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North Wales

I'm looking to find a bit more info on my great grandfather, Albert Edward Reeve. I know he was born in islip, near thrapston, northants, june 1902. He was a brick layer/labourer inbetween serving with the army. He first joined up when he was 14, to the 1st battalian northampton regt to be trained as a drummer. His army number was 5875192. According to his service book, he served at home from 1916-19 and was sent to france in feb 1919. Home again may 19-21 and then india sept 21- nov 25 then home again. He was in china for 1927. I have his national insurance number, E5 51 34 65 B.

I have quite a bit of documentation covering his time in the army but nothing to do with his family. His son is my grandfather, so i know from him down, but i know nothing of Albert's parents or siblings apart from his mum was called Rose Anna/Anne/Annie and that his father wasn't around when he joined the army at 14. I would love to find some records that could lead me to info about his parents and siblings.

Thought this was the best place to put this as he served in several places and i have his army number etc. I'm hoping that will give me a head start on finding info on him, but i wouldn't know where to look at the moment, so any help much appreciated.




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Robin Hood County

On the 1911 census there is a Albert Edward Reeve born 1903 in living in the district of Thrapston. You will find the census on the findmypast site. To view the census image cost 30 credits and household transcripts 10 credits.


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South Australia
Hi Jen

This may be your Albert's birth and his parents marriage.
If you order Albert's birth certificate this will have his parents names on it.
If this is his family this may be why Albert did not know his father as there is a death in 1912 Thrapston.

Births Sep Qtr 1902
REEVE Albert Edward Thrapston 3b 199

Marriages Dec Qtr 1895
MOLD Rosa Annie Banbury 3a 1632
REEVE Thomas Henry Banbury 3a 1632

Births Dec Qtr 1874
REEVE Thomas Henry Towcester 3b 22

Births Mar 1874
MOLD Rose Ann Banbury 3a 754

Deaths Dec Qtr 1912
REEVE Thomas H 38 Thrapston 3b 228

1911 U.K census – Thrapston, Northamptonshire

REEVE Thomas Henry 1875 age 36
REEVE Rosa Annie 1875 age 36
REEVE William Henry 1897 age 14
REEVE Frederick Thomas 1899 age 12
REEVE Florance Alice 1901 age 10
REEVE Albert Edward 1903 age 8

1901 U.K census – Pleasant Row, Islip, Northamptonshire

REEVE Thomas head 1872 age 29 Formerly a Groom, Ordinary Labourer Towcester Northants
REEVE Rose wife 1873 age 28 Middleton Cheney Northants
REEVE William 1898 son age 3 Towcester Northants
REEVE Fredk son 1899 age 2 Islip Northants
REEVE Florrie daur 1900 age 4mts Islip Northants


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