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Where did my GGrandfather go????(23 Posts)
A few of you helped me the other day with my family tree, thank you.
I have a new problem which I hope you may be able to shed some light on.
Around 1921/1922/1923, my Great Grandfather disapeared. He left my Great Gran saying he was going to look for work and would send for her but he never did.
The last contact she had was an undated telegram which read;
I am sorry but I could not get down to see you.
I had to buy a suitcase to take my things in so will you please accept £1 this week and I will see what can be done as soon as I get over there. I am going tonight at 9.30 from Euston. Best love to you all, your loving husband, Bill.
She never heard from him again.
His name was William Thomas Powe (Pow) and was born in london 1890. He married Elsie Rebecca Borrett (Bailey) in Tonbridge, Kent 1918.
Where could he have gone? How can I find out. Have tried Ancestry.co.uk but cant see him.
Can anyone help please.
How fascinating (but must have been awful for your great gran )
I wouldn't have a clue where to start, but someone else might.
Where did they live? And any idea where was he going from Euston? Have you tried death records?
They lived in Sevenoaks, Kent.
He then went to London and worked as a waiter in a hotel in Richmond while my GGran stayed in 7/oaks. He was sending money to her each week and came down to visit when he could.
His family did not approve of my GGran and always said he had married beneath himself, rumour has it, they had something to do with him disapearing.
We have no idea where he was going.
I have tried to find a death cert but no luck so far.
Sorry if you have this info already, but is this him?
Name: William Powe
Estimated Birth Year: abt 1892
Mother's Name: Elizabeth
Where born: Walworth, London, England
Civil Parish: Southwark St George The Martyr
Ecclesiastical parish: St George the Martyr Southwark
Condition as to marriage:
Employment status: View Image
Registration district: St Saviour Southwark
Sub registration district: Kent Road
ED, institution, or vessel: 2
Neighbors: View others on page
Household schedule number: 119
Household Members: Name Age
Elizabeth Powe 43
Ellen Powe 14
Mary Powe 12
William Powe 9
Can't find his death cert either.
THe plot thickens. I hope somebody has suggestions for what you could do.
Just wondering 2 things:
did he go from Euston to a ferry port and head off to somewhere (Ireland?/France?) for work?
did he enlist?
could this be him? not much info on there tho sadly.
The more i think, the second option sounds likely. he needed a suitcase to travel somewhere, was going 'over there'...
train from Euston to one of the SE ports to go across to France in time for the end of the war? or the tidying up that must have gone on afterwards?
oh and your poor GGran
Something similar happened to my great grandfather.
He was Irish, married my great grandmother (English) who was miserable and difficult according to my grandmother. They emigrated to New Zealand (where my grandmother was born). My great grandmother moaned that she didn't like New Zealand and wanted to go back to England. So they did. Then she changed her mind and wanted to go back to New Zealand. He went on ahead, my grandmother and great-grandmother were meant to follow. Except my great grandmother left the £75 for boat tickets in a dress shop.
Never heard from my Great Grandfather again. My grandmother used to say she reckoned he took the opportunity to scarper and get away from my great grandmother.
I have seen photos of her - she does look rather stern.
Wouldn't you go north from Euston? Ireland seems a good bet. Or Liverpool for the States maybe?
I have found an article in the times from wed 13 oct 1920 about an unknown body found in Richmond park with a gunshot wound to the head which was not suicide. It says the body had prob lain there for 6 months.
Hope it isn't him! Prob not as it is a bit earrly.
Are Ellis Island records on-line? Obviously if he went to the States he would have gone through there.
Hi Wallace - yes thats him, I have that info already, thank you.
Hi Justkeepingswimming - I didnt look on your link as it looks as though in doing so I would use some of your credits you have paid for.
I'm thinking maybe he went to Ireland/America etc but dont know how to check.
On his son's birth cert it gives his rank as Private, 9th Battalion, Royal Fusileirs and then in brackets Hotel Waiter.
Although we dont know when he went, my nan always said it was while my GGran was pregnant with her, she was born in 1922.
He never got to see my nan.
phew that can't be him then in the article.
I'm not much of an expert but I would have thought that if you have some info about his military career that might be the best place to start - I think they probably have good regimental records that might be helpful.
Can't find him on Ellis-Island records.
The sad thing is, I think he realy loved my GGran but his family pushed him to dissapear. My GGran was lovely, she was a midwife.
No I can't find an exact match on Ellis Island records but there are a few William Powells. The website mentions a good point which is when searching records to also look at close matches e.g. Powell Paul
Tas - i have a subscription so it shouldn't use credits, give it a try.
anyway, it must be him as it says:
Name: POWE, William T
Corps: Middx R Fus
Regtl No: 20/294 GS/98798
Medal: Roll: Page:
Victory TP/104 B42 4947
British do do
Nothing else filled in, hth
thought of looking on the commonwealth war graves site, the only poss i could see was this, not a great match tho.
doh, died too early, ignore me!
Tas1, have you looked at this website Ancestors on board?
I had a quick look but didn't see a match but perhaps you could have a good trawl through. I found dh's greatgrandfather on a passenger list!
Thanks Mercy, I had already looked on here.
Do you know where he worked? Any well known hotels?
I dont know which hotel, just that it was in Richmond.
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