Edith Drummond HAY – ‘Aunt Tuck’ postcard connection!

As well as my interest in postcards sent during World War 1 I have always found the life of Queen Victoria fascinating and also like to collect items or postcards relevant to her life and reign.

I was therefore intrigued to recently find a postcard (as below) sent on 30th January 1901, just eight days after her death on the Isle of Wight, obviously in recognition of her life and a tribute to her.HAY postcard front 20 9 17

The postcard had been sent to Miss Edith Drummond HAY at Seggieden from E FORBES in St Leonards on Sea in Sussex:

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I therefore decided to see if I could investigate Edith further and discover more about her life and though this discovered an amazing connection to her life during World War 1.

Edith Maud Drummond HAY was born on 28th February 1872 in Kinfauns in Perthshire Scotland the daughter of Henry Maurice Drummond and Charlotte Elizabeth Richardson HAY.

The 1891 census record shows the family living at Seggieden Mansion House in Perthshire and Edith is aged 29 with her occupation shown as Living on her own means – her father Henry is aged 76 and her mother Charlotte is aged 57.

By the 1901 census Edith’s mother Charlotte is a Widow still living with her family at Seggieden Mansion House.

Edith had three sisters Alice, Constance and Lucy and two brothers James and Harry.

Through my research on Ancestry I found a fascinating document showing the family’s connection to Royal blood as below:

Edith Drummond Hay 20 9 17

Source Information: Ancestry.com. North America, Family Histories, 1500-2000 [database on-line] Source Citation : Book Title: The blood royal of Britain : being a roll of the living descendants of Edward IV and Henry VIII

Also as part of my research I googled the name of Edith Drummond HAY and found a newspaper article in the Daily Record newspaper dated 2nd July 2016 with the headline – Perthshire Family discover ‘Aunt Tuck’s’ incredible diaries from World War 1 – the article is so amazing as it reports that Edith was a talented Amateur Artist who left a fascinating pictorial history of her time as a nursing volunteer with the Voluntary Aid Detachment (VAD) – http://www.dailyrecord.co.uk/news/local-news/perthshire-family-discover-aunt-tucks-8335249

Edith, who never married, lived in Glencarse in Perthshire in Scotland, where she was a pillar of the church, until her death aged 88 in 1960.

Hopefully a member of the HAY family will see this blog post and maybe the postcard can be reunited with them and added to the Edith Drummond HAY family archive.

Simon LAST

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Do you have IRELAND relatives from Erdington?

Another recent postcard find was sent in December 1916 to Sapper L J IRELAND 1953 from his mother in Erdington, so with further investigation I wondered what I could discover about this family!

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IRELAND postcard front 3 8 17

The message reads:

Erdington

Dear Leslie, Many thanks for your P.P.Card. I expect you are glad that the snow has gone. Hope you are quite well and that we shall see you soon love from Mother

IRELAND postcard message 3 8 17

The 1911 census record, as below, shows Leslie John IRELAND aged 16 occupation Draftsman living at 15 Oxford Road in Erdington near Birmingham with his father John IRELAND aged 46 occupation an Accountant, his mother Minnie IRELAND aged 46 and sister Elsie May IRELAND aged 17.

IRELAND 1911 England Census

Source Information: Ancestry.com. 1911 England Census Source Citation: Class: RG14; Piece: 18327

John IRELAND married Minnie HYDE on 15th August 1891 in Handsworth Birmingham

IRELAND Birmingham, England, Church of England Marriages and Banns

Source Information: Ancestry.com. Birmingham, England, Church of England Marriages and Banns, 1754-1937 Source Citation: Reference Number: DRO 90/20; Archive Roll: 564

and I have found them on the 1901 census, again as below:

IRELAND 1901 England Census

Source Information: Ancestry.com. 1901 England Census Source Citation: Class: RG13; Piece: 2875; Folio: 94; Page: 11

Leslie John IRELAND survived World War 1 and died in 1980 aged 86 in Birmingham and his Probate record shows his actual date of death as 25th September 1980 and his final address as 114 Milverton Road in Erdington.

The September 1939 World War 2 Register shows Leslie John IRELAND occupation Senior Draughtsman living at 114 Milverton Road in Erdington with his wife Elsie A IRELAND who was born 13th November 1896.

Leslie John IRELAND married Elsie A HALL in the July quarter of 1922 in Tamworth Staffordshire Registration District.

On searching the British Newspaper Archive I found a Forthcoming Marriages announcement, as below, for Dorothy Jean IRELAND daughter of Mr and Mrs L J IRELAND to Arthur Sidney ALLDRIDGE, who was a Sergeant in the Army, son of Mrs and late Mr W H ALLDRIDGE also of Erdington, on 5th January 1944.

IRELAND Birmingham Mail - Monday 3rd January 1944

Birmingham Mail – Monday 3rd January 1944

Dorothy Jean IRELAND was born 31st December 1924 in Birmingham and I have found that she and Arthur emigrated to the USA on 30th June 1950 on board the Ship Georgic part of the Cunard White Star Line – Arthur’s occupation is shown as a Theatre manager.

Dorothy Jean ALLDRIDGE nee IRELAND died on 5th June 1997 in Washington USA and sadly Arthur Sidney ALLDRIDGE had died many years earlier 12th May 1960 in San Francisco.

If anyone has a connection to the IRELAND or ALLDRIDGE families and would like this postcard to add to their family history archives please make contact, as it would be great to reunite it with a  family member.

Simon LAST

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Dear Snowball – Private John Bertram Leslie HARRISON WW1 postcard – are you connected?

Another recent postcard find was the one below sent during World War 1 on 18th September 1917 from Halifax to ‘Dear Snowball’ in Dorset from Elsie.

JBL HARRISON postcard front 21 6 17

The address on the postcard is:

Private J B L HARRISON 1220, Royal Naval Camp, Blandford in Dorset.

JBL HARRISON postcard reverse 21 6 17

The message reads:

Dear Snowball, Many thanks for card. The brooch is very well thank you. I am going to take it to be re-silvered as it has nearly all come off. It has worn very well though and love … it in every day since you gave it to me. Hope you enjoyed yourself when you went out to tea. Love from Elsie xxxxxx

JBL HARRISON postcard reverse 1 21 6 17

On further investigation J B L HARRISON is John Bertram Leslie HARRISON who was born on the 31st July 1895 in the Burton on Trent Registration District.

John enlisted on 22nd November 1915 to the Royal Marine Light Infantry: Plymouth Division Short Service with the Register Number of 1220 which matches with the postcard.

Taking the research further back John’s parents were John HARRISON and Mary Ellen HARRISON (nee IDILL) who married in the Burton Registration District on 19th January 1892.

John survived the War and I have found a marriage for him in the Brentford Middlesex Registration District in the October quarter of 1929 to Winifred G DURDLE.

John died on 6th August 1958 aged 63 and his Probate record, as below, reads:

HARRISON John Bertram Leslie of 72 Woodland Gardens Isleworth Middlesex died 6th August 1958 at Clacton and District Hospital Clacton-on-Sea Essex Administration London 2 January to Winifred Gertrude Harrison widow

JBL HARRISON Probate 21 6 17

Source: England & Wales, National Probate Calendar (Index of Wills and Administration) 1858-1966, 1973-1995

Does anyone have a connection John Bertram Leslie HARRISON as it would be great to reunite this old postcard with a  family member if possible?

Simon LAST

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Mr & Mrs C W SNOWDON Silver Wedding 1910 Ashton under Lyne

Another recent super photographic postcard find was of a Silver Wedding group taken in 1910 in Ashton under Lyne in Lancashire.

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The information on the reverse of the postcard reads Limehurst House, Ashton under Lyne Xmas 1910 – With Hearty Greetings from Mr & Mrs C W SNOWDON – Silver Wedding Group.

SNOWDON postcard reverse 2 6 17

Knowing when the marriage hopefully took place I quickly found the marriage of Charles William SNOWDON to Eliza BRADLEY in the June quarter of 1885 in the Ashton Registration District.

The 1911 census, as below, shows the SNOWDON family living at Limehurst House in Ashton under Lyne with Charles and Eliza having been married for 25 full years – matches completely with the photograph.

1911 census SNOWDON

Source Information: Ancestry.com. 1911 England Census Source Citation: Class: RG14; Piece: 24325

Charles’s occupation is shown as a Butter Merchant and confirms that him and Eliza have had ten children, nine of who are still living – this therefore means that the nine other people shown in the photograph are their children and their names and ages in 1911 can be confirmed as:

Charles Ernest aged 26, Emily aged 24, Bessie aged 20, Gertrude aged 19, Edith aged 14, Constance aged 14, Noel Hamilton aged 12, Cyril Cunliffe aged 10 and Hugo Jack SNOWDON aged 8.

Their father Charles William SNOWDON was born in Haltwhistle in Northumberland.

As always if you have a connection to the SNOWDON family please make contact, as it would be great to reunite this lovely anniversary photograph with a family member if possible.

Simon LAST

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Well Known Local Dover School Mistress – Miss R K CLOUT

Another interesting photographic postcard find was of a well known local School Mistress from Dover Miss R K CLOUT taken on 10th December 1923.

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The writing on back says that Miss R K CLOUT (Well Known Local School Mistress) is sitting in the back row, left hand side facing.

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Miss Ruby Kathleen CLOUT was born in Dover Kent in the July quarter of 1904 and I have found her baptism record from 18th August 1904 at Charlton near Dover – her parents are named as Frank Colston and Clara Esther CLOUT.

Frank Colston CLOUT married Clara Esther GOODWIN in the October quarter of 1892 in the Dover Registration District.

The 1911 census, as below, shows Ruby aged 6 living with her parents Frank and Clara and sister Lillian Clara Louisa CLOUT aged 17, at 68 Maison Dieu Road in Charlton near Dover – Frank’s occupation is shown as an Ironmongers Branch Manager.

1911 census CLOUT

Source Information: Ancestry.com. 1911 England Census Source Citation: Class: RG14; Piece: 4605; Schedule Number: 11

The writing on the reverse of the postcard says that Ruby died in October 1980 at home in Salisbury Road in Dover and from this IO have found her Probate record, as below, which confirms that she died 15th September at 28 Salisbury Road in Dover.

CLOUT Probate

Source Information: Ancestry.com. England & Wales, National Probate Calendar (Index of Wills and Administrations), 1858-1966, 1973-1995. Original data: Principal Probate Registry. Calendar of the Grants of Probate and Letters of Administration made in the Probate Registries of the High Court of Justice in England. London, England © Crown copyright.

Do you have a connection to Ruby and her CLOUT and GOODWIN ancestors – if so please get in touch as I would love to reunite this lovely photo postcard with a family member if possible.

Simon LAST

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Herbert SIMPSON from Harrogate WW1 Postcard

Another recent postcard find is of Birk Crag in Harrogate in Yorkshire sent to Gunner Herbert SIMPSON regimental number 89543 at a Military Camp in Aldershot during World War 1 – it was sent from his son Walter.

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The message reads:

SIMPSON postcard reverse 31 5 17

Dear Dad, Just a line to tell you I am all right …. is very poorly. I wish I were with you. Are you going to be moved from Aldershot Ta Ta from Walter with love

Having his Regimental number of 89543 I quickly found a World War 1 Medal Card for Herbert SIMPSON, as below:

SIMPSON WW1 medal card

Source Information: Ancestry.com. British Army WWI Medal Rolls Index Cards, 1914-1920 Original data: Army Medal Office. WWI Medal Index Cards. In the care of The Western Front Association website

From this I found his World War Service Record, again as below, which shows Herbert aged 29 years and six months, with his address as 12 Willow Grove, Bilton near Harrogate in Yorkshire and his occupation is shown as a Postman. His Regiment is shown as the Royal Garrison Artillery.

SIMPSON WW1 1

SIMPSON WW1 2

Source Information: Ancestry.com. British Army WWI Service Records, 1914-1920 Original data: The National Archives of the UK (TNA): Public Record Office (PRO). War Office: Soldiers’ Documents, First World War ‘Burnt Documents’ (Microfilm Copies); (The National Archives Microfilm Publication WO363); Records created or inherited by the War Office, Armed Forces, Judge Advocate General, and related bodies;

It also confirms that Herbert married Sarah Ann KERSHAW on13th May 1909 in Doncaster and that he had a son called Walter born on 25th May 1907 in Doncaster, which fits with the postcard.

The 1911 census, as below, shows the family living at 29 Birch Grove in Harrogate.

SIMPSON 1911 census

Source Information: Ancestry.com. 1911 England Census Source Citation: Class: RG14; Piece: 25919

More investigation is needed to see if Herbert SIMPSON survived World War 1 and I will update in due course.

However in the meantime do you have a connection to the SIMPSON or KERSHAW families from Harrogate in Yorkshire, as I will happily reunite this WW1 postcard with a relative if I can?

Simon LAST

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Are you related to Reginald and Edith ECCLES nee BREARLEY from Elland?

Another fascinating photographic postcard I found at the Postcard Fair in Bury St Edmunds at the weekend was a wedding photograph taken by A RUSSELL at the Southend Studio in Elland.

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Living in Southend-on-Sea in Essex the ‘Southend’ word caught my attention, but when I turned the postcard over someone had written in biro, obviously at a much later date, the names Reggie ECCLES and Edith BRIERLEY.

ECCLES postcard reverse 31 5 17

Knowing that Elland is in Yorkshire I was sure that with some basic research I could find out more about this beautiful photograph and the wedding day of this very smart couple.

I quickly found the marriage record for Reginald ECCLES to Edith Agnes Ready Hough BREARLEY – note the correct spelling rather than BRIERLEY as written on the postcard.

Reginald and Edith married on the 31st March 1912 at St Mary’s Church in Elland, as below:

ECCLES Marriage 31 Mar 1912 Elland

Source Information: Ancestry.com. West Yorkshire, England, Church of England Marriages and Banns, 1813-1935 Source Citation: West Yorkshire Archive Service; Wakefield, Yorkshire, England; Yorkshire Parish Records; Old Reference Number: D79/45; New Reference Number: WDP79/45

The 1911 census, again as below, shows Edith Agnes Ready Hough BREARLEY aged 29, born approximately 1882, living at 9 Albert Street in Elland and her occupation was a Blouse Machinist. Her parents are shown as Charles and Mary Elizabeth BREARLEY and she has a sister Emily aged 26 – her father’s occupation is a Card Manufacturer.

BREARLEY 1911 census

Source Information: Ancestry.com. 1911 England Census Source Citation: Class: RG14; Piece: 26400

Using this census information I found Edith’s baptism record in Elland on 13th November 1881, as below:

BREARLEY Baptism

Source Information: Ancestry.com. West Yorkshire, England, Church of England Births and Baptisms, 1813-1910 Source Citation: West Yorkshire Archive Service; Wakefield, Yorkshire, England; Yorkshire Parish Records; Old Reference Number: D79/12; New Reference Number: WDP79/12

Edith Agnes Ready Hough ECCLES died on the 3rd March 1929 aged 48 and her Probate record shows her address as 43 Albert Street in Elland and probate was granted to her husband Reginald ECCLES occupation Joiner.

ECCLES Probate 1929

Source Information: Ancestry.com. England & Wales, National Probate Calendar (Index of Wills and Administrations), 1858-1966, 1973-1995 Original data: Principal Probate Registry. Calendar of the Grants of Probate and Letters of Administration made in the Probate Registries of the High Court of Justice in England. London, England © Crown copyright.

Do you have a connection to the BREARLEY or ECCLES families mentioned, as I would again like to reunite this fantastic photograph with a family member if possible.

Again I have found possible family tree matches on Ancestry and have sent messages so I will keep you updated with any developments as always.

Simon LAST

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