On a trip to see family in Bristol last year I was able to visit an Antiques Fair and picked up a few old postcards and photographs whilst there, which is so unlike me!!
One of the lovely old photographs that I found was of a smart young man in uniform taken by Carr’s Naval Portraits at 38 Arundel Street in Portsmouth – on the back is written in pen Albert LUKINS circa 1912 and in pencil Mrs LUKINS and at the top is written 2797 Bristol as photo – possibly?
As always I was keen to find a connection if possible and I started searching Ancestry for any records that might help me make a match.
The first record that I found was a British World War 1 Pension record which showed an Albert LUKINS as Head married to Annie and the record was for his son Edward LUKINS at Sea Mills Shirehampton near Bristol – therefore this Albert seemed to old to be the man shown in my photograph although the area seemed to fit.
Source Citation: WO364; Piece: 2173 Source Information: Ancestry.com. British Army WWI Pension Records 1914-1920
However on searching Albert, Annie and Edward LUKINS further I found them on the 1911 census record, as below, living at Bean Acre Cottage in Shirehampton in Gloucestershire and saw that Edward LUKINS had other siblings including Charles, Sidney, Ethel and Ellen – on further investigation of birth registrations for these children I found that Charles LUKINS’s full name was Charles Albert LUKINS born on 11th April 1894.
Source Citation: Class: RG14; Piece: 15102; Schedule Number: 95 Source Information: Ancestry.com. 1911 England Census
Could this be the Albert LUKINS in my photograph who would have been aged about 18 in 1912 it if was him?
I have also found the LUKINS family on the 1901 census as below:
Source Citation: Class: RG13; Piece: 2404; Folio: 38; Page: 8 Source Information: Ancestry.com. 1901 England Census
Albert LUKINS senior aged 30 married Annie GRAY aged 25 on 10th February 1894 in Pilning in Gloucestershire, as below:
Source Citation: Bristol Archives; Bristol, England; Bristol Church of England Parish Registers; Reference: P.Pil/R/2/a Source Information: Ancestry.com. Bristol, England, Church of England Marriages and Banns, 1754-1935
Charles Albert LUKINS married Florence L MARSHFIELD in the July quarter of 1922 in Bristol and they had eleven children: Wesley S LUKINS in 1921, Margaret M in 1923, Lilian F in 1925, Barbara J in 1927, William C in 1929, Doris B in 1930, James A in 1932, Leonard V in 1933, Rosemary M in 1934, Mildred E J in 1935 and Wesley S in 1941.
I wondered why they had called two sons Wesley S LUKINS and after some further research I discovered that their first son Wesley born in 1921 was killed in action during World War 2 on 11th September 1941 aged 20 in the Merchant Navy on S.S. Stonepool, more information here S S Stonepool ) as below:
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
This additional information proved that there were Naval links within the LUKINS family and I also found Charles LUKINS on the 1939 World War 2 Registers, again as below, which showed his occupation as a Plate Layer at the Port of Bristol and also a Naval Reserve.
Source Citation: The National Archives; Kew, London, England; 1939 Register; Reference: RG 101/5038A Source Information: Ancestry.com. 1939 England and Wales Register
Charles Albert LUKINS died in the October quarter of 1966 in the Bristol Registration District aged 71.
Coincidentally when I bought this lovely old photograph I also bought an ‘In Memoriam’ card and when I looked at it during this research it remembers a Kate FENNELL who died on 13th February 1922 aged 37 years and who is buried at Shirehampton Cemetery – there has to be a family connection to the LUKINS family somewhere and also helps to possibly confirm some of my research above!
If you have a family connection to the LUKINS or FENNELL families from Shirehampton in Gloucestershire then please send me an email, as I would be delighted to reunite these items with a family member or connection if possible.