Wednesday, September 9, 2015

101 Years Old Today

Today was the101st birthday for Uncle Albert, the youngest sibling of my grandfather Arthur Chinery.  He was the 11th child of a blended family of my great grandparents William Henry Chinery and Lydia Matilda (Boreham) Chinery. 

I recently wrote to the Ipswich Borough Cemeteries as I heard that if you contact, and give them information of the name of your family member, and the approximate date of their death, they will respond with a map of where their graves are located.   I sent the names of both sets of my UK g-grandparents, my Uncle Dennis, and Albert’s information. 

I was treated to a map with “X” marks the spots and the plot information for each.  I was adding all this into my tree and tonight, when I noticed it was Albert’s birthday.

It is especially sad as he died at only 22 years old.  I know little about him, but I do know this much to at least give him a tribute on this 101 anniversary of his birth.

He was born the 9th of September 1914 in Ipswich, Suffolk, England.  I have a copy of his birth registration that was issued on 22nd of May 1935.  I believe it hints at the tragedy to come.  It states that its use is only “for the purposes of “Unemployment Insurance Acts’ and no other use or purpose whatever.”

His occupation was “a Pastry Cook Bakers and Confectioners”.  This was following in his grandfather John Chinery's footsteps. John was listed as a "Baker" in Bury St. Edmonds from 1861 through the 1911 England census'.

Though 1935 was during the depression, Albert died less than 2 years from the issue of the copy of his birth registration.  You have to wonder whether he was ill and could no longer work. 

His death certificate states that he died the 27 March 1937; cause of death was bladder cancer.   There is no indication that Albert ever married.   Losing a child is always difficult, and with his death, William and Lydia lost their "babe", as the British are fond of calling their youngest.  I have in my possession his funeral cards.  His mother saved them along with the birth certificate mentioned above. Those items were passed on to his older half sister Ethel until her death.  He must have been much loved by his family.

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