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  • Photograph was published on 28th April 1915 in the Nottingham Evening Post and is courtesy of Jim Grundy and his facebook pages Small Town Great War Hucknall 1914-1918
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Huntingdon
Henry Montague, known as Montague, was born in 1897 and was the son of James William Dear and Emily Jane Dear nee Bransom (or 'Branson'). His father, James, was born in London (baptised 23 November 1870 All Saints Tower Hamlets), the son of James and Anne Dear who both came from Huntingdon. In 1871 the family was living at 8 Devonshire Place, Tower Hamlets, but by 1881 they were back in Huntingdon and in 1891 living at 11 Sayers Street where James' elderly parents were still living in 1911. His mother, Emily Jane Bransom, was born in Otley, Yorkshire, (abt. 1875) although her family appears to have come from Huntingdon as her older brother, Albert, was born there. Her mother, Mary, was widowed young and left with two infant children. In 1877 Mary Branson (sic) married Samuel Baker and in 1881 the family, which now included Emily's two half-siblings, lived on Church Lane, Alconbury, Huntingdon. Emily and James William were married in 1892 (marriage registered J/F/M Huntingdon) and they were to have three children; William Robert b1893 (Huntingdon), Arthur Albert b 14 August 1894 (Basford, Nottingham) and Henry Montague b1897 (Huntingdon). James William died in 1898 aged 27 (death registered J/A/S Huntingdon). The Probate record gives his address as 8 Merritt Street, Huntingdon, and his occupation as railway labourer. Two years later in 1901 Emily was still in Huntingdon and living at 7 Sayers Street with her three sons, William (8), Arthur (6) and the youngest boy who was listed as Montague H (4). Also in the household were two boarders, Harry Brown (21) a tailor, and Susana Goodis (63) who was living on her own means. Emily and her sons later removed to Nottingham and at the time of the 1911 census Emily (36) was a patient in the Hospital for Women on Castle Gate, Nottingham. She died that year in Nottingham and was buried in Nottingham on 6 May 1911. Also at the time of the 1911 census her three sons were living at 150 Burford Road, Hyson Green. William Robert (18), a telephone mechanic, was described as the head of the household. Arthur Albert (16) was a grocer's assistant and Henry Montague (14) a butcher's assistant. Also in the household were two lodgers, John Gallen (30) a brewer and Thomas McCrowe (42) a lace machinist. Henry's brother William Robert died in Nottingham the following year aged 20; he was buried on 27 July 1912. When Henry enlisted in Territorial Force he named his surviving brother, Arthur, as his next of kin but he later named a friend, Ellen Saunders, as his legatee and she is the person with whom the Army corresponds after Henry's death in 1915. At the time of his death Henry is living at 16 Bobbersmill Road, Hyson Green. His will is made out in favour of Miss Ellen Mary Saunders; she later takes receipt of his personal possessions, listed as religious books, photographs and cards, at which time she is living at 11 Bobbersmill Road. In April 1919 Ellen now married (Heafield) and living at 1 Rose Tree Lane, Newhall near Burton on Trent, completed a form for the army which asked for the names of Henry's surviving blood relatives; she recorded a surviving brother [Arthur] but did not know his whereabouts. Arthur Albert married Daisy Beard in 1917 (marriage registered A/M/J Nottingham) and he died aged 82 in 1976 (death registered Dec. Nottingham).
He was a butcher's assistant.
20 Feb 1915
18
280900 - CWGC Website
4496
Carrington
Private
2nd Bn Sherwood Foresters (Notts & Derby Regiment)
Henry Montague Dear enlisted in Nottingham on 11th November 1912. He gave his age as 17 years and 10 months (he was actually only 15 yrs of age). He attested for 6 years service with the Special Reserve battalion Sherwood Foresters. He gave his place of residence as Carrington. He landed in France on 27th December 1914 and joined the British Expeditionary Force. He was serving with 2nd Battalion Sherwood Foresters (Nottinghamshire & Derbyshire) Regiment, when he was killed in action on 20th February 1915. He is buried in Houplines Communal Cemetery Extension, France, grave reference III C 49.
Probate (father): James William of 8 Merritt-street Huntingdon railway labourer died 22 August 1898 at Sawtry Huntingdonshire Administration Peterborough 28 October to Emily Dear widow. Effects £155 5s.
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  • Photograph was published on 28th April 1915 in the Nottingham Evening Post and is courtesy of Jim Grundy and his facebook pages Small Town Great War Hucknall 1914-1918
    Henry Montague Dear - Photograph was published on 28th April 1915 in the Nottingham Evening Post and is courtesy of Jim Grundy and his facebook pages Small Town Great War Hucknall 1914-1918