1882 David Launchbury
I am the direct descendant (grandson) of David Launchbury. David was born the third child of Frederick Launchbury (10 Nov 1856 – 1932) and Hannah Carter (1856 – 1932) on April 02, 1882. He was born in a small village just across the Thames from the city of Oxford called North Hinksey. His grandfather Henry Launchbury had been the Miller there. Hinksey at that time was in the county of Berkshire, but during the 1930’s, the boarders were changed and it now sits in Oxfordshire. David (numbered 6 on my Ahnentafel system) like his father started work for the Great Western Railway Company. His younger sister Ada (1884) met and married a chap called Tomas Carey Pinnock (1883) - the eldest son of My Great grandfather (Ahnentafel 17) Thomas Pinnock- in June 1903, The family had just moved to Reading, and chose to live opposite the station in the Oxfordshire part of the town, Caversham. David met Thomas’s younger sister Edith Emily Pinnock at the wedding, and they started courting.
Edith’s father Thomas Pinnock (1860-1905) had suffered from a slight alcohol problem, and had packed himself off to Canada to cure it, well the cure worked too well, for it killed him, and the estate was frozen by Canadian law firms for the next 30 years. Thomas’s wife, Ellen Elizabeth Pinnock (nee Fuller) was left with a young son and a teenage child to support.
The 1901 census returns for both grandparents are interesting. David is seen living at his fathers address at 15 Kings Rd, Caversham, which was then part of ‘Southern’ Or ‘Henley’ Oxfordshire.
(RG13/1371 : Henley : Caversham : 6 Folio: 124 Page: 46 schedule number: 254. St Peter Caversham Oxfordshire)
Frederick Launchbury abt 1857 Batley, Berkshire, England Head Caversham Oxfordshire Checker Gt W Rly Worker
Hannah Launchbury abt 1856 Oxfordshire, England Wife Caversham Oxfordshire
David Launchbury abt 1882 New Hinckley, Berkshire, England Son Caversham Oxfordshire M Porter Gt W Rly Worker
Ada Launchbury abt 1885 New Hinckley, Berkshire, England Daughter Caversham Oxfordshire Laundress Steam Laundry Worker Berks
Charles Launchbury abt 1888 New Hinckley, Berkshire, England Son Caversham Oxfordshire
Hannah R Launchbury abt 1892 New Hinckley, Berkshire, England Daughter Caversham Oxfordshire
John Marsh abt 1896 Oxfordshire, England Grandson Caversham Oxfordshire
Albert E Street abt 1896 Caversham, Oxfordshire, England Grandson Caversham Oxfordshire
Minnie M Street abt 1879 New Hinckley, Berkshire, England Daughter Caversham Oxfordshire
David’s sister Minnie had married a Richard Street, and was seen living with their baby in the same household. His eldest brother Frederick had escaped his fathers house, and set up home with his wife Annie Maud Mary Clark, they had three children by 1901, and Frederick had dropped his name and was going under the title of Charles Launchbury, probably to stop confusion, as they were both working for the GWR.
Edith was born December 29, 1887 in Caversham, Oxfordshire and can be found in her fathers address (RG13 1371 84 15 104 South Oxon Caversham St Peters Oxfordshire) on St Johns Rd, Caversham
Thomas Pinnock Head M 41 M Navvy Worker Wilts
Helen Pinnock Wife M 44 F Laundress Wash Worker Oxon Standlake
Edith Emily Pinnock Daughter 13 F Undefined Oxon Caversham
Ethel May Pinnock Daughter 10 F Undefined Berks Reading
Helen was carrying William her youngest child at the time, and Thomas, who had been a farmer for a while, was doing recruiting work for the Navy, as he had been a gunner in the Royal Marines Artillery on HMS Minatour.
The death of Thomas brought about a drastic change on the family. David Launchbury married Edith on November 10, 1906 in Caversham Parish Church (St Peters). He had returned from military service, where he had been serving as a Cook, in the notorious Black & Tans regiment over in Ireland. The Marriage Licence of David and Edith Emily Launchbury reveals quite a bit of detail. Certificate, number 122, of page 61 of the Parish Church of St Peters in Caversham, David was 24 years old, and his bride Edith Emily was 20. David was employed by the Great Western Railway as a railway Porter. David was living at 46 Bryant’s Avenue, in Caversham, and Edith at Blenheim Cottage in Star Lane. David’s father, Frederick Launchbury was a Foreman Porter, and Edith's father Thomas was a Farmer, (Deceased, The wedding was witnessed by Thomas Rushart, Dorathy Pinnock and Ethel Pinnock. The Assistant Curate was Walter Bolden.
When Thomas died in Canada whilst trying to be cured of alcoholism, Helen had been forced to move to a small house on Gosport Rd. Edith is with the extended family of Charles Carter, at no 10 Star road. Charles is the brother of Hannah, David’s Mother, and this may have been arranged by Thomas Carey and Ada, who lived just down the road. Indeed, David’s parents moved a few doors away in Star Rd after Frederic retirement- until his death in 1914. They moved into 40 Bryant’s avenue, and with the arrival of her first child, took in her younger brother William as well.
David and Edith had 10 children in total,
REGINALD DAVID LAUNCHBURY, b. March 23, 1907, Caversham; d. 1972, Hayes,
DOROTHEA HELEN MAY LAUNCHBURY, b. 1908, Caversham,; d. 1973, Caversham,
EVELYN VIOLET LAUNCHBURY, b. September 15, 1911, Caversham; d. 1980, Caversham.
RONALD CECIL LAUNCHBURY, b. Bef. July 1914, Caversham, d. June 28, 1920, Caversham.
CAREY FREDERICK LAUNCHBURY, b. March 09, 1916, Caversham, d. 1981.
WILLIAM HENRY LAUNCHBURY, b. May 21, 1919, Caversham; d. 1970, Caversham.
MAURICE LESLIE LAUNCHBURY, b. 1922, Caversham, d. 2004.
PHYLLIS AMELIA LAUNCHBURY, b. April 20, 1924, Caversham, d. March 13, 1993, Bridgwater (my Mother).
LIONEL DENNIS LAUNCHBURY, b. April 12, 1926, Caversham, d. August 24, 1976, Woodley.
ROYSTON DESMOND LAUNCHBURY, b. October 18, 1928, Caversham -
Edith died first on June 28, 1946, and as well as a laundress, she was a local midwife, so had delivered half of Caversham at that point. Edith carried a little book with her during her visits as a midwife, "the life and memoirs of Henry Jenkins' containing 907 recipes for common ailments. Before her death, she was in the Royal Berkshire Hospital. Her younger sister Ethel wrote a letter to he on the 11 September 1945, from 20 Lennox St, Weymouth in Dorset (2.5D postage), but I do not know her married name.
David’s retirement from the Great Western happened in 1947, where over the 49 years he had risen up to the position of the Goods Foreman of Caversham Coal Yard. Most of his sons also worked at some time for the Great Western as well. However, David never really got over the death of Edith, and lasted until May 24, 1963, where he died in the new house built at Woodley, 15 months before I was born there. They had brought a plot in Caversham cemetery for their son (Ronald) to be buried in (June 24 1920) and both of them were buried in the same plot.