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Henry Prentice of Stratford, Warwickshire, England

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Henry Prentice of Stratford, Warwickshire, England
By Linus Joseph Dewald Jr., Editor
Summer 2005 and Revised 3 Dec 2005

Update of 3 Dec 2005: Henry Prentice is the son of Mary Prentice, #20.2 in our Spring 1999 article about Zachariah Prentice of Brookingssd.htm . That article now replaces this article.

1. Henry Prentice was b. c. 1857, Stratford on Avon, Birmingham, Warwickshire, England. He is not in the 1871 or 1881 census but does appear in the 1891 and 1901 Bengewith, Evesham, Worcestershire Co. census with his wife, Alice, b. c. 1857, North Littleton, Worcestershire, and children:

  1. Charles Prentice, b. c. 1884, Evesham
  2. Mary Prentice, b. c. 1886, Evesham
  3. William Prentice, b. c. 1887, Evesham
  4. Owen Prentice, b. c. 1888, Evesham
  5. Frank E. Prentice,b. c. 1890, Evesham
  6. Frederick E. Prentice, b. c. 1891, Evesham. . . . . . . . [2]
  7. Marion Prentice (dau.), b. c. 1893, Evesham
  8. Elizabeth Prentice, b. c. 1895, Evesham
  9. Oliver Prentice,b. c. 1898, Evesham
  10. Howard Prentice, b. c. 1900, Evesham.

2. Frederick E. Prentice, b. c. 1890, Evesham. Although the middle initial is different, he is almost certainly the same person as the Frederick John Prentice shown in WW I death records as a Private, Duke of Cornwall's Light Infantry, 1st Bn. who died at age 23 on 21 Oct 1914, and who is identified as the son of T. Henry and Alice Prentice of 40 Church St., Bengeworth, Evesham, Worcester. His memorial can be found at Panel 19, Le Touret Memorial. A Google search discloses the following information:

    The Le Touret Memorial commemorates 13,479 British soldiers who fell in the fighting from October 1914 until 24th September 1915, when the Loos Memorial takes over. Geographically it covers an area enclosed in the north by the river Lys and a line drawn from Estaires to Fournes, and in the south by the former wartime boundary of the First Army at Grenay. As such the following major battles and actions are represented by the commemorations on this memorial:
            The Battle of La Bassée: 10th October - 2nd November 1914
            The Defence of Festubert & Givenchy: November-December 1914
            Cuinchy & First Givenchy: January-March 1915
            Neuve Chapelle: 10th-13th March 1915
            Aubers Ridge: 9th May 1915
            Festubert: 15th-25th May 1915
            Givenchy: June-September 1915
    

    The memorial is located in the grounds of Le Touret Military Cemetery, Festubert. It takes the form of a loggia surrounding an open rectangular court. The court is enclosed by three solid walls and on the eastern side by a colonnade. East of the colonnade is a wall, and both are prolonged to the north and south, forming a long gallery where nearly half the names are listed. The stone for this memorial came from Nimes.

    The vast majority of those commemorated at Le Touret were regular soldiers or territorials, who began to arrive in this sector from late 1914 onwards. A handful of men from Kitchener's Army units are also found here, from those formations that were among the first to arrive in France in the Spring of 1915. Since the memorial was built, the remains of at least 31 soldiers have been found on the battlefields.

Who are Henry Prentice's Parents?

In reviewing the 1871 census, we find 3 possibilities for Henry's parents:

  1. Henry's parents ight be Henry Prentice, b. c. 1825, Stratford on Avon, Birmingham, Warwickshire, and his wife, Mary Ann, b. c. 1825, Stratford on Avon. Like Henry who was b. in Stratford on Avon, William and Mary do appear in the 1871 and 1881 census in Stratford on Avon with children:

    1. William Prentice, b. c. 1854, Stratford on Avon, Birmingham. He might be the William Prentice shown in the 1881 census as b. c. 1854, Stratford on Avon who was then unmarried and a Shoeing Smith there.
    2. John Prentice, b. c. 1860, Stratford on Avon, Birmingham. He appears there in the 1881 census with his wife, Eliza E., b. c. 1859, Warwick, and daughter:
      1. Elizabeth Prentice,b. c. 1880, Stratford on Avon.

  2. Henry might be a grandson of George Prentis/Prentice and Alice Ashfield who were m. 16 Apr 1818, Holy Trinity, Stratford On Avon, Warwick and who had the following children (per IGI):

    1. Harriet Prentis, chr. 15 Jan 1819 Holy Trinity, Stratford On Avon, Warwick, England
    2. Josiah Prentice, chr. 12 Oct 1821 Holy Trinity, Stratford On Avon, Warwick, England. He m. Sarah, b. c. 1821, Stratford on Avon, Warwickshire. No children are shown at home in the 1871 and 1881 census there. However the 1851 census shows the following daughter:

      1. Harriett Prentice, b. c. 1847, Stratford on Avon

    3. William Prentis, chr. 16 Feb 1825 Holy Trinity, Stratford On Avon, Warwick, England. He appears in the 1871 census ther with his wife, Mary, b. c. 1825, Stratford on Avon, and children:

      1. Thomas Prentice, chr. 1 Mar 1848. Holy Trinity, Stratford On Avon. He m. Ellen, b. c 1849, Welford, Gloucestershire. Children (per 1871 census):
        1. Mary J. Prentice, b. c. 1870, Stratford on Avon
        2. William E. Prentice, b. c 1870, Stratford on Avon
      2. William Prentice, b. c. 1854, Stratford on Avon
      3. John Prentice, b. c. 1860, Stratford on Avon

    4. John Prentice, chr. 14 Oct 1827 Holy Trinity, Stratford On Avon, Warwick, England. He m. Mary, b. c. 1831, Clifford is shown in the 1851 census but not the 1881 census. Children, per 1881 census:

      1. George Prentice, b. c. 1850, Old Stratford, Warwickshire.
      2. Charlotte Prentice, b. c. 1852, Shottery, Warwickshire.
      3. Sarah Prentice, b. c. 1858, Shottery, Warwickshire.

    5. Thomas Prentice, chr. 14 Jan 1829 Holy Trinity, Stratford On Avon, Warwick, England. Not in 1851 or 1871 census.
    6. Ann Prentice, chr. 12 Oct 1831 Holy Trinity, Stratford On Avon, Warwick, England
    7. George Prentice, chr. 23 Feb 1834 Holy Trinity, Stratford On Avon, Warwick, England. Not in 1871 census.
    8. Sarah Prentice, chr. 11 Dec 1836 Holy Trinity, Stratford On Avon, Warwick, England
    9. Elizabeth Prentice, chr. 23 Feb 1840 Holy Trinity, Stratford On Avon, Warwick, England

  3. Henry my be a descendant of John Prentice and Mary, b. c. 1770-1777, who had the following children (per IGI):

    1. (dau.) Prentice, chr. 3 Sep 1797 Holy Trinity, Stratford On Avon, Warwick, England
    2. William Prentice, chr. 29 May 1799 Holy Trinity, Stratford On Avon, Warwick, England. He may, or may not, be the William Prentice who m. Sarah Loach on 20 Jan 1829, Saint Martin, Birmingham, Warwick.
    3. Sarah Prentice, chr. 25 Mar 1801 Holy Trinity, Stratford On Avon, Warwick, England
    4. John Prentice, chr. 27 May 1803 Holy Trinity, Stratford On Avon, Warwick, England
    5. Michael Prentice, chr. 12 Jul 1805 Holy Trinity, Stratford On Avon, Warwick, England. He may be the Michael Prentice shown in the IGI who m. Hannah, b. c. 1802, Stratford on Avon and had (per IGI):
      1. John Prentice, chr. 17 Jun 1825 Holy Trinity, Stratford On Avon, Warwick, England
      2. William Prentice, chr. 10 Jun 1827 Holy Trinity, Stratford On Avon, Warwick, England
      3. Mary Prentice, chr. 20 Sep 1829 Holy Trinity, Stratford On Avon, Warwick, England
      4. Michael Prentice, chr. 14 Aug 1831 Holy Trinity, Stratford On Avon, Warwick, England. Not in 1871 census.
      5. Esther Prentice, chr. 25 Sep 1833 Holy Trinity, Stratford On Avon, Warwick, England
      6. George Prentice, chr. 6 Mar 1836 Holy Trinity, Stratford On Avon, Warwick, England. At home in 1851 census there. He might be the George Prentice shown in the 1871 census in Heston, Middlesex, as b. c. 1837 in Straftord, Warwick, with his wife, Deborah, b. c. 1848, Stratford, Warwick. No children shown.
      7. Sarah Prentice, chr. 29 Apr 1838 Holy Trinity, Stratford On Avon, Warwick, England. At home in 1851 census there.
      8. Harriet Prentice, chr. 1840 Holy Trinity, Stratford On Avon, Warwick, England
    6. Mary Prentice chr. 29 May 1807 Holy Trinity, Stratford On Avon, Warwick, England
    7. William Prentice, chr. 26 Dec 1809 Holy Trinity, Stratford On Avon, Warwick, England

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