Name of Researcher / Enw’r ymchwylydd: Mavis Williams
Name / Enw: Jellicoe, Henry (Harry)
Regiment/Catrawd: 24th Denbighshire Yeomanry, Royal Welsh Fusiliers, Labour Corps Secondary 805th Area-Employment Coy.
Service Rank and Number / Rheng gwasanaeth a rhif: Private 340135, 361742 and 567
Military Cemetery/Memorial / Fynwent milwrol: Cairo War Memorial Cemetery
Ref No Grave or Memorial / Rhif cyfeirnod bedd: Q. 294.
Country of Cemetery or Memorial / Gwlad y fynwent neu gofeb: Egypt
Medals Awarded / Medalau a ddyfarnwyd: British War & Victory Medals.
Date of Death: 31st March 1919
Date and Circumstances of Death / Dyddiad ac amgylchiadau marwolaeth:
Died in the Citadil Military Hospital, Cairo on the 31st March 1919.
Henry (Harry) Jellicoe was born in the June Quarter of 1889 in Wirral, Cheshire. He was the son of John & Elizabeth Jellicoe (nee Davies), they, I believe, married in 1879 at Christ Church, Barnston, Cheshire (Cheshire BK64/1/7).
I do believe that John, may have been married previously to a Margaret, age 31, as on the 1871 census John, 27 and a Coach Man, is seen on that census living at Barnston, Woodchurch Parish, Cheshire with his wife Margaret, 31 born in Barnston, Cheshire with their daughter Alice A. Jellicoe age 2.
This of course could be an enumerator’s mistake, but on the 1881 census John has a wife Elizabeth, age 21, born in Liverpool, Lancashire and John, 37 and a Farmer of 4 Acres, was born in Brimstage, Cheshire. Little Alice A Jellicoe is now 12 and born in Barnston, so I do believe that this is the right family. There are new members of the family, son James, 8, daughter Margaret, 5 and son George, 4 months old. There had been a 4 year gap between the children, making it a possibility that Margaret had died and John had to find a new bride.
There is a possible marriage of a John Gellicoe (sic) and a Margaret Cameron in the June Quarter 1862, (Liverpool Vol. 8b, Page 198), but this would have made John only 18 years old, not unknown, but any help gratefully received.
The 1891 census shows the family living at 45 Pensby Lane, Pensby, Wirral. John Jellicoe, 45, Farmer and Elizabeth, 31 had 6 children in the intervening years. Incidentally, Elizabeth is stated to have been born in Barnston and not Liverpool on this census. Sons, James, 19, George, 11, John, 6, Frederick, 4, Henry, 2 and Thomas 4 months old. Daughters, Margaret, 15, Mary E., 9 and Emily 7 made up the family. Daughter Alice A. Jellicoe, 22, was living at 13, Chapel Street, Birkenhead Cheshire, in the household of Isaac and Isaac Grundy, with their Step-son James Royle and visitor Ann Grice.
Alice A was to marry in 1894 at St. Andrew’s Church, Bebington to Robert Burkey (Cheshire Wirral BK58/4/14).
1901 shows the family living at Poulton Farm, Spital Village, Lower Bebington, Cheshire, John 54 was a Farmer Employer and this time Elizabeth, 52, is said to have been born in Liverpool on this census. Sons George, 20, John, 16, Frederick, 14 are described as Farmer’s sons, Harry, 13, Thomas, 11 and Joseph was 9. Daughters were Mary, 18 a Dressmaker, Margaret, 24 a Farmer’s daughter and Emily, 17, a Milliner.
The 1911 census shows that the family had moved to Buckley, living at Liverpool Road. However, that same year John Jellicoe had died in the Hawarden Parish as his death is registered there, he was 67 years old, (HAW/06A/27).
Elizabeth, 53 was now a widow and a Farmer and an employer, again, she states that she had been born in Barnston, Cheshire. The family now has only a few of the children, Margaret, 35, single and a Housekeeper, son Henry, 22, single, and son Thomas, 20, single, and both Farmers. Daughter Emily, 28 had now been married to Frederick Jones, 28 and a Ship Steward, born in Liverpool, for 4 years. No children had been born to them. A Nephew, Herbert Wilbraham, 15, born in Liverpool, was assisting on the farm. There were 2 Boarders and a Visitor also in the household.
However after the census, at some point Henry Jellicoe moved to Rose Cottage, Aston, Hawarden, this is known as a Fllintshire WW1 Index Card was made out for him in the Shotton Parish, it gave his regimental details, but no one signed or dated it and in the “Remarks” – Unable to obtain any further particulars, letter endorsed “Not known”. Died in Cairo.
Henry married in the Register Office or Registrar Attended ceremony at West Derby, to Helen Kitson in 1914. (Liverpool REG_WD/303/155)
The Armed Forces BMD details:- Jellicoe, Henry, Labour Corps. Pte. Reg. No.:- 361742 Year 1919 Volume 3 Page 117 (Source:- GRO, War Deaths, Army and other Ranks. (1914 -1919)
Harry Jellicoe in the UK, WWI Service Medal and Award Rolls, 1914-1920 does not tell us where his first Theatre of War was nor when he entered it.
Henry Jellicoe in the UK, Army Registers of Soldiers’ Effects, 1901-1929 tells us that the Sole Legatee was his Widow Helen Jellicoe and he died at the Citadil Military Hospital, Cairo.
For some reason I cannot find Harry’s entry in Ancestry’s entry U.K. Soldiers Died in the Great War 1914 -1919.
Commonwealth War Graves Commission additional information: Son of John and Elizabeth Jellicoe; husband of Helen Jellicoe*, of 34 Sycamore Rd., Broseley Wood, Broseley, Salop. Born in Chester.
I believe that by the time the Commonwealth War Graves were collecting information on the Soldier, Helen had moved from Aston to Broseley.
Henry was on the Absent Voter’s List 2847 JELLICOE, Henry, Rose Cottage, Aston 361742 Pte., 805 A.E. Coy. Lab. Corps 1918.
Henry is remembered on the Buckley War Memorial as well, his name probably put forward by his mother Elizabeth, and by then Helen had moved, so his name was not put forward for the Connah’s Quay and Shotton Cenotaph, but he was a resident of Shotton, as his Flintshire WW1 Index Card shows.