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    I am trying to find information regarding my g grandfather Albert Dawdry.

    He was born in March 1891. Address listed on birth certificate was 153 Odessia (?) Road Forest Gate, West Ham
    In 1905 he was sent to Canada as a Home Child.

    The name of the organization he was sent by was listed as Miss MacPherson's. I obtained records from Barnardo's which let me know he was sent from Bethnal Green Union School.

    I would like to know if there is any way to find out his circumstances at the time of admission to the Union School. His Juvenile Inspection Reports indicate he asks about the welfare/ whereabouts of his sister "Nellie" however no information is ever produced. His military enrollment records into WW1 list "Nellie"- sister as his next of kin but her address is only listed as London, England.

    Would the records of the union school indicate who "admitted" him there, where there might be a next of kin, the circumstances of his parents???


    1. I have never been to England & am confused by the geography
    2. I am also confused by the poor law union/ workhouses/ union schools even though I have read the information on workhouses. org.



    PLEASE PLEASE HELP ME!!!!!

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    Hi Staceyleigh just a quick adjustment to the address for you, it should have read ODESSA Road etc the road still exists in London E7

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    the 1901 Census has:
    RG13/140/107 Page 38
    24, Private House, Brounlow Mews, St Pancras
    DAWDRY, Thos Head Married M 51 1850 Cabman b. Wymondham, Norfolk
    DAWDRY, Maria Wife Married F 50 1851 b. St James, London
    DAWDRY, Jane Daughter Married F 24 1877 Gunpowder Factory Worker b.
    Bethnal Green, London
    DAWDRY, Nellie Daughter Single F 16 1885 Gunpowder Factory Worker b. Holborn, London
    DAWDRY, Thos Son Single M 18 1883 Horsekeeper b. Holborn, London
    DAWDRY, John Son Single M 10 1891 b. Clerkenwell, London
    DAWDRY, Emily Daughter Single F 12 1889 b. Clerkenwell, London

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    taking it back to 1861 gives:
    RG09/1223/42 Page 30
    Middleton Street, Wymondham
    DAWDRY, Charles J Head Married M 45 1816 Corn Merchant b. Wymondham, Norfolk
    DAWDRY, Mary Ann Wife Married F 42 1819 b. Diss, Norfolk
    DAWDRY, John B Son M 14 1847 Scholar b. Wymondham, Norfolk
    DAWDRY, William B Son M 12 1849 Scholar b. Wymondham, Norfolk
    DAWDRY, Thos M Son M 10 1851 Scholar b. Wymondham, Norfolk
    DAWDRY, Fred W Son M 8 1853 Scholar b. Wymondham, Norfolk
    DAWDRY, Emelia Daughter F 6 1855 Scholar b. Wymondham, Norfolk
    DAWDRY, Mary Ann Daughter F 4 1857 Scholar b. Wymondham, Norfolk
    DAWDRY, Egar Son M 2 1859 Scholar b. Wymondham, Norfolk
    BALLY, Elizth Servant Unmarried F 18 1843 House Servant b. Wymondham, Norfolk

    a probable marriage
    Marriages Dec 1839
    BIRD Mary Ann Norwich 13 673
    Dawdry Charles Norwich 13 673

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    Hi Staceyleigh the census ref for poor Albert is RG 13/1622/104/6 all inmates of the Bethnal Green Union School are listed as born Bethnal Green.

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    PS the birth reg on Freebmd states Albert Walter Dawdry West Ham JUNE 1891 ref 4a 104

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    Thank you for correcting me on the address- I may be going blind from reading the computer screen, then to reading handwriting from the 1800's!

    The Nellie mentioned in the 1901 census does not have the same parents as my g grandfather, although I do have the registered copy of this Nellie's birth if anyone needs it- LOL

    From what I have so far, it looks like Albert & Nellie's parents died in their 40's.

    I do believe that may be the correct family in the 1861 census though.



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    ...but... how do they get there ??? I just can't get my head around the whole Union school, workhouse, home children thing....

    I feel SO out of it because you might as well be speaking another language to me at the moment! I have NO idea what "London E7" means but I will get it eventually!

    Maybe some sleep will help me out! Thank you for the information! I'm sure it'll all come together, some day!

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    Staceyleigh,

    What are the names of Nellie and Albert's parents?

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    Staceyleigh,

    London E7 means that is the area/post code(zip code)they lived in....london is divided into areas......E7(East 7 area)so Bethnal Green is in the East End of London.
    Hope this is helpful

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    The London Metropolitan Archives catalogue includes -

    Bethnal Green Board of Guardians

    Schools and Children

    1898-1906 History Sheets of Children: letter D.
    BEBG/302/001.
    Catalogue entry is marked "Register Unfit for Consultation".


    It may be available to the archives' own researchers. Details of the research service are on the web site.

    There may be more of interest - I haven't checked the catalogue any further.

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