George Archibald GURNSEY

George Archibald GURNSEY

Male 1884 - 1973  (88 years)Deceased

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  • Name George Archibald GURNSEY  [1
    Born 7 May 1884  Chatham, Kent, England Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Gender Male 
    Census 1901  38 The Beacon, Luton, Chatham, Kent, England Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Occupation: Carpenter Apprentice 
    Military Service 4 Nov 1901  Chatham, Kent, England Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Attested to join the Royal Engineers.
    Description on enlistment:
    Apparent Age 18yrs 5mnths (actually 17 1/2)
    Height: 5ft 11inches
    Weight: 143 lbs
    Chest: 34.5"/37"
    Fresh Complexion
    Blue eyes
    Brown hair
    Distinguishing marks: Upper incisor broken off 
    Age: 17 
    Military Service 20 Feb 1904  Malta Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Served with the Royal Engineers as a Sapper 
    Age: 19 
    Military Service 20 Nov 1908  Malta Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Finished service in Malta with Royal Engineers 
    Age: 23 
    Census 1911  137 Clarendon Place, Dover, Kent, England Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Occupation: Telephone Lineman (Military Telegraphs) 
    Military Service 3 Nov 1913  Dover, Kent, England Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Discharged on termination of 1st period of engagement 
    Age: 29 
    1939 Register 29 Sep 1939  3 Westbury Road, Dover, Kent, England Find all individuals with events at this location  [2
    Occupation: Telephone Fitter.
    [Special Reserve. Royal Corp. Rank: Corporal] 
    Age: 55 
    Died 12 Jan 1973 
    Siblings 8 siblings 
    Person ID I268  WILLIS01
    Last Modified 28 Dec 2016 

    Father Ancestors George GURNSEY,   b. 22 Jul 1851, Chatham, Kent, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 27 Jun 1930  (Age 78 years) 
    Mother Ancestors Catherine ROBINSON,   b. 9 Oct 1852, Chatham, Kent, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 29 Jul 1929  (Age 76 years) 
    Married 1874  Medway Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Children 9 children 
    Family ID F97  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Spouse / Partner Ancestors Amy Florence HUGGINS,   b. 14 Mar 1884, Chatham, Kent, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 22 Feb 1978, Dover, Kent, England Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 93 years) 
    Married 24 Apr 1909  Wesleyan Chapel, Farnborough, Hampshire. Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Children 
     1. Georgie GURNSEY,   b. 5 Aug 1910,   d. 17 Apr 1916  (Age 5 years)
    +2. Nelly GURNSEY,   b. 30 May 1912, Dover, Kent, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 29 Dec 1991, Dover, Kent, England Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 79 years)
     3. Frederick George GURNSEY,   b. 17 Feb 1917, Dover, Kent, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 6 May 2015, Whitfield, Dover, Kent, England Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 98 years)
    +4. Amy GURNSEY,   b. 29 Mar 1920,   d. 12 Sep 1988, Kent Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 68 years)
    Family ID F122  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Event Map
    Link to Google MapsMilitary Service - Discharged on termination of 1st period of engagement - 3 Nov 1913 - Dover, Kent, England Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google Maps1939 Register - Occupation: Telephone Fitter. [Special Reserve. Royal Corp. Rank: Corporal] - 29 Sep 1939 - 3 Westbury Road, Dover, Kent, England Link to Google Earth
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  • Recordings
    'The Hoppers at Home' - amateur recording
    'The Hoppers at Home' - amateur recording
    In about 1967 my dad bought a cassette recorded and used it to record everyday family life. One day my mum, then aged 21, took the opportunity to record a conversation with her parents and grandparents for posterity. In this recording are: Brenda (21), Alf Hopper (57), Nelly Hopper nee Gurnsey (55), George & Amy Gurnsey (nee Huggins) both 83.

    Histories
    George and Amy GURNSEY - 'Devoted to each other until the end'
    George and Amy GURNSEY – ‘Devoted to each other until the end’
    George and Amy - my Great Grandparents - were both born in 1884 into a world that is so different from today that it is difficult for us to imagine. Married in 1909 they lived well into old age, and were devoted to each other until the end.

    Photos
    George A GURNSEY, before 1909
    George A GURNSEY, before 1909
    [back row, first on the left]
    George & Amy Gurnsey, c1965
    George & Amy Gurnsey, c1965
    George Gurnsey in Sapper uniform
    George Gurnsey in Sapper uniform
    George Gurnsey in uniform
    George Gurnsey in uniform
    George & Amy Gurnsey, c1950
    George & Amy Gurnsey, c1950
    George Gurnsey
    George Gurnsey
    George & Amy Gurnsey (nee Huggins) with daughter Amy Gurnsey, c1942
    George & Amy Gurnsey (nee Huggins) with daughter Amy Gurnsey, c1942
    George & Amy Gurnsey (nee Hopper) c1942
    George & Amy Gurnsey (nee Hopper) c1942
    George Gurnsey in WW2 uniform
    George Gurnsey in WW2 uniform
    Fred, George's son, recalls: 'During the War George had to join the army (he was 56 years old) and was given the rank of Sergeant in the Royal Corps of Signals, but was allowed to remain in Dover doing the same work he had done as a civilian. He was offered a promotion to Warrant rank but refused because it would have meant moving away from Dover.…
    George Gurnsey in uniform, c1942
    George Gurnsey in uniform, c1942
    George Gurnsey on his bike!
    George Gurnsey on his bike!
    George's son, Fred, recalls: 'After World War 2 George was appointed superintendent of the Baptist’s mission at Capel-le-Ferne, near Folkestone. Being superintendent meant taking the Sunday evening service and, since he did not use public transport on a Sunday, he bought a bicycle and cycled to Capel every Sunday – a journey of about 5 miles…

    Headstones
    GURNSEY, George, Amy & Georgie
    GURNSEY, George, Amy & Georgie

    1939 Register
    The 1939 Register - GURNSEY, George & Amy (nee Huggins)
    The 1939 Register - GURNSEY, George & Amy (nee Huggins)
    Living at 3 Westbury Road, Dover, Kent, England

    Census Records
    1901 - GURNSEY, George & Catherine [ROBINSON]
    1901 - GURNSEY, George & Catherine [ROBINSON]
    1911 - GURNSEY, George & Amy [HUGGINS]
    1911 - GURNSEY, George & Amy [HUGGINS]
    1911 Census return for George & Amy Gurnsey at 137 Clarendon Place, Dover, Kent, England.
    1891 Census - George & Catherine Gurnsey
    1891 Census - George & Catherine Gurnsey
    1891 Census return for George & Catherine Gurnsey, 38 Beacon Road, Luton, Kent.

    Obituaries
    Newspaper report of Funeral of Georgie Gurnsey
    Newspaper report of Funeral of Georgie Gurnsey
    Report in the Dover Express & East Kent News, 28 April 1916 on the Funeral of Georgie Gurnsey, who died aged 5 years and 8 months.

    Newspapers
    Newspaper advertisement published in the Dover Express on 19 April 1940
    Newspaper advertisement published in the Dover Express on 19 April 1940
    Advert for the Daily Star Mission meeting on 21 Apr 1940 at 6.30pm.
    Dover Express - 17 Jun 1917.
Dover Education Committee meeting minutes
    Dover Express - 17 Jun 1917. Dover Education Committee meeting minutes
    The Committee received a further application from Mr G Gurnsey of 137, Clarendon St, for the transfer of his daughter, Amy Gurnsey, from Christ Church Infants' School to St Martin's Girls' School, and complaining that subsequent to his previous application other scholars residing outside the school district had been admitted to the latter school.…
    Dover Express - 20 Jul 1934
    Dover Express - 20 Jul 1934
    CAPEL-LE-FERN - Baptist Church Anniversary
    Dover Express - 10 Oct 1922
    Dover Express - 10 Oct 1922
    Thursday, 28th October, 1922
    At Three o'clock pm, in Fourteen Lots, the undermentioned desirable FREEHOLD COTTAGES
    Lot 5 - No 137, CLARENDON PLACE; let to Mr George Gurnsey at 8/2 a week, including rates.
    Dover Express - 21 May 1937
    Dover Express - 21 May 1937
    EWELL MINNIS
    Baptist Mission Anniversary
    Anniversary services were held at the Baptist Mission Hall on Whit-Sunday and Monday. The Pastor, the Rev S G Tween, conducted the Sunday services. The services were continued on Monday, when 120 sat down to tea, after which the Sunday School scholars held their races in a field adjoining the Hall,…
    Dover Express - 5 Apr 1940
    Dover Express - 5 Apr 1940
    OPENING OF REST ROOMS FOR H M FORCES
    In connection with the opening of rest rooms for HM Forces on April 6th, at the Day Star Mission Guest House (top of Queen St), the following have consented to act as a committee: Mrs J R P Clarke, Miss L Francis, the Rev E C Galpin, Capt and Mrs H M Geary, Mr C E Golden (treasurer), Corporal G A Gurnsey, Mr J…

    Portraits
    GURNSEY, George Archibald
    GURNSEY, George Archibald

    Albums
    GURNSEY, George - Attestation Papers - 4 Nov 1901
    GURNSEY, George - Attestation Papers - 4 Nov 1901 (4)

  • Sources 
    1. [S04] **1901 England Census, Class: RG13; Piece: 730; Folio: 141; Page: 26.
      Name: George GurnseyBirth Date: abt 1885Birth Place: Chatham, Kent, EnglandResidence Date: 1901Residence Place: Chatham, Kent, England
      http://search.ancestry.co.uk/cgi-bin/sse.dll?db=uki1901&h=5450150&ti=5538&indiv=try

    2. [S303] 1939 Register, Ref: RG101/1709D/003/3 Letter Code:.