On Sunday I visited the Tolworth Postcard Fair in London and among my minds was this lovely old photographic postcard of a young man very smartly dressed in his naval uniform as below:
On turning the postcard over I was pleased to see a name had been added of Hogarth George MACK also known as Garth, as below, and the photograph had been taken by A & S YALLOP Photographers based in Great Yarmouth and Gorleston in Norfolk – hopefully with this information I would able to discover more information about him and his family.
I firstly found a birth record for Hogarth George MACK who was born in the January quarter of 1915 in the Flegg Registration District of Norfolk with mother’s maiden name of SMITH.
I then found that a James William MACK married an Ethel Kate SMITH in the July quarter of 1903 in the Norfolk Registration District and I then found the MACK family on the 1911 census, as below, living at 13 Olive Road in Southtown in Great Yarmouth in Norfolk – James aged 33 and Ethel aged 31 had been married seven years and had two children Leslie James MACK aged 4 and Cecil Henry MACK aged 2. James’s occupation is shown as a Butcher and also living wit the family is James’s mother Elizabeth MACK aged 68.
Source Citation: Class: RG14; Piece: 11103; Schedule Number: 115 Source Information: Ancestry.com. 1911 England Census
Moving forward I found that Hogarth George MACK married Lily FORSTER in the July quarter of 1938 in Newcastle upon Tyne in Northumberland.
Sadly I then discovered that Hogarth George MACK had been killed in action during World War 2 on 18th January 1941 aged 26 on the M V British Union Ship that had been sunk by enemy action, as below – there is more information here – M V British Union Ship
Source Citation: National Maritime Museum; Greenwich, England; Merchant Seamen Deaths at Sea Source Information: Ancestry.com. UK, Merchant Seamen Deaths, 1939 -1953
Source Citation: Commonwealth War Graves Commission; Author: Peter Singlehurst; Series Title: British Commonwealth War Graves Registers, 1914-1918; Archive Name: London, United Kingdom Source Information: Ancestry.com. UK, Commonwealth War Graves, 1914-1921 and 1939-1947
If you have a connection to Hogarth George MACK or his family please send me a message as it would be fantastic to reunite this lovely old photograph with a family member if possible.