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finding a Jones from Wales

Postby richardrcj1981 » Mon Feb 18, 2019 12:12 am

Hi

Is there anyone that can help me find more information on my Grandfather.

His name was William John Jones, and he was born in 1912 in Wales. He died in 1937 when my Father was only 1 year old, and his wife since died in 1981 and our family don't know much about William and his family.

William was working as a cook in The Feather's hotel in Ealing Broadway when he married my Grandmother on 02/05/1934, and after they got married they moved to Carbis Bay in Cornwall
and when my Father was born on 24/06/1936 William was still listed as a hotel cook. William later started work as a hotel cook on 17/03/1937 at the Lodge Hill hotel in Watersfield, West Sussex, and William later died in Watersfield on 21/07/1937.

From his ages on these various dates it would appear that he was born between 02/05/1912 and 21/07/1912 but there were about 15 people born in Wales at that time with his name.

Both the Lodge Hill Hotel and Feathers hotel have long closed.

Can anyone please help?

many thanks

Richard
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Re: finding a Jones from Wales

Postby avaline » Mon Feb 18, 2019 1:32 am

richardrcj1981 wrote:Hi
William was working as a cook in The Feather's hotel in Ealing Broadway when he married my Grandmother on 02/05/1934
Richard


What is the name & occupation of his father on the marriage certificate?
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Re: finding a Jones from Wales

Postby richardrcj1981 » Mon Feb 18, 2019 10:02 am

His Father's name was Jack Griffith Jones and he was a Club Steward.
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Re: finding a Jones from Wales

Postby ksouthall » Mon Feb 18, 2019 11:26 am

Do you have a copy of his death certificate? I'm not sure what information would be on one from 1937 but there may be a clue from the name of the informant if it wasn't his wife.
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Re: finding a Jones from Wales

Postby richardrcj1981 » Mon Feb 18, 2019 11:55 am

I do have his death certificate, but he drowned himself in a canal. So there's not much more information we can get from that. I have a newspaper clipping about his death but it doesn't say anything about his family or where and when he was born.
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Re: finding a Jones from Wales

Postby richardrcj1981 » Mon Feb 18, 2019 11:56 am

a passer-by found his body
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Re: finding a Jones from Wales

Postby ksouthall » Mon Feb 18, 2019 12:29 pm

richardrcj1981 wrote:I do have his death certificate, but he drowned himself in a canal. So there's not much more information we can get from that. I have a newspaper clipping about his death but it doesn't say anything about his family or where and when he was born.


There are a couple of reports of the drowning on FindMyPast:

Worthing Gazette 28 July 1937 - page 14, column 2 - Drowned in canal

West Sussex Gazette 29 July 1937 - Page 4, column 5 - COLDWALTHAM - Inquest

What a sad ending for him.
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Re: finding a Jones from Wales

Postby richardrcj1981 » Mon Feb 18, 2019 1:31 pm

That's interesting because I only found reference to his death from
Worthing Herold - 31 July 1937

What do the others say?
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Re: finding a Jones from Wales

Postby richardrcj1981 » Mon Feb 18, 2019 4:30 pm

OMG I'm just reading those two articles now.

Thanks for pointing them out, the West Sussex Gazette article gives a lot of information about what happened prior to his death, but sadly nothing about his family.

It's really interesting thanks ksouthall
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Re: finding a Jones from Wales

Postby ksouthall » Tue Feb 19, 2019 10:42 am

I'm glad you found them interesting, Richard. One of my great-great-grandfathers drowned in a pond and the related newspaper articles were very helpful. Sad to thing they felt that was the only way of resolving things, though.
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