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Kia ora. I am hoping to identify the names of a father and son who served in the British forces. The surname was GEORGE. Two members of this family also served in the NZ Forces. They had Somerset links. Mother was named as NOK: Madeline George, Stoke-under-Ham, East Stoke, Somersetshire, Eng. In Oct 1915, when the NZ-based brothers enlisted, an uncle was reported as having been killed at the Dardanelles. Any help identifying the British Forces family members would be greatly appreciated. With many thanks, Sue

 

 

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Madmeg

Here's Madeline and children in 1901- she's shown as the head so don't know where Dad would be- he is back in 1911 though- Robert.

 

Do you have the names of the NZEF sons?

Edit-- Sapper Roland George of tunnelling Company 4/1426

 

 

Madeline George

Head

England and Wales Census, 1901

birth:
1868
Stoke Under Ham, Somersetshire
residence:
31 March 1901
Stoke Sub Hamdon, Somersetshire, England
children:
Roland George, Sidney George, Lily George
  
 
Madeline George
England and Wales Census, 1901
Name Madeline George
Event Type Census
Event Date 31 Mar 1901
Event Place Stoke Sub Hamdon, Somersetshire, England
County Somersetshire
Civil Parish Stoke Sub Hamdon
Ecclesiastical Parish Stoke Under Hamdon St Denis
Sub-District Martock
Registration District Yeovil
Residence Note Castle
Gender Female
Age 33
Occupation Glove Machinist
Relationship to Head of Household Head
Birth Year (Estimated) 1868
Birthplace Stoke Under Ham, Somersetshire
Schedule Type 172
Page Number 26
Household
Role
Sex
Age
Birthplace
Madeline George Head F 33 Stoke Under Ham, Somersetshire
Roland George Son M 12 Stoke Under Ham, Somersetshire
Sidney George Son M 10 Stoke Under Ham, Somersetshire
Lily George Daughter F 2 Stoke Under Ham, Somersetshire
Citing this Record

"England and Wales Census, 1901," database, FamilySearch(https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:XS8D-S8G : 8 April 2016), Madeline George, Stoke Sub Hamdon, Somersetshire, England; from "1901 England, Scotland and Wales census," database and images, findmypast (http://www.findmypast.com : n.d.); citing Martock subdistrict, PRO RG 13, The National Archives, Kew, Surrey.

 

Madeline George

Wife

England and Wales Census, 1911

birth:
1869
Stoke Under Ham, Somersetshire
residence:
1911
Stoke Sub Hamdon, , Somersetshire, England
marriage:
1887
 
spouse:
Robert George
children:
Sidney George, Lily George, Fred George, Lenard George, Howard George
 
 

Madeline George

England and Wales Census, 1911
Name Madeline George
Event Type Census
Event Date 1911
Event Place Stoke Sub Hamdon, , Somersetshire, England
County Somersetshire
Parish Stoke Sub Hamdon
Sub-District Martock
Sub-District Number 3
District Number 309
Enumeration District 7
Registration District Yeovil
Gender Female
Age 42
Marital Status MARRIED
Marital Status MARRIED
Number in Family 7
Birth Year (Estimated) 1869
Birthplace Stoke Under Ham, Somersetshire
Relationship to Head of Household Wife
Schedule Type 141
Page Number 1
Registration Number RG14
Piece/Folio 281
Affiliate Record Identifier GBC/1911/RG14/14399/0281/2
Household
Role
Sex
Age
Birthplace
Robert George Head M 42 Godalming, Surrey
Madeline George Wife F 42 Stoke Under Ham, Somersetshire
Sidney George Son M 21 Stoke Under Ham, Somersetshire
Lily George Daughter F 12 Stoke Under Ham, Somersetshire
Fred George Son M 6 Stoke Under Ham, Somersetshire
Lenard George Son M 4 Stoke Under Ham, Somersetshire
Howard George Son M 2 Stoke Under Ham, Somersetshire
Citing this Record

"England and Wales Census, 1911," database, FamilySearch(https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:X7RD-3P5 : 21 December 2018), Madeline George in household of Robert George, Stoke Sub Hamdon, , Somersetshire, England; from "1911 England and Wales census," database and images, findmypast(http://www.findmypast.com : n.d.); citing PRO RG 14, The National Archives of the UK, Kew, Surrey.

 

In 1891 she is with her parents- another son given here...

 

Maddlen George

Daughter

England and Wales Census, 1891

birth:
1868
Somersetshire, England
residence:
1891
Stoke Under Hamdon, Somerset, England
father:
George Shoemark
mother:
Harriett Shoemark
other:
Carrie Shoemark, Arthur Shoemark, Bessie Shoemark, Jim Shoemark, Annie Shoemark, Ada Shoemark...
  
 

Maddlen George

England and Wales Census, 1891
Name Maddlen George
Event Type Census
Event Date 1891
County Somerset
Parish Stoke Under Hamdon
Ecclesiastical Parish STOKE UNDER HAMDON
Registration District Yeovil
Residence Note High Street
Gender Female
Age 23
Marital Status Married
Occupation Glover Machinist
Relationship to Head of Household Daughter
Birth Year (Estimated) 1868
Birthplace Somersetshire, England
Page Number 20
Registration Number RG12
Piece/Folio 1897/ 108
Household
Role
Sex
Age
Birthplace
George Shoemark Head M 46 Somersetshire, England
Harriett Shoemark Wife F 46 Somersetshire, England
Maddlen George Daughter F 23 Somersetshire, England
Carrie Shoemark Daughter F 18 Somersetshire, England
Arthur Shoemark Son M 15 Somersetshire, England
Bessie Shoemark Daughter F 12 Somersetshire, England
Jim Shoemark Son M 9 Somersetshire, England
Annie Shoemark Daughter F 5 Somersetshire, England
Ada Shoemark Daughter F 1 Stoke Under Hamdon, Somersetshire, England
Edward George Grandson M 4 Somersetshire, England
Roland George Grandson M 2 Somersetshire, England
Sidney George Grandson M 1 Somersetshire, England
Citing this Record

"England and Wales Census, 1891," database with images, FamilySearch(https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:WPRN-4PZ : 10 December 2017), Maddlen George in household of George Shoemark, Stoke Under Hamdon, Somerset, England; from "1891 England, Scotland and Wales census," database and images, findmypast(http://www.findmypast.com : n.d.); citing PRO RG 12, Somerset county, subdistrict, The National Archives of the UK, Kew, Surrey.

 

Robert George in 1881

 

Son

England and Wales Census, 1881

birth:
1867
Godalming, Surrey, England
residence:
1881
Martock, Somerset, England
father:
Henry George
mother:
Sarah George
other:
Henry George, Fanny George, William George, Rotchfort George, Rose George, Fred George
  
 

Robert George

England and Wales Census, 1881
Name Robert George
Event Type Census
Event Date 1881
Event Place Martock, Somerset, England
Registration District Yeovil
Gender Male
Age 14
Marital Status Single
Occupation Labourer
Relationship to Head of Household Son
Birth Year (Estimated) 1867
Birthplace Godalming, Surrey, England
Page Number 5
Registration Number RG11
Piece/Folio 2391/39
Affiliate Record Type Household
Household
Role
Sex
Age
Birthplace
Henry George Head M 48 Woodstock, Oxfordshire, England
Sarah George Wife F 36 Eynsham, Oxfordshire, England
Henry George Son M 15 Woodstock, Oxfordshire, England
Robert George Son M 14 Godalming, Surrey, England
Fanny George Daughter F 11 Otley, Yorkshire, England
William George Son M 8 Woodstock, Oxfordshire, England
Rotchfort George Son M 5 Woodstock, Oxfordshire, England
Rose George Daughter F 3 Martock, Somerset, England
Fred George Son M 0 Martock, Somerset, England
Citing this Record

"England and Wales Census, 1881," database with images, FamilySearch(https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:Q276-45T9 : 13 December 2017), Robert George in household of Henry George, Martock, Somerset, England; from "1881 England, Scotland and Wales Census," database and images, findmypast(http://www.findmypast.com : n.d.); citing p. 5, Piece/Folio 2391/39, The National Archives, Kew, Surrey; FHL microfilm 101,774,722.

 

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SBW

Thank you so much. Roland and Sidney are the NZ-based connection. Are you able identify a Robert George from Somerset who served? Would be great to have a serving father confirmed, if not another brother. Appreciate your help! Best, Sue

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Madmeg

FreeBMD-

 

Surname 

First name(s)  Age  District  Vol  Page 

Marriages Sep 1886   (>99%)
GEORGE  Robert Edwin    Yeovil  5c 625  btnInfo.gif Scan available - click to view
HIGGINS  Augusta    Yeovil  5c 625  btnInfo.gif Scan available - click to view
SHOEMAKE  Madeline    Yeovil  5c 625  btnInfo.gif Scan available - click to view
SHUMAKE  Madeline    Yeovil  5c 625  btnInfo.gif Scan available - click to view
WHITE  Amos    Yeovil  5c 625  btnInfo.gif Scan available - click to view

 

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Madmeg

There aren;t many children showing up for this couple - looks like Robert may have had extended periods away from home. There are a number of children born in the Yeovil area - bt not so many they can;t be followed up but I would guess they are probably Robert's nieces and nephews rather than his own children. There are a couple of brothers who could be the Uncle you mention above.

There is a death for a Robert E George aged 66 in 1933 Yeovil and a Madelene George 1950 aged 82 Taunton.

 

I'll leave someone else to look at the military records as they are much better at it than me!

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Many thanks, we have names. Neat! Great to have your help to fill out a father/sons who served for two countries story. Be fantastic to confirm UK military service for Robert Edwin George and one of his other sons. With thanks in advance to any others who can pick up from here. Cheers, Sue

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Madmeg

This looks like it could be brother Edward

 

Edward Gerrge

England and Wales Census, 1911

birth:
1888
Stoke Yeovel, Somersetshire
residence:
1911
, , Overseas Military,
military service:
 
ROYAL ARTILLERY DISTRICT STAFF AND 93RD COMPANY ROYAL GARRISON ARTILLERY, ECHELON BARRACKS, COLOMBO,
    
 
 

Edward Gerrge

England and Wales Census, 1911
Name Edward Gerrge
Event Type Census
Event Date 1911
Event Place , , Overseas Military,
County Overseas Military
Sub-District Number 22
District Number 641
Enumeration District 24
Age 23
Marital Status SINGLE
Marital Status SINGLE
Institution ROYAL ARTILLERY DISTRICT STAFF AND 93 COMPANY ROYAL GARRISON ARTILLERY
Birth Year (Estimated) 1888
Birthplace Stoke Yeovel, Somersetshire
Schedule Type 9999
Page Number 5
Registration Number RG14
Piece/Folio 787
Affiliate Record Identifier GBC/1911/RG14/34997/0787/6
Citing this Record

"England and Wales Census, 1911," database, FamilySearch(https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:X7VC-874 : 22 December 2018), Edward Gerrge, , , Overseas Military,; from "1911 England and Wales census," database and images, findmypast (http://www.findmypast.com : n.d.); citing PRO RG 14, The National Archives of the UK, Kew, Surrey.

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According to his file, Sidney aka Sydney was married in Yeovil 25.2.18. address for wife High Street, Stoke under Ham. Great, you have found the names of father and confirmed brother Edward served. Thank you! Sydney/Sidney came back to NZ.

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splockNZ

Hello @SWB

 

It appears that Madeline George (Maiden name Shoemark) of Stoke Sub Hamdon was my great aunt! I am the great-great-grandson of George Shoemark (Madeline's father). Madeline's brother, William George Shoemark also travelled to New Zealand where he passed away on 28 April 1968 in New Plymouth. I have some photos of him and some other relatives if you were interested.

 

Are you of any relation to Madeline George?

 

Kindest regards,

Simon

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Hi Simon

Great to hear from you, thank you. No, I am not a relative, my interest is in the men who served in the NZ Tunnelling Coy. I have a Facebook page called the NZ Tunnelling Company. I see that a James Shoemark from New Plymouth served in the NZDF and was killed at Gallipoli. He had Somerset connections and his medals were sent to a daughter living there. Perhaps he is also connected to Madeline George and another brother of hers? I would love to know more, if you are happy to email me direct suebakerwilson@gmail.com. I am very much interested in being able to tease out a better picture of the two brothers who served in the Tun Coy and especially to confirm family members both in NZ and the UK who served. I am also still hoping we can confirm Madeline's husband served, along with his three sons. Many thanks, Sue.

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George Rayner

In Ancestry Roland has some details...

4/1426 L/Cpl NZ Engineers Tunnelling

3 years 133 days service

18.12.15 to29.4.19

Sorry if already known

George

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George Rayner

Did Sydney live in England? Probate for a Sydney George in Stoke under Ham 1948

George

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George Rayner

Although Sydney has number 4/1427 in NZ Nominal roll!

George

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Hello George, thank you for looking into this brothers story for me. Sydney and Roland had consecutive enlistment numbers. Roland 4/1426 and Sydney 4/1427. There was another later enlisted tunneller with the same surname, 59109 Walter George. Different parents. Sydney was married in England, returned to NZ but may have returned there with his wife. Bit hard to read on Sydney's file, but wife's name was Eva May Chant. They were married in Yeovil. If there is death info with her names, that might give some clue as to whether Sydney went back to the UK. Also, if I can nail down info re Sydney and Roland's fathers war service, it will be the first proof I have of a father & his Tun Coy sons enlisting in two seperate Forces. There was one father/son combo in the NZ Tun Coy. Once again, thank you for your interest and help. Sue

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George Rayner

Hi

this may be Robert's brother if an Ancestry tree is to be believed! Will need tracking to confirm through pre 1901 census...

 
First Name:
John Rochford
Surname:
George
Birth Town:
Woodstock, Oxfordshire
Resided Town:
Alresford, Hampshire
Nationality:
British
Date of Death:
06/07/1918
Fate:
Died
Rank:
Gunner
Service Number:
176323
Duty Location:
Mesopotamia

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The Inspector

Hi 

John Rochford George b. Jan 1876 d.6.7.1918. 336th Brigade RFA, was Robert's brother. 1881 census shown as Rochfort George. Spouse was Alice Maude Cordock, when married in 1900 John's father Henry shown as deceased. Soldiers' effects Sole Leg. Alice Maud.

Regards Barry

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George Rayner

So the tunnellers had an uncle who served at least. Not having any luck with Robert-unless he is Robert Edwin. But there seem to be two of them!

George

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The Inspector

Hi

Looks like he is Robert Edwin George married Madeline Shoemake on  2nd Aug.1886, Martock, Somerset. Robert's father, Henry a leather dresser.  Robert signed as Robert George, did not use his middle name.

Robert, born 1868 is on the 1871 census as plain Robert but was shown as Robert Edwin when a son Rowland was born in 1888.

Regards Barry

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SBW

The Inspector: Thank you for your time and interest in the story of two Kiwi Tunnellers who have a UK connection. In an earlier Post from Madmeg, as well as Sydney and Roland's parents names, she also provides siblings for their father Robert Edwin George. Included on the list is Rotchford George. So two different researchers have come up with the same answers, which is always a good thing:-)

 

Great that you have provided more with news that Sydney & Roland's uncle served; John Rochford/Rotchford George b. Jan 1876 d.6.7.1918. 336th Brigade RFA.

 

We can add this information to Madmeg's research showing Sydney & Roland's UK-based brother Edward also served. Madmeg provided 1911 census info; ROYAL ARTILLERY DISTRICT STAFF AND 93RD COMPANY ROYAL GARRISON ARTILLERY, ECHELON BARRACKS, COLOMBO. 

Can you confirm Sydney & Roland's brother Edward also served in WW1?

 

George Rayner: Yes, father's was known as Robert Edwin. wife was Madeline/Maddlen nee Shoemark.

 

Madmeg, can you please double check that i have interpreted your research correctly:-) This genealogy stuff turns my head inside out:-)

 

Thanks heaps to all.

 

Sue

https://www.facebook.com/NZTunnellingCompany/

 

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Sydney & Roland's uncle CWGC cert. Evidence suggests their father Robert Edwin GEORGE died in UK.  No evidence at this stage other than a historic NZ newspaper report that he served. 

GEORGE_J_R.pdf

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The Inspector

Hi

Edward George baptised  Parish Church 18.11.1888 Stoke under Hamdon, Somerset, same day as Rowland entries 3145 and 3146 parents Robert Edwin (Ancestry states EDAM) and Madeline George.

1891 census Edward 4yrs with his grandparents George and Harriett Shoemark also present  Roland 2 and Sidney 1. Also baptised on same day Annie Shumack parents George and Harriett (3147) and Mary Jane Shumack, parent Sarah Jane. (3148) Address on  1891 census 130 High St.

Edward George birth reg'd 1st qtr 1887 Yeovil, Somerset, 5c,410....looking...death ? Edward George b.1888 died  Dec.1956  Bath, Somerset, 7c,39.

1911 census for Edward as already posted. 93rd RGA Colombo....looking

Robert Edwin George died  Yeovil, Somerset,  Dec, 1933 aged 66 yrs, 5c, 434.

Regards Barry

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The Inspector

Hi All

Sydney George born 2.4.1890, christened 21.4.1895 Cong. Church, died  16th January, 1948, buried 21st Jan., probate granted to his wife  Eva May (nee Chant,married 25th Feb, 1918 Congregational Church, Stoke sub H) photo below she died 5th March 1995, Cannington, Somerset. She had remarried  a Harry Warr,1897-1977 in 1956, Yeovil, Somerset, 7c,735.. Eva May George-Warr left £109,444.

1939 Register  Eva May George b.20.1.1895, a grocer @ The Bakery East St., Bridgwater, Somerset with husband Sydney b. 2.4.1890, a Baker (as per 1911 census also) and their two daughters Edna E I George b.30.4.1922 and Eileen C George .b.5.8.1925. ( later married name Eileen Cynthia Tingle ) she died  Sept.1998

On page 591 of the NZ Army, WW1 Reserve Rolls, second entry down "George, Sydney, Baker, Arrowtown", Reserve Roll 1917 2nd. Div.

This is RobertSarah Maria George Edwin George's mother Sarah Maria Whitlock 1846-1917

It is so easy to get the George families mixed up, as a number have done on Ancestry. The NZ connection throws doubt on a few of the trees. BUT some of the relationships are correct.      ie. John Rochford George 1897-1938 was obviously named after his uncle, his father was Henry Thomas, 1865-1935, Robert Edwin's brother.,Fanny George was born 1869 in West Yorkshire where Henry married Sarah Maria Whitlock on 7th Aug 1864. Looks like Henry died in 1891. in Martock, Somerset......looking....trying to sort it !

Regards Barry

Below Eva May Chant

Eva May Chant

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20 hours ago, The Inspector said:

Hi 

John Rochford George b. Jan 1876 d.6.7.1918. 336th Brigade RFA, was Robert's brother. 1881 census shown as Rochfort George. Spouse was Alice Maude Cordock, when married in 1900 John's father Henry shown as deceased. Soldiers' effects Sole Leg. Alice Maud.

Regards Barry

This is John's daughter, Lilian Maude George, b.1904, Wandsworth, Surrey.

Regards Barry

Llian Maude George_2

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The Inspector

Hi Again

The plot thickens....Robert Edwin George's youngest brother( he had 6 brothers and 2 sisters) was Sidney George b.3.11.1895 Martock, Somerset died Dec 1949 Bower Hinton, Martock

He served in WW1 as Pte.15030 Grenadier Guards and Pte 119, Welsh Guards (MIC and medal award roll on Ancestry)

Here he is

Sydney GeorgeI

In 1911 he is at Caterham in the Grenadiers.Wounded in WW1 and suffered pain from head injuries for the rest of his life (According to a  PublicTree on Ancestry) Married Grace Mary Gillingham in 1927 (Second marriage)

Sidney and Grace George

Sidney and Grace.George.

Regards Barry

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The Inspector

Hi 

It doesn't stop there..

James H George 1884 -1948, Brisbane, Australia. another brother, also served in the Army but pre war. I think I will stop here. Very interesting thread, thanks.

Regards Barry

James_George_Army_1899

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