Sons- and daughters-in-law of Reuben and Louisa Beck 

Arthur Herring02. Arthur Herring

1877-12-05 b. New Brompton, Kent, son of William Henry Owen Herring and his wife Constance (Palmer) Herring GRO index; censuses; CWGC, accessed 2010-08-18; Sancto Beck; RG14PN3942 RG78PN150 RD47 SD2 ED13 SN119; Royal Navy register of seamen's services
1881 living with family at 67 Church Road, Gillingham, Kent PRO RG 11/890 f120 p22
1891 living with family at 67 Church Road, Gillingham RG 12/659 f123 p23
1899-09-04 enlisted in the Royal Navy; 5 ft 11½ in; brn hair, grey eyes, fresh complexion Royal Navy register of seamen's services
1899-09-04/1900-04-18 served on Pembroke II; character VG throughout his service
1900-04-19/-06-10 served on Argonaut
1900-06-11/-12-06 served on Pembroke; raised to engine room artificer (ERA) 4th class on 1900-11-24
1900-12-07/1901-01-13 served on Emp. of India
1901 not found in census  
1901-09-14/1903-05-15 served on Caesar; raised to ERA 3rd class on 1902-09-04 Royal Navy register of seamen's services
1903-05-16/1904-01-11 served on Pembroke
1904-01-12/1905-04-30 served on Sappho
1905-05-01/1906-09-03 served on Leda; raised to ERA 2nd class on 1906-09-03
1906-09-04/-11-04 served on Pembroke II
1906-11-05/1907-03-24 served on Ramillico
1907-03-25/-31 served on Pembroke II
1907-04-01/-11-15 served on Hawke
1907-11-16/1908-06-10 served on Pembroke II
1908-06-11/1910-05-29 served on Blenheim
1910-05-30/-09-26 served on Pembroke II
1910-09-27/1911-02-27 served on Magnificent
1911-02-28/-05-01 served on Pembroke II
1911 E.R.A—Royal Navy, living with family in 6 rooms at 67 Church Rd, New Brompton, Gillingham, Kent RG14PN3942 RG78PN150 RD47 SD2 ED13 SN119
1911-05-02/-09-03 served on Foresight Royal Navy register of seamen's services
1911-09-04 5 ft 11½ in; grey hair, grey eyes, fresh complexion; raised to 1st class
1911-09-04/1912-08-29 served on Foresight
1912 Q3 engineer artificer R.N., of 67 Church Rd, Gillingham; m. Angela Louisa Beck, St Paul's pc, Chatham, Kent; witnesses: Reuben Beck, Constance Herring information from Sidney Beck; GRO index; parish register
1912-08-30/-10-15 served on Pembroke II Royal Navy register of seamen's services
1912-10-16/1913-04-10 served on Aquarius
1913-04-11/-06-30 served on Pembroke II
1913-07-01/1914-11-25 served on Aquarius; act. ChERA II from 1914-03-01
1914-11-26/1915-06-30 served on Tyne; ChERA II from 1915-03-01
1915-07-01/1916-08-18 served on Aquarius
1916-08-19/1917-02-16 served on Pembroke II
1917-02-17/-12-23 served on Dido (Torrent)
1917-12-23 missing
of 2 Thorold Road, Chatham, Kent; chief engine room artificer 2nd class 269834 on destroyer HMS Torrent, either mined in the North Sea while going to meet a convoy or torpedoed by a German submarine off the Maas Lightship; d. at sea National Probate Calendar; CWGC, accessed 2010-08-18; Naval History via Flix, accessed 2010-08-18; battleships-cruisers, accessed 2010-08-18
  grave E130; memorial at Gillingham (Woodlands) Cemetery CWGC, accessed 2010-08-18; UK, Royal Navy and Royal Marine War Graves Roll, 1914-1919
 

Do you remember Aunt Angela’s husband?

No, I think he died during the war. It was quite a short marriage, they didn’t have much married life together, which was very sad for everybody. I think he died before I was in a position to remember them—I’m sure he was killed in the war. There was a great shortage of men then, and many of the war widows had no hope of marrying again.

The Memoirs of Sidney Beck
1918-01-31 probate to Angela Louisa Herring, widow; effects £219 National Probate Calendar


03. Charles Willis

1876-01-09 b. Merton, Surrey, s. of William and Sarah Eleanor (Trenchard) Willis GRO index; censuses; 1911 Census of Canada; Ontario registration of death
1881 scholar, living with his family in High Street, Merton TNA: PRO RG 11/828 f89 p11
1891 plumber's labourer, employed, living with his family at 14 High St, Merton PRO RG 12/603 f86 p6
1901 plumber, worker, living with his family at 43 High Street, Merton RG 13/696 f93 p15
1902-04-07 plumber, of 48 High Street, Merton, Surrey; m. Eleanor Matilda Beck, at St Paul's church, Chatham, after banns; witnesses William and Mary Willis information from Sidney Beck; The Memoirs of Sidney Beck; GRO index; parish register
1903-05-10 plumber, of 21 Cecil Villas, Wimbledon, Surrey parish register, St Mary's, Merton
Children: Nellie Doris M. (1903 – after 1922, b. Kingston RD), William Charles (1909–1990) GRO index; 1911 Census of Canada; Ontario, Canada Marriages, 1801-1928; information from Sidney Beck; Harcus Family Tree_2011-02-09_2011-02-10
1903-05-10 plumber, of 21 Cecil Villas, Wimbledon Merton parish register
  emigrated to Canada, and believed to have live in the Toronto or Ottawa area The Memoirs of Sidney Beck
1906 immigrated to Canada with his wife and daughter 1911 Census of Canada
1906-09-26 with his wife and daughter, departed Liverpool for Montreal aboard the Lake Manitoba passenger lists leaving UK
1909 son born at 43 Sully Cres., Toronto, Ontario, Canada Ontario, Canada Births, 1869-1913
1911 painter, doing odd jobs; living with his family at 45 Sully Cres., Toronto West, Ontario; Anglican; had worked 47 of the last 52 weeks, working 48 hours a week; had earned $500 in 1910; held $200 insurance, at $12 premium 1911 Census of Canada
1921 painter, living with his family at 19 Teignmouth, York Township, York South, Ontario 1921 Census of Canada
1922 presumably of 19 Teignmouth Ave, Toronto (daughter's place of residence at marriage) Ontario, Canada Marriages, 1801-1928
1945-05-23 last worked at his occupation Ontario death registration
1945-05-30 painter and decorator, own business, of 19 Teignmouth Ave., Toronto; d. St Joseph's Hosp., Toronto, of coronary occlusion due to arteriosclerotic heart disease and bronchiectasis
1945-06-01 bur. Prospect Cemetery, Toronto


Fred Bartlett04. Frederick Bartlett (Fred)

1878-10-09 b. Lindsay, Victoria, Ontario, Canada, s. of Charles and Hannah (McMahon) Bartlett (the former a butcher) Ontario births; 1911 Census of Canada
1881 living with his family in Lindsay, Victoria, Ontario 1881 Census of Canada
1909-04-05 m. Maud Emily Beck (1881–1945), in Toronto, Ontario, Canada information from Sidney Beck; The Memoirs of Sidney Beck; Ontario, Canada Births, 1869-1913
1911 jobbing carpenter, living with wife at 268 Lisgar, Toronto West, Ontario; had worked the whole of 1910 at his job, working a 55 hour week, and had earned $728 in 1910; Baptist 1911 Census of Canada
1912 carpenter, of 268 Lisgar, Toronto West Ontario, Canada Births, 1869-1913
Child: Constance Mary L. (1912 – ?, b. Toronto) Ontario, Canada Births, 1869-1913; information from Sidney Beck
1919-12-18 woodworker, of 8 Fife St, Hamilton, Ontario; witness Leonard Scutchings's application for Imperial War Service Gratuity Canada, Imperial War Service Gratuities
after 1945 d. Find a Grave


05. Ruth Elizabeth Baggs


06. Leonard William Scutchings

1889-03-18 b. Tufnell Park, London N., son of John William and Eliza Mary Scutchings (the former an auctioneer) GRO index; TNA PRO RG 12/1359 f91 p14; Canada, Soldiers of the First World War, 1914-1918; Detroit Border Crossings and Passenger and Crew Lists, 1905-1957; parish register
1891 living with parents at 10 Woodford Wells, Woodford, Essex PRO RG 12/1359 f91 p14
1901 living at 1 Victoria Place, Prittlewell, Essex, with his family, his maternal grandparents, and a domestic servant RG 14/1678 f98 p38
1907-05 baker; 5'7½", 133 lbs, chest 36" when fully expanded, with 3" expansion range; fit, up to standard; "smart educated lad", regiment closed in this district British Army WWI Service Records, 1914-1920
1907-06-16 enlisted as private in 16th Queens Lancers at Aldershot Canada, Imperial War Service Gratuities
1907-06-17 limited engagement British Army WWI Service Records, 1914-1920; UK, Silver War Badge Records, 1914-1920
1909-08-01 discharged, to work at trade of baker Canada, Imperial War Service Gratuities
  at some point, discharged—no longer physically fit for war service British Army WWI Service Records, 1914-1920
1910-05 Private 28128, transferred to Reserve, on the expiration of his period of Army service; very good conduct, one GC badge; desires to be baker or groom in civilian life

description on transfer to Army Reserve: 5'9", 32" waist, helmet size 22, boots size and magnitude 8.4, fresh complexion, brown eyes, brown hair, irregular scar [location illeg.], intending to reside Weald Brears (?), Harcourt Avenue, Southend on Sea

British Army WWI Service Records, 1914-1920
1911-10-04 baker, of 2 Thorold Road, Chatham; m. Ethel Alice Beck, Christ Church, Luton, Kent, after banns; witnesses: Reuben Beck, Robert Merry information from Sidney Beck; The Memoirs of Sidney Beck; GRO index; Marriage Locator; parish register; Canada, Imperial War Service Gratuities
1914-03-14 reservist, of 1 Mount Pleasant, Chatham Hill, Chatham, Kent; sent letter requesting permission to reside in Canada; mentions Toronto (letter barely legible) British Army WWI Service Records, 1914-1920
1914-04-17 with wife, departed Liverpool aboard the Empress of Ireland, bound for Halifax, Nova Scotia UK, Outward Passenger Lists, 1890-1960
  emigrated to Canada, and believed to have live in the Toronto or Ottawa area; adopted two boys The Memoirs of Sidney Beck
1914-04-18 reservist, embarked on Empress of Ireland British Army WWI Service Records, 1914-1920
1914-08-04 of 18 Seaforth Avenue, Toronto, Ontario Canada, Imperial War Service Gratuities
1914-08-18 "I was on the Army Reserve from 16-6-1910 until outbreak of war was called up on 18-8-14 & proceeded to Quebec for Overseas Canada, Imperial War Service Gratuities
1914-08-22 sailed from Quebec on SS Teutonic Canada, Imperial War Service Gratuities
1914-08-30 reservist, of Canada, arrived in Liverpool aboard the White Star Dominion's Teutonic, from Montreal, travelling 3rd class UK Incoming Passenger Lists, 1878-1960
  served with A.S.C. and R I Fus; awarded Victory and British medals British Army WWI Medal Rolls Index Cards, 1914-1920
1918-04-01 A/Cpl, Army Service Corps, transferred at Le Havre, France; to trenches Canada, Imperial War Service Gratuities
1919-02-28 sailed from Barry Dock on SS Toloa Canada, Imperial War Service Gratuities
1919-03-27 baker, of 11 Hunter St, Toronto, Ontario, Canada; has served 4 years 7 months C.S., 15 Lancers, Royal I Fus.; enlisted with Canadian Over-Seas Expeditionary Force Canada, Soldiers of the First World War, 1914-1918
1919-04-08 corporal, 42158, discharged from the Royal Irish Fusiliers, from wounds; had served overseas; awarded the silver War Badge UK, Silver War Badge Records, 1914-1920
1919-04-09 T/Cpl, Royal Irish Fusiliers; discharged at Winchester, through wounds Canada, Imperial War Service Gratuities
1920-03-16

L.W. Scutchings

137½ Bee St

Todmorden

Ont

March 16, 1920

To the

      Paymaster General

                             Ottawa

Sir/

I am writing concerning the extra gratuity which ex imperials have been granted.

I forwarded to your office my claim some time ago and received an acknowledgement from you which asked me not to write concerning this matter. I should not have done so, only several ex-imperial friends of mine, who were no[t] so long over seas as I have received their extra gratuity. Hoping my case [h]as not been overlooked

                       I remain

               Yours Respectfully

L.W. Scutchings

42158 Corporal 9th Battn.

Royal Irish Fusiliers

B.E.F.

Canada, Imperial War Service Gratuities
1920-03-19 awarded imperial war service gratuity Canada, Imperial War Service Gratuities
1920-03-29 of 137½ Bee St, Todmorden, Ontario; found eligible for 183 days gratuity less the imperial gratuity; $219 had already been forwarded, balance to be paid at monthly intervals; total entitlement $439.40 for self, $180 for wife Canada, Imperial War Service Gratuities
1921 living with wife at 137½ Bee St, York Township, York, Ontario; Church of England 1921 Canadian census
1940 a Leonard Scutching, merchant, living with his wife in York East Canada, Voters' Lists
1943-05-20 Canadian; admitted at Detroit, Michigan, USA, for a visit of 29 days or less Detroit Border Crossings and Passenger and Crew Lists, 1905-1957
1963, 1965, 1968, 1974 a Leonard Scutchings recorded in Ontario Voters' Lists, living with a wife named Evelyn; initially described as a clerk, subsequently as retired Canada, Voters' Lists
1977 an L.W. Scutchings a member of Lodge 531 (High Park, Thornhill, Greater Toronto) of the Grand Lodge A.F. and A.M. of Canada Proceedings of One Hundred and Twenty-Second Annual Communication held in the City of Toronto


08. Robert Charles Merry

1890-11-19 b. Bromley, Middlesex, son of Robert and Eleanor Augusta (Smithers) Merry GRO index; TNA PRO RG 12/322 f66 p18; RG14PN1710 RG78PN59 RD22 SD2 ED33 SN51; parish register, Southwark All Hallows; UK, Soldiers Died in the Great War, 1914-1919
1891-03-29 of 28 Knapp Road; bapt. All Hallows, Southwark, London parish register
1891 living with parents in two rooms at 28 Knapp Road, St Leonard's, Bromley, Middlesex PRO RG 12/322 f66 p18
1894-01-08 of 68 Rounton Rd; admitted to Knapp Road School, Tower Hamlets Knapp Road School, admission and discharge register
1901 inmate of Forest Gate District School (Workhouse School), 95 Forest Lane, West Ham RG 13/1594 f161 p24
1911 dental mechanic, dentist, worker, living with widowed father and family at 76 Rounton Road, Bromley by Bow, London E.; 3 rooms RG14PN1710 RG78PN59 RD22 SD2 ED33 SN51
1913-03-24 dental mechanic, of 76 Rounton Road, Bromley-by-Bow; m. Dorothy Catherine Beck, at Christ Church pc, Luton, Kent; witnesses Reuben Beck, Florence Merry, Hilda May Beck, David Harry Pankhurst GRO index; parish register
Child: Dorothy Eleanor (1914–1997) GRO index
  enlisted at Woodford UK, Soldiers Died in the Great War, 1914-1919
1917-05-16 Lance Corporal 28646 R.C. Merry, of 1st Bn, Essex Regiment; d. of wounds, in France or Flanders, or at a P.o.W. hospital in Darmstadt CWGC; UK, Soldiers Died in the Great War, 1914-1919; Army Registers of Soldiers' Effects
  bur. grave I.E. 10, Niederzwehren cemetery, Hessen, Germany CWGC


David Harry Pankhurst09. David Harry Pankhurst (Dave)

1889-12-13 b. Chatham, Kent, son of David and Eliza (Roberts) Pankhurst (the former a fireman) GRO index; censuses; Orwin, accessed 2010-08-07; parish register
1891 living with his mother and brother in three rooms at 216 Luton Road, Chatham TNA: PRO RG 12/665 f38 p30
1901 living with his mother and brother at 259 Luton Rd, Chatham RG 13/730 f90 p20
1911 patternmaker, government d[oc]ky[ar]d, living in six rooms at 224 Luton Rd, Chatham RG14PN3914 RG78PN149 RD47 SD1 ED30 SN318
1914-04-11 carpenter, of 224 Luton Road; m. Hilda May Beck, at Christ Church, Luton, Kent, after banns; witnesses: Reuben Beck, Henry David George Smith GRO index; RG14PN3914 RG78PN149 RD47 SD1 ED30 SN318; Orwin; parish register
Children: David Charles (1914–1968), Arthur Harry (1916–2000), Edna May (1918–2005), Joyce Hilda (1929–2014) GRO index; information from Sidney Beck and Geoff Pankhurst; Orwin; Find a will
 

. . . a draughtsman in the drawing office, of the Naval Dockyard at Chatham; who had been sent to Rosyth, during the war—I think they thought it was a safer place, to have the drawing office there—Chatham Dockyard was so near, likely to be bombed, damaged—so a lot of the work was transferred from Chatham Dockyard up to Rosyth Dockyard, near Edinburgh. I think Hilda and Dave must have married before, she joined him up there, in Rosyth. They stayed there, till their two sons, my cousin David and cousin Arthur, and my other cousin Edna—they were at school in Scotland—then some time in the 1930s, when I was at the grammar school, they all moved down to Gillingham. Whether he’d got promoted, or whether they decided to restore the old drawing office in Chatham, and reunite it again, after the war, I don’t know quite. They moved back to Gillingham, and when they first arrived, they hadn’t got any accommodation, and they all came and lived with my father and mother, in Gillingham. So we—quite a crowd! Course I don’t know how many of us we were at the time—anyway, we did squeeze in for about three months.

. . . And I seem to remember my Uncle Dave was, for a time, a football referee—I don’t for how long. He had a very strong Scottish accent.

 
The Memoirs of Sidney Beck
1939-09-29 patternmaker, recorder of work HM Dockyard, living with his family at 30 Windmill Road, Gillingham, Kent 1939 England and Wales Register (TNA: PRO RG 101)
1974-01-02 of 8 Gerrard Av., Rochester, Kent; d. there of chronic bronchitis and emphysema GRO index; Orwin, accessed 2010-08-07; family tree in Sidney Beck's diary says d. 1968; Find a will
1974-03-19 will proved at Brighton; £1333 Find a will

 


Harry Harding10. Henry Harding (Harry)

1897-06-28 b. 1939 England and Wales Register (TNA: PRO RG 101); Scottish statutory registers; no Scottish birth registration for either Henry or Harry Harding 1890/1910; possibly the Harris William Harding b. 1898 in Kirkcaldy and Abbotshall RD
1901 b. information from Sidney Beck
1901 not found in census  
1911
1917 summer first saw Elsie Beck with some of her friends in Rochester Castle Gardens one lovely Sunday evening; loved her right from that time photocopied letter from Harry Harding to Sidney Beck, in my possession
1919-03-03 m. Elsie Florence Beck, Medway RD information from Sidney Beck; GRO index
Child: Barbara (b. 1933)
 

What did Harry do for a living?

Well Harry was a Civil Servant in the Labour Exchange. I think he was an Executive Officer, in the Labour Exchange at Newcastle; and he was very interested—the fact that I was in the Civil Service—I think I may have been a Higher Executive Officer, or a Senior Executive Officer, the time I went there and the fact that I was a couple of grades above him, in rank and pay, at the time—yes, I think I was an Accountant, and Senior Executive Officer, then. He enjoyed the Civil Service, and enjoyed having someone in the Civil Service to talk to, and—we got on very well. He was quite a, very friendly outgoing type—real north-country personality; and so was Aunt Elsie, you know—had an outgoing frankness that you get in the North of England. I think Barbara was the apple of their eye—they only had the one daughter. When Barbara married, and her husband got a job up in Scotland, they went to live near Barbara, they couldn’t bear being separated from her.

The Memoirs of Sidney Beck
1939-09-29 civil servant (clerk), living with his wife at 24 Greywood Avenue, Fenham, Newcastle-upon-Tyne 1939 England and Wales Register
  served at Archangel during the war information from Harry Harding
1950-05-04 of 24 Greywood Avenue, N/C. on Tyne; with Elsie and Barbara, visited the Becks at 20 Fortis Green Avenue, London N2 Beck visitors' book
1968-06-03 of 3 Broomieknow, Leven, Fife, Scotland; with Elsie, visited the Becks on the Fern Fern visitors' book
1978-06 with Elsie, visited Sidney & Ruth Beck at 44 St James Road, Ilkley Beck visitors' book
1985-12-04/-05 of 3 Broomieknow, Commercial Rd, Leven, Fife, KY8 4QP

. . . "my eyesight is getting worse but I must say my appetite is good."

photocopied letter from Harry Harding to Sidney Beck
1991-10 d. Leven RD information from Sidney Beck; Scottish statutory registers

 


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