John Alfred Thomas (“Alfred”) GROWNS

Male 1896 - 1917  (~ 21 years)    Has 2 ancestors but no descendants in this family tree.


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  • Name John Alfred Thomas (“Alfred”) GROWNS 
    Relationshipwith Teresa Ann GOATHAM
    Born Dec Q 1896  Lenham, Kent, England See the place on a map and other information about it - if available (many more will be in time); also all individuals with events at this location 
    • GRO ref: Growns, John Alfred T q4 1896 Hollingbourn RD 2a 793; GRO online index shows 3rd Christian name as Thomas and mother's maiden name as Robinson
    Baptised 12 Jun 1896  St. Mary’s Church, Lenham, Kent, England See the place on a map and other information about it - if available (many more will be in time); also all individuals with events at this location 
    • From PR entry (transcribed data on CD 16)
      Shows John Alfred Thomas, son of George and Fanny, abode Lenham St Edminds, father a labourer
    Gender Male 
    Residence From 1911 to 1919  4, Millcroft Cottages, Cliffe at Hoo, Kent, England See the place on a map and other information about it - if available (many more will be in time); also all individuals with events at this location 
    • Frances Jane, five siblings, her parents and a grandson of theirs were living at 4 Millcroft Cottages by the time of the 1911 census. The family were still living there in 1919, according to "Alfred's" WW1 service record, though of course some of the children had probably left home by then.
    • Role: Occupant
    Occupation 1911 
    Agricultural labourer 
    Military Service From Aug 1914 to 21 Sep 1917 
    World War One 
    War Memorial Tyne Cot Memorial, Zonnebeke, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium See the place on a map and other information about it - if available (many more will be in time); also all individuals with events at this location 
    Died 21 Sep 1917 
    CWGC entry for 'Alfred' GROWNS
    CWGC entry for 'Alfred' GROWNS
    Died serving in the Queen's Own (Royal West Kent Regiment) in World War 1.
    Alfred was had a younger sister, Frances, who subequently (after the war) married a Goatham.
    Notes 
    • Name shown as Alfred John Thomas Growns in WW1 records.
    Person ID I19875  Teresa's tree
    Last Modified 7 Apr 2019 

    Father George (Charles) GROWNS,   b. Mar Q 1862, Headcorn, Kent, England See the place on a map and other information about it - if available (many more will be in time); also all individuals with events at this location,   d. Dec Q 1917, Strood (als N Aylesford) Reg Dist, Kent, England See the place on a map and other information about it - if available (many more will be in time); also all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 55 years) 
    Mother Fanny Emily ROBINSON,   b. Sep Q 1864, Hollingbourne, Kent, England See the place on a map and other information about it - if available (many more will be in time); also all individuals with events at this location,   d. Yes, date unknown 
    Married 5 Apr 1884  St. Nicholas’ Church, Boughton Malherbe, Kent, England See the place on a map and other information about it - if available (many more will be in time); also all individuals with events at this location 
    • GRO ref: GROWNS, George Charles to Robinson, Fanny Emily q2 1884 Hollingbourn RD 2a 1123
      Details from PR entry (image on FMP, viewed 7 April 2019)
      There seems no doubt this marriage was theirs - Growns is not a common surname, and the place is right and the date consistent with the length of marriage shown in the 1911 census. But the second Christian names are surprising. There is none shown for George when he was baptised or for Fanny when her birth was registered, according to the index. That said, I have not seen Fanny's baptism register entry.  

      The 1911 census shows that they had had 11 children, 1 of whom had by then died. Actually it was filled in with 10 in total, 10 still living and 1 died! That it was 11 in total was the enumerator's correction - but I guess it could have been 10 in total, 9 still living.

      The ages of the children in this family are regularly exaggerated a little in the censuses, may be the age they would be that year (I haven't checked exactly)
    Children 9 children 
    Family ID F7782    |  Family Chart

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