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George Ernest was the second son of Joseph Boyer and his second wife, Mary Ann Brooksbank nee Trout. Joseph Boyer was born in South Witham, Lincolnshire, in 1859 (O/N/D Grantham Lincs) the son of Mary Ann Boyer. In 1861 Joseph was living with his maternal grandparents, Thomas and Susannah Boyer, in South Witham. His mother Mary Ann married William Caunt in 1861 (O/N/D Grantham) and by 1871 they were living on Walker Street, Nottingham, and in 1881 at Buntings Buildings, Carlton; Joseph (21) was a farm labourer. He was using the surname Caunt and described as William's son but by 1891 was recorded on the census in his birth name, Boyer. In 1891 Joseph Boyer (31) was working as a brickyard labourer and living on Crown Street, Sneinton. He was described as head of household and his marital status was given as widower but no trace has yet been found of a marriage. The widowed Mary Ann Brooksbank, a hosiery machinist, was his lodger along with her daughter Fanny (9) and Samuel Trout (3) described as her nephew. Mary Ann Brooksbank (b. 1 February 1862) was the widow of Albert Brooksbank (d. 1887) and had four children: Albert Brooksbank Trout b. 1879 (J/A/S Nottingham) bap. Nottingham St Peter 10 August 1879, Fanny Louisa b. 1881 (J/A/S Nottingham), William Henry b. 1884 (O/N/D Nottingham) and Elizabeth b. 1887 (J/A/S Nottingham). Albert later used the surname 'Brooksbank'. Albert and William were living with friends or relatives at the time of the 1891 census; the youngest child, Elizabeth, has not yet been traced but probably died later that year (O/N/D Nottingham). Joseph Boyer and Mary Ann Brooksbank were married at St Matthias church, Sneinton, on 20 June 1892 (A/M/J Nottingham) and had five children: John b. 24 March 1891 (A/M/J Nottingham) bap. 21 December 1892 Nottingham St John, Elsie Harriet b. 20 May 1893 (J/A/S Nottingham) and George Ernest birth registered 1897 (J/F/M Nottingham), who were both baptised on 15 September 1897 at Nottingham St John, Elizabeth b. 9 June 1903 (J/A/S Nottingham) and Ivy Mary Violet birth registered 1906 (J/F/M Nottingham). Joseph and Mary Ann were living at 14 Arthur Place, Nottingham, when their children were baptised in 1892 and 1897. By 1901 Joseph (41) a gas stoker and Mary Ann (39) were living at 8 Elgin Street, Nottingham, with Mary's son William (16), a bricklayer's labourer, and John (10), Elsie (7) and George (4). William joined the Royal Navy the following year. The 1911 Census, completed by Joseph Boyer as head of household, gave the family surname as 'Caunt'. The family was living at 8 Elgin Street, Nottingham, and in the home on the night of the census were: Joseph and Mary Ann, John (20), George (14), Elizabeth (7) and Ida (5). Elsie (Caunt) was also listed - age 17 and a lace dresser - but was also included as Elsie Boyer on the census return of Mary Ann Cant (also Caunt), the widow of Henry Cant (also Caunt), of 14 Lewis Square, 3 Ainsworth Terrace, Meadows. The family home was probably at 36 Goodhead Street, Meadows, by 1914 when William Brooksbank was killed and Joseph and Mary Ann were still living there when George was killed in 1918. George was engaged to Fanny at the time of his death. Joseph Boyer died in 1935 (J/F/M Nottingham) aged 75. His widow Mary Ann was still living at 36 Goodhead Street, Meadows, at the time of the 1939 England & Wales Register. Also in the household were: Gertrude Priestley (amended to Roome) b. 16 Mary 1921 single, laundress; George Dennis Firth b. 12 October 1929 at school; John Boyer (divorced) a brass fettler; Fanny L Spick (b. 24 July 1914, Fanny Louisa Boyer J/A/S Nottingham/Spencer, d. 1997) and her husband Herbert Spick (b, 25 May 1915) a gauge maker (married 1936 J/A/S Nottingham). Mary Ann Boyer probably died in 1959 (J/A/S Nottingham) aged 98. If this information is correct then she outlived her four children by Albert Brooksbank and five children by Joseph Boyer. Of George's surviving siblings: Albert Brooksbank was living at 4 Peas Hill Road, St Ann's, with his married sister Fanny Louisa Mills in 1901 and also recorded as a visitor in their home at 39 Kings Meadow Road in 1911; his occupation was given as a cobbler 'own account/at home'. Albert had married Lilian (Lily) Jane Hart in 1910 (J/F/M Basford) and their daughter, Amelia was born the same year (1910 O/N/D Nottingham). Lily (24), a lace hand, and her daughter Amelia (7 months) were recorded in the household of her parents at 7 Belvior Terrace, Bunbury Street, Meadows, on the night of the 1911 Census. Amelia died aged 22 in 1933 (J/F/M Nottingham). Albert died in 1935 (O/N/D Nottingham) aged 56. Fanny Louisa Brooksbank married William Emmanuel Mills on 28 February 1901 at Nottingham St Peter. In 1901 they were living at 4 Peas Hill Road, St Ann's; William (25) was a hairdresser and Fanny (20) a lace joiner. Also in the household were her brother Albert Brooksbank (21) and Elizabeth Restall (65) who may have been one of William's relations. According to the 1911 Census, William and Fanny had six children of whom only two survived; the following registration of births (Mills) all gave the mother's maiden as Brooksbank: William Albert b. 1901 (O/N/D Nottingham), Edward b. 1903 (O/N/D Nottingham d. 1904, Henry and Joseph b. 1905 (J/A/S Nottingham) both d. 1905 (J/A/S Nottingham, Robert Boyd birth registered 1907 (J/F/M Nottingham) d. 1908 (O/N/D Nottingham) and Joseph Henry b. 1908 (O/N/D Nottingham, prob. 19 September 1908, d. 1998). In 1911 William Emmanuel and his son William (9) were living at 39 Kings Meadow Road, Meadows; his brother-in-law Albert Brooksbank (31) a cobbler on his own account was a visitor on the night of the census. William and Fanny's second surviving chid (possibly Joseph Henry, aged 2 years) has not yet been traced. Fanny Louisa (28) was a patient in the Isolation Hospital, Bulwell Forest in 1911; she died aged 29 in 1911 (A/M/J Nottingham), buried 29 April. Her husband died aged 56 in 1932 (A/M/J Nottingham). William Henry Brooksbank joined the Royal Navy in 1902 and was killed aged 30 on 26 November 1914 when HMS Bulwark exploded while loading ammunition; he is commemorated on the Portsmouth Naval Memorial. (See record on this ROH) John Boyer married Martha Cooper in 1917 (O/N/D Nottingham). In 1939 he was divorced and living with his widowed mother at 36 Goodhead Street, Meadows. He died on 2 March 1951. The probate record gave his address as 9 Crocus Cottages, Goodhead Street, although he died at 6 Sherwood Cottages, Goodhead Street; administration of his will was awarded to Fanny Louisa Spick 'married woman'. Elsie Harriet Boyer married Joseph Rood in 1918 (A/M/J Nottingham. They had at least four children: John R. and George Henry b. 18 September 1919 (J/A/S Nottingham), Ida MV b. 6 November 1920 (O/N/D Nottingham) and Arthur b. 1923 (A/M/J Nottingham). In 1939 they were living at 2 Parkers Terrace, Nottingham; Joseph (b. 1 May 1891) was a permanent way relayer. Also in the household was their daughter Ida MV Rood, a telephone worker who married Ronald Lempard in 1940 (O/N/D Nottingham). Elsie died aged 49 in 1942 (J/A/S Nottingham), buried 28 September 1942. Elizabeth Boyer may have married Lawrence (also Laurence) H Daft in 1921 (A/M/J Nottingham) and in 1939 they were living in Nottingham. Elizabeth was a lace dresser and Lawrence (b. 19 November 1893) a brass fettler. Also in the household were Audrey M. Daft (later Easom, b. 13 April 1932) and Josephine H Daft (later Kennard, b. 13 July 1937). Elizabeth Daft died aged 46 on 23 November 1949 (O/N/D Nottingham), buried 26 November. Ivy Mary Violet Boyer died aged 16 in 1922 (J/A/S Nottingham).
12 Oct 1918
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36 Goodhead Street, Meadows, Nottingham.
Private
9th Bn Duke of Wellington's (West Riding Regiment)
Pte. Boyer was called up and following training was drafted to France, where he was killed in action on 12 October 1918 during the final Allied advance. He was buried at Montay Neuvilly Road Cemetery, Montay.
George's half-brother, William Henry Brooksbank, served in the Royal Navy and was killed on 26 November 1914 when HMS Bulwark blew up while taking on ammunition. (Portsmouth Naval Memorial). See record on this ROH Nottingham Evening Post,’Roll of Honour’, 26 November 1918: ‘Boyer. In loving memory of Pte. George Boyer, 36, Goodhead-street, killed in action October 12th, 1918; also brother of the above, William Henry Brooksbank, perished on HMS Bulwark November 26th, 1914. Hearts and home left desolate. Reunited. From broken-hearted mother, father, brothers Albert and Jack [John], sisters Elsie, Lizzie [Elizabeth], Ida, brother-in-law, sisters-in-law, sorrowing fiancee of above George, Fanny.’ (www.britishnewspaperarchive.co.uk) Nottingham Evening Post, ‘In Memoriam’, 26 November 1919: ‘Boyer. In loving memory of our dear sons and brothers, William Henry Brooksbank, killed on HMS Bulwark November 26th, 1914; also George, killed in action October 12th, 1918. Silently mourned. Mother, father, brothers, sisters, sisters-in-law Lily [Albert's wife], Martha [John's wife], brothers-in-law William [William E Mills], Joe [Joseph Rood]’ (www.britishnewspaperarchive.co.uk) Registers of Soldiers' Effects: His mother, Mary Ann Boyer was his sole legatee
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