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John George Prentice of Armagh, Ireland and Oxton, Cheshire, England

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John George Prentice of Armagh, Ireland and Oxton, Cheshire, England
By Linus Joseph Dewald Jr., Editor
Summer 2005 and Revised 19 Aug 2007

Update of 19 Aug 2007: John George Prentice is #4 in our Fall 2001 article about James Prentice of Co. Wicklow, Ireland . See now that other article.

1. John George Prentice was b. c. 1852 in Armagh, Ireland. He first appears as a Lodger in the 1871 census in Birkenhead, Cheshire. He later appears in the 1881 and 1901 census in Oxton, Cheshire, England, with his wife and family.

He m. Agnes S., b. c. 1852, Liverpool, Lancashire, England. Children:

  1. Hilda Prentice, b. c. 1881, Birkenhead, Cheshire, England. At home in 1891 and 1901.
  2. Thomas Alfred Prentice, b. c. 1884, Birkenhead. . . . . . . . . [2]
  3. George S. Prentice, b. c. 1887, Birkenhead. At home in 1891 and 1901.
  4. Arthur A. Prentice, b. c. 1888, Birkenhead. At home in 1891 and 1901.
  5. Oscar Prentice, b. c. 1888, Birkenhead. At home in 1891 and 1901.
  6. Rose Prentice, b. c. 1892, Birkenhead. At home in 1901.

2. Thomas Alfred Prentice, b. c. 1884, Birkenhead, Cheshire, England. At home in 1891. He appears in WW I military death records as a Major, Cheshire Regiment, 1st/4th Bn., who d. at age 32 on 10 Aug 1915, son of J. G. and Agnes S. Prentice of 56 Bidston Rd., Oxton, Cheshire. His memorial can be found at Panel 75 to 77, Helles Memorial. A Google search discloses the following:

    The Helles Memorial 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."

    The Memorial stands on the tip of the Peninsula and is in the form of an obelisk over 30 metres high that can be seen by ships passing through the Dardanelles.

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