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Image of 15 Hants 2Lt Percy Aylward; Wilton Town Clerk?

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Kimberley John Lindsay

Dear All, and Andy,

I contacted a great-nephew or some-such, asked for a Military Image of Percy D. Aylward, and was pleased - thanks to GWF stalwarts - to have written to "Family".

Imagine my disappointment, when this modern-day Aylward politely replied by eMail, telling me that he had not heard of Percy.

Not being one to (in matters of Military research) take No for an answer, I thanked him for his prompt Reply, but asked if my knew some other Family member who might know more...

Kindest regards,

Kim.

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Kimberley John Lindsay

Dear All,

I had a nice Brit girl called Helen to trawl through the "Salisbury Journal" for an hour - in the hope of finding that elusive photo of Percy Danford Aylward (after all a leading Salisbury Solicitor and Town Clerk for Wilton, for decades!). 

Nothing. Well, no photo (aka Image), that is. The newspaper snippets of 1937 (stood down as Town Clerk), and 1970 (death) 1132997484_PercystooddownasTownClerk1937.jpg.5f060ef9791524c9af495780cb2fed1b.jpg263727174_PercydiedinHospitalSalisburyJournal3Jul1970.jpg.ac64c3a6ee442a540d13c6f64d2eaecb.jpg1705085457_PercyDeathNotice1970.jpg.231da95ad15dd947a1b3289b03568299.jpgwere welcome and interesting - but not enough to take care of my intense disappointment!

Kindest regards,

Kim.

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Kimberley John Lindsay

Dear All,

A long-time solicitor like Percy Danford Aylward, who died at Salisbury on 23 (?) June 1970, surely had a Will?

Details in the Will could possibly lead to a photo of the elusive Bachelor...!

I have just now written to the latter-day Solicitor's offices (name slightly changed since the long-gone days when he was a Partner).

Whoever sends me in the right direction to a copy/scan of Percy Aylward will get a Goodie from my Military bookshelves.

Kindest regards,

Kim.

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Kimberley John Lindsay

Dear JP,

Super!

Many thanks, and I have just obtained a copy of his Will online, which is supposed to be beamed to me on 7 October. Wow!

Twenty-three thousand Pounds probate. Does this mean that, in 1970, bachelor Percy Aylward was very well-off?

Kindest regards,

Kim.

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Kimberley John Lindsay

Dear All, and Andy,

Any chance of the wounded 15th Hampshires subaltern 2/Lt P. D. Aylward having appeared in a 1918 "The Hampshire Advertiser"...?

Or even later, having been a Man About Town in that area?

Kindest regards,

Kim.

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George Rayner

Not that I can see, or turns up in a search!

 

George

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Kimberley John Lindsay

Dear George,

Many thanks for looking.

I am trying all sorts of avenues, and at least this has eliminated one...

Funnily enough, I acquired the 2.Lt/Town Clerk Group to Percy Aylward, at the same time as an Old Contemptible Spr., RE/IARO group to Ernest Mathews (a Carpenter).

I realised that it would be virtually impossible to find an Image of upper-lower class Mathews - but thought it would be easy to find one of lower-upper-middle class Aylward.

The opposite has proven to have been the case...!

Kindest regards,

Kim. 

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Kimberley John Lindsay

Dear All,

I have written again (the first letter was ignored - stange for a practise of solicitors!) to the runner-up of Whitehead, Vizard, Venn and Lush, in Salisbury.

Surely an Image of the erstwhile Man-About-Town (in both Wilton and Salisbury) exists! I will not give up until such a photgraph is found...

Kindest regards,

Kim.

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Kimberley John Lindsay

Dear All,

The Whitehead Vizard Solicitors wallahs answered - but only after I had sent a second (this time Registered) letter:-

They 'simply do not have an Image' of their erstwhile decades-long Partner, Percy Aylward.

I also wrote a letter to the family of Anthony Cage Aylward, late Solicitor of Salisbury - it seems to have run in the Family.

This was returned, 'Resident Deceased'...

I also paid 1.50 Pounds online for the Percy Danford Aylward, Born 1885, Lockerley, Hants., Birth Certificate.

I received notice that it would be beamed to me within ten days: but no certificate has been beamed. 

One has to admit to a feeling of being up against the proverbial Brick Wall!

Perhaps someone has a 15th Hampshire Yeomanry Battalion Group Photograph, 1918?

Kindest regards,

Kim.

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