Family History Notebook

John Stephen Swindale ("Jack")

Son of Joseph Swindale and Mary Jane Gregg , born on the 29th of July 1880 at 5 Main Street, Haverigg, Cumberland

Married Mabel Minnie Larkins on the 5th of August 1914 at St Paul's, Lorimer Square, Southwark, London


John Alexander, born on the 20th of December 1915 at 2 Morna Road, Denmark Hill, London
Harold Stephen, born on the 19th of August 1918 at 27, Cedardale Road, Walton, Liverpool
Walter, born on the 19th of August 1918 at 27, Cedardale Road, Walton, Liverpool (died in infancy)
Lilian Margaret, born on the 10th of July 1920

Died on the 3rd of August 1941 at 19 Vicarage Way, Pinner, Harrow, London


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Jack went to the teacher's training college in Chester in 1901 and 1902 and then went down to London to teach French. A little scrap of paper notes:-
Service Millom S.B. May 1899 - Aug 1901
       L.C.C. Comber Grove Aug 1903 - July 1924
                    Keeton's Rd. HG 1924 - Oct 28th 25
                    Brownhill Rd Oct 28th 1925 -
which I think is his teaching record to that date

William and John Stephen At Millom
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In 1907 Jack was living at 9, Roslyn Avenue, Kenbury Street, Camberwell. He married Mabel, also a teacher, in 1914. John Alexander was born at 2 Morna Road, Camberwell. This is a three story terraced house in Denmark Hill. Originally Jack and Mabel lived in the middle floor while a Mr and Mrs Flynn lived on the ground and upper floors but when Margaret was born Jack and Mabel took over the ground and upper floors while the Flynns moved to the middle floor.
from a class photograph 1907



During the First World War Jack served as a 2nd Corporal with the Royal Engineers from 1916 - 1918. Mabel moved up to Liverpool to Jack's sister Lily for the birth of  Harold and his twin Walter. In 1927 or 1928 the family moved from Morna Road to 20 Frankfurt Road, a mile away in Herne Hill and they lived there until the start of the Second World War. Jack's school was evacuated to Ewhurst (Sayers Croft Camp School) and he moved out with them while (Mabel and Margaret?) went to Swindon. Jack was spending a few days of the summer holiday in Harrow with his sister-in-law, Fanny, and her husband Fred when he died.


2 Morna Road

20 Frankfurt Road ? c 1927
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1    Original notes had date of marriage as 4th August but marriage register is for 5th August.

2    In the 1939 register Jack was in Ashford, Kent whilst Mabel was in Rustington, Sussex. This would probably have been part of the Pied Piper evacuation scheme - Jack moving with the school (Catford?) while Mabel found accommodation as near as practical. See #c. Catford School was hit by a bomb in 1943 and around 38 children were killed.


a)    1881 UK census    Living with his parents in Main Street, [Haverigg?], Millom, Cumberland
        1891 UK census    Living with his parents at 5, Main Street, Haverigg, Millom.
        1901 UK census, cont    A teacher (20), living with his parents at 4 Crown Street Millom
        1911 UK census    A teacher boarding in Camberwell, London
        1921 UK census    Married with three children, an elementary school teacher living at 2, Morna Road, Camberwell.
        1939 Register        A teacher, born 29 July 1880, married,  living with the Hobbs family in Ashford. (Mabel, and possibly Margaret, was in Rustington on the South coast of Sussex.

b)    The birth of John Stephen Swindale, mother's maiden name Gregg, was registered in the third quarter of 1880 in the Bootle district (FreeBMD / GRO 10b 640)

        The marriage of John S Swindale and Mabel M Larkins was registered in the third quarter of 1914 in the Southwark district (FreeBMD 1d 66)

        The death of John S Swindale aged 61 was registered in the third quarter of 1941 in the Hendon district (FreeBMD 3a 578)

c)    "Recollections of evacuation to Sayers Croft camp" by Ben Howard (Cached)