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Capt. Bertie Errol MASSY


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Hello

I have just posted my web page for this Officer, who was captured during the Cheshire's action at Audregnies on 24th Aug. 1914 - see: https://grandadswar.co.uk/capt-b-e-massy/ 

However, his story seems to peter out after the war and his marriage to Gesina van Enst, a Dutch national. on 22nd June 1918, whilst interned as a prisoner-of-war in Holland.

Wondering if any pals out there can help me tie up the loose ends to his story.

 

Thanks as always

Graham

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2 hours ago, GrahamC said:

Hello

I have just posted my web page for this Officer, who was captured during the Cheshire's action at Audregnies on 24th Aug. 1914 - see: https://grandadswar.co.uk/capt-b-e-massy/ 

However, his story seems to peter out after the war and his marriage to Gesina van Enst, a Dutch national. on 22nd June 1918, whilst interned as a prisoner-of-war in Holland.

Wondering if any pals out there can help me tie up the loose ends to his story.

 

Thanks as always

Graham

 

Just noticed a typo on your page, you have his birth date as 1893.

Judging by this article from April 1886....he was lucky to make it to 1893!!

 

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1 hour ago, alf mcm said:

He is mentioned in a 1921 electoral roll living at 31 Rutland Gardens, Hove, Sussex, with Anne Justina [Gesina?] Massy and Hugh Dillon Massy. The same address is on his medal index card. https://search.findmypast.co.uk/record?id=BL%2FER%2FD8%2FFMP000004892%2F0912_1&parentid=BL%2FER%2FOCR%2F831662F44CD225BDC29BDCC16343D662

 

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Alf McM

Thanks for that. Anne Justina was his mother and Hugh Dillon his brother. His father died in 1916.

Graham

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42 minutes ago, sadbrewer said:

 

Just noticed a typo on your page, you have his birth date as 1893.

Judging by this article from April 1886....he was lucky to make it to 1893!!

 

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Thanks for noticing that, looked a bit daft didn't it - giving his d-o-b followed by his address 2 years earlier !! I will include this for a bit of 'human interest'.

Cheers

Graham

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I'm wondering if the one below is showing Caroline Helena b 1902 as Gestina's daughter from her first marriage?

 

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19 hours ago, sadbrewer said:

I'm wondering if the one below is showing Caroline Helena b 1902 as Gestina's daughter from her first marriage?

 

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Well spotted - I've a go with 'Google Translate' at the Obituary notice you posted above and entered the following on my webpage: 

"Bertie eventually moved to live in Holland with his wife, Gesina. He was still living when she died, aged 81, on 22nd June 1960 at Van der Houvenstraa, 69, s-Grevenhage (the historic name for 'The Hague'). 

Her obituary notice reads, in part: "our deep sadness ... our dearly beloved wife, grandmother and great-grandmother". As well as Bertie, the notice is from Gesina's daughter, now Mvr. van Linge, and her husband and daughter. The last paragraph states that ".. the funeral was held today in silence".

It has yet to be established when Bertie died, or where he is buried.

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