South African Blacksmiths

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Surname Given Name Trade Year NoteseMail website
FORD Thomas Arthur Blacksmith 1861 Thomas Arthur Ford, blacksmith. Born at Fauls, Prees, Shropshire. Parents: John and Mar. Apprenticed to John Rogers, blacksmith, Fauls Green. Went to South Africa, married twice, three children by first wife, one, posthumously, by second. He went down on the Mendi, a Colour Sergeant, on 21 February, 1917 and is remembered with honour on the Hollybrook Memorial, Southampton. His medals are in the family of his second wife, claimed only recently from Pretoria. We have never been able to contact his English family, and would so like to do so.  
PILGRIM Herbert William Blacksmiths,Wheelwright 1878 Herbert William Pilgrim, blacksmith. Born in 1878 in Great Yarmouth, Norfolk, England. He married Alice May Sewell in 1899 and they moved to London. They had seven children. Census record of 1901 show they lived at 118 Corlton Road, St Pancras, London. He left his family in Jan of 1911 to go to South Africa - East London Port bound for Cape Town. Passenger record shows his trade being a Wheelwright Smith. We don\'t know if the plan was for his family to join him once he'd settled or he just abandoned them? Sadly, we also don't know what happened to him. Herbert is listed in the Blacksmiths of Norfolk; Blacksmiths of London and Blacksmiths of South Africa + Wheelwrights Index.  
WARRY Gaius Edward Blacksmith 1856 Gaius Edward Warry, blacksmith. Born Jan-Feb-Mar quarter 1856, Chad, Somerset, England. See freebmds.co.uk Vol: 5c Page: 537. Gaius immigrated to South Africa where he met and married Maria Dingley, in Stanger, my Grandmother was his daughter. Listed in Blacksmiths of Somerset and South Africa.  
WILSON Frederick William Richard Blacksmith 1891 Frederick William Richard Wilson, blacksmith, farrier. Born 1891 and died 1964 or 1965 in Klerksdorp, Northern Cape, South Africa. Married Lillian Wilson lived in Kimberley. Had 3 daughters, one who disowned her family and became a famous Carven model in Paris (Audrey/Irene). His medal from the great war records him as Pte W Wilson of the 2nd S.A.H. (South African Horse). Listed in Blacksmiths of South Africa; Farriers and Military Indexes.  
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