as they had at least 6 Children, all baptised in East Horsley in
1740, 1742, 1744, 1752, 1755 & 1758. There is a 6 year gap between the 3rd &
4th ones (1744 to 1752) so I am thinking they could be possible parents for
my Joseph as Joseph & Ann's 1st son was named John.
Thanks, Peter Harris
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