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William H Bostridge (Billy)
Born Chatham Kent 1882
From the 1891 Census we pick up William, he is living with his mother Sarah, 36 years old a dressmaker and already a widow. The address is Berridge road, Sheerness, a road just around the corner from where the Walshes live, in fact virtually between the two main Sheppey addresses we have for Maurice Walsh and his family, it is therefore very likely they knew other from childhood.
From his age given at that time of the census as 9 years old he was born about 1882 in Chatham, Kent, living at the same address were 2 lodgers, Frank Wood a shipwright at the dockyard and and William Boorman a printer or painter?
In 1909 William marries Ellen Walsh, we know that William became or was a lieutenant in the Egyptian Labour Corps at some point later a Captain in the same regiment.
Although we have not found the record to prove it yet we believe he eventually became a Major in the army.
His address on one of his army records is given as 100 Winchester road, St Margarets, on Thames the same address as his sister in law, Annie and her son David and later daughter Joan give as their address, it is believed that they used a property rented or owned by William and Ellen. We have birthday and postcards sent to our father David, Annie’s son, from a Margery or Margaret, Brian and Ian Bostridge.
We now know that Brian, Margaret and Ian Bostridge were the children of William and Nellie.
From cards sent by William to his nephew, David Webb, we know that he spent sometime in Egypt.
One sad but interesting fact that came out of my research was the story of Fanny Gane.
One of our father cousins, Brian Bostridge, married Katherine Helen Tagg.
Katherine was the granddaughter of Fanny Gane. In 1891 Fanny was tried and sentenced to hanging for the murder of her new born baby. There was a public outcry as many felt she had been unfairly treated.
Later her sentence was commuted to life imprisonment, even that did not satisfy the public outcry.
The level of which was such that a petition started up raised 51,000 signatures, an enormous number for the times. Hard to believe it was that many and I went to several sources to get it confirmed.
It was reported enough money was raised to give her a new start in life once she was released from prison.
Please click this link to read a story in the newspapers dated December 21st 1891.
Click here for the newspaper. There are a large number of references in the news, I selected this one.
Story is at the bottom left hand side and you should be able to zoom in and magnify and still be clear.
There are other interesting stories in the newspaper, like a man arrested for being drunk in charge of a horse and cart! Take a look.