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Prentices of Barston, England

Prentices of Barston, England
By Linus Joseph Dewald Jr., Editor
Fall 2003 and Revised 21 Apr 2005

NOTE: The information in this article has now been combined with the information in our article about the Prentices of Barston, Warkwickshire which now replaces this article.

A check of the IGI discloses some Prentices in Barston, England, which appear to correspond with the Solihull birth entries in the St. Catherine's Index as follows:
  1. Thomas Prentice, b. c. 1816, Barston. He m. Elizabeth, b. c. 1824, Offchurch. They appear in the 1881 Barston census. Childen:
    1. William Prentice, b. c. 1843, Barston, Warwickshire (per 1851 and 1901 census). He appears in the 1901 Barston census, living next door to his brother, Thomas, with his wife, Ellen, b. c. 1857, Pillerton(?), Warwickshire, and children:
      1. Mary Jane Prentice, b. Mar 1874, Barston (per St. Catherine's Index)
      2. Thomas Prentice, b. c. 1876, Barston.
      3. Henry/Harry Prentice, b. c. 1878, Barston. At home in 1901.
      4. Elizabeth Rose Prentice, b. c. 1880, Barston.
      5. Wilfred Prentice, b. c. 1889, Barston.
      6. Benjamin Prentice, b. c. 1893, Barston.
      7. Beatrice Prentice, b. c. 1896, Barston.
      8. James Prentice, b. c. 1899, Barston. He appears in WW I military death records as a Private, Wiltshire Regiment, 1st Bn, who d. at age 20 on 12 Apr 1918, son of William and Ellen Prentice, of Barston, Hampton-in-Arden, Birmingham. His memorial is Panel 8, Ploegsteert Memorial. The village of Ploegsteert is about 16 kilometres south of Ieper (formerly Ypres), near the Franco-Belgian border about 5 kilometres north of Armentières. Ploegsteert Memorial stands in Berks Cemetery Extension, about 2 kilometres north of the village on the west side of the road to Ieper. The Memorial lists the missing from the battles of Armentieres, Aubers Ridge (in 1914), Loos, Fromelles (in 1915), Estaires (in 1916), Hazebrouck, Scherpenberg and Outtersteene Ridge (in 1918). In total some 11,447 men's names are inscribed. The memorial is 70 feet in diameter and 38.5 feet in height. It was unveiled on 7 June 1931 by the Duke of Brabant.
      9. Edward H. Prentice, b. c. 1901, Barston
    2. Sarah Ann Prentice, b. Sep 1844.
    3. Jane Prentice, b. Sep. 1846
    4. Eliza Prentice, b. Dec 1848
    5. Mary Prentice, b. Mar 1853
    6. Maria Lydia Prentice, b. Jun 1855. She m. Sep 1889 in Solihull.
    7. Helen/Ellen Prentice, b. Jun 1859. She is probably the Ellen Prentice who m. Jun 1993. She appears in the 1901 Barston census as Ellen with her husband, Charles Savage, and children:
      1. L. E. I. Vera Savage, b. c. 1895
      2. Cuthbert L. K. Savage, b. c. 1896
      3. Leslie R. P. Savage, b. c. 1897
      4. Dennis H. S. Savage, b.c. 1900.
      Also living with them in 1901 was her sister, Selina.

    8. Selina Prentice, b. Jun 1862. In the 1901 Barston she is living with her sister, Ellen who is identified as the wife of Charles Savage.
    9. Thomas Prentice, b. Sep 1864. He might be the Thomas Prentice of Barston who appears in the 1901 Barston, Warwickshire, census described as b. c. 1864-65, Barston, with his wife, Esther, b. c. 1864-65, Sydney, Gloucester. He was living next door to his brother, William, above. Children shown in 1901 census.
      1. Julia M. Bennett, step-dau., b. c. 1887
      2. Thomas W. Prentice,b. c. 1893, Barston.
      3. Arthur R. Prentice, b. c. 1895, Barston. He appears in WW I death records as a Private in the Gloucestershire Regiment, 14th Bn., who d. at the age of 24 on 24 Apr 1918 and is bur. at III. D. 4., Hangard Communal Cemetery Extension. A Google search provides the following additional information:

          Hangard is a village 5 kilometres south of Villers-Bretonneux. Hangard Communal Cemetery is a little east of the village on the north side of the road to Demuin and the Extension is on the west side of the Communal Cemetery.

          At the end of March 1918, Hangard was at the junction of the French and Commonwealth forces defending Amiens. From 4 to 25 April, the village and Hangard Wood were the scene of incessant fighting, in which the line was held and the 18th Division were particularly heavily engaged. On 8 August, the village was cleared by the 1st and 2nd Canadian Mounted Rifles. The original extension to the communal cemetery was made by the Canadian Corps in August 1918. It consisted of 51 graves in the present Plot I. It was greatly increased after the Armistice when graves were brought in, mainly from the battlefields of Hangard and Hangard Wood and from smaller cemeteries. The extension now contains 563 Commonwealth burials and commemorations of the First World War. 294 of the burials are unidentified but there are special memorials to eight casualties known to be buried among them. Other special memorials commemorate nine casualties buried in Fontaine-les-Cappy Churchyard Extension and Gentelles French Military Cemetery, whose graves could not be found on concentration. Certain graves in Plots II, III, and IV, identified collectively but not individually, are marked by headstones inscribed with the words "Believed to be buried near this spot.".

      4. Sidney Prentice, son, . c. 1900, Barston

  2. Mary Prentice (no husband named) had:
    1. Thomas Prentice, b. Sep 1847

  3. David Prentice and Maria had:
    1. Frederick Prentice, b. Mar 1866

  4. Henry Prentice, b. Sep 1866

  5. Joseph Prentice, b. c. 1836 at Stoneleigh, Warwick, and a Laborer, m. Alice Savage, b. c. 1842, Barston, Warwick. Their children shown in the 1881 Barston census are:
    1. Charles Savage, b. c. 1865, Barson, and likely a son of Alice by a prior marriage.
    2. Sarah Ann Prentice, b. c. 1872, Barston. She might be the Sarah Ann Prentice who m. Jun 1888 in Solihull.
    3. Alice Prentice, b. c. 1879, Barston.
    4. Albert Prentice, b. c. 1880, Barston.

    In the 1901 Barston census, Alice (Savage) Prentice was living with her brother, John Savage, together with Alice's son, Albert Prentice, above.

  6. Thomas Prentice, b. Dec 1875
  7. Richard Prentice, b. Sep 1876
  8. Harry Prentice, b. Sep 1877. He m. Edith M. and is identified in WW I death records as a Private, The Queen's (Royal West Surrey Regiment), 11th Bn., who d. at age 40 on 23 Mar 1918 and is identified as the husband of Edith M. Prentice, of Church Cottage, Barston, Birmingham. His memorial can be found at Bay 2, Arras Memorial. A Google search found the following:

      The Arras Memorial is in the Faubourg-d'Amiens Cemetery, which is in the Boulevard du General de Gaulle in the western part of the town of Arras. The cemetery is near the Citadel, approximately 2 kilometres due west of the railway station. The French handed over Arras to Commonwealth forces in the spring of 1916 and the system of tunnels upon which the town is built were used and developed in preparation for the major offensive planned for April 1917. The memorial commemorates almost 35,000 servicemen from the United Kingdom, South Africa and New Zealand who died in the Arras sector between the spring of 1916 and 7 August 1918 (the eve of the Advance to Victory) and have no known grave. The most conspicuous events of this period were the Arras offensive of April-May 1917, and the German attack in the spring of 1918.
  9. Alice Prentice, b. Sep 1878. She is probably the Alice who m. Sep 1996 in Solihull.
  10. William Mark Prentice, b. Jun 1882
  11. Francis John Prentice, b. Sep 1884. He m. Catherine Louisa and d. 1980 in Barston.
  12. Margaret Emma Prentice, b. Dec 1886
  13. Mabel Prentice, b. Jun 1888
  14. Wilfrid Prentice, b. Sep 1888
  15. Agnes Nellie, b. Sep 1890
  16. Samuel Randall Prentice, b. Dec 1891
  17. Benjamin Prentice, b. Jun 1893

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