One of my most recent finds has been a World War 1 postcard sent from France on 26th August 1915 as below:
It was sent to a Miss K OVERTON who lived at 105 Tooley Street, London Bridge in London and the message reads:
No need to ask how you enjoyed the holidays I NO. Mr Geo W.. has now left the works near you, should have liked to have seen the meeting between Mum and him and to have been a little bird and heard!
It would be great to know more about what this cryptic message meant and who Mr Geo W was!
I have found the OVERTON family on the 1911 census living at 105 Tooley Street in London and the head of the household was Charles York OVERTON aged 57 with his wife Emily Florence aged 53 and children Helen Lucy aged 25, Elsie Kate aged 16, Wilfred Durrant aged 10 – could the Elsie Kate be our Miss K OVERTON?
Elsie’s occupation is shown as a Commercial Clerk and her father was a Tailor who was born in Kenilworth in Warwickshire and her mother was born in Cambridge.
Source: Ancestry.com. 1911 England Census -Source Citation: Class: RG14; Piece: 1857
I have found a marriage for Elsie Kate OVERTON on the 23rd April 1916 to a William Leslie WARNER at St Saviour in Southwark – on the marriage record both Elsie’s and William’s occupations are shown as Insurance Clerks.
Source Citation: London Metropolitan Archives, Saint Saviour, Southwark, Register of marriages, P92/SAV, Item 3068
Trying to see if I could discover who Ernest was I have gone back to both the 1901 and 1891 census records and although I can find other siblings there is no Ernest.
Source: Ancestry.com. 1901 England Census – Source Citation: Class: RG13; Piece: 386; Folio: 6; Page: 4
However on the 1891 census record there is an Ernest H OVERTON aged 20 whose relationship to heard of house Charles York OVERTON is shown as Brother-in-law – could this possibly be our Ernest who sent the postcard from France in 1915?
Source: Ancestry.com. 1891 England Census – Source Citation: Class: RG12; Piece: 370; Folio: 34; Page: 27; GSU roll: 6095480
I now need to do some more investigating to see if this Ernest was the one who sent the postcard in 1915 or if he possibly had a son called Ernest who fought in WW1.
I have found the death of an Ernest Henry OVERTON on the 3rd December 1917 aged 21 (so obviously not the Ernest from the 1891 census) – he was Private 265902 in the Royal Warwickshire Regiment, which fits with where Elsie’s father Charles was born and although I have also found a WW1 Medal Card for him, more investigations are needed to confirm a family link.
Source Information: Ancestry.com. British Army WWI Medal Rolls Index Cards, 1914-1920
I have also found Elsie Kate OVERTON and her family in several online family trees and have sent messages attaching the postcard images and I have already received two replies, including one from Chris in California, who is thrilled to see the postcard and message and who is going to investigate his family tree further.
I will keep you updated on progress in due course!