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A Sad Little Tale (Closed)

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CherryCrumbles Report 12 Aug 2007 00:16

I am very sorry Susan - as you'd put a birth date I thought you'd found a birth entry as well as the death entry c xx

Linda in the Midlands

Linda in the Midlands Report 12 Aug 2007 00:27

1935 Armstrong mmn Wilson Jan q Cyril Tynemouth 10b pge 69 July q Christopher J.R Cambridge 3b 567 Rita Newcastle T 10b 30 dec q Lovaine Alnwick 10b 643


CherryCrumbles Report 12 Aug 2007 00:33

Thank you Linda, it could be either the Tynemouth or Newcastle T entries, if Henrietta returned 'home' after the war ended. no one in Genes is researching Rita or Louvaine, or Cyril c xx

Linda in the Midlands

Linda in the Midlands Report 12 Aug 2007 00:37

1936 Armstrong mmn Wilson Jan q Audrey Newcastle T 10b 40 April q Richard Whitehaven 10b 948 Roy W Wigton 10b 832 July q Elizabeth Manchester N. 8d 622 Keith Manchester N. 8d 623

★♥*¨¨*Little Ann*¨¨*♥★

★♥*¨¨*Little Ann*¨¨*♥★ Report 12 Aug 2007 00:39

This is a wonderful thread, and a little nudge to catch up later Ann xxx

Linda in the Midlands

Linda in the Midlands Report 12 Aug 2007 00:46

1937 Jan q Joan South Shields 10a 981 april q Orfilia B.M Swansea 11a 1223 July q Sheila M.C Nthmblnd N. 2nd 10b 688

Linda in the Midlands

Linda in the Midlands Report 12 Aug 2007 00:49

Just a thought that as Patricia was born 1934 I doubt if her mother would have been having kids after 1962 with Mr Francis would she?? will carry on with Armstrongs

~Summer Scribe~

~Summer Scribe~ Report 12 Aug 2007 00:52

FreeBMD won't be much use for the period we're looking at as it's not complete, as has been said. Why not look for older siblings of Patricia. They may have only married in 1933, but that doesn't mean that Henrietta didn't have a child before 1934. She could have been pregnant when she married. Just an idea.

°o.OOº°‘¨Claire in Wales¨‘°ºOO.o°

°o.OOº°‘¨Claire in Wales¨‘°ºOO.o° Report 12 Aug 2007 01:00

I'm with Linda on this, if Henrietta was born 1908 then she should stop having children around 1953 (age 45) Any children born to her & George could well be registered as Francis as this is something that I've come across in my own tree.

Purple **^*Sparkly*^** Diamond

Purple **^*Sparkly*^** Diamond Report 12 Aug 2007 04:44

Coincidentally our Coroner in Norwich, is a William J. Armstrong - he would be in late 50s/early 60s I suppose or would have retired. No idea where he is from tho, used to be a Solicitor. This is such a fascinating tale and so nice to see everyone working together, I wonder whether Patricia is aware of all the interest and care on this thread, maybe she will send some guidance at some point.

Gillian in Aylesbury

Gillian in Aylesbury Report 12 Aug 2007 05:52

Nudge so I can find again.


Sue Report 12 Aug 2007 09:07

a little nudge from me too

Linda in the Midlands

Linda in the Midlands Report 12 Aug 2007 09:51

No Francis childen mmn Armstrong or Wilson born in woolwich 1949 nor 1950


CherryCrumbles Report 12 Aug 2007 10:05

thats right Maggie - in fact Henrietta could have been 16 when she married William. Equally - she could have been an older lady. Only the parish record (or marriage certificate) will tell us how old William & Henrietta were. we dont know for sure that it was the Henrietta Maud born Newc/Tyne 1908 who was Patricia's mother. It could have been Henrietta M. would the parish record for Woolwich be available at the LMA? c xx


LindainBerkshire1736004 Report 12 Aug 2007 11:41

Marking so I can catch up later. How many of us are doing this? Linda :o)


Christine2 Report 12 Aug 2007 12:17

I am following this avidly but at the moment I can't see how it can be researched properly without knowing what is on the marriage certificate at least, for ages and fathers names. Even then, if the fathers happen to be called John a labourer, birth certs would be needed even to be sure on 1901. Does anyone else feel that anything worthwhile could be searched for without this information? If so, I feel that a co-ordinator is needed - no, I'm not offering:) I would be happy to search if someone said 'look for ......... birth or death or marriage between these dates'. The danger is though, that without someone co-ordinating, several people could be wasting their time on the same thing. I only have the odd half hour now and then when I can look so 4 or 5 years would be about my limit each time. Chrissie

Deb needs a change

Deb needs a change Report 12 Aug 2007 12:26

I'll second that Chrissie. We definately need a co-ordinator. Come on good people. Can anyone with enough time take on this roll? I'm quite prepared to look for records but don't have much spare time because I work. Deb:)


HeadStone Report 12 Aug 2007 12:39

Hi All, Rachel has once again offered to (in an earlier posting) pick up some more certificates. I agree that until we know more information gleamed from the certificates it is difficult to do any more. So I wait patiently until Rachel posts her findings. On Wednesday I hope to view the Cardiff Rural Council notes for June 1943, at the Glamorgan Records Office but I do not feel that they will contain any more than we already know. Has anyone got a military historian in the family. The POW possibilty for William may well be worth considering as it has been suggested by several of you. Once again many thanks to you all for your help, advice and fantastic interest shown. Paul


CherryCrumbles Report 12 Aug 2007 12:44

Deb, I thought Paul Wright was co-ordinating this with our input ........ but I've done a precis of the known facts. c xx What we have : Patricia Armstrong born 1934 Q2 Woolwich 1d 1362 Mother’s maiden name Wilson Patricia’s birth certificate: 1934 Births in the Sub-District of Plumstead in the County of London No.: 390 When & Where Born: Twelfth March 1934 St Nicolas Hospital Name: Patricia Sex: Girl Name & Surname of Father: William Armstrong Name & Maiden Surname of Mother: Henrietta Maud Armstrong formerly Wilson Rank or Profession of Father: Ex Gunner R.A. of 22 Engineer Road Woolwich Signature, Description and Residence of Informant: W. Armstrong Father 22 Engineer Road Woolwich When Registered: Seventh April 1934 Signature of Registrar: M Taylor Registrar Patricia died in the A/M/J quarter of 1943 at East Glamorgan 11a 697 Nine year old Patricia Armstrong, an evacuee from Woolwich, London, who is billeted in Morganstown, is killed by a train at the Gelynis Crossing. Patricia’s parents : 1933 Q2 Woolwich 1d 2308 Henrietta M Wilson William Armstrong Births Jun 1908 Wilson Henrietta Maud Newcastle T. 10b 62 What is still unknown is if William Armstrong enlisted in the RAF and was killed in WW2? or did he get captured and imprisoned in a POW camp? Who paid for the burial / headstone? Was Patricia an only child? When did William Armstrong die? There are two possibles on the list of the RAF deaths overseas for William Armstrong: Flight Lieutenant, number 41812, unit (B?)PO/GIB, died 1943 (ref vol 1 page 131) ; and AC.2, number 866588 (middle initial V), unit 322 MU, died 1944 (ref also vol 1 page 131) There may be unit histories available? None of the William Armstrongs listed in the CWG site 'fit the findings'. Two death entries for a William Armstrong - is one of these men Patricia’s father? Q1 1941 William Armstrong 35 Strood 2a 2392 Q1 1943 William Armstrong 68 Greenwich 1d 796 Electoral Roll for Engineer Road: 1934 both William and Henrietta living at No. 22 1935 – 1939 both William & Henrietta living at No. 9 1939/1940 only Henrietta living at No. 9 No Rolls for the war years May 1945 – 1948 only Henrietta living at No. 9 1949 Henrietta Armstrong & George Francis living at No.9 1949 – 1962 Henrietta Armstrong & George Francis living at No. 9 1963 Henrietta Francis & George Francis living at No. 9 1964 – 1971 Henrietta & George living at No. 9 Marriage Q3 1962 Woolwich 5d 2224 Henrietta M Armstrong & George Francis Death Dec 1985 Greenwich Vol: 12 Pg: 1807 Reg: 1285 Henrietta Maud Francis – Born: 2nd April 1908 Death Dec 1988 Greenwich Vol: 12 Pg: 941 Reg: 1288 George Francis – Born 12th Feb 1909 Questions Raised: If William Armstrong died during the War, why didn’t Henrietta Maud remarry until 1962? It now seems unlikely that she had children with George Francis. Was Patricia an only child? Could other children have been born to William & Henrietta between 1935 and 1939. What we need: Marriage certificate (or a look at the Parish Record for entry) for Henrietta Maud and William to determine their age which will indicate a Birth Window, and also give Fathers Names. Once we have a Birth Window and Fathers Names we could in theory find other members of the families in the 1901 census, depending on whether Henrietta and William were the youngest or oldest children of their families, and hopefully trace siblings’ descendants.

°o.OOº°‘¨Claire in Wales¨‘°ºOO.o°

°o.OOº°‘¨Claire in Wales¨‘°ºOO.o° Report 12 Aug 2007 13:02

Just another thought If Henrietta had any further children then they must have left home before the age of 21 as they don't appear on the ER.