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


This entry was posted in Births, Marriages & Deaths, Burton on Trent, HARRISON, IDILL, One Name Study, Postcard, Staffordshire, World War 1, WW1 postcard. Bookmark the permalink.

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

  1. JW Brown says:

    Do you think the Elsie who sent the postcard and his eventual wife Winifred were one and the same?

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