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Edwin Birks1

#1028, b. 17 January 1856, d. 11 January 1925
Last Edited=31 Mar 2015
Edwin Birks
     Edwin Birks was born on 17 January 1856 in Scrooby, Nottingham, Nottinghamshire, England.2,3 He was the son of Jonathan Roberts Birks and Charlotte Hutton. In the census of 7 April 1861 in 56 Cottage Road, Kimberworth, Yorkshire, England, he was listed as the son of Jonathan Roberts Birks Edwin was a scholar.4 In the census of 2 April 1871 in Garbut Street, Middlesbrough, Yorkshire, England, he was listed as the servant and general servant of Amos Hinton.5 He married Eliza Hallifield, daughter of William Hallifield and Sarah Marsden, in 1880 in Doncaster, Yorkshire, England.6 Edwin was listed as the head of the family of on the census of 3 April 1881 in 15 Granville Road, Middlesbrough, Yorkshire, England, Edwin was a grocer.7 Edwin was listed as the head of the family of on the census of 31 March 1891 in Melbourne Lodge, Stockton Road, Stranton, West Hartlepool, Durham, England, Edwin was a grocer.8 Edwin, Eliza and their five older children all signed the Wesley Register as paying their Guinea in 1898 towards the Methodist Million Guinea Fund. They gave their address as Melbourne Lodge in West Hartlepool.9 Edwin was listed as head of household in the census of 31 March 1901 in Malbourne Lodge, Stockton Road, West Hartlepool, Durham, England, Edwin was a grocer.10 An article appeared in the Northern Daily Mail, West Hartlepool on 17 June 1910 which talks about an alleged theft of sacks of flour from Edwin's warehouse by four men and a woman. It would appear that some of the accused had been recently dismissed employees of Edwin. The woman was bound over for six months, two men released and the other two were sent to Durham for two months with hard labour.11,12 Edwin was listed as head of household in the census of 2 April 1911 in The Oaks, Westbourne Road, West Hartlepool, Durham, England, Edwin was a grocer living with his wife and five of his children in their 14 roomed home. They had two servants.13 Edwin died on 11 January 1925 in 87 Hutton Avenue, Hartlepool, Durham, England, aged 68 It is believed he died from influenza.14,15,16 Edwin was buried on 14 January 1925 in Stranton Grange Cemetery, Tanfield Road, Hartlepool, Durham, England, Edwin was buried with his wife and her sister Annie. The inscription on their headstone reads: Sacred memory of Edwin Birks JP who died January 11th 1925 aged 69 years, also Eliza his wife who died January 20th 1925 aged 71 years, also Annie Crookes who died January 15th 1925 aged 72 years.17,18,14 The will of Edwin was proved on 18 February 1925 in Durham to his daughter Marion Birks, his son in law Alfred Ernest Leask and Matthew Henry Groves an incorporated accountant. His effects were valued at £16479 11s10d.16

Children of Edwin Birks and Eliza Hallifield

Sources of Information

  1. [S380] E-mails between George Lamb and Jan Cooper from 7 February 2003.
  2. [S45000] General Records Office, I hold a copy of birth certificate 1856/Q1 East Retford Volume 7b Page 2 - Copy received from John Birks.
  3. [S4] Jan's thoughts based on information from census enumeration sheets.
  4. [S41861] UK Census 1861 (RG9) - 7 April 1861 RG9 Piece 3506 Folio 63 Page 3.
  5. [S41871] UK Census 1871 (RG10) - 2 April 1871 RG10 Piece 4891 Folio 31 Page 7.
  6. [S3] GRO Indexes - 1880/Q1 Doncaster Volume 9c Page 753.
  7. [S41881] UK Census 1881 (RG11) - 3 April 1881 RG11 Piece 4852 Folio 24 Page 40 FHL Film 1342169.
  8. [S41891] UK Census 1891 (RG12) - 5 April 1891 Enoch 1891 Piece 4064 Folio 55 Page 14.
  9. [S339] Emails between Olwyn Hart and Jan Cooper from 3 August 2011.
  10. [S41901] UK Census 1901 (RG13) - 31 March 1901 RG13 Piece 4641 Folio 35 Page 2.
  11. [S15] E-mails between Grenville Davies and Jan Cooper from 7 February 2003.
  12. [S45000] General Records Office, I hold a copy of birth certificate Northern Daily Mail - West Hartlepool - 17 June 1910.
  13. [S41911] UK Census 1911 (RG14) - 2 April 1911 RG14 Piece 29624 RG78 Piece 1718A Registration District 545 Sub District 1 Enumeration District 24 Schedule Number 21.
  14. [S1031] E-mails between Mike Hall and Jan Cooper from 8 February 2006.
  15. [S3] GRO Indexes - 1925/Q1 Hartlepool Volume 10a Page 168.
  16. [S9] Wills Index in TNA and Probate Office.
  17. [S435] E-mails between Peter Hugh Birks and Jan Cooper from 6 February 2003.
  18. [S438] E-mails between John Edwin Birks and Jan Cooper from 10 July 2006 Stranton Cemetery.

Eliza Hallifield1

#1029, b. 1853, d. 20 January 1925
Last Edited=31 Mar 2015
Eliza Birks née Hallifield
     Eliza Hallifield was born in 1853 in Misson, Nottinghamshire, England.2,3 She was the daughter of William Hallifield and Sarah Marsden. In the census of 7 April 1861 in Misson, Nottinghamshire, England, she was listed as the daughter of William Hallifield.4 She married Edwin Birks, son of Jonathan Roberts Birks and Charlotte Hutton, in 1880 in Doncaster, Yorkshire, England.5 In the census of 3 April 1881 in 15 Granville Road, Middlesbrough, Yorkshire, England, she was listed as the wife of Edwin Birks.6 In the census of 31 March 1891 in Melbourne Lodge, Stockton Road, Stranton, West Hartlepool, Durham, England, she was listed as the wife of Edwin Birks.7 Edwin, Eliza and their five older children all signed the Wesley Register as paying their Guinea in 1898 towards the Methodist Million Guinea Fund. They gave their address as Melbourne Lodge in West Hartlepool.8 In the census of 31 March 1901 in Malbourne Lodge, Stockton Road, West Hartlepool, Durham, England, she was listed as the wife of Edwin Birks.9 In the census of 2 April 1911 in The Oaks, Westbourne Road, West Hartlepool, Durham, England, she was listed as the wife of Edwin Birks.10 Her husband Edwin died on 11 January 1925 in 87 Hutton Avenue, Hartlepool, Durham, England, aged 68 It is believed he died from influenza.11,12,13 Eliza died on 20 January 1925 in Hartlepool, Durham, England, It is believed she died from influenza. Her death appeared in the Northern Daily Mail and read: The death occurred in the early hours of this morning of Mrs Edwin Birks, widow of the late Mr Edwin Birks, J.P.., of 87 Hutton Avenue. Mrs Birks, who was 71 years of age, had been ill for a considerable time. her death, is, however, all the more sad in view of the fact that it follows so closely upon the deaths of her husband and sister.11,14,15,16 Eliza was buried on 22 January 1925 in Stranton Grange Cemetary, Tanfield Road, Hartlepool, Durham, England, Eliza was buried with her husband and her sister Annie. The inscription on their headstone reads: Sacred memory of Edwin Birks JP who died January 11th 1925 aged 69 years, also Eliza his wife who died January 20th 1925 aged 71 years, also Annie Crookes who died January 15th 1925 aged 72 years.17,11

Children of Eliza Hallifield and Edwin Birks

Sources of Information

  1. [S380] E-mails between George Lamb and Jan Cooper from 7 February 2003.
  2. [S4] Jan's thoughts based on information from census enumeration sheets.
  3. [S3] GRO Indexes - 1853/Q4 Doncaster Volume 9c Page 410.
  4. [S41861] UK Census 1861 (RG9) - 7 April 1861 RG9 Piece 3522 Folio 151 Page 8.
  5. [S3] GRO Indexes - 1880/Q1 Doncaster Volume 9c Page 753.
  6. [S41881] UK Census 1881 (RG11) - 3 April 1881 RG11 Piece 4852 Folio 24 Page 40 FHL Film 1342169.
  7. [S41891] UK Census 1891 (RG12) - 5 April 1891 Enoch 1891 Piece 4064 Folio 55 Page 14.
  8. [S339] Emails between Olwyn Hart and Jan Cooper from 3 August 2011.
  9. [S41901] UK Census 1901 (RG13) - 31 March 1901 RG13 Piece 4641 Folio 35 Page 2.
  10. [S41911] UK Census 1911 (RG14) - 2 April 1911 RG14 Piece 29624 RG78 Piece 1718A Registration District 545 Sub District 1 Enumeration District 24 Schedule Number 21.
  11. [S1031] E-mails between Mike Hall and Jan Cooper from 8 February 2006.
  12. [S3] GRO Indexes - 1925/Q1 Hartlepool Volume 10a Page 168.
  13. [S9] Wills Index in TNA and Probate Office.
  14. [S3] GRO Indexes - 1925/Q1 Hartlepool Volume 10a Page 173.
  15. [S40045] Newspapers Northern Daily Mail, West Hartlepool - 20 January 1925.
  16. [S15] E-mails between Grenville Davies and Jan Cooper from 7 February 2003.
  17. [S438] E-mails between John Edwin Birks and Jan Cooper from 10 July 2006.

Gweneth R Wilson

#1030, d. December 2006
Last Edited=27 Oct 2010
     Gweneth R Wilson married Derek Edmund Davies in April 1989 in Taunton, Somerset, England.1 Her husband Derek died on November 2006 in Yorkshire, England, aged 89 His funeral was very impressive and touching. The RAF supplied pallbearers and held his coffin over the grave while a jet fighter screamed over above the treetops. It was apparently a spine tingling sight and send off.2,3 Gweneth died in December 2006 in Yorkshire, England, six weeks after her husband Derek.2

Sources of Information

  1. [S3] GRO Indexes - April 1989 Taunton Deane Volume 23 Page 1298.
  2. [S435] E-mails between Peter Hugh Birks and Jan Cooper from 6 February 2003.
  3. [S3] GRO Indexes - November 2006 Nth Yorkshire District 6501G Reg G9 Ent 218 DOR 1105.

Jonathan Roberts Birks1

#1032, b. 1823, d. 9 June 1887
Last Edited=29 Mar 2013
Jonathan Roberts Birks
     Jonathan Roberts Birks was born in 1823 in Water Hall, Penistone, Yorkshire, England.2 He was the son of Richard Birks and Mary Bowes. In the census of 6 June 1841 in Upper bridge, Cartworth, Kirk Burton, Yorkshire, England, he was listed as the son of Richard Birks.3 He married Mary Elizabeth Skelton in 1849 in East Retford, Nottinghamshire, England.4 His wife Mary died on 1849 in East Retford, Nottinghamshire, England.5 He married Charlotte Hutton, daughter of William Hutton and Mary Moorhouse, in 1852 in Doncaster, Yorkshire, England.1,6 Jonathan was listed as the head of the family of on the census of 7 April 1861 in 56 Cottage Road, Kimberworth, Yorkshire, England, Jonathan was a commission agent.7 His wife Charlotte died on 6 October 1866 in 28 Albert Road, Middlesbrough, Yorkshire, England, from Typhoid fever; The informant was Maria Hart from Bolekow Street, Middlesborough.8 He married Rebecca Carrington Blackburn, daughter of James Blackburn, on 23 March 1870 in St Philips, Sheffield, Yorkshire, England, 2nd wife - Married by licence by H H Wright. Witnessed by Joseph Leslie and Benjamin Carrington Blackburn.9,1 Jonathan was listed as head of household in the census of 2 April 1871 at Chapel Street, Bilton with Harrogate, Yorkshire, England, Jonathan was an Assurance agent.10 His wife Rebecca died on 30 May 1876 in York, Yorkshire, England.11,12 Jonathan was listed as the head of the family of on the census of 3 April 1881 in 51 St John Street, York, Yorkshire, England, Jonathan was an auctioneer and valuer and a Methodist Lay preacher.13 Jonathan died on 9 June 1887 in Bakewell, Derbyshire, England.4,14

Children of Jonathan Roberts Birks and Charlotte Hutton

Child of Jonathan Roberts Birks and Rebecca Carrington Blackburn

Sources of Information

  1. [S380] E-mails between George Lamb and Jan Cooper from 7 February 2003.
  2. [S41881] UK Census 1881 (RG11) - 3 April 1881.
  3. [S41841] UK Census 1841 (HO107) - 7 June 1841 HO107 Piece 1277/2 Folio 34 Page 7.
  4. [S7] Ancestry.com - Birks Family Tree.
  5. [S3] GRO Indexes - 1948/Q4 East Retford Volume 15 Page 367.
  6. [S3] GRO Indexes - 1852/Q1 Doncaster Volume 9c Page 455.
  7. [S41861] UK Census 1861 (RG9) - 7 April 1861 RG9 Piece 3506 Folio 63 Page 3.
  8. [S3] GRO Indexes - 1866/Q4 Stockton Volume 10a Page 22.
  9. [S3] GRO Indexes - 1870/Q1 Sheffield Volume 9c Page 494.
  10. [S41871] UK Census 1871 (RG10) - 2 April 1871 RG10 Piece 4290 Folio 5 Page 4.
  11. [S4] Jan's thoughts based on information from census enumeration sheets.
  12. [S3] GRO Indexes - 1876/Q2 York Volume 9d Page 28 age 40.
  13. [S41881] UK Census 1881 (RG11) - 3 April 1881 RG11 Piece 4722 Folio 12 Page 17 FHL film 1342141.
  14. [S3] GRO Indexes - 1887/Q2 Bakewell Volume 7b Page 413 age 64.

Charlotte Hutton1

#1033, b. about 1829, d. 6 October 1866
Last Edited=8 Feb 2008
Charlotte Birks née Hutton
     Charlotte Hutton was born about 1829 in Cautley, Yorkshire, England.2 She was the daughter of William Hutton and Mary Moorhouse. She married Jonathan Roberts Birks, son of Richard Birks and Mary Bowes, in 1852 in Doncaster, Yorkshire, England.1,3 In the census of 7 April 1861 in 56 Cottage Road, Kimberworth, Yorkshire, England, she was listed as the wife of Jonathan Roberts Birks.4 She died on 6 October 1866 in 28 Albert Road, Middlesbrough, Yorkshire, England, from Typhoid fever; The informant was Maria Hart from Bolekow Street, Middlesborough.5

Children of Charlotte Hutton and Jonathan Roberts Birks

Sources of Information

  1. [S380] E-mails between George Lamb and Jan Cooper from 7 February 2003.
  2. [S4] Jan's thoughts based on information from census enumeration sheets.
  3. [S3] GRO Indexes - 1852/Q1 Doncaster Volume 9c Page 455.
  4. [S41861] UK Census 1861 (RG9) - 7 April 1861 RG9 Piece 3506 Folio 63 Page 3.
  5. [S3] GRO Indexes - 1866/Q4 Stockton Volume 10a Page 22.

Edith May Birks

#1034, b. 19 May 1883, d. 23 October 1946
Last Edited=4 Jun 2017
Edith May Gilbert née Birks
     Edith May Birks was born on 19 May 1883 in Hartlepool, Durham, England.1,2,3 She was the daughter of Edwin Birks and Eliza Hallifield. She was baptised on 12 July 1883 in Musgrave Street Wesleyan Methodists, West Hartlepool, Durham, England.1 In the census of 31 March 1891 in Melbourne Lodge, Stockton Road, Stranton, West Hartlepool, Durham, England, she was listed as the daughter of Edwin Birks Edith was a scholar.4 In the census of 31 March 1901 in Malbourne Lodge, Stockton Road, West Hartlepool, Durham, England, she was listed as the daughter of Edwin Birks.5 She married Philip Holland Gilbert in 1915 in Hartlepool, Durham, England.6 Edith's address on her brother Arthurs army records was recorded as living in 17 Sugden Road, Lavender Hill, London, England.7 Edith died on 23 October 1946 in 27 Elm Close, Amersham, Buckinghamshire, England, aged 63.8,9 Her estate was probated on 8 July 1947 Administration papers were issued to her son Geoffrey Holland Gilbert a veterinary student. Her effects were valued at £2,858 1s 7d.9

Children of Edith May Birks and Philip Holland Gilbert

Sources of Information

  1. [S438] E-mails between John Edwin Birks and Jan Cooper from 10 July 2006.
  2. [S4] Jan's thoughts based on information from census enumeration sheets.
  3. [S3] GRO Indexes - 1883/Q2 Hartlepool Volume 10a Page 174.
  4. [S41891] UK Census 1891 (RG12) - 5 April 1891 Enoch 1891 Piece 4064 Folio 55 Page 14.
  5. [S41901] UK Census 1901 (RG13) - 31 March 1901 RG13 Piece 4641 Folio 35 Page 2.
  6. [S3] GRO Indexes - 1915/Q3 Hartlepool Volume 10a Page 372.
  7. [S7] Ancestry.com - British Army WWI Service Records, 1914-1920 - brother Arthur.
  8. [S3] GRO Indexes - 1946/Q4 Amersham Volume 6a Page 229 age 63.
  9. [S7] Ancestry.com - England & Wales, National Probate Calendar (Index of Wills and Administrations), 1858-1966, 1973-1995.
  10. [S435] E-mails between Peter Hugh Birks and Jan Cooper from 6 February 2003.

Marion Birks

#1035, b. 21 October 1887, d. 17 October 1987
Last Edited=26 Apr 2015
Marion Sowden née Birks
     Marion Birks was born on 21 October 1887 in Melbourne Lodge, Stockton Road, Stranton, West Hartlepool, Durham, England.1,2 She was the daughter of Edwin Birks and Eliza Hallifield. She was baptised on 23 November 1887 in Melbourne Lodge, Stockton Road, Stranton, West Hartlepool, Durham, England.2 In the census of 31 March 1891 in Melbourne Lodge, Stockton Road, Stranton, West Hartlepool, Durham, England, she was listed as the daughter of Edwin Birks.3 Edwin, Eliza and their five older children all signed the Wesley Register as paying their Guinea in 1898 towards the Methodist Million Guinea Fund. They gave their address as Melbourne Lodge in West Hartlepool.4 In the census of 31 March 1901 in Malbourne Lodge, Stockton Road, West Hartlepool, Durham, England, she was listed as the daughter of Edwin Birks.5 In the census of 2 April 1911 in The Oaks, Westbourne Road, West Hartlepool, Durham, England, she was listed as the daughter of Edwin Birks.6 She married John Sowden in 1926 in Hartlepool, Durham, England.7,8 Marion died on 17 October 1987 in Reeth, Richmond, Yorkshire, England, aged 99 four days short of her 100th birthday. I understand she enjoyed a game of scrabble two weeks before her death.9,7

Sources of Information

  1. [S41891] UK Census 1891 (RG12) - 5 April 1891.
  2. [S438] E-mails between John Edwin Birks and Jan Cooper from 10 July 2006.
  3. [S41891] UK Census 1891 (RG12) - 5 April 1891 Enoch 1891 Piece 4064 Folio 55 Page 14.
  4. [S339] Emails between Olwyn Hart and Jan Cooper from 3 August 2011.
  5. [S41901] UK Census 1901 (RG13) - 31 March 1901 RG13 Piece 4641 Folio 35 Page 2.
  6. [S41911] UK Census 1911 (RG14) - 2 April 1911 RG14 Piece 29624 RG78 Piece 1718A Registration District 545 Sub District 1 Enumeration District 24 Schedule Number 21.
  7. [S435] E-mails between Peter Hugh Birks and Jan Cooper from 6 February 2003.
  8. [S3] GRO Indexes - 1926/Q2 Harlepool Volume 10a Pag 304.
  9. [S3] GRO Indexes - October 1987 Richmond Volume 2 Page 2328 Reg No 1087.

Ida Annie Birks1

#1036, b. 10 July 1889, d. 20 June 1978
Last Edited=17 Sep 2015
Ida Annie ? née Birks
     Ida Annie Birks was born on 10 July 1889 in Albourn Terrace, Hartlepool, Durham, England.1,2 She was the daughter of Edwin Birks and Eliza Hallifield. She was baptised on 4 September 1889 in Weslyan Methodists Church, Musgrave Street, Hartlepool, Durham, England.1 In the census of 31 March 1891 in Melbourne Lodge, Stockton Road, Stranton, West Hartlepool, Durham, England, she was listed as the daughter of Edwin Birks.3 Edwin, Eliza and their five older children all signed the Wesley Register as paying their Guinea in 1898 towards the Methodist Million Guinea Fund. They gave their address as Melbourne Lodge in West Hartlepool.4 In the census of 31 March 1901 in Malbourne Lodge, Stockton Road, West Hartlepool, Durham, England, she was listed as the daughter of Edwin Birks.5 In the census of 2 April 1911 in The Oaks, Westbourne Road, West Hartlepool, Durham, England, she was listed as the daughter of Edwin Birks Ida was a science student.6 She married George Crane Knightly Ingle on 19 October 1920 in Cape Town, Cape Province, South Africa.7,8,9 Her husband George died on 17 September 1947 in Cape Town, Cape Province, South Africa, aged 58.10 Ida died on 20 June 1978 in Cape Town, Cape Province, South Africa, aged 88.11,8

Child of Ida Annie Birks and George Crane Knightly Ingle

  • John Reginald Ingle

Sources of Information

  1. [S438] E-mails between John Edwin Birks and Jan Cooper from 10 July 2006.
  2. [S4] Jan's thoughts based on information from census enumeration sheets.
  3. [S41891] UK Census 1891 (RG12) - 5 April 1891 Enoch 1891 Piece 4064 Folio 55 Page 14.
  4. [S339] Emails between Olwyn Hart and Jan Cooper from 3 August 2011.
  5. [S41901] UK Census 1901 (RG13) - 31 March 1901 RG13 Piece 4641 Folio 35 Page 2.
  6. [S41911] UK Census 1911 (RG14) - 2 April 1911 RG14 Piece 29624 RG78 Piece 1718A Registration District 545 Sub District 1 Enumeration District 24 Schedule Number 21.
  7. [S435] E-mails between Peter Hugh Birks and Jan Cooper from 6 February 2003.
  8. [S40000] Website www.1820settlers.co.uk/genealogy/extensions/fgw/fgw.php?persfamID=F38546&tree=master.
  9. [S40000] Website www.wikitree.com/photo/jpg/Ingle-390-3.
  10. [S40000] Website www.wikitree.com/wiki/Ingle-390.
  11. [S435] E-mails between Peter Hugh Birks and Jan Cooper from 6 February 2003 Letter from Norma Birks regarding Id's death dated June 23, 1978.

Dorothy Charlotte Birks

#1037, b. 8 September 1892, d. 1981
Last Edited=6 Dec 2009
Dorothy Charlotte Leask née Birks
     Dorothy Charlotte Birks was born on 8 September 1892 in Hartlepool, Durham, England.1,2 She was the daughter of Edwin Birks and Eliza Hallifield. Edwin, Eliza and their five older children all signed the Wesley Register as paying their Guinea in 1898 towards the Methodist Million Guinea Fund. They gave their address as Melbourne Lodge in West Hartlepool.3 In the census of 31 March 1901 in Malbourne Lodge, Stockton Road, West Hartlepool, Durham, England, she was listed as the daughter of Edwin Birks.4 In the census of 2 April 1911 in The Oaks, Westbourne Road, West Hartlepool, Durham, England, she was listed as the daughter of Edwin Birks.5 She married Alfred Ernest Leask in 1917 in Hartlepool, Durham, England.6,7 Her husband Alfred died on 1961 in Darlington, Durham, England.8 Dorothy died in 1981 in Richmond, Yorkshire, England.9

Children of Dorothy Charlotte Birks and Alfred Ernest Leask

Sources of Information

  1. [S3] GRO Indexes - 1892/Q4 Hartlepool Volume 10a Page 123.
  2. [S7] Ancestry.com - Birks Family Tree.
  3. [S339] Emails between Olwyn Hart and Jan Cooper from 3 August 2011.
  4. [S41901] UK Census 1901 (RG13) - 31 March 1901 RG13 Piece 4641 Folio 35 Page 2.
  5. [S41911] UK Census 1911 (RG14) - 2 April 1911 RG14 Piece 29624 RG78 Piece 1718A Registration District 545 Sub District 1 Enumeration District 24 Schedule Number 21.
  6. [S435] E-mails between Peter Hugh Birks and Jan Cooper from 6 February 2003.
  7. [S3] GRO Indexes - 1917/Q2 Hartlepool Volume 10a Page 268.
  8. [S3] GRO Indexes - 1961/Q3 Darlington Volume 1a Page 158.
  9. [S3] GRO Indexes - 1981/Q2 Richmond Volume 2 Page 2175.

Arthur Reginald Birks

#1038, b. 25 February 1896, d. 1 July 1916
Last Edited=5 Mar 2018
Arthur Reginald Birks
     Arthur Reginald Birks was born on 25 February 1896 in West Hartlepool, Durham, England.1,2,3 He was the son of Edwin Birks and Eliza Hallifield. Edwin, Eliza and their five older children all signed the Wesley Register as paying their Guinea in 1898 towards the Methodist Million Guinea Fund. They gave their address as Melbourne Lodge in West Hartlepool.4 In the census of 31 March 1901 in Malbourne Lodge, Stockton Road, West Hartlepool, Durham, England, he was listed as the son of Edwin Birks.5 In the census of 2 April 1911 in The Oaks, Westbourne Road, West Hartlepool, Durham, England, he was listed as the son of Edwin Birks Arthur was at school.6 Arthur enlisted into the Durham Light Infantry on 18 September 1914. he was in 18th Battalion and saw service i Egypt and France. He rose to Lt Corporal 18/633. He was declared as six feet tall weighed 158 pounds, had a 37 inch chest measurement and was vacinated in infancy.7 He died on 1 July 1916 in Somme, Picardie, France, aged 20 at the Battle of Somme. There is a chapel in Durham Cathedral dedicated to the Durham Light Infantry and there is a book of commemoration there with his name and the names of all those who died that day. At the time regiments were very localized insofar as to who joined, so these boys may all have grown up together. This becomes very poignant when one discovers that two hundred of them died that one day. Oddly there was a Harold V Birks who was also killed that day with Reginald from that Regiment but no one seems to know whether he was a relative.8,2 On 1 July 1916, supported by a French attack to the south, thirteen divisions of Commonwealth forces launched an offensive on a line from north of Gommecourt to Maricourt. Despite a preliminary bombardment lasting seven days, the German defences were barely touched and the attack met unexpectedly fierce resistance. Losses were catastrophic and with only minimal advances on the southern flank, the initial attack was a failure. In the following weeks, huge resources of manpower and equipment were deployed in an attempt to exploit the modest successes of the first day. However, the German Army resisted tenaciously and repeated attacks and counter attacks meant a major battle for every village, copse and farmhouse gained. At the end of September, Thiepval was finally captured. The village had been an original objective of 1 July. Attacks north and east continued throughout October and into November in increasingly difficult weather conditions. The Battle of the Somme finally ended on 18 November with the onset of winter. In the spring of 1917, the German forces fell back to their newly prepared defences, the Hindenburg Line, and there were no further significant engagements in the Somme sector until the Germans mounted their major offensive in March 1918. The Thiepval Memorial, the Memorial to the Missing of the Somme, bears the names of more than 72,000 officers and men of the United Kingdom and South African forces who died in the Somme sector before 20 March 1918 and have no known grave. Over 90% of those commemorated died between July and November 1916. The memorial also serves as an Anglo-French Battle Memorial in recognition of the joint nature of the 1916 offensive and a small cemetery containing equal numbers of Commonwealth and French graves lies at the foot of the memorial. The memorial, designed by Sir Edwin Lutyens, was built between 1928 and 1932 and unveiled by the Prince of Wales, in the presence of the President of France, on 31 July 1932. The dead of other Commonwealth countries who died on the Somme and have no known graves are commemorated on national memorials elsewhere. Arthur was buried in Thiepval Memorial, Somme, Picardie, France, his name appears on Pier and Face 14A and 15C. The Thiepval Memorial will be found on the D73, off the main Bapaume to Albert Road (D929). Each year a major ceremony is held at the memorial on 1 July.8

Sources of Information

  1. [S4] Jan's thoughts based on information from census enumeration sheets.
  2. [S435] E-mails between Peter Hugh Birks and Jan Cooper from 6 February 2003.
  3. [S3] GRO Indexes - 1896/Q2 Hartlepool Volume 10a Page 113.
  4. [S339] Emails between Olwyn Hart and Jan Cooper from 3 August 2011.
  5. [S41901] UK Census 1901 (RG13) - 31 March 1901 RG13 Piece 4641 Folio 35 Page 2.
  6. [S41911] UK Census 1911 (RG14) - 2 April 1911 RG14 Piece 29624 RG78 Piece 1718A Registration District 545 Sub District 1 Enumeration District 24 Schedule Number 21.
  7. [S7] Ancestry.com - British Army WWI Service Records, 1914-1920.
  8. [S40021] Commonwealth Graves website.

Philip Holland Gilbert

#1039, b. 1882, d. 4 May 1947
Last Edited=4 Jun 2017
     Philip Holland Gilbert was born in 1882 in Wandsworth, London, England.1 He married Edith May Birks, daughter of Edwin Birks and Eliza Hallifield, in 1915 in Hartlepool, Durham, England.2 His wife Edith died on 23 October 1946 in 27 Elm Close, Amersham, Buckinghamshire, England, aged 63.3,4 Philip died on 4 May 1947 in Westminster Hospital, Westminster, London, England, his usual address was 27 Elm Close in Amersham.5,4 His estate was probated on 12 August 1947 to Thomas Randolph Hart Turner a solicitor. His effects were valued at £3,951 17s 2d.4

Children of Philip Holland Gilbert and Edith May Birks

Sources of Information

  1. [S3] GRO Indexes - 1882/Q3 Wandsworth Volume 1d Page 88.
  2. [S3] GRO Indexes - 1915/Q3 Hartlepool Volume 10a Page 372.
  3. [S3] GRO Indexes - 1946/Q4 Amersham Volume 6a Page 229 age 63.
  4. [S7] Ancestry.com - England & Wales, National Probate Calendar (Index of Wills and Administrations), 1858-1966, 1973-1995.
  5. [S3] GRO Indexes - 1947/Q2 Westminster Volume 5c Page 360 age 64.
  6. [S435] E-mails between Peter Hugh Birks and Jan Cooper from 6 February 2003.

Esther Margaret Gilbert

#1040, b. 25 July 1916, d. May 2005
Last Edited=4 Jun 2017
     Esther Margaret Gilbert was born on 25 July 1916 in Wandsworth, London, England, she was possibly know as Peggy.1,2 She was the daughter of Philip Holland Gilbert and Edith May Birks. She married Herbert Walter Schindler in 1948 in Watford, London, England.1,3 Her husband Herbert died on September 1982 in Chiltern, Buckinghamshire, England, aged 62.4 Esther died in May 2005 in Chiltern, Buckinghamshire, England, aged 88.5

Sources of Information

  1. [S435] E-mails between Peter Hugh Birks and Jan Cooper from 6 February 2003.
  2. [S3] GRO Indexes - 1916/Q3 Wandsworth Volume 1d Page 953.
  3. [S3] GRO Indexes - 1948/Q2 Watford Volume 4b Page 622.
  4. [S3] GRO Indexes - 1982/Q3 Chiltern Volume 19 Page 0919 age 62.
  5. [S3] GRO Indexes - May 2005 Chiltern Reg L13B District 327/1B Entry 67 age 88.

Dorothy Mary Gilbert1

#1041, b. 21 September 1917, d. 28 July 1944
Last Edited=19 Nov 2014
     Dorothy Mary Gilbert was born on 21 September 1917 in Wandsworth, London, England.1,2 She was the daughter of Philip Holland Gilbert and Edith May Birks. She died on 28 July 1944 aged 26 in the blitz.1

Sources of Information

  1. [S435] E-mails between Peter Hugh Birks and Jan Cooper from 6 February 2003.
  2. [S3] GRO Indexes - 1917/Q4 Wandsworth Volume 1d Page 712.

John Sowden

#1042
Last Edited=29 Aug 2011
John Sowden
     John Sowden married Marion Birks, daughter of Edwin Birks and Eliza Hallifield, in 1926 in Hartlepool, Durham, England.1,2

Sources of Information

  1. [S435] E-mails between Peter Hugh Birks and Jan Cooper from 6 February 2003.
  2. [S3] GRO Indexes - 1926/Q2 Harlepool Volume 10a Pag 304.

Denis Reginald Leask1

#1044, b. 18 May 1918, d. 11 May 1982
Last Edited=13 Aug 2011
     Denis Reginald Leask was born on 18 May 1918 in Hartlepool, Durham, England.2,3 He was the son of Alfred Ernest Leask and Dorothy Charlotte Birks. He married Janet Milton Gilmour.4 Denis died on 11 May 1982 aged 63 from a heart attack.2,4

Children of Denis Reginald Leask and Janet Milton Gilmour

Sources of Information

  1. [S435] E-mails between Peter Hugh Birks and Jan Cooper from 6 February 2003.
  2. [S7] Ancestry.com - Birks Family Tree.
  3. [S3] GRO Indexes - 1918/Q2 Hartlepool Volume 10 Page 246.
  4. [S24100] E-mails between Richard Pierce and Jan Cooper 29 July 2008.

Alan S Leask1

#1045, b. 1920
Last Edited=6 Dec 2009
     Alan S Leask was born in 1920 in Hartlepool, Durham, England.2 He was the son of Alfred Ernest Leask and Dorothy Charlotte Birks.

Sources of Information

  1. [S435] E-mails between Peter Hugh Birks and Jan Cooper from 6 February 2003.
  2. [S3] GRO Indexes - 1920/Q2 Hartlepool Volume 10a Page 322.

Janet Gilmour Leask1,2

#1047, b. 1947
Last Edited=6 Dec 2009
Janet Gilmour Pierce née Leask
     Janet Gilmour Leask was born Janet studied at Edinburgh College of Art and Moray House, Edinburgh from 1965-1969 and had her first solo exhibition in the Everhart Museum, Scranton, Pennysylvania in 1973. After four years in America she moved to Ireland where she has since lived and worked, while keeping in touch with her native Scotland. Her first Solo exhibition in Ireland was in the Arts Council Gallery, Belfast in 1977 since when she has continued to exhibit in Solo and Group exhibitions in Ireland, U.K, India and in the U.SA. She was Regional Arts Officer, Fermanagh District Council from 1982-86 and in the following years was a guest artist at the Museum of Modern Art, Edinburgh; guest lecturer at Edinburgh University; Arts Officer, Scottish Arts Council, Edinburgh and part-time lecturer in Fine Art, Painting, NCAD Dublin and at DLCADT, Dunlaoighaire before becoming Education Officer at the Douglas Hyde Gallery, Dublin.
She became a full-time painter in 1995 and in 1998-1999 she collaborated with the traditional singers, Maighread and Triona Ní Dhomhnaill, in their CD 'Idir an Dá Sholas' (between the two lights), a collaboration which helped her realise her deep connection with landscape.3
She was born in 1947 in Edinburgh, Midloathian, Scotland.3 She was the daughter of Denis Reginald Leask and Janet Milton Gilmour. She married Richard Pierce in 1969.2 Janet and Richard were divorced in 1983.2 She married Felim Egan.2 Janet and Felim were divorced about 2009.2

Children of Janet Gilmour Leask and Richard Pierce

  • Rory Pierce
  • Rachel Pierce
  • Marion Pierce

Sources of Information

  1. [S435] E-mails between Peter Hugh Birks and Jan Cooper from 6 February 2003.
  2. [S24100] E-mails between Richard Pierce and Jan Cooper 29 July 2008.
  3. [S40000] Website www.janetpierce.com/press.html.

David Leask1

#1048, b. 1949
Last Edited=6 Dec 2009
     David Leask married Jane Wyness David and Jane lived and brought up their family in Vancouver.2 He was born in 1949 in Edinburgh, Midloathian, Scotland.2 He was the son of Denis Reginald Leask and Janet Milton Gilmour.

Children of David Leask and Jane Wyness

Sources of Information

  1. [S435] E-mails between Peter Hugh Birks and Jan Cooper from 6 February 2003.
  2. [S24100] E-mails between Richard Pierce and Jan Cooper 29 July 2008.