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Marcus Report 28 Sep 2023 20:20

Thanks ArgyllGran, He may have owned it too just be fore he died !

As for the seller - he replied to my message & doesn't know anything on the history of the camera. It is something he got a while back (Didn't say where though !).

So, with many things left by the original owner, the family will get rid of things via charity shops, or via Ebay - which is where I got it from, and so the link to original family is then lost.

At least we have a name - or indeed 2 people with that name, which helps to narrow it down somewhat.


ArgyllGran Report 27 Sep 2023 23:07

Or Frederick William Austin Finch may have owned it just before he died!

I don't think the seller's location is necessarily any help, as the camera may have passed through the hands of several owners.


Marcus Report 27 Sep 2023 19:10

Thank you all for te information so far received !

The Ebay seller is from the Luton area of Bedforshire, and the camera in question is a Ensign, Selfix 320 model.

It was made by Ensign / Houghton-Butcher in either 1938 or 1939. Of course world events took over and camera production ceased, only picking up again post war. Not mch info on internet.

Several other Selfix models were made either side of the war.

I have emaild the seller again if they remember anything, just waiting for a reply.

So, with the camera dating to approx 1938/39, I am inclined to think it may have belonged to Frederick William Albert Finch who died 2008, Germany, or at least a family member.

Would this make sense?


ErikaH Report 27 Sep 2023 14:41

Emily Remington is in a GR tree


ErikaH Report 27 Sep 2023 12:36

You say you bought the camera on eBay…….in which part of the country was the seller?

He/she must know where the camera was bought/found/acquired


nameslessone Report 27 Sep 2023 12:34

I did add the caveat that I might have missed it.

Of course I could blame the filthy cold I’ve got.


ArgyllGran Report 27 Sep 2023 11:58

Frederick William Austin in Royal Naval Reserve:

Frederick William Austin Finch
in the Web: UK, Royal Naval Reserve Service Records Index, 1860-1955
Name Frederick William Austin Finch
Birth Date 14 Apr 1912
Birth Place Lowestoft, Suffolk
Date 1908-1955
Service Number SX 9866

Died 1938, as already posted.


ErikaH Report 27 Sep 2023 11:58

DEATH for SUFFOLK man posted yesterday at 21.12

The one with MMN Remington died posted at 21.13


nameslessone Report 27 Sep 2023 11:48

Finch will probably have served in WW11. He doesn’t appear on the casualty list, unless I missed it.


ErikaH Report 27 Sep 2023 11:39

Name Frederick James Finch
Gender Male
Rank Private
Record Type Military
Death Date 26 Oct 1914
Service Number 5521
Corps, Regiment or Unit Royal West Kent Regiment
Title WWI Pension Record Cards and Ledgers
Description Other Ranks Died Fielding A-Finch-Roach A
Next of Kin (Name) Relation to Soldier
Frederick James Finch
Emily Marie Finch Widow
James Sidney Alfred Finch Child
Frederick William Albert Finch Child

Service Number: L/5521
Regiment & Unit/Ship
Queen's Own (Royal West Kent Regiment) 1st Bn.
Died 26 October 1914
Buried or commemorated at
VI. F. 35.

Australia, World War II Military Service Records, 1939-1945
Name: James Sidney Alfred Finch
Birth Date: 6 Mar 1911
Birth Place: London, England
Enlistment Date: 1940-1947
Military Service Branch: Army, Second Australian Imperial Force
Service Number: Qx57742
Next of Kin: H Finch
Series Description: B883: Army, 2nd Al F

Name James Sidney Alfred Finch
Birth Date 1911
Death Date 30 Jul 1998
Cemetery Beenleigh Cemetery
Burial or Cremation Place Beenleigh, Logan City, Queensland, Australia

Name James S A Finch
Gender Male
Departure Age 14
Birth Date abt 1911
Departure Date 18 Aug 1925
Departure Port England
UK Address Fortescue House Boys Home, Twickenham
Ship Name Largs Bay
Shipping Line Australian Commonwealth Line
Destination Port Brisbane, Australia
Master G Beighton

Name Sidney J A Finch
Age 14
Birth Year abt 1911
Arrival Date 5 Oct 1925
Arrival Place Queensland, Australia
Ship Largs Bay
Ship number 374
Title Immigration 1922 to 1940
Item ID 18761
Ref IMM/223
Microfilm Z3890


ErikaH Report 27 Sep 2023 11:29

The one born 1912 MAY be in a GR tree


ErikaH Report 27 Sep 2023 11:26

1911 Census For England & Wales
59 Sidney Road Borstal Rochester, Rochester St Margaret, Kent, England
Frederick James Finch Head Married Male 30 1881 Railway porter Hounslow Middlesex
Emily Finch Wife Married Female 26 1885 - Borough London
James Sidney Finch Son - Male 0 1911 - City of London


ErikaH Report 26 Sep 2023 21:13

Frederick William Albert
Father Frederick James Finch
Mother Emily Maria Remington
Birth 24 Feb 1915 Holborn, Middlesex, England
Death May 2008 Germany

Death of mother Emily Maria Remington(1884–1918)
28 October 1918 • Sheppey, Kent, England

Death of brother James Sidney Alfred Finch(1911–1998)
30 July 1998 • Daisy Hill, Queensland, Australia


ErikaH Report 26 Sep 2023 21:12

Name Frederick William Austin Finch
Birth Date 14 Apr 1912
Birth Place Lowestoft, Suffolk
Date 1908-1955
Service Number SX 9866

Name Frederick William Austin Finch
Death Date 7 Aug 1938
Death Place Lowestoft, Suffolk, England
Probate Date 4 Feb 1939
Probate Registry Ipswich
Probate to Father................


ErikaH Report 26 Sep 2023 21:10

GRO Reference: 1915 M Quarter in HOLBORN Volume 01B Page 1182
GRO Reference: 1912 J Quarter in MUTFORD Volume 04A Page 2094


ErikaH Report 26 Sep 2023 21:00

1939 Register
44 Cambridge Road, Lowestoft, Lowestoft M.B., Suffolk, England

James C H Finch 13 Sep 1882 Male Trawler Fisherman Married 114 1
Alice S Finch 17 Apr 1881 Female - Married 114 2
Samuel R Finch 28 Apr 1923 Male Baker's Roundsman Single 114 3
Victoria G M Hall 12 Oct 1918 Female Factory Hand Artificial Sil0k Married 114 4

1921 Census Of England & Wales
44, Cambridge Road, Lowestoft, Suffolk, England
James Finch Head Male 1881 39 Lowestoft, Suffolk, England Fisherman Great Yarmouth, Drifter, Brighton Owners (Out Of Work)
Alice Finch Wife Female 1881 40 Gorleston, Norfolk, England Household Duties -
Emily Finch Daughter Female 1908 12 Norfolk, England - -
Frederick Finch Son Male 1911 10 Lowestoft, Suffolk, England - -
James Finch Son Male 1904 16 Lowestoft, Suffolk, England - -
Harold Finch Son Male 1916 5 Lowestoft, Suffolk, England - -
Victoria Finch Daughter Female 1918 2 Lowestoft, Suffolk, England - -
Esther Finch Daughter Female 1919 1 Lowestoft, Suffolk, England - -
Ernest Rayner Boarder Male 1881 40 Lowestoft, Suffolk, England Fish Packer Fred Ruthen (Fish Merchant)
Maud Rayner Boarder Female 1886 35 Lowestoft, Suffolk, England Fish Worker Phillips C/o (Out Of Work)


Marcus Report 26 Sep 2023 20:28

Have found parents of both Fredericks above.

Frederick b1912, son of James Cowell H. Finch & Alice Susanna Davenport

Frederick b1915, son of Frederick James & Emily Remington

As I don't have access to Ancestry at the moment, can anyone pleas find them on census' ?



Marcus Report 26 Sep 2023 20:10

The name is embossed/pressed into the case, and I presume case & camera go together.

So I assume this 'Finch' was an owner at some point, but not necessarily the original owner.

I bought this camera from EBay. The seller knows nothing, unfortunately....!!

The 2 names Kay found look interesting. Both Frederick - maybe related?


Kay???? Report 26 Sep 2023 20:02

Frederick W A Finch
Apr 1912 Mutford, Suffolk..

Frederick W A Finch
Jan 1915 Holborn, London, England


nameslessone Report 26 Sep 2023 19:45

Are you looking for the original owner?

Try using freebmd to see if you come up with someone with those initials, then you could try looking in Search/ search all members trees as you would then have the first name.

Possibly born 1915, Holborn