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Emma Mary RANDELL 1879

Emma Mary Randell was born five days after her mother's forty first birthday. She was the youngest child of John Randell and Sarah Ann Kirby and was born 8 June 1879 and baptised a month later 6 July at St Peter and St Paul Church, Cromer.
Little information is available but it seems Emma lived with her parents in West Street, Cromer until marrying George Chadwick, 8 March 1900. Their wedding was also celebrated at St Peter and St Paul Church.
At the time of their marriage the couple were both twenty one years old and George was recorded with the occupation of bricklayer. Interestingly, one of the witnesses who signed the marriage certificate was Mabel Winnie England. Mabel was both a long term neighbour of the Chadwick's and the niece of bride Emma. The connection being Emma's elder sister, Sarah married William England in 1887.
George and Emma began married life at 60 Church St, Cromer. When the 1901 census was collected on 31 March the couple had no children but 8 August 1901 the first of three children was born to George and Emma.
Their first child was given the first name's of his uncle, John Ephraim. Their two other children were girls and named (according to BMD) Agnes May, born 18 April 1904 and Florence Emma born 10 March 1907. In an intriguing variation, all three children were cost effectively baptised on the same day 28 April 1907. This well-organised sacrament was enacted at St Andrew Church, Guist, Norfolk. Unfortunately, the names of the girls recorded in the Parish Register differ slightly from the birth certificate. Florence became Florence Mary and Agnes was Agnes Mary. Ignoring the names, from the ages and birthplaces of the children it's safe to assume that the family moved to Guist sometime between 1905 and 1907.
Other members of the extended Chadwick family appear in the records of Guist, and this may offer a possible explanation for their short migration in land. Another possible explanation is hidden in the 1911 census which finds George Chadwick described as a Bricklayer on an Estate.
Guist, has the remains of a Brick Kiln on the village green and a distinctive brick Clock Tower, erected in May 1935 by Thomas Cook, travel entrepreneur and owner of nearby Sennowe Estate.
Sennowe House, reportedly the last great country estate to be built in Norfolk, was originally constructed in the Georgian period but it was subsequently remodelled by various owners. The last major modifications took place between 1904 and 1911 but work continued on the gardens until 1933.
In 1911 George and Emma, both aged 31, were living on ‘Guist Common’ with their three children, John Ephraim aged 9, Agnes 6 and Florence 4 years.
John E Chadwick married Rosetta Loades in April 1921 in Walsingham and in the years immediately following the marriage three Chadwick children appeared in the district all having a mother with a maiden name Loades. Fifteen years later another Chadwick/Loades offspring appeared. Despite the gap John E would be a virile 42 years old at his birth.
Agnes Chadwick remains something of a mystery, largely because her middle name seems to float between the two extremes of Agnes May or Mary Agnes. If she was Mary Agnes, and it was presented to me by her descendant that she was, she married Leonard Valentine Burdett in 1927 at Mitford, Norfolk and produced a family. If she wasn't, I've no idea.
Florence Emma Chadwick married Norman Percy Cork in 1941. The wedding was registered in North Walsham but no children called Cork with a mother maiden name Chadwick appear in any local register. Florence Emma Cork died in 1971 whilst her husband outlived her by sixteen years and died aged 84 in 1987.

Emma Mary and George had the following children:

John Ephraim CHADWICK 1901, Cromer, Norfolk
Agnes Mary CHADWICK 1904, Cromer, Norfolk
Florence Emma CHADWICK 1907, Guist, Norfolk

ANCESTRY ~ Clement / Thomas / John / Emma Mary

George CHADWICK 1879

George Chadwick was born 19 August 1879 and baptised two days later by S.F. Cresswell, Rector of St. Mary the Virgin, Northrepps, Norfolk.
George was the eldest son in a family of ten children. His father and namesake was George Chadwick whilst his mother was Louisa Reynolds. George and Louisa had married 6 March 1879, some three months before their first child's birth. The Parish register provides some clarity to the family relationships. The groom was recorded as aged 22 whilst bride, Louisa was age 19. Louisa was the daughter of George Reynolds, a Carter whilst George was stated to be the son of Abram Chadwick, a bricklayer.
In every census that George senior appearred, he stated his place of birth as London and his date of birth 1857. Unfortunately, I was unable to find a record of his birth and even more confusingly in the 1861 census, when he should be aged four living with his 'parents' he was absent. In 1861, Abram & Emma Chadwick were living in Upper Street, Southrepps with a single child Frederick making up the total household but significantly no George.
Abram appears to be a local, whilst his wife Emma, may be Emma Allen, born 1841 Aldbrough, Yorkshire but found living in Overstrand prior to their wedding.
Louisa Reynolds history is significantly simpler, she was baptised 23 April 1860 at St Mary the Virgin, Northrepps. She was the child of George and Elizabeth Reynolds.
Abram Chadwick was a bricklayer and successive generations of the Chadwick family were in the building industry. By 1901 both George and his father were bricklayers, and his brothers Hebert and Hammond were a plumber and plasterer.
The War Service record of George Chadwick revealed he travelled to the Army Training Centre at Longmoor, Norwich, 14 March 1916 and enlisted in the Royal Engineers. His application confirmed him as a bricklayer, age 38 with a diminutive height of five feet three inches and weight of 135lbs, making him both smaller and heavier than many of his contemporaries. His eyesight was recorded as 6/18 right eye and 6/12 left eye. Under the section, 'Slight defects but not sufficient to cause rejection' is an illegible hand written note. Whatever the circumstances of his health, he was assigned the regimental number: 201208, a rating of B1 fittest and dispatched 29 January 1917 to Salonika in Greece. August of that same year, whilst on active service in Greece, he was promoted to Lance Corporal.
Compared with France, Salonika was a relatively quite campaign, the first major battles took place before George arrived. 1917 was largely quiet but by July 1918 another offensive was under-way. On 18 September 1918, the combined forces of the re-organised Greek and British Armies attacked a series of fortified positions. In the manner of many campaigns it was both pointless and a disaster leaving the Greek and Welsh forces suffering heavy losses. By July the German Army on the Western Front were in disarray, within weeks of this assault, 4 October 1918, the Germany initiated armistice negotiations.
Despite the leadership, fatalities in Salonika were relatively low, for every casualty of battle three died of malaria, influenza or other diseases. Included in George's records was a Causality Form and an application for a pension which was approved but doesn't appear to identify an injury. He arrived back in England, 11 April 1919 with a medical rating of B2.
Expansively his army records note his next of kin, as wife Emma Mary Randell born Cromer and three dependant children, John Ephraim Chadwick, 8 August 1901, Agnes May Chadwick 18 April 1904 and Florence Emma Chadwick 10 march 1907. Their youngest child Florence was born in Guist whilst the first two are born in Cromer. His address for all correspondence was Guist S. O. Norfolk, what the S.O. component indicates I'm not entirely sure.

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