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Winson Report 28 Jan 2021 08:12

I'm looking for descendants of Captain Edward Pratt,who was a magistrate and judge in 1920'S Singapore & Malaya.I dont know when he was born,name of wife and children.I know he was retired from Singapore in 1930.I don't know names of his parents too.

Can anyone help me with this enquiry?.

Best wishes,
Winson Saw


ErikaH Report 28 Jan 2021 09:43

So, how do you relate to this man if you know nothing about his family?

Have you done any research yourself?


ArgyllGran Report 28 Jan 2021 09:44

You say, "he was retired from Singapore in 1930"
Do you mean he retired to the UK?


Edward M Pratt
in the 1939 England and Wales Register
Name: Edward M Pratt
Gender: Male
Marital Status: Married
Birth Date: 29 Aug 1865
Residence Year: 1939
Address: Green Sedges [ Greenhedges on image]
Residence Place: Maidenhead, Berkshire, England
Occupation: Judge, High Court Bombery {Bombay on image] retired
Line Number: 40
Schedule Number: 122
Sub Schedule Number: 1
Enumeration District: DTBV
Borough: Maidenhead
Inferred Spouse:
Gertrude A Pratt
Household Members Age
Edward M Pratt 74
Gertrude A Pratt 52 - 3/8/1887, private means, married
Agnethe Buchardt 28 - 14/6/1911, single, domestic servant.

Edward Millard Pratt
in the England & Wales, National Probate Calendar (Index of Wills and Administrations), 1858-1995
Name: Edward Millard Pratt
Death Date: 28 Jun 1949
Death Place: Berkshire, Berks, England
Probate Date: 2 May 1952
Probate Registry: Oxford, England

Address: Greenhedges.
Probate to widow Gertrude Augusta Pratt.


ArgyllGran Report 28 Jan 2021 09:52

Edward Miliard Pratt
in the UK, Registers of Employees of the East India Company and the India Office, 1746-1939
Name: Edward Miliard Pratt
Record Type: Register
Residence Date: 21 Dec 1886
Residence Place: India

Indian CS (judge and Sessions judge at Bombay).
Educated at Dulwich College and University College, London.
appointed after exam of 1884.
Arrived 21 Dec 1886 and served as assistant "collr." and magistrate.
2nd assistant, March 1894.
1st assistant, March 1897
Judge and session judge, Sept 1897


ArgyllGran Report 28 Jan 2021 09:54


Edward Willard Pratt
in the London, England, Church of England Births and Baptisms, 1813-1917
Name: Edward Willard Pratt [
]Gender: Male
Record Type: Baptism
Baptism Date: 18 Feb 1866
Baptism Place: England, Chelsea Holy Trinity, Kensington and Chelsea
Edward Pratt
Eliza Sarah Pratt
Register Type: Parish Registers

Edward M. Pratt
in the 1881 England Census
Name: Edward M. Pratt
Age: 15
Estimated Birth Year: abt 1866
Relationship to Head: Son
Father: Edward Pratt
Mother: Eliza S. Pratt
Gender: Male
Where born: Paris British Subject, France
Civil Parish: Camberwell
County/Island: London
Country: England
Street Address: 23 Lancroft Rd
Employment status:
View image
Occupation: Scholar
Registration District: Camberwell
Sub registration district: Camberwell
ED, institution, or vessel: 33
Piece: 678
Folio: 76
Page Number: 24
Household Members:
Name Age
Edward Pratt 54 - Assistant Collr. (annd something), Bombay Presidency retired.
Eliza S. Pratt 32
Edward M. Pratt 15
George M. Pratt 13 - Bombay
Charles R. Pratt 12 - Vinigola (??), Bombay Presidency
Frederick G. Pratt 11 - Bombay
David C. Pratt 9 - Karwar (?), Bombay
Julia H. Pratt 7 - Coomista (?), Bombay
John T. Pratt 5 - ditto

Father born Bombay; mother born Poonah.

The occupation which I've assumed was the father's is actually written on the mother's line. I assumed that was a mistake - but maybe she was ahead of her time!


ArgyllGran Report 28 Jan 2021 11:42

Edward Pratt
in the England & Wales, Civil Divorce Records, 1858-1918
Name: Edward Pratt
Gender: Male
Record Type: Divorce
Type: Wife's petition
Petition Date: 1889
Spouse: Eliza Sara Pratt
Divorce Court File Number: 2969

Divorce because of cruelty.
Edward was the respondent, and Eliza the petitioner.
Alimony £38 per annum, payable monthly, commencing 14 May 1889.
15 July 1889: Edward had changed his address to 91 Melbourne St, Sloane Square.

17 Feb 1990 - order re alimony amount.
£100 per annum, payable quarterly, for the support and maintenance of the three youngest children. That amount to be reduced by the amount of any income Eliza might receive from a house at 15 Forrest Hill Road.
If within 14 days Edward put Eliza in full legal possession of that house, the alimony would be reduced from £100 to £60 per annum.

Marriage cert image:

Marriage in Surat, Bombay Presidency, 27 Oct 1864.
Edward Pratt, full age, widower, assistant commissioner of customs, Surat.
Residence: Surat.
Father's name: Edward Pratt.

Eliza Sarah Millard, 16, spinster, residence Surat.
Father's name: Lieut.I.N. [ JN ??] James Millard.

They had 9 children "only now surviving":

Edward Millard - 29 Aug 1865.
George Marlow - 13 April 1867
Charles Rasey - 29 aug 1868
Frederick Greville - 4 Dec 1869
David Cameron - 3 Nov 1871
Julia Honoria - 5 Nov 1874
John Thomas - 13 Jan 1976
Richard Septimus - 11 Oct 1881
William Henry - 27 Nov 1887

Edward had treated Eliza and children "with great unkindness and cruelty" for several years.
1880, at Boulogne, France, he had dragged Eliza up the stairs, pushed her down and pulled her hair.
Summer 1881, Southampton, Hants, pushed he against the wall, swung her round and tore the sleeve of her dress.
1884 onwards, he refused to occupy the same bedroom as Eliza. (You would think she would be glad of that!)
Summer 1885, at 15 Forest Hill Road, he pushed her about, knocked her against the table, and threw a jug full of water over her.
March 1886, at 15 Forest Hill Road, he threatened to crush her head, and said that she deserved to be kicked out of doors.
He frequently insulted, abused, and threatened her, and "kept her without servants, and without clothing and without money, and insisted upon offensive and uncleanly arrangements in the household".
When teaching his children their lessons he spat upeon their exercises, and dragged the girl about by the hair.
He frequently threatened and beat his children "with great cruelty and called them vile names".
15 March 1889, 15 Forest Hill Road, he swore at Eliza, beat his daughter Julia, and caused Eliza to have an attack of hysteria.
1 April 1889, 15 Forest Hill Road, he swore at Eliza and called her vile names.
22 April 1889, left Eliza without means of support.
By reason of " his ill treatment and misconduct as aforesaid" Eliza's health was greatly impaired.


ArgyllGran Report 28 Jan 2021 11:49

Edward Millard's marriage:

Edward M Pratt
in the England & Wales, Civil Registration Marriage Index, 1837-1915
Name: Edward M Pratt
Spouse Surname: Lord Or Proes
Registration Year: 1913
Registration Quarter: Jul-Aug-Sep
Registration District: St Martin
Inferred County: London
Volume: 1a
Page: 1302
Records on Page:
lGertrude A Lord
Edward M Pratt
Gertrude A Proes


ArgyllGran Report 28 Jan 2021 11:54

Possible children - but you'd need to see the certs to be sure:

GRO Reference: 1914 S Quarter in KENSINGTON Volume 01A Page 146

GRO Reference: 1916 J Quarter in RICHMOND Volume 02A Page 997

GRO Reference: 1919 J Quarter in RICHMOND Volume 02A Page 683

[ EDIT: No , not Thomas 1916. His parents were Thomas Pratt and Alice Lord.
Father was a soldier and died in Burma in 1933.]

Johnn Sheals Pratt (DOB 4/6/1914) became a doctor; was a resident medical officer in City Hospital, Chester in 1939; married Mary Elizabeth Selby-Bigge in 1951; died in London in 1956.


ArgyllGran Report 28 Jan 2021 11:56

Edward's wife's first marriage:

Marriages Jun 1900 (>99%)
Lord Gertrude Augusta Croydon 2a 558
Proes Ernest Marinus Croydon 2a 558

Birth of child:

GRO Reference: 1902 D Quarter in CROYDON Volume 02A Page 264

Geoffrey Ernest Sullivan Proes
in the England, Select Births and Christenings, 1538-1975
Name: Geoffrey Ernest Sullivan Proes
Gender: Male
Baptism Date: 30 Dec 1902
Baptism Place: Penge, Surrey, England
Ernest Marinus Proes
Gertrude Augusta Proes
FHL Film Number: 2145476
Reference ID: item 10 p 69

Geoffrey Ernest Sullivan Proes
in the Westminster, London, England, Church of England Marriages and Banns, 1754-1935
Name: Geoffrey Ernest Sullivan Proes
Gender: Male
Marriage Age: 31
Birth Date: abt 1903
Marriage Date: 28 Jul 1934
Marriage Place: St Mark, North Audley Street, London, Westminster, England
Parish as it Appears: St Mark's, North Audley Street
Father: Ernest Marimes Proes
Spouse: Nancy Madeleine Churcher

Major Geoffrey Ernest Sullivan Proes
in the Global, Find A Grave Index for Burials at Sea and other Select Burial Locations, 1300s-Current
Name: Major Geoffrey Ernest Sullivan Proes
Death Date: 19 Dec 1941
Cemetery: Sai Wan Memorial
Burial or Cremation Place: Chai Wan, Hong Kong Island, Hong Kong

Gertrude's first husband was also in India;

Ernest Marinus Proes
in the Indian Army Quarterly List for 1 January 1912
Name: Ernest Marinus Proes
Birth Date: 28 Oct 1871
First Commission Date: 18 Feb 1898
Notes: G. G. O. 184, 18 Feb 98
Page Number: 156
Rank: 2nd-Lieutenant
Company: Indian Army Reserve of Officers - Infantry

But born in South Africa:

Ernest Marinus Proes
in the UK, Naturalisation Certificates and Declarations, 1870-1916
Name: Ernest Marinus Proes
Relationship: Self (Head)
Record Type: Certificate
Birth Date: abt 1872
Birth Place: Pretoria, South Africa
Residence Year: 1893
Residence Place: Surrey, England
Father: Bernard Cornelius Ernest Proes
Mother: Frances Elizabeth Proes

Ernest Marinus Proes
in the UK and Ireland, Find A Grave Index, 1300s-Current
Name: Ernest Marinus Proes
Gender: M (Male)
Birth Date: 28 Sep 1871
Death Date: 27 Nov 1940
Cemetery: Paignton Cemetery
Burial or Cremation Place: Paignton, Torbay Unitary Authority, Devon, England

Photo of gravestone on findagrave shows a lot of inscription, but not clearly enough to read.

Anyway - not relevent to Edward Pratt.


Maddie Report 28 Jan 2021 15:51

froma tree on ancestry -----. MA marktaylor53

Edward John Pratt
Birth 1827 • Bombay
Death 1897

1827 • Bombay


Birth of Son Edward Millard Pratt(1865–1949)
29 Aug 1865 • Paris, France


Birth of Son George Marlowe Pratt(1867–1904)
13 Apr 1867 • Bombay, Maharashtra, India


Birth of Son Charles Rary Pratt(1869–)
abt 1869 • Vingorte, Bombay, Maharashtra, India


Birth of Son Frederick Greville Pratt(1869–1949)
4 Dec 1869 • Bombay, Maharashtra, India


Birth of Son David Cameron Pratt(1871–1952)
3 Nov 1871 • Kawar, Bombay, Maharashtra, India


Birth of Daughter Julia Honoria Pratt(1874–)
abt 1874 • Coomtala, Bombay, Maharashtra, India


Birth of Son John Thomas Pratt Kt(1876–1970)
13 Jan 1876 • Coomtala, Bombay, Maharashtra, India


1881 • Camberwell, London, England

Marital Status: Married; Relationship to Head: Head


Birth of Son Richard Septimus Pratt(1882–1975)
11 Oct 1882 • Camberwell, London, England


Birth of Son William Henry "Boris Karloff" Pratt(1887–1968)
23 November 1887 • Camberwell, London, England


Eliza Sarah Millard





Eliza Sarah Millard
Birth 25 JUNE 1848 • Poona, Bombay, India
Death DEC 1893 • Marylebone, London, England

in the India, Select Births and Baptisms, 1786-1947

Name: James Millard
Gender: Male
Spouse: Eliza Julia
Child: Eliza Sarah Millard

Name: James Milliard
Gender: Male
Age: 38
Birth Date: 1807
Marriage Date: 26 Apr 1845
Marriage Place: Deesa, Bombay, India
Father: David Milliard
Spouse: Eliza Edwards
FHL Film Number: 523844

Name: Eliza Julia Millard
Gender: Female
Marital status: Married
Age: 34
Birth Date: 1830
Death Date: 13 Jun 1864
Burial Date: 14 Jun 1864
Burial Place: Bombay, Bombay, India
Spouse: James Millard
FHL Film Number: 523923

could he have been married before

Edward John Pratt
Event Type:
Event Date:
10 Apr 1849
Event Place:
Bombay Presidency, India
Event Place (Original):
Bycullah, Bombay, India
Birth Year (Estimated):
Father's Name:
Edward Pratt
Spouse's Name:
Juliana Cambell
Spouse's Sex:
Spouse's Age:
Spouse's Birth Year (Estimated):
Spouse's Father's Name:
Archibald Douglas Campbell

Edward John Pratt
Sex: Male
Wife: Juliana
Daughter: Emma Caroline Margaret Pratt
Other information in the record of Emma Caroline Margaret Pratt
from India Births and Baptisms, 1786-1947

Emma Caroline Margaret Pratt
Event Type:
Event Date:
2 Jun 1850
Event Place:
Bombay Presidency, India
Event Place (Original):
Bombay, Bombay, India
Birth Date:
12 Jan 1850
Father's Name:
Edward John Pratt
Mother's Name:

Edward John Pratt
Sex: Male
Wife: Juliane
Son: Edward Pratt
Other information in the record of Edward Pratt
from India Births and Baptisms, 1786-1947

Edward Pratt
Event Type:
Event Date:
14 Dec 1850
Event Place:
Bombay Presidency, India
Event Place (Original):
Bombay, Bombay, India
Birth Date:
1 Dec 1850
Father's Name:
Edward John Pratt
Mother's Name:

Last name Pratt
Birth year 1832
Age 19
Burial date 03 Jan 1851
Place Bombay,St Thomas
Presidency Bombay
The British Library
Archive Reference N-3-25
Folio -
Page 55


Maddie Report 28 Jan 2021 16:03

Name: Edward John Pratt
Birth Date: 1826
Birth Place: Mumbai (Bombay), Maharashtra, India
Death Date: 1897
Death Place: City of Paris, Île-de-France, France
Has Bio?: Y
Spouse: Eliza Sarah Pratt

Name: Eliza Sarah Pratt
Birth Date: 25 Jun 1848
Birth Place: Pune (Poona), Maharashtra, India
Death Date: 15 Dec 1906
Death Place: Enfield, London Borough of Enfield, Greater London, England
Has Bio?: Y
Spouse: Edward John Pratt


Maddie Report 28 Jan 2021 16:08


Last name Pratt
Marriage year 1818
Marriage date 20 Jul 1818
Spouse's first name Margaret
Spouse's last name Sheals
Place Bombay
Presidency Bombay
Groom's father's first name -
Groom's father's last name -
Bride's father's first name -
Bride's father's last name -
Catalogue description Parish register transcripts from the Presidency of Bombay, 1709-1948, :
Archive reference N-3-5


ArgyllGran Report 28 Jan 2021 16:23

Maddie said, "could he have been married before".

Yes, he was a widower when he married Eliza.

Marriage cert details posted earlier.


Maddie Report 28 Jan 2021 16:28

sorry missed it

Click ADD REPLY button - not this link!

Click ADD REPLY button - not this link! Report 28 Jan 2021 21:46

Love that Boris Karloff was his brother.



ArgyllGran Report 28 Jan 2021 21:54

It's a better name for acting those parts than William Pratt.

Perhaps "Boris" based his acting persona on his father?

"Pratt was bow-legged, had a lisp, and stuttered as a young boy"

No wonder, with a childhood like that.


Winson Report 29 Jan 2021 05:02

Hello Everyone,

Ok,thanks.Captain Edward Pratt didn't served in India before.He was served in Straits Settlements - Singapore & Malaya as magistrate,judge and retired in 1929.Went back to England.He was married.But I don't have any information about his parents,wife or children.I don't know when he was died too.

He was barrister of the Middle Temple.I suspect he was a son of Antwerp Edgar Pratt(1852-1924).

Can you please try to help me to find more information about him?.

Best wishes,
Winson Saw


ArgyllGran Report 29 Jan 2021 10:14

That's a pity!
OK, change of tack.

Antwerp Edgar Pratt
in the England, Select Marriages, 1538–1973
Name: Antwerp Edgar Pratt
Gender: Male
Age: 30
Birth Date: 1852
Marriage Date: 19 Jul 1882
Marriage Place: Newchurch, Hampshire, England
Father: Charles Pratt
Spouse: Alice Mary Spanner
FHL Film Number: 1470883
Reference ID: Item 16

Antwerp E Pratt
in the 1891 England Census
Name: Antwerp E Pratt
Gender: Male
Age: 39
Relationship: Head
Birth Year: 1852
Spouse: Alice M Pratt
Child: Dorothy M S Pratt
Charles H Pratt
Edgar E B Pratt
Frances A N Pratt
Birth Place: Isle of Wight, Ryde
Civil Parish: Ryde
Ecclesiastical parish: Holy Trinity
Residence Place: Ryde, Ryde, Hampshire, England
Registration District: Isle Of Wight
Sub registration district: Ryde
ED, Institution or Vessel: 9
Piece: 891
Folio: 55
Household Members:
Name Age
Antwerp E Pratt 39
Alice M Pratt 33
Dorothy M S Pratt 6
Charles H Pratt 4
Edgar E B Pratt 2
Frances A N Pratt 1
Eva Warren 25

Alice Mary G Pratt
in the 1901 England Census
Name: Alice Mary G Pratt
Age: 43
Estimated Birth Year: abt 1858
Relation to Head: Wife
Gender: Female
Birth Place: Isle of Wight, Ryde
Civil Parish: Hove
Ecclesiastical parish: St Patrick
County/Island: Sussex
Country: England
Street Address:
Registration District: Steyning
Sub-registration District: Shoreham
ED, institution, or vessel: 07
Piece: 935
Folio: 127
Page Number: 3
Household Schedule Number: 22
Household Members:
Name Age
Alice Mary G Pratt 43
Dorothy M S Pratt 16 - Southampton
Charles Henry Pratt 14 - Southampton
Edgar Chas B Pratt 12 - China
Francis Anne N Pratt 11 - Ryde, IOW
Feliz B Thomas Pratt 9 - Ryde
Carlo Francis J E Pratt 2 - Ryde
Helen Isabella Sharp 24

Antwerp Edgar Pratt
in the 1911 England Census
Name: Antwerp Edgar Pratt
Age in 1911: 59
Estimated Birth Year: abt 1852
Relation to Head: Head
Gender: Female
Birth Place: Ryde Isle of Wight
Civil Parish: Hanwell
Country: England
Street Address: 1 Elthorne Park Road, Hanwell W
Marital status: Married
Occupation: Naturalist
Registration District Number: 128
Sub-registration District: Hanwell
ED, institution, or vessel: 01
Piece: 6854
Household Members:
Name Age
Antwerp Edgar Pratt 59
Alice Mary Pratt 53
Dorothy Mary Longhurst Pratt 23
Frances Anne Norma Pratt 21
Carlos Joseph Francis Eugine Pratt 12

No son called Edward.

Looking at Edgar, just in case -
according to this travel record, when he went to Belawan, Sumatrra with his wife and daughter, he was a planter.
So not him.

Mr Edgar Charles Bothwell Pratt
in the UK and Ireland, Outward Passenger Lists, 1890-1960
Name: Mr Edgar Charles Bothwell Pratt
Gender: Male
Age: 46
Birth Date: abt 1889
Departure Date: 9 Aug 1935
Port of Departure: Southampton, England
Destination Port: Belawan
Ship Name: Marnix Van Sint Aldegonde
Shipping Line: Nederland Line Royal Dutch Mail
Master: Kgvander Laan


ArgyllGran Report 29 Jan 2021 10:16

Do you know where in England he retired to?

How do you know about him?


Maddie Report 29 Jan 2021 12:41

clutching at straws

Name: Edward Pratt
Gender: Male
Initiation Age: 46
Birth Year: abt 1875
Initiation Date: 16 Apr 1921
First Payment Year on Register: 1921
Year Range: 1910-1921
Profession: Legal Adviser
Lodge: Johore Royal Lodge
Lodge Location: Johore Bahru Malay Peninsular
Lodge Number: 3946
Folio Number: 177

Last name Pratt
Gender Male
Age 55
Birth year 1875
Marital status M
Occupation Barrister
Departure year 1930
Departure day 26
Departure month 4
Departure port Birkenhead
Destination port Penang
Destination Penang
Country Malaysia
Destination country Malaysia
Ship name Elpenor
Ship official number 137536
Ship master's first name R J
Ship master's last name Wilson
Shipping line The Blue Funnel
Ship destination port Japan
Ship destination country Japan
Ship registered tonnage 4824

Dorothy Eleanor
Last name Pratt
Title MRS
Gender Female
Age 46
Birth year 1884
Marital status M
Departure year 1930
Departure day 26
Departure month 4
Departure port Birkenhead

Name: Edward Pratt
Arrival Age: 52
Birth Date: abt 1875
Port of Departure: Bombay, India
Arrival Date: 10 Jun 1927
Port of Arrival: London, England
Ports of Voyage: Penang; Shanghai; Hong Kong; Singapore; Hong Kong; Moji; Colombo; Batavia; Kobe
Ship Name: Delta
Shipping Line: Peninsula and Orient Steam Navigation Company Ltd
Official Number: 120709
colonial service
with dorothy