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Researching GIRLING from Bawdsey, Suffolk, England

Query by Disabled_Dave

I have only just started researching my GIRLING family heritage, and am looking for others researching the GIRLING family. At the moment I am finding it easier to extend the family tree sideways into other surnames rather than back in time on the GIRLING line.

My father and grandfather lived in Bawdsey, Suffolk, England, and had connections in Alderton, Shottisham, Woodbridge and Ipswitch which are all in the same area. Also in this area are, or were, the RAF/USAF bases of Bentwaters, Woodbridge, and Bawdsey. One of my aunts married into the HALL family and her daughter, by two marriages, married into the PATTERSON and HERMANSON families in the United States.

My father was William Henry GIRLING 1920/03/03 - 1986/05/21 - siblings Violet, Rose, and Walter, step sibling Fred CRICK

My grandfather was William James GIRLING who I think was born sometime between 1890/10/3 and 1891/08/15 based on his age given in other documents - known siblings George, Emma, Eliza

My great-grandfather was William Girling - known sibling Henry

My grandfather first married on 1915/10/03 to Leonora PRIOR who was born around 1895, and after her death was married on 1925/08/15 to a widow Alice Maud CRICK nee CLAYDON born in 1884 or 1885, died 1960/06/18, who had previously been married (1909/02/27) to Charles William CRICK who was born in 1884 or 1885.

As you can see it is already a complicated web with loads of unconfirmed dates and sibling names.

The photo I am putting up we think is of the wedding of William James GIRLING to Alice Maud CRICK (nee CLAYDON)

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by noggin on 2013-02-21 11:29:21

This is the nearest I could find to a William James with a father William and sibling Emma and George.Do you have any idea of the name of William James Girlings mother?

1901 England Census
Name: William Girling
Age: 37
Estimated Birth Year: abt 1864
Relation: Head
Spouse's Name: Sarah Girling
Gender: Male
Where born: Huntingfield, Suffolk, England
Civil parish: Huntingfield
Ecclesiastical parish: Huntingfield St Mary
Town: Huntingfield
County/Island: Suffolk
Country: England
Registration district: Blything
Sub-registration district: Halesworth
ED, institution, or vessel: 8
Household schedule number: 22

William Girling 37
Sarah Girling 38
Wm James Girling 10
George Girling 9
Walter Henry Girling 7
Emma Sarah Girling 3 Months

by Disabled_Dave on 2013-02-21 14:05:23

Many thanks for this, it could well be my family because I've found out that:

My great-grandfather William was born around 1860-65 which ties in with the 37 year old
My grandfather William James was born around 1890-92 which ties in with the 10 year old
My grandfather had a sister Emma which ties in with the 3 month old

Then as names tend to get passed down the family it ties in because:

My great-grandfather had a brother Henry
My grandfather had an uncle George, I don't know paternal or maternal
My Dad had a brother Walter

So the kids names tie in with these names being passed down the family.

I've also found that there is a William Girling Reservoir in London, so someone in the Girling family is famous.

by Disabled_Dave on 2013-02-21 14:10:54

Forgot to mention, I don't know who William James' mother was, I only got his father's name from a marriage certificate

by noggin on 2013-02-22 08:45:49

This looks like the birth reg for William James Girling, although I cannot be 100%. If you got the cert it would confirm his father and mother's names

England & Wales, FreeBMD Birth Index, 1837-1915
Name: William James Girling
Date of Registration: Jan-Feb-Mar 1891
Registration district: Blything
Inferred County: Suffolk
Volume: 4a
Page: 931

by Disabled_Dave on 2013-02-22 14:10:17

Many thanks for your help. I think this is going to get frustrating as well as addictive; today I found out that one of my cousins had got one of the family lines (either Girling or Hall) back seven generations, but when he died his wife deleted everything from his computer and burnt all of the copies of documents, photos, etc that he had collected. Aaaaarrrrggggghhhhhhhh!!!!!!

I wonder if I'm trying to do too much at once, at the moment I'm:

1) Suing my ex-employer,

2) Trying to finish off my Mum's memoires that she wrote covering up to within three years of her death,

3) Trying to find out about my Dad's war service. He seems to have been in a small group that was away from most of the regiment, and a couple of his souvenir photos have him in a small group of 3 or 4 made of members from different regiments.

At one point he was in Baghdad at the same time as Monty when the rest of his lot were at sea off the coast of Africa. When I mentioned this to my Mum just before she died she said "Oh, he may well have been with Monty. Your Dad knew Monty very well, and was always chatting with him." which seems a bit strange as my Dad was only a private, but Mum didn't know any more as my Dad didn't like talking about the war, apart from funny things that happened.

But from what I do know, my infantry Dad was in North Africa with a Tank regiment when Monty was leading the charge across the desert, and Dad learnt enough Arabic to be put in charge of the Arabs that were with them.

Then he went up the west coast of Italy with the Americans whilst the British were going up the east coast, and while donkeys and mules were in short supply in Italy and most groups were lucky to have one to help carry equipment, my Dad had a team of them, and seems to have been left to his own devices a lot of the time.

At the end of the war because my Dad had learnt enough Italian he was given the job of organising getting the Italians that were with them back to their homes.

He also got the Job of making sure that everyone, including the officers, was properly de-loused before embarkation back to England.

All of which seems very strange for someone who was only a conscripted private.

3) Trying to trace my family tree.

4) Doing a writing course.

5) Finish my novel that I'm on chapter 9 of out of 15 planned.

Is that too much?

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