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brummiejan Report 27 Feb 2012 08:58

Just to add.

There is a tree on Ancestry which includes a Charlie B. Wells born 1917 who married in Warwickshire 1947. They have no parents for him and no birth record is attached - the birth is put as Nuneaton, but this might be an assumption. They have this death. I have urged Peter to get the Dewsbury birth cert to check birthdate, just to be sure he didn't just move away. I think it needs to be excluded if nothing else.

Name: Charlie B Wells
Birth: 29 Oct 1917
Death: Jun 1990 - Nuneaton and Bedworth, Warwickshire, England



Flip Report 27 Feb 2012 08:47

This link covers the cottage homes and could be where the children were sent. According to this the children's home was under the control of the local authority, I wonder if it is worth contacting the local social services for help? They usually keep records in archive and may be able to shed some light on what happened to them.


brummiejan Report 27 Feb 2012 08:43

Maybe you should think laterally as we seem to be having limited success. I can see that the Charlie born Dewsbury appears to be an only child, but I wonder about Irene. If you can trace descendants of any siblings she had there might be clues. Other family members often know something. My father and his sister were orphaned in the 30's, and when I tracked down some relatives they had family stories about the children whose parents died young, and even a couple of photos of my father which I didn't have. This story had filtered down the years.


Peter Report 27 Feb 2012 00:19

The informant was her husband John Townend.


Sheila Report 27 Feb 2012 00:11

If the is nothing from the other leads I sent then maybe it could be worth ordering the death cert for Irene to see who the informant was.


Peter Report 27 Feb 2012 00:05

I'm not sure which grandmother Jacqueline stayed with - this information was given by my mother.


Peter Report 27 Feb 2012 00:02

The death certificate for Irene Townend has to be her - my ister said it was when she was leaving school and thinks it was about May time.


patchem Report 27 Feb 2012 00:01

The 'possible' marriage for Jacqueline was to Cannata.
There is a Jacqueline Cannata on facebook, but no public information visible.
She and husband show on for 2002 in Braintree.

Their son is on for this year;


patchem Report 26 Feb 2012 23:51

Just realised you said Charles died in the services.


Sheila Report 26 Feb 2012 23:50

The marriage cannot be ruled out completely for Jaqueline as the poster say she went down south maybe London to live. Did you say she lived with her Grandmother also on her Mother or Fathers side ?


Peter Report 26 Feb 2012 23:40

finding out about the parents would certainly help with the bigger picture


patchem Report 26 Feb 2012 23:37

Births Dec 1917
Wells Charlie B Barrett Dewsbury 9b 676

Charlie B Wells
Birth Date: 29 Oct 1917
Date of registration: Jun 1990
Age at Death: 72
Registration district: Nuneaton and Bedworth
Inferred County: Warwickshire
Volume: 31
Page: 169

Marriages Dec 1947
Townend John H Wells Dewsbury 2b 807
Townend John H Watson Dewsbury 2b 807
Watson Irene Townend Dewsbury 2b 807
Wells Irene Townend Dewsbury 2b 807

Irene Townend
Birth Date: 13 Dec 1920
Date of registration: May 1984
Age at Death: 63
Registration district: Dewsbury
Inferred County: Yorkshire
Volume: 4
Page: 1127

Births Mar 1921
Watson Irene Calvert Dewsbury 9b 952


brummiejan Report 26 Feb 2012 23:31

There are some possible leads for the parents. I wonder if it is worth pursuing these? Not exactly what is being asked but I guess there is a remote chance someone out there knows a bit more.


Peter Report 26 Feb 2012 23:30

Hi Pat - I've ordered my dad a birth certificate. Not sure what you do about changing your birthday celebrations after 70 years. At least it wont come as a shock to him as he was aware the date he believed to be his birthday could be wrong.


patchem Report 26 Feb 2012 23:27

Jacqueline, 1938, David, 1940, Derek (known as peter) 1944.

Just for information:
Marriages Jun 1938
Watson Irene Wells Dewsbury 9b 1576
Wells Charlie B Watson Dewsbury 9b 1576


Peter Report 26 Feb 2012 23:24

Peter was definitely the youngest sibling. Jacqueline the oldest, then my father David, then Peter (or Derek). My father doesn't know any of his grandparents names.


patchem Report 26 Feb 2012 23:23

There are marriages in the North East for 'Derek R Wells', and there are Derek R Wells on, but in the South/South East.

Buy the birth certificates for exact dates of birth?


Sheila Report 26 Feb 2012 23:21

looks like Peter is quite a bit older than the others. Would you know if Jacqueline may have taken her Grandmothers name ?
Like you say the marriage is most likely for the other person, but cannot be ruled out.


Peter Report 26 Feb 2012 23:19

WOW you guys thank you so much for everything you are doing!


patchem Report 26 Feb 2012 23:14

Peter W Wells
Mother's Maiden Surname: Watson
Date of registration: Jan-Feb-Mar 1931
Registration district: Middlesbrough
Inferred County: Yorkshire North Riding
Volume Number: 9d
Page Number: 817

marriage 1938, so no.