Always on the lookout for WW1 postcards or old photographs with a possible written name or clue to investigate, I recently purchased an old WW1 postcard on eBay from ‘Old Postcards’ one of my favourite online sellers.
The postcard shows a view of Mons in Belgium and was posted on 18th November 1918 to a Mrs W A BLACK at 13 Radnor Road, Canton, Cardiff, South Wales – the message reads:
Dear Father & Mother
I have got leave from 21st November. Hope to see you soon
Could I find Mrs W A BLACK and discover more about her family?
Using the address of 13 Radnor Road, Canton and looking at the 1911 census, I quickly found a record matching this address for a William Andrew BLACK, his wife Rebecca and sons William Norman and Oswald Victor.
Source Information: Ancestry.com. 1911 Wales Census –Source Citation; Class: RG14; Piece: 32146; Schedule Number: 308
From this I surmised that as father was William his son, also a William, was more commonly known as Norman, as per the postcard.
William Andrew BLACK was aged 48 in 1911 having been born in Hartlepool and he had married Rebecca HARRIS in the October quarter of 1889 in Hartlepool – their first son William Norman was born on the 24th November 1892 in the Cardiff Registration District and their second son was born in the October quarter of 1900 also in the Cardiff Registration District.
In 1911 Father William was working as a Boiler Compartion Agent and son William ‘Norman’, aged 18, was working as an Oil Manufacturers Clerk – Oswald was aged 10 and at School.
I now wanted to see if I could find anything about Norman’s military service, but so far I have been unable to pinpoint an exact military record for him – however I have found that he died aged 79 in the March quarter of 1971 in the Cardiff Registration District.
Sadly I also found that his brother Oswald Victor BLACK had died aged just 28 in the June quarter of 1929 and below is his Probate record, naming his mother Rebecca and father William Andrew BLACK.
Source Information: Ancestry.com. England & Wales, National Probate Calendar (Index of Wills and Administrations), 1858-1966
I have also found two online family trees showing the name of William Norman BLACK and I have sent then both a message to find out more about their connections and to see if they would like a copy of the postcard – I will keep you updated!