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Glyn Report 19 Feb 2020 10:03

I’m not sure if he’s still alive. He’s the son of my grandmothers sister, Violet Maria Gale, nee Weston. She ended up with mental illness in Devizes, Wiltshire where she died in 1977.
It’s possible Edward was adopted or fostered, and he may have had Downs Syndrome.
All I have been able to find is he was born abt May, 1942 ( vol 5a, page 270) in TROWBRIDGE, Wiltshire. His father was Ernest Francis Gale, died 1980.
Can any of you intrepid searchers find out anything more about Edward please?


ErikaH Report 19 Feb 2020 10:12

Who registered his father’s death?

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Click ADD REPLY button - not this link! Report 19 Feb 2020 11:21

I'm going to throw this out there.......

Only child born during the war after 11 years of marriage. Was he actually Ernest's son? Might explain an adoption or fostering situation.



ErikaH Report 19 Feb 2020 11:47

I am an only child - born during the War - 11 years after the marriage of my parents

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Click ADD REPLY button - not this link! Report 19 Feb 2020 12:07

Well there were lots of military camps around Trowbridge at that time.



ErikaH Report 19 Feb 2020 12:14

4 Studley Rise, Trowbridge U.D., Wiltshire, England
Ernest I Gale 26 Feb 1902 Male Cloth Worker Heavy Worker Married 132 1
Violet M Gale 16 Nov 1907 Female Home Duties Unpaid Married 132 2
Frederick Martin 07 Jan 1895 Male From Kew Ministry Of Labour Single 132 3


Glyn Report 19 Feb 2020 14:37

Yes he’s Ernest’s son, but I was told that Violet had a breakdown and ended up in the mental hospital in Devizes. I think it could have been post natal depression. So Edward wasn’t brought up by her and we lost touch with him.
I remember being told he was brought to see her in Devizes but whether he was adopted or fostered I’m not sure, and my parents had Violet over at Christmas and other times, but her husband wasn’t very kind or sympathetic to her and not much was understood of mental illness and post natal depression back then.
I seem to remember it was said something was wrong with Edwards health, and I thought he might have had Downs Syndrome. He was possibly in an institution, not necessarily near TROWBRIDGE or Devizes.
He was older than me, and I never met him, but doing the family research made me wonder what happened to him.
I couldn’t find any record of his death, but he may be dead now.
I never had any contact with Ernest Gale, but he wasn’t around when Violet came to stay with us
Sorry not to know any more.
Thanks for your help so far

Shirley~I,m getting the hang of it

Shirley~I,m getting the hang of it Report 19 Feb 2020 14:44

Only his birth shows on FMP and no electoral addresses at all

Would any other family member have known him so may know what happened to him


KathleenBell Report 19 Feb 2020 17:03

EDIT - Please ignore this post as I have found the birth of someone with this name in Whittlesey so it is more likely to be him.

Do you know what his middle initial stands for? There is this probate record but I can't find a matching death:-

First name(s) Edward Lionel
Last name Gale
Death year 1978
Death date 04 Sep 1978
Probate year 1978
Probate date 20 Oct 1978
Registry Ipswich
Registry county Suffolk
Country England
Record set England & Wales Government Probate Death Index 1960-2019
Category Birth, Marriage, Death & Parish Records
Subcategory Civil Deaths & Burials
Collections from England, Great Britain, Wales

This person lived in Whittlesey, Cambridgeshire.

Kath. x


Glyn Report 19 Feb 2020 17:07

No I don’t know what the L is for.
No family left as far as I know except me
I saw that probate but couldn’t confirm if it was him


malyon Report 19 Feb 2020 17:35

Edward L Gale
England and Wales Birth Registration Index, 1837-2008
Edward L Gale
Event Type:
Birth Registration
Registration Quarter:
Registration Year:
Registration District:
Event Place:
Trowbridge, Wiltshire, England
Mother's Maiden Name:
Affiliate Line Number:


ErikaH Report 19 Feb 2020 17:37


Why post what is already known?

Shirley~I,m getting the hang of it

Shirley~I,m getting the hang of it Report 19 Feb 2020 17:47

Think that death is this one

Deaths Sep 1978

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Click ADD REPLY button - not this link! Report 19 Feb 2020 21:01

Why not add these names to your tree on here?

Do you know an Andrew who has some of these names?



Glyn Report 19 Feb 2020 22:35

Thanks Shirley. What is 14 NO1920 though? DOB? Because Edward was born 1942.
Sorry Rose I keep meaning to update my family tree on here but not got round to it. Did you mean someone called Andrew has Edward L Gale on his tree? I don’t know of him.
How did you find that out?
Thanks all.


ErikaH Report 20 Feb 2020 09:30

Look under ‘search all member trees’ for others who may have him in their tree

Yes that’s the birth date, posted to show that the Probate is for a different person


Glyn Report 20 Feb 2020 10:24

Hi Rose, I looked on Members Trees but didn’t see an Andrew. Can you enlighten me please? I don’t know of any family member by that name, but they may be coming from another branch of the family I’m not aware of.

I did find a Leslie E Gale who married Margaret Payne in Warminster in 1979, and wondered if Edwards middle name L was Leslie.

Just grasping at straws really. He may have moved further away than that.

Thanks everyone for looking. If you have any more ideas please let me know, otherwise it’s a brick wall atm

Thanks from Glyn

Shirley~I,m getting the hang of it

Shirley~I,m getting the hang of it Report 20 Feb 2020 10:45


It means that that death I posted is for the Edward born 19 nov 1920 so rules out it being the Edward you are looking for


ArgyllGran Report 20 Feb 2020 10:47

I don't see an Andrew either, with any of those names in Search Members' Trees.

Leslie E Gale isn't the right person.
A Leslie Ernest Gale was born in Wiltshire on 27 Feb 1930, and is on 1939 Register in Warminster.
He died in Somerset in 2001.


ArgyllGran Report 20 Feb 2020 10:49

Bear in mind that Edward may very well still be alive.

If so, and if he never married, there will be no record of him online , other than his birth.