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Ernest de Vine

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Jo Report 18 Jun 2014 06:58

I am looking for any information on the my husbands Grandfather & GG Grandfathers service records. Ernest may be under Devine I believe he changed the family spelling to a small de.
He was born Dec 1888 Plumstead, London. Father Arthur Devine, mother Sarah. I was told that he played the bugle and had something to do with painting the Heraldrys. His Grandfather was James Devine born c 1790s in Ireand married to Margaret. He was listed as a Master Gunner in 1841 & 51 census in Guernsey but I don't know where he was stationed before although several of the older children were listed as born in Ireland but don't know where.
Grateful for any assistance.


+++DetEcTive+++ Report 18 Jun 2014 14:26

Not initially seeing a service record - are you sure that he was in the military?

For our info only

1901 England Census about Ernest Devine
Name: Ernest Devine
Age: 12
Estimated birth year: abt 1889
Relation to Head: Scholar
Gender: Male
Birth Place: Plumstead, London, England
Civil Parish: Witley
Ecclesiastical parish: Witley All Saints
Town: Wormley
County/Island: Surrey
Country: England

Registration district: Hambledon
Sub-registration district: Witley
ED, institution, or vessel: King Edwards School

Piece: 618
Folio: 125
Page Number: 5
Household schedule number: 1

Although his pob is given as Plumstead, its more than likely that his birth was registered within the Dartford District. As there was 6 weeks to register a birth, birth late in one year could have been registered in the first quarter of the next.

Births Mar 1889 (>99%)
Devine Ernest Dartford 2a 469


BatMansDaughter Report 18 Jun 2014 18:44

Could this be him???

Name: Ernest Devine
Age in 1911: 22
Estimated birth year: abt 1889
Gender: Male
Birth Place: Margate, Kent, England
Civil Parish: Aldershot
County/Island: Surrey
Country: England
Street address: Mandora Barracks, Stanhope Lines, Aldershot
Marital Status: Single
Military Unit: 2 Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers
Registration district: Farnham
Registration District Number: 34
Sub-registration district: Aldershot
ED, institution, or vessel: 13
Piece: 3123

Name: Ernest Devine
Regiment or Corps: Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers
Regimental Number: 7991


+++DetEcTive+++ Report 18 Jun 2014 20:09

Assuming the 1911 is correct, it does seem odd that all of a sudden he believes he was born in Margate!

1891 England Census about Arthur J Devine
Name: Arthur J Devine
Age: 40
Estimated birth year: abt 1851
Relation: Head
Occupation - Insurance Clerk
Spouse's Name: Sarah A Devine
Gender: Male
Where born: Germany - image says Guernsey
Civil Parish: Plumstead
Ecclesiastical parish: St Nicholas
County/Island: London
Country: England

Name Age
Arthur J Devine 40
Sarah A Devine 29 - Plumstead
Leslie W J Devine 8 - Plumstead
Mabel E M Devine 6 - Plumstead
Evelyn N Devine 3 - Belvedere
(not transcribed but on image) Ernest Devine 2 - Belvedere (Dartford Reg)
Mary A Willer 66 - Mother in law b Washurst Sussex
Mary A Hattley 18 - Servant b Barington? Cambs


Jo Report 18 Jun 2014 22:36

Thanks +++DetEcTive+++
That seem to be my Ernest. His sister was at the girls King Edwards school.


Jo Report 18 Jun 2014 22:39


That is a great possibility. Thanks for that info.


Jo Report 18 Jun 2014 22:55

To +++DetEcTive+++
Strange as you say there's a 117km difference in places. I believe that 1891 census is his family. I think at least one of Arthur's elder brothers was also in the military. Ernest Grandfather, James last post seems to be at the arsenal at Greenwich.


+++DetEcTive+++ Report 19 Jun 2014 00:25

Image of the medal card found by BatMD can be viewed here and has also been sent to Jo by PM

*IF* it's relevant, then it's slightly different to ones we normally see. Apart from the usual Victory, British and 14 Star camapign medals, there is a notation that he was also awarded a Clasp and Roses.

You may find this of interest
Clasp to the 1914 Star

A bar clasp inscribed "5 Aug. to 22 Nov. 1914" was given to all those who qualified for the 1914 Star and who served under fire. Since the same ribbon is used with the 1914-15 Star, holders of the 1914 Star were permitted to wear a small silver rosette on their ribbon when the decoration itself is not worn. On the medal index cards this is usually noted as the "Clasp and Roses" or "C&R" .It was necessary to apply for the issue of the clasp.

You may not be aware that over 60% of WW1 records were destroyed in WW2 bombing. The medal cards survived because they were stored in a different place.

It is possible that his records might have been transferred for safe keeping to Eire after they were granted/won independence and may have survived.

A corresponding name to the medal card is listed on this site.

Although free to search there is a fee of £28.
Devine Ernest Cpl 7991


Jo Report 19 Jun 2014 03:16

Thanks for the info and link I am really hoping I can prove this to be my husbands tree. Again thank you for your assistance.


BatMansDaughter Report 19 Jun 2014 08:30

Hi Jo,

When did Ernest marry? Do you have his marriage certificate? Just wondering what he put as his occupation? If he was in the forces prior to WW1 he may have been still in there when he married.


Jo Report 19 Jun 2014 09:27

His first marriage was 1924 in St Aubyns. My mother-in-law said he was a painter/decorator the same as his father in law David Evans.


Jo Report 19 Jun 2014 09:28

Don't have his marriage certificate yet as just started this side. My mother-in-law didn't discuss her early years.


BatMansDaughter Report 19 Jun 2014 09:54

So his daughter said he was a painter/decorator, he may have put that as his occupation, but there a slight chance that he didn't....... maybe worth a chance though????

Surname First name(s) Spouse District Vol Page
Marriages Jun 1924 (>99%)
Devine Ernest Evans St.Albans 3a 1777 <<<<<<<<
EVANS Nellie M De Vine St. Albans 3a 1777 <<<<<<<<
Hunt Annie Machin St Albans 3a 1777
Machin Alfred A W Hunt St.Albans 3a 1777

Interestingly his sister Evelyn Nora married a Edward John Evans.


BatMansDaughter Report 19 Jun 2014 10:01

Aahhhhh, so he married his sisters husbands sister!!!!

1901 England Census about Edward J Evans
Name: Edward J Evans
Age: 20
Estimated birth year: abt 1881
Relation to Head: Son
Gender: Male
Father: David E Evans
Mother: Emily Evans
Birth Place: Pancras, London, England
Civil Parish: St Pancras
Ecclesiastical parish: St Barnabas Kentish Town
County/Island: London
Country: England
Street address:


Condition as to marriage:


Employment status:

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Registration district: St Pancras
Sub-registration district: Kentish Town
ED, institution, or vessel: 1
Neighbors: View others on page
Piece: 152
Folio: 26
Page Number: 44
Household schedule number: 325
Household Members:
Name Age
David E Evans 44 >>>> painter!!!!
Emily Evans 44
Edward J Evans 20
Nellie M Evans 11 >>>> Ernest's wife!!!!
Harry T Blythe 24


Jo Report 19 Jun 2014 10:55

Yes makes it interesting on the cousin front