FO 369/885

Some notes from National Archives file FO 369/885.

1. Letter 26th September 1916 referencing appointment J G Millas as temporary Vice-Consul at Hammrfest.     Refers to Captain Hall of Naval Intelligence. Mr Millais requests termination of appointment.

Bateman Family History

Judith BATEMAN (1793-1857)

Born in Chappel (Pontisbright) Essex, England, although no record of her      baptism has been found. Judith had two illegitimate sons, David baptised      1811 and George baptised 1817. Judith was clearly very poor and is      featured in the parish account held at the Colchester branch of the Essex      County Record Office (Reference D/P 87/12/1). During the period 1820 to      1823 two shillings a week were paid to Judith for support of her child.

Judith is listed on 1841 Copford, Essex as a servant. In 1851she listed with her son John in Galleywood near Chelmsford and she died in 1857 in the Chelmsford District.

David BATEMAN (1811-1875)

David was baptised at Chappel, Essex 10th March 1811, baseborn      (illegitimate) son of Judith Bateman. David married Betsey (Elizabeth)      JAMES. In 1851, the family lived at 22 Barrack Street Colchester, with 6      children, a lodger and a visitor. David’s occupation is given as      Lime-Burner and David is recorded as being born in Chapel Essex, although      is age is given as only 30. In 1861, the family are living in Hythe Back      Lane, with 8 children (including George), 1      son-in-law and two grand-children. David’s occupation is given as      Lime-Burner. On the 1871 census David & Betsey are shown living      Parson’s Lane Colchester, together with 3 daughters and 1 son and      Elizabeth COATES (aged 19) a tailoress who was boarding with the family      and was later to marry George – one of the      sons that had already left home. In 1871 David’s occupation is simply      given as labourer. David died 25th October 1875 Hythe Hill Colchester Essex.

George      BATEMAN (1846-1905)

George BATEMAN was born on 13th February 1846, East Street, Colchester.      On 24th September 1872 at Colchester Register Office, George married      Elizabeth COATES (1851-1881) tailoress daughter of William COATES      (deceased), both living in Church Lane, The Hythe, Colchester On the 1881      census George and family are shown living at Hythe Hill Colchester.  Elizabeth died 1st May 1881 and on 9th April 1883 George remarried Eliza  BARNES daughter of Daniel BARNES mariner.

On the 1891 census they were living in Spring Close, Brightlingsea and by the  1901 census they had moved to Hall Cut, Brightlingsea. In 1930 Eliza was  living at 22 Queen Street Brightlingsea. Eliza was buried at Brightlingsea on  9th February 1940, although her address was given as 6 Hill Cottages, Great  Bentley, Essex.

Arthur William BATEMAN (1886-1945)

Arthur William BATEMAN married Jessie May ROUSE at the Primitive Methodist Church, Clacton-on-Sea, Essex 21st December 1913.

Catchpole Family History

Updated 2nd April 2021

George CATCHPOLE (1758 -1821)

George’s  birth place is unknown. George and Sarah Payne married 30th January 1781 at Bentley Suffolk.  Sarah was baptised at Stutton, Suffolk 22 April 1759.  Their children were born in Freston although there is no evidence of CATCHPOLEs in Freston prior to this period.

I have found at the Ipswich branch of the Ipswich Record Office (Ref FB 98/G1/494) “The examination of George CATCHPOLE residing in the parish of Tattingstone in the said county of Suffolk, Labourer. Who on his oath about four years ago let himself to one John BARLEY then of the parish of St Clements in the said borough of Ipswich, farmer for one year. That he served his said master all that year and during that time resided in the said parish of St Clement and that he hath done not anything since that time to gain settlement elsewhere. 29/1/1781”

This looks a strong possible to be my George CATCHPOLE, on the following      grounds (a) He would have been about 19 when the above George was in service to John BARLEY. (b) No mention of wife/family suggests a young  person. (c) Tattingstone is next to Freston, and later CATCHPOLEs lived in Tattingstone. (d) As yet no trace of a  second George has been found. Finding our more about John BARLEY is a future option for filling in the detail. (e) It is exactly one day before  his wedding.

George Catchpole received Poor Relief from the Parish of St. Clement in Ipswich in 1789-1790, even though the family was resident in Freston.

Children :- Sarah (1784), George (1786),  John (1786), Charles (1789), Benjamin (1791), Edward (1795), Isaac (1798),  James (1801) Henry (1802).

John Catchpole (1787-1848?)

John CATCHPOLE son of my George and  Sarah CATCHPOLE is listed in the recently compiled      National Archives (PRO) index of  the War Office (WO) pension records. PRO document WO 97/28 tells us that  John CATCHPOLE, labourer, was a private in Captain KEANES’ troop born in Freston, Suffolk, that he enlisted at the age of 18 years and served in the regiment for the space of ten years and eight days, but “in consequence” of a diseased liver which resulted from a bad fever in 1812 was discharged to pension. It also gives a description – twenty eight years old, five feet seven inches tall Brown hair, blue eyes and fresh complexion.

With information gleaned it was possible to try several other War Office sources. WO 120/20 (Chelsea Regimental Registers) lists John CATCHPOLE, age now given as 30, service as 10 1/ 12th years, at pension rate 9 pence. The complaint, where born and occupation are the same as before. In the Admission column it is marked “See Report”, “Dd 2.12.38”,   “D.21.366” the meanings of which remain unclear, 2.12.38 looks like a death date but St Catherine’s lists no deaths for John CATCHPOLE in 1838/39.

Finally I have looked at the regiment’s pay lists also held at the National Archives Kew in class WO 12 to trace in more detail where he served. In this instance they show he was stationed at Ipswich Barracks and enlisted 25th July 1804. John received £13 8s as bounty for enlisting and £2 6s 1d worth of equipment, and the recruitment party received £1 18s for their efforts.

A John CATCHPOLE died at the Tattingstone Workhouse on 3rd July 1848  aged 66 which would a birth year of 1782 (compared to an expected 1786), and it is probable that this is John CATCHPOLE’s death.

Children :- None Known.

Benjamin Catchpole (1791-1871)

Born 1791 Freston Suffolk married Elizabeth PALMER (1794-1816) in 1813 at Harkstead remarried after Elizabeth’s death

Mary WRIGHT or RIGHT (1786-1874) in 1820 at Ipswich St Matthews.

Children :- Mary Ann (1814), Benjamin (1822), Charles (1825) Sarah (1827)      Metelden/Matilda (1829).

Charles Catchpole (1825-?)

Chelmondiston Baptist Church’s birth register (National Archives RG4/1835;Suffolk        County Record Office J419/2) which was assembled at the start of  civil registration in 1837, records Charles’s birth in usual detail. Not only are his parents names and mothers maiden name given, but we are told Elizabeth BENNETT was the mid-wife and Sarah STANNING was the nurse in attendance at the birth. This implies that the CATCHPOLE family were regular attendees at the chapel.

Charles CATCHPOLE is listed on the Freston tithe assessment and his father Benjamin CATCHPOOL (sic) is listed on the Woolverstone tithe record (both approx. 1840). The Woolverstone tithe details are published in the book “Exploring the Past Through Place-Names : Woolverstone” by Sylvia Laverton and published by Paul  Watkins, Stamford, ISBN 1 871615 78X.

Children :- Maria (1845), Charles (1846), Sarah Ann (1848), William      (1849), Matilda (1851), Elizabeth (1853), Anna (1855), Walter (1858), Benjamin (1859), Charlotte (1864), Edith (1860), Ellen (1866), Frederick (1866) and Arthur (1869).

Benjamin Catchpole (1859-1907)

No trace of Benjamin’s birth certificate can be found, although through census and parish registers we can be confident that Benjamin was baptised  at Harkstead Parish church 13th April 1858, son of  Charles and Sarah Ann Catchpole. He is  shown at Harkstead on the 1861, 1871 censuses aged 2 and 12 respectively.  On the 1881 census he is listed as a Mariner at 12 Culloden Street, Bromplet, Poplar, London living with his sister and brother-in-law (Robert RANDALL).

Benjamin married Agnes Emma GILL daughter of Charles GILL 30th July 1882 in  Poplar parish church.

Widowed by first wife, married Eliza Sparrow from Sutton Suffolk (though born in Shotley) where she was in service, on 19th November 1887 at St Nicholas Church Harwich. Profession given on marriage certificate    as mariner, as on all the children’s baptisms. Addresses 1881  69 Church St, 1891-1893 1 Trinity Cottages, 1876 1 Alexander St, 1901 24  Hordle St.

Great Eastern Railway (GER) records in National Archives File Reference RAIL 227/488 record Benjamin’s career with the GER’s steam ships operating from Harwich. Benjamin served on SS Berlin (1895), SS Norwich (1896), SS Peterborough (1897), SS Vienna (1897), SS Amsterdam (1900), SS Berlin (1902).

Benjamin died 21st February 1907 when the Great Eastern Railway (GER) ship SS Berlin upon which Benjamin was a fireman (the coal shovelling type!), sunk off the Hook of Holland. Over a hundred      people died and many of the crew lived in Harwich. A photograph of      Benjamin appeared in the Daily Mirror on 22nd February 1907.      Administration granted to Eliza CATCHPOLE (wife). Estate value £53. Witnessed by John SPARROW (Shotley) and Charles PRATCHETT (Maria St Harwich).

Benjamin’s death is recorded in a Register of Deaths at Sea (National Archives Reference BT 334/040). The details are as follows :-    CATCHPOLE Benjamin Age 48 Occupation Fireman, British Subject, Residence  Dovercourt. Drowned, lost with Vessel at Hook of Holland, 21st February 1907, Vessel Berlin, Vessel Official number 99454, Registered Harwich,  Tonnage 586, References C&D 6a and LB 7/07. (Meaning of these  references unclear (LB could mean letter book)).

Children :- Frederick (), Ethel Emma () , Frank (), Sidney (), Ivy Mable      (), Arthur (), Irene (),William ()

Ethel Emma CATCHPOLE (1891-1969) b Harwich Essex m John CARTER (1891-1945)

Will of Margaret Eliza GAMBIER (-1852)

National Archives Reference PROB 11/2116

This is the last Will and Testament of me Margaret Eliza GAMBIER of Langley in the County of Kent Spinster and which I make in exercise and pursuance of a power of is position given me in and by the last Will and Testament of my late father the Reverend James Edward GAMBIER and in exercise of every other power and authority right and property hereunto enabling.

I give my sister Charlotte Sophia GAMBIER my wearing apparel jewels trinkets ornaments of the person woif boxes and also my poplar press.

And as to any and all and singular the messuages lands and tenements or parts and share of messuages lands and tenements and real estate whatsoever that I may be possessed of or entitled to at the time of my decease and also all my monies stocks funds and securities whether in procession or in revision remainder or expectancy and whether in my own keeping or vestee in any person or persons in trust for me and to my disposition and personal estates whatsoever and whosesoever (except as aforesaid) I give unto my brother William Henry GAMBIER and my sister Charlotte Sophia GAMBIER and Eleanor Catherine GAMBIER in and by equal parts shares and proportional as tenants in common and not as joint tenants and to their respective heirs executors and administrators absolutely.

And I hereby appoint the said William Henry GAMBIER sole executor of this my Will directing him in the the first place to discharge and reimburse himself out of my estate all costs charges and expenses incurred by him therein and to discharge all debts and obligations if any chargeable thereto.

In witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand this twelfth day of November in the year of our Lord 1839 Margaret Eliza GAMBIER Signed by the said Margaret Eliza Gambier the testatee as her last Will and Testament in the presence of us present at the time who at her request and in the presence of each other have subscribed our names as Witness. J C STEPHENS Solr Maidstone Thomas PEARCE Clerk? In the Prerogative Court of Canterbury in the Goods of Margaret Eliza GAMBIER spinster deceased.

Appeared personally John Cribb STEPHENS of Maidstone in the County of Kent Gentleman and made oath that he is one of the subscribed witnesses to the Last Will and Testament of Margaret Eliza GAMBIER formerly of Langley in the county of Kent aforesaid but late of Chart Place next Sutton Valence in the same county, Spinster, deceased, bearing the date the twelfth day of November 1839 written on a sheet of foolscap paper and now hereunto annexed. And he further made oath that on the twelfth day of November aforesaid the said testatrix duly executed her said Will by signing her name at the foot or end thereof in the presence of this opponent and of Thomas PEARCE the other said subscribed Witness thereto present at the same time and this deponent and the said Thomas PEARCE thereupon attested and subscribed the said Will in the presence of the said testatrix and in the presence of each other. J C STEPHENS. On the 24th day of May 1852 the said John Cribb STEPHENS was duly sworn to the truth of this affidavit before me F J PRATT [?] – Present John BOSWELL [?]

Proved at London the 10th June 1852 before the Worshipful Frederick Thomas PRATT Doctor of Laws and Surrogate by the Oath of William Henry GAMBIER the brother the sole Executor to whom Admin was granted having been first sworn only to Administer.