Gerald William Walsh
Born Rochester Kent 6th March 1889
died 1951 aged 61
Apart from his birth record the next time we find Gerald at 11 years old with his older brother Maurice, they are boarders at the Xaverian brothers Catholic school in Mayfield Sussex, see the census for 1901 to see more, they are both boarders at the school.
In the next census, 1911 at 21 years old, Gerald has joined the navy, down as an “Officers Steward” at the at Royal Naval Dockyards at Chatham, Kent.
Between 1907 and 1911 his brothers, William, Charles and Maurice cannot be found on the census, we may safely assume they have left for Canada, leaving their father, Maurice, sisters, Ellen and Annie Georgina and their youngest brother Gerald behind, Maurice senior, the father, has not as yet left for Canada and appears in the census, living alone in Rochester, Kent.
Later on Gerald goes to sea with the navy, in his naval record there are some entries :
First he is described as “5 feet 5 inches tall, 34 ½ inch chest, fresh complexion, brown eyes, “bakers van man”.
Then : “Run 24/5/1913 Sirius, Halifax.”
We are informed that translated this means that he basically jumped ship, the HMS Sirius, whilst the ship was at anchor in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada. There is not record of him then going back to the navy to face the music. It’s possible whilst visiting his father and brothers in Canada he got delayed returning to the ship or he absconded, we do not know.
However all credit to him as on the outbreak of war he signs up with his brothers to join Princess Patricia’s Canadian Light infantry, of note on his application form to join the army, it asks if he has been a member of the armed forces before, he states “NO”.
We know at some point after or during the war Gerald, Maurice and Charles all went back to Canada, father Maurice had died in 1918 and of course sadly William was a casualty of WW1 in 1915.
We know from ships record that Louisa came back with the boys to visit the UK in 1923, backed up by a postcard from Gerald, the father, sent from Canada in 1924 to our dad saying cousins Gerald and Kenneth will see you soon, as they left Canada in 1923 this appears to have been a long visit by Louisa and the boys.
Then on the 25th March 1927 on board the ship S S Minnedosa, Gerald Walsh the youngest brother arrives back in the UK from Canada, to live, we believe for health reasons. He returns with his wife Louisa Clements, sons Gerald William, 9, and Kenneth Charles 5. They sailed from New Brunswick, Canada and arrived in Southampton.
Destination address for UK is given as 2, Fair Oaks, Bishopstoke, near Eastleigh, Hants.
Gerald’s job is down as a civil servant. A record of the original ships passenger entry can be found under data or click below, it can also be found under the census data.