Somerset

Wedding Wednesday – John Robert Turner Musgrove and Jean James

John Robert Turner Musgrove is my 1st cousin 1x removed. His parents are John Robert Musgrove and Phoebe Scott. Our common ancestors are Joseph Musgrove and Elizabeth Ann Turner, my great grandparents.

John (Jack) was born on 17 July 1916 in Clitheroe, Lancashire.

In the 1939 Register John’s occupation is listed as “carpenter’s labourer”. He was living at home with his parents.

On the 17 June 1943 John married Jean James in Axbridge, Somerset. Details of the wedding were published in the Clitheroe Advertiser and Times on 25 June 1943.

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MUSGROVE-JAMES

Private Jack Musgrove, King’s Own Royal Regiment, eldest son of Mr and Mrs J Musgrove, 32 Hayhurst Street, Clitheroe, was married yesterday week, at St John’s Church, Axbridge, to Miss Jean James, youngest daughter of Mr and Mrs P James, 17 Parkfield, Axbridge, Somerset.

The bride, who was given away by her father, wore a white satin dress designed on Tudor lines, with an embroidered veil and wreath of orange-blossom. She carried a bouquet of red roses. Miss Nancy James, the bride’s sister, was the bridesmaid, and her dress was in floral satin, with lace head-dress to tone. Her bouquet was composed of blue cynthias.

Mr Joseph Musgrove, brother of the groom, undertook the duties of best man, whilst those of groomsman were carried out by Mr Joseph Waterhouse, brother-in-law of the bridegroom.

A pendant was the bridegroom’s gift to the bride, and he received from her a wrist watch. He gave a cheque to the bridesmaid.

After the reception, which was held at the home of the bride, the newly-married pair travelled to Mr Musgrove’s home town for the honeymoon, the bride wearing a floral gown, with a grey coat and hat to match.

Amongst the many presents were a canteen of cutlery and silk bedspread from work friends of the bride.

Previous to joining the Forces, three and and a half years ago, Mr Musgrove was employed at Whiteacre Camp, Barrow, and he was very well known in the district as a trumpet player, having been associated with the Borough Band and local dance bands.

After the end of the war John and Jean lived in Somerset and had three children.

Sunday’s Obituary – Arthur Frederick Lord (1906-1946)

Arthur Frederick Lord is my 4th cousin 1x removed. His parents are Charles Lord and Sarah Lonsdale. Our common ancestors are Isaac Kighley and Ellen Jackson, my 4x great grandparents.

Arthur was born on 20 January 1906 in Rochester, Kent. In the 1911 census he is living at 190 High Street, Rochester.

As far as I can establish Arthur joined the Merchant Navy as a cadet in June 1921. His identity certificate number was 209328 (see below) and he was serving on the SS Gothic Star (Official No. of ship 108793).

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I don’t have a comprehensive record of Artur’s service in the Merchant Navy but I do know that he obtained a Certificate of Competency as Second Mate on 11 May 1927.

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On one of his stays back in the UK Arthur married Hazel Walkem sometime in the March quarter of 1934 in Woolwich, London. Later that year their only child, David, was born on 28 December, also in Woolwich.

When the 1939 Register was taken in September that year Hazel and David are living at Lee Mount, Shoreditch Road, Taunton, Somerset. Arthur doesn’t appear in the register – he was presumably away at sea.

Moving forward seven years to 1946 we find Arthur working as a Chief Officer aboard Screw Steamer Rembrandt – a ship built by Lithgows Ltd in Glasgow, Scotland. The Rembrandt was launched as a cargo ship on 30 August 1940, its first owner was the Bolton Steam Shipping Co. Ltd in London.

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Now this is where my story about Arthur Frederick Lord reaches its conclusion. According to the Deaths at Sea Register Arthur disappeared on 19 November 1946 sometime between 11.30am and 4.00pm. He was presumed to have fallen overboard. The latitude and longitude co-ordinates given in the register – Latitude 36º 26´N : Longitude 18º 19´E – put the ship in the middle of the Mediterranean Sea – somewhere between Greece and Malta and North of Lybia.

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In his will Arthur left effects totalling £1241 11s 3d to Albert Leslie Binns, chartered accountant. This was his brother-in-law, husband of his sister Florence May.

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