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Tuesday, February 16, 2016

Kay Family Members in 1939 British Register

As I mentioned in an earlier post, I've found several family members in the 1939 British register that was taken just prior to World War II. One of the families was the James Taylor Kay family.

The register lists the following family members:

James T. Kay b. 22 Jul1892 working as general labourer cotton mill
Dinah Kay b. 18 Aug 1895 working at unpaid domestic duties
Child (closed record)
Child (closed record)
Child (closed record)
Jonas Kay b. 19 Jun 1934 at school
Child (closed record)

Because of the Dukinfield Cemetery and Crematorium records, I know that one of the closed records is for Agnes Eleanor (Kay) Gough b. fourth quarter 1924 and died 2 Jun 2007. Agnes was born in Stalybridge while Jonas was born in Ashton Under Lyne. So the question becomes who are the other three children. I did a search in Lancashire BMD and came up the following possible list of family members based on a location and a mother's maiden name of Smith:

James T. Kay b. 22 Jul1892 working as general labourer cotton mill
Dinah Kay b. 18 Aug 1895 working at unpaid domestic duties
Agnes Eleanor Kay b. Q4 1924 Stalybridge
Mary Kay b. Q4 1927 Stalybridge
Margaret Kay b. Q3 1930 Ashton Under Lyne
Jonas Kay b. 19 Jun 1934 Ashton Under Lyne
Edith Kay b. Q1 1936 Ashton Under Lyne

At the moment, the list of family members is just a possible working list. A few of the younger children may very well still be living. This meager start will need more work.

As always, if you have any questions or additional info you can provide, please add a comment to this post.

Monday, February 15, 2016

Alice Gillell is Alice Gillett...Ashton Under Lyne...1865 to 1915

In the past, I've posted about the burial of Alice Gillell Dodd. In my latest, check of the records, I located a marriage record that indicates her name was Alice Gillett.

Alice married Robert Dodd in the first quarter of 1894 in Stockport, Cheshire, England.

With the probable correct spelling of Alice's maiden name, I now have a new line of research.

If you have info to add, please leave a comment for me.

Sunday, February 14, 2016

Henry "Harry" Ibbotson 1886-1929 Ashton Under Lyne, England

Ancestry.com includes a notation for a will for Henry Ibbotson with the following text.
IBBOTSON Henry of 7 Spring Grove-terrace, Ashton-Under-Lyne, Lancashire died 22 Apr 1929 Administration Manchester 5 July to Sarah Ann Ibbotson widow. Effects (Pounds) 148 0s. 3d.
As you can see, the notation includes Henry's death date (22 Apr 1929). The other piece of information is the home address for the Ibbotson family.

After Henry's death (age 43), his widow can be found in the 1939 English register at 21 Greenfield Street, Audenshaw U.D., Lancashire, England. She is listed as Sarah A. Ibbotson, which means she has not remarried. In addition, the record includes information on sons Ernest and Alan Ibbotson. Two additional people--probable children--are closed records.

I've found no records for Sarah Jane (Dodd) Ibbotson after 1939 when she is 46 years old. Sarah may have remarried after 1939.

If you have additional information, please leave a comment.

Monday, February 8, 2016

The Three Poppies...Dodd's in World War I

In 2015, to commemorate the dead from World War I,  ceramic poppies were placed around the Tower of London. Each poppy represented one dead Englishman from the war. Click here to see pictures. Three of those poppies were for members of the McKee family.


Henry "Harry" Dodd (s/o Frederick William Dodd + Esther Middleton)
DOB: 21 Dec 1896 Ashton Under Lyne, Lancashire, England
DOD: 13 Aug 1917 France

Henry Dodd M.M.
Lance Corporal, 49482. 11 th Battalion, Cheshire Regiment. Killed in action 13 August 1917, aged 20. Born: Ashton under Lyne. Enlisted: Stockport. Son of Frederick & Esther, 173 Curzon Road, Ashton under Lyne.  
Commemorated on the Menin Gate Memorial, Ieper, Belgium
Award of the Military Medal published in the London Gazette, 14 August 1917. Announcements are normally made approximately three months after the particular act for which the medal is given.
Click here to see  memorial on monument at Hurst Cemetery.


Albert Dodd (s/o Albert Dodd + Mary Jane Hibbert Taylor)
DOB: 28 Dec 1892 Ashton Under Lyne, Lancashire, England
DOD: 22 Aug 1916 France
Albert's rank was Gunner and he is buried in Peronne Cemetery, Maricourt, Somme, France. Click here for more information.

Click here to see  memorial on monument at Hurst Cemetery.


John William Dodd (s/o Albert Dodd + Mary Jane Hibbert Taylor)
DOB: Dec Q 1895 Ashton Under Lyne, Lancashire, England
DOD: 22 Oct 1918 Germany
John's rank was Private and he died as a POW. His service number is 48500. John is buried in Nordrhein-Westfalen, Germany. Click here for more information on John's service.

Albert and John wrote letter home and portions of their letters were published in a local newspaper.
(1915 Pg 14) 
Published in the Reporter 25 Sep 1915
Corporal J. W. Dodd, who is attached to the machine gun section of the 1/9th Battalion Manchester Regiment, son of Mr. and Mrs. Dodd, of 153, Burlington street, Ashton, and who, as announced in the Reporter last week, was wounded in the leg while fighting on the Gallipoli Peninsula on August 7th, is making good progress. He is now in hospital at Plymouth, and writes on September 13th as follows: - "I have arrived in England. We are nice and comfortable, and have plenty of good food. I am able to walk a little today. I am going to have a piece of skin put on my leg, as the wound is to big to heal itself." The wound has not touched the bone, the bullet being buried in the flesh, according to a previous letter sent by Corporal DODD. A brother, Gunner ALBERT DODD, is serving with the Royal Field Artillery in France, where he has been engaged on active service for about ten weeks. In a letter to his parents he says: - "We are having it a bit quiet just now. I am writing this letter at one of our observation posts. I get 24 hours every eight days on the telephone. I have just been watching some of our shells bursting right in the German trenches. It is worth seeing. the other day we blew up one of their trench mortars and the men who were working it. We also dug one of their shells up that had not burst. It was about 9ft in solid hard clay." The observations post referred to by Gunner Dodd is a captive balloon, from which the effects of the British shellfire is seen, and the results telephoned to the battery below.

Percy Vincent Fletcher 1896-1960 England and Canada

I've continued to review entries in my database systematically. As a result, I have additional information on Percy Vincent Fletcher.

Percy Vincent Fletcher (s/o Arthur Fletcher + Agnes Dodd)
DOB: 25 Jan 1896 Ashton Under Lyne, Lancashire, England
DOD: 12 Aug 1960 Canada (Most likely in Mississauga, Peel, Ontario)

DOM: Jun Q 1919 St. Paul, Stalybridge, Cheshire, England

Mabel Bradley (d/o Samuel Eli Bradley + Mary Jane Cooper)
DOB: 7 Apr 1895 Bollington, Cheshire, England
DOD: 1978 Canada (Most likely in Mississauga, Peel, Ontario)

Mississauga is in the metro area for Toronto, Canada and I'm currently looking for obituaries for both Percy and Mabel.

The only child that they had that I'm aware of at this point is:
Marjorie Fletcher
DOB: 1921 Stalybridge, Cheshire, England
DOD: Unknown
DOM: Unknown

Percy served in the British Navy. His first date of service is 12 Mar 1912 aboard the Ganges. His last date of service is 19 Feb 1920 aboard the Vivid I. His service number is J16251. He is listed as an Iron Fitter.

Percy emigrated to Canada aboard the Athenia, arriving in Canada on 4 Jul 1926. He was followed by Mabel and Marjorie aboard the Doric, leaving Liverpool, England on 16 Apr 1927. Ship's records show that the last address for the Fletcher family in England was 20 Chorlton Street, Openshaw, Lancashire, England.

Percy and Mabel settled in Canada and lived their lives out there. For the latter part of their lives, they lived at 514 Lakeshore E, Mississauga, Peel, Ontario, Canada.

Both Percy and Mabel are buried in Springcreek Cemetery, Mississauga, Peel, Ontario, Canada. Look for the following Find A Grave memorials: 13934899 and 13934904.