Noah’s first appeared on a census in 1881 aged 1. His name was recorded as Benjamin N. Page In the 1891 census he was called Benjamin and then on the 1901 census he was listed as Noah B. Eventually on the 1911 census and all subsequent civil and military documents, he was referred to as Noah.
In 1891, Noah was living with his family at 3, Wilkes Row, Darlaston, Staffordshire. Father, John Page 41, was an Ironworker (Puddler) who had been born in Darlaston, Staffordshire. His wife Mary Ann 40, had been born in West Bromwich. Their 7 children were Sarah A 18, James 17, John 15, Joseph H. 8, Martha 6, son Samuel 4 and Benjamin N, just 1 year old.
The 1891 census sees the Page family living at 3, Alfred Street, Darlaston, Staffordshire. Father, John 50, was still an Ironworker. His wife Mary A. was also 50. Their daughter Sarah A 28, was married and called ‘Edwards’. James 26 and John 24 were both Ironworkers. They were both married, but along with Sarah A. their spouses were not on this census, in this household. Joseph 18 was a Labourer, Martha 16 was a’Bolt Screwer’, Samuel 14 was a Labourer. Benjamin (Noah) was 12. Albert was age 10.
By 1901 the household had reduced drastically. Tthey were living at 2, 1, House Court, High Street, Darlaston, Staffordshire. Father, John 61 was still working as an Iron Puddler. Mary was 60. Noah B was their only child still living at home. He was age 20 and a Sheet Mill Worker. A Granddaughter Alice Whitehouse was 5.
On the 1911 census, Noah had moved to 5 Brook Road Shotton, Flintshire. He had married Eliza Martin in St. Ethelwold’s Church in Shotton on the 13th May 1905. At 5, Brook Road, they had 3 children. Noah was age 30 and an Ironworker, Eliza was 31 and their children were Norah 5, Harry 3 and Horace 1.
UK soldiers who died in the Great War 1914 -19, accessible on www.ancestry.co.uk confirms the regimental information above and adds that he was born in Darleston, Staffordshire and enlisted in Shotton. He was ‘killed in action’ in France & Flanders.
Noah’s medal card also accessible on ancestry, records his medal details and also tells us that his first theatre of war was France and that he entered it on 19th July 1915
Noah Page in the UK, Army Registers of Soldiers’ Effects, 1901-1929 tells us that sole Legatee was his Widow and Grantee, Eliza, she was paid £44. 12s 1d on the 16th August 1919 which included his War Gratuity of £ 24. 10s 0d.
Noah was named on 2 other memorials – the Hawarden War Memorial and the memorial screen at St Ethelwold’s Church. Somebody made an effort to ensure he was remembered.
On the Absent Voter’s List of 1919, Noah is entered there – ROWDEN VILLAS – 2702 PAGE, Noah, Opposite Rowden Villas 12945 Pte., 2nd Bn. R.W.F., B.E.F. (No. on the 1918 list – 5303)
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