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John Prentice of Elset, Suffolk, England

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John Prentice of Elset, Suffolk, England
By Linus Joseph Dewald Jr., Editor
Summer 2003 and Revised 14 Aug 2008

We found the following family in Ancestry.com .

1. John Prentice was b. c. 1842 in Elset (Elmsett?), Suffolk, England. He appears in the 1881 census living at 7 John St., St. John Hackney, London, with his wife and family. 1891 census at 15 Felix St. Bethnal Green, London.

He m. Mary A., b. c. 1842, Ireland. He also appears in the 1891 census in St. Matthews Bethnal Green. John does not appear in the IGI. Children (per 1881 and 1891 census):

  1. John James Prentice, b.c. 1873, Hackney, Middlesex, and d. Jun 1882, age 9 years. A later brother has the same name.
  2. Malachi Prentice, b. 11 Apr 1875, Kingsland, London, and d. 10 Aug 1915, Gallipoli. He served in the Wiltshire Regiment At home in 1891.
  3. Margaret Emma Prentice, b. 22 Oct 1877, Hackney, Middlesex.
  4. Isaac Henry Prentice, b. c. 1879, Hackney, Middlesex. . . . . . . . [2]
  5. Thomas Henry Prentice, b. 22 Jan 1882, Kingsland or Hackney, London, Middlesex (per 1901 census). In the 1901 census he is shown as an unmarried Carman who is living with his brother, Issac, and their family.
  6. John James Prentice, b. c. 1888, Hackney, London and living with his brother, Isaac, in the 1901 census.He m. Rose Elizabeth Halse on 29 Feb 1920, Hackney. She was b. c. 1895, Bow, London. She was the dau. of Henry George Halse (b. 1872) and Amelia M. (b. 1873).
  7. William Patrick Prentice. WW I military death records identify him as a Private, Wiltshire Regiment, 5th Bn., who d. on 10 Aug 1915, brother of Isaac Henry Prentice, of 17, Andrews Rd., Mare St., Hackney, London. His memorial can be found at Panel 156 to 158, Helles Memorial. A Google search discloses the following information:

      LOCATION: The Memorial stands on the tip of the Peninsula and is in the form of an obelisk over 30 metres high. It serves the dual function of Commonwealth battle memorial for the whole Gallipoli campaign and place of commemoration for many of those Commonwealth servicemen who died there and have no known grave. The United Kingdom and Indian forces named on the memorial died in operations throughout the peninsula, the Australians at Helles. There are also panels for those who died or were buried at sea in Gallipoli waters. The memorial bears more than 21,000 names. There are four other Memorials to the Missing at Gallipoli. The Lone Pine, Hill 60, and Chunuk Bair Memorials commemorate Australian and New Zealanders at Anzac. The Twelve Tree Copse Memorial commemorates the New Zealanders at Helles. Naval casualties of the United Kingdom lost or buried at sea are recorded on their respective Memorials at Portsmouth, Plymouth and Chatham, in the United Kingdom. The main inscription on the memorial reads:

        "The Helles Memorial is both the memorial to the Gallipoli Campaign and to the 20,763 men who fell in that campaign and whose graves are unknown or who were lost or buried at sea in Gallipoli waters. Inscribed on it are the names of all the ships that took part in the campaign and the titles of the army formations and units which served on the Peninsula together with the names of 18,985 sailors, soldiers and marines from the United Kingdom, 248 soldiers from Australia, and 1,530 soldiers of the Indian Army."

      Designed by Sir John Burnet, the Helles Memorial was completed in 1924 and is built of rough stone from Ilgardere. The largest number of names are from the Lancashire Fusiliers (1,357 commemorations) on Panels 58-72, and the Manchester Regiment (1,215 commemorations) on Panels 158-170.

2. Isaac Henry Prentice, b. c. 1879, Kingsland or Hackney, Middlesex, and d. 1965 in Hackney. He appears in the 1901 census living at 18 Sheep Lane, Hackney, a Goods Porter, with his wife, Amelia Elizabeth Burrows, b. c. 1880, London, Bethnal Green. An Ancestor Chart for can be found at Ancestry.com . Daughter:

  1. Amelia E. Prentice, 7 months, b. 9 Sep 1900, 18 Lane, Hackney, London.

Also living with Isaac's family in 1901 were his brothers, John J. Prentice and Thomas S. Prentice.

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