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Surname Given Name Trade Year Notes
AHERN Thomas Farrier & Military Sergent 1916 Thomas Ahern was a farrier sergeant in the 1st world war. He was mentioned in dispatches according to the london gazette, on 1st January 1916 & 9th November 1916. I have no other information. Listed in both Farriers Index and Military Index..  
BAILEY Thomas Blacksmith - Shoeing Smith 1825 Thomas Bailey, born about 1825 Launceston, Tasmania. Thomas moved to the Brighton district. Thomas married Mary Ann Barber at Green Ponds in 1847 and raised a large family. He followed his trade at Green Ponds, Bothwell, Broadmarsh, Hamilton, Pontville and New Norfolk. He died at New Norfolk on 15th April 1920. His sons were all skilled artisans and served in the Boer War as shoeing smiths. See also in the Farriers Index & the Blacksmiths of Australia Index..  
BENOY George Henry Blacksmith - Royal Navy 1877 George Henry Benoy, born in Devonport 26 Nov 1877. Died: Plymouth 14 Aug 1941. He was indentured as a blacksmith apprentice on 23 May 1893 and completed his apprenticeship on 20 Dec 1898. He joined the navy in 1902 and served until 22 Dec 1923. He was also a clown and worked as a bootmaker when he left the navy. Also listed in the Blacksmithsof Devon Index . Copy of Apprenticeship Contract can be seen in the Interesting Stories Link..  
BILES William (2) Blacksmith -Military 1800 William Biles (2), bapt. Nettlecombe, Powerstock, Dorset. Died 25 January 1920 age 89yrs & buried in Portsmouth, Hampshire. Before enlistment aged 19yrs, as a Gunner in the Royal Marines 30/1/1854 at Portsmouth, it is stated on his Naval Records that he was a blacksmith. Left with 3 Good Conduct Medals and CHINA MEDAL with CLASP for Canton. He married and had children. See also Blacksmiths of Dorset..  
BROWN Solomon Blacksmith & Farrier-Military 1818 Solomon Brown, born in 1818 in Beaminster Dorset,he enlisted in the Army (10th Hussars) at Dorchester as a blacksmith on the 24th December 1839 and he achieved the rank of Farrier Major,serving in the East Indies and The Crimea,and was in service for a total of 24 years 55 days on his retirement he went back to Beaminster wher he died in 1871,he was my great great great grandfather. See him also in the Blacksmiths of Dorset and the Farriers Index..  
COOK Henry Blacksmith - Journeyman. Military Gunr Driv. 1851 Henry Cook 23yrs, 1-Frederick & Legonier Squares Artillery Barracks, Stoke Damerel. Born Newcastle upon Tyne ---..  
CORNISH George Boilermaker-Journeyman,
Military Gunr Driver
1851 George Cornish 23yrs, I-Frederick & Legonier Squares Artillery Barrack, Devonshire. Born Redruth-LAN.  
CUTLAND James Blacksmith - Journeyman. Military Gunr Driv. (2d). 1851 James Cutland 28yrs, Stoke Town, Barnstaple. Born Charles-DEV. Lodegs with THORNE family..  
DARRAN Joseph (Jnr) Gunsmith,
1822 Joseph Darran (Jnr). Gunsmith, armourer. military. Born about 1822, Chatham, Kent. The 1891 UK Census lists him as 69yrs, living at Rainham, Kent with wife Mary. A. 65yrs and son Alfred.G. Darren, 24yrs (coach builder). Joseph (Jnr) joined the 40th foot in 1840 as armourer sergeant. He was discharged 1862 and was gun maker in Essex (see 1871 census). In 1876 became an armourer in Chatham Kent for ten years and gave 32 years service as armourer to army. He later worked as a gunsmith, until his death 1899. Listed in the Gunsmiths and the Military Indexes..  
GATWARD Harry Charles Wheelwright 1879 Harry Charles Gatward, a 4th generation wheelwright, was born on 16 Jan 1879 at Dalston, London the fourth child and only son of William and Ann Gatward. William was a wheelwright working in Hackney. Harry volunteered to join the Army on 25 May 1897 at Dalston, when aged 19 years and was assigned Service No. 20245. He Attested for the Royal Artillery and was engaged as he had been working as a Wheelwright for the previous two years. A Wheelwright would be a useful occupation in the Royal Artillery as they had Gun Carriages, Horse Carriages and other wooden wheeled transport that needed maintaining. Harry was sent to India on 4 Dec 1898 and remained there for over ten years. During that time he was promoted from Gunner to Corporal then Bombardier. He returned to England and on 15 Dec 1909 he married Annie Elizabeth Margaret Hogben at St Saviour Church in Folkstone, Kent. When WW1 commenced in July 1914 Harry was sent to France as part of the British Expeditionary Force (BEF). He remained in France until 31 May 1915. On 18 Oct 1916, he was again sent to France where his unit stayed for the remainder of the war returning on 14 Jan 1919. Harry was discharged having completed 21 years of service. Harry and Annie continued to live in Folkestone and in the 1939 census, he was listed as a General Labourer. They later moved to Ealing, West London where Harry died in June 1955. Listed also in the Wheelwrights Index..  
McCOURT Robert Blacksmith - Journeyman. Military Gunr Driv. 1851 Robert McCourt 24yrs, 1-Frederick & Legonier Squares Artillery Barracks, Stoke Damerel. Born Armagh ---..  
McGOWAN Samuel Farrier (Shoeing Smith) - Journeyman. Military Gunr.Driv. 1851 Samuel McGowan 19yrs, 1-Frederick & Legonier Squares Artillery Barracks, Stoke Damerel. Born Down Banbridge ---..  
McPHERSON John Blacksmith - Journeyman. Military Gunr Driv. 1851 John McPherson 21yrs, 1-Frederick & Legonier Squares Artillery Barracks, Stoke Damerel. Born: Inverness-INV..  
MURPHY James Blacksmith RN 1895 James Murphy, Blacksmith. Born Cork, Ireland. James was in the Royal Navy, 1895-1909, Devonport, Devon, England. He served on shore and many ships His brother John was also a blacksmith in the RN. Also listed in Military Blacksmith..  
MURPHY John Blacksmith RN 1898 John Murphy, blacksmith. Born ?Cork, Ireland. John was a blacksmith in the Royal Navy 1898 - 1920. Based at Devonport and served on base and on many ships including HMS Warspite 1915-1918. His brother James was also a blacksmith in the RN. Also listed in Military Blacksmith..  
MURPHY Michael (Army Major) Blacksmith Awarded Victoria Cross 1860 Major Michael Murphy, born in Cahir, Tipperary , Ireland. Awarded Victoria Cross 1860 whilst serving in The British Army in India. Died 1893 in Darlington. Listed in Blacksmiths f fIreland & Military Indexes..  
OTTY (OTTEY) Robert Farrier & Coal Miner 1883 Robert Otty born 1883 in Hetton le Hole was a coal miner he served in a British Artillery Regiment in world war 1 as a farrier, in Gallipoli and France. Also listed in the Farriers Index. 1833: Robert born 1883 in Hetton le Hole was a coal miner he served in a British Artillery Regiment in world war 1 as a farrier, in Gallipoli and France. Also listed in the Farriers Index. See Blacksmiths of Norfolk, Durham & Australia for other family members..  
POPE James William Blacksmith - Military 1876 James William Pope, blacksmith. Born 1876, Exeter, Devon, England. James William Pope became a Stoker in the Royal Navy and saw action during the Boxer Rebellion aboard HMS Algerine at the taking of the Taku Forts in 1900. He served in the Royal Navy during WW1 as a stoker first class and died as a result of injuries in 1921. He is buried at Exeter Higher Cemetery and is listed on the War Memorial. He is listed in the 1891 Census as a relative of George Pope (blacksmith) born 1859 in Shobrooke, Devon. George Pope was James William Pope's uncle. James. W. Pope is listed in both Blacksmiths of Devon and Military Blacksmiths Indexes..  
REYNARD Mr. Blacksmiths - A.R.P. Special Constable 1940 1940s: Mr. Reynard. Hardley Smithy Forge was in a cottage near what is now Hardley roundabout and, during World War 2, Mr. Reynard the Smith was a special constable with A.R.P. duties, killed on duty in the bombing. He is commemorated on the War Memorial plaque in All Saints Church, Fawley. Information compliments of David Dowd, HANTS..  
REYNOLDS Ernest William Blacksmith & Farrier - Military 1887 Ernest William Reynolds, born in Roughton, Norfolk in 1887. Sergeant Blacksmith (Farrier) in Norfolk Regiment. Later a Smith in Cromer, worked at Cromer Hall. Married Mary Elizabeth WARD 1909. See him also in the Blacksmiths of Norfolk Index and Farriers Index..  
ROSS William Blacksmith - Journeyman. Military Gunr Driv. 1851 William Ross 22yrs, 1-Frederick & Legonier Squares Artillery Barracks, Stoke Damerel. Born Oldmacker-ABD..  
RYAN Bernard Blacksmith & Farrier-Military 1887 Bernard Ryan, blacksmith, farrier, military. Born 30 June 1887 at 41 Forgate Street, Stafford, Staffordshire, England. The 1891 UK census lists him as 3yrs living at ?26 Gaol Road, Stafford with parents Patrick & Julie plus siblings. In 1901 he is 14yrs (blacksmith) at 40 Grey Friars, Stafford with parents & siblings. In the 1911 census his name appears as a blacksmith but the whole line has subsequently been crossed out. In the meantime the family have moved to 25 Forgate Street. Iím not sure why his absence occurred but in January 1913 he signs his Attestation form for the Territorial Force ( Staffordshire Yeomanry ) and gives his place of work as Corporation Stafford, Borough Hall and his trade as a Shoeing Smith. On his Military History Sheet his service is for 3 years and 177 days at Home and is discharged for defective vision on the 5th July 1916. I suppose Iím curious has to who he worked for from 1916 up to the time he got married in 1929 when he married Elizabeth Mary Alcock. Children: John Daniel 1930, Elizabeth Agnes Anne 1931, Patrick 1933 and Michael 1936. Listed in Blacksmiths of Staffordshire, Farriers & Military Indexes. Any help appreciated..  
STANDEN Elias Farrier & Blacksmith-Military 1779 ELias Standen, born 1779 at Burwash, Sussex, son of Samuel Standen & Frances(nee Fuller). Married Barbara Heathfield, they lived sometime in Canterbury. Elias was a Sergeant Farrier at Waterloo. After Napoleonic war lived in Waresley,Hunts. Died: 1867 at Gamlingay, Cambridge. Elias & Barbara are grandparents of Harry Henry Standen who married Annie Pashley, daughter of George & Emma..  
SYMONS Henry Blacksmith - Military Ordnance 1851 Henry Symons 33yrs, 13 Charlotte Row, Morie Town, Devon. Born Stoke Damerel-DEV. Wife Ann 31yrs born Plymouth-DEV..  
THOMPSON Joseph Blacksmith & Farrier. Military Gunr Driv. 1851 Joseph Thompson 21yrs, 1-Frederick & Legonier Squares Artillery Barracks, Stoke Damerel. Born Barnstaple-DEV..  
VINSON Reginald Stewart Blacksmith,
Wheelwright & Farrier-Military
1920 Reginald Stewart Vinson. In the 1920's he was a blacksmith/wheelwright/iron worker, he served his apprenticeship with Metters of Tavistock. His daughter Valerie say "my knowledge is a bit vague im afraid but it must have been about the late 1920s. At the time Reginald lived at Devon Great Consols Lamerton. We however shifted to quite a few moorland villages as the work dried up. When the horse was supplanted by the tractor he went to work at Devonport dockyard and was sent to Gibraltar just after WW2. He also served so I believe as a farrier in the N/Devon Hussars" Reginald is also listed in the Wheelwrights, Ironworkers,Blacksmiths of Devon & Farriers Indexes.. Contact Valerie  
YOUNG William Blacksmith - Journeyman. Military Gunr Driv. (2d). 1851 William Young 21yrs, 1-Frederick & Legonier Squares Artillery Barracks, Stoke Damerel. Born: St.Cuthberts-EDN..  
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