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Bob Coulson
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On the database the entry for 2nd Lt Algernon Geoffrey ( Rokesby ) Shorthouse is listed with his third christian name in brackets as I have typed it here.

Have not seen this before, is there any significance to the brackets round the name?

Bob.

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Bob - if it's of any significance, "Officers Died in the Great War" makes no mention of the "Rokesby" part of this officer's name.

Tom

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Bob:

I checked the census for 1891 and found this-also no listing of the

name "Rokesby" included!

gordon

Name Age in 1891 Birthplace Relationship to head-of-house Civil parish County

Shorthouse, Algernon Geoffrey 1 Old kent road, London Son Croydon Surrey

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Bob

The inclusion of a name in brackets usually indicates a nickname - eg 'Sonny' etc.

This info was supplied by nok on the Final Verification Form. It is not very common but it does occur.

In this case, 'Rokesby' does not sound like a nickname but is possibly a family name which the nok wanted to be recorded. Only research in to the family history is likely to give a definitive answer.

Still, it could just be an unusual nickname.

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Bob:

I also did a search on marriages of his parents and found this:

(Father)William Stanley Neville Shorthouse

(Mother)Annie Dennis

Married 1883 -London Surrey.

Can't seem to find the "Rokesby" name.

Name may very well be connected to the family somewhere as Terry pointed out!

gordon

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Tom, Gordon, Terry,

Thanks for the input, the nickname info is interesting also a family connection with the name of Rokesby is possible.

Will have to look into this further.

Terry, you wouldn't by chance have the register entry for Cambridge City Cemetery would you?

Many thanks

Bob.

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Bob

Your wish is my command.

SHORTHOUSE, Second Lieutenant, ALGERNON GEOFFREY (ROKESBY), 13th Bn. Yorkshire Regiment formerly (Pte 1/44025) Royal Irish Rifles. 5th June 1918. Age 29. Son of the late William Stanley Neville Shorthouse. C.3471.

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