Following on from yesterday’s post, here are some of my family living on the south coast at the time of the 1939 Register.
My other grandparents were living at 170 Portswood Road, Southampton. My grandfather was the Manager of a Wine, Beer and Spirits shop which they lived above.
My paternal great grandparents were living at ‘Aloma’ on Castleman’s Lane, Hayling Island. He was a retired Tinsmith.
My Homeyer relatives were living in Cardiff. Brother and sister, Charles and Adelaide, lived at 23 Treharris Street. He worked as a Clerk for the Local Authority Education Department.
William Benger was present at the baptism of his first son Thomas Benger at Portsmouth New Chapel in Green Row, Portsmouth. Thomas was born 16th April 1837, baptised 1st May 1837 by Robert Sherwell.
I’m not sure where the Portsmouth New Chapel in Green Row, Portsmouth actually was so I shall have to do some detective work about this place.
I love this little buttonhole brass badge, found amongst the buttons in my grandmother’s button tin. I have no idea who it belonged to.
On War Service 1914
The Admiralty Badge was issued to war workers in shipyards during 1914. In 1916 Admiralty badges were numbered to control their issue amongst the numerous shipyard and related employers.
The 1914 On War Service badge was the first official badge issued during the First World War to identify non-combatant persons whose services were deemed necessary for war work. The badge was issued late 1914 to “workmen whose services are indispensable for the rapid completion of HM Ships and Armaments”.
The issue of this badge to individuals considered essential for war work was left to the shipyards and related employers and if the employee were to cease that employment, the badge had to be handed back.
I think the badge may have belonged to one of my paternal great grandfathers, either George James Benger, who worked in Naval Ordnance in Portsmouth, or Mansel Young who worked as a Dockyard Labourer also in Portsmouth, during the First World War.
One of my New Year resolutions was to fill in the gaps in my family tree! Quite a big resolution but with my Ancestry subscription I’m hoping it will be a fun task. This evening I thought I would start with George Benger (1838-1896), my paternal great-great grandfather.
For some reason I had only traced him through a handful of census returns – 1861, 1871 and 1891 were so far missing.
I found him in 1861 census under the name Robert Benger (and I’m pretty sure he didn’t have a brother of that name!).
At the age of 21 his occupation was recorded as ‘Musician Royal Marines’ and he was a visitor at the North Star Tavern, Alverstoke. The pub still exists but is currently known as the Coach and Horses.
Description Black and white group photograph showing a football team, one man holds a football which features the words RED 1895, beneath which is a silver cup.
Caption for picture My great-grandfather, George Benger (1876-1951) appears in the centre of the back row of this football team photograph. In 1895 he was part of the winning team and won a silver shield in the Senior Cup which is now in my possession. The shield he was given is engraved with ‘Portsmouth Football Association’, his name, and the letters GRS. His occupation was a Plumber, he later worked for the Naval Ordnance, and was awarded the Imperial Service Medal for ‘Particular Meritorious Service’ in 1936.
I chose this photograph as it illustrates a different side to this relative, rather than the usual birth, marriage, death or occupation facts I have usually uncovered.
I inherited this lovely wooden box which belonged to my paternal grandmother, Viola Margaret Benger. I presume it was originally for jewellery.
I’ve had it a long time and still use it for storing my treasures. It has its’ original label on the bottom, stating it came from the Landport Drapery Bazaar which was based in Commercial Road, Landport, Portsmouth and started trading in 1870.
The Landport Drapery Bazaar was bombed in the Second World War and subsequently rebuilt a couple of times. It was brought out by United Drapery Group in 1965, in 1982 changed its name to Allders and in 2005 taken over by Debenhmas.