ARTHUR’S LITTLESTONIANS/ South Kent coast

Who Do You Think You Are? Magazine - - QUESTIONS & ANSWERS -

QWe fea­tured a pho­to­graph sent in by Pam Mayell in our March 2015 is­sue of a group of four mu­si­cians called the Arthur’s Littlestonians who she wanted to know more about.

AMary Clay­ton re­sponded say­ing: “The pic­ture shows Mad­diesons Hol­i­day Camp at Lit­tle­stone-on-Sea. I stayed there as a child in the early 1950s and the chalets in the back­ground look fa­mil­iar. The Rom­ney Hythe & Dym­church nar­row-gauge rail­way ran along the edge of the site, sep­a­rat­ing it from the beach. I think the camp had its own rail­way halt. Un­for­tu­nately, I don’t know any­thing about Arthur’s Littlestonians. I sus­pect the young men were the equiv­a­lent of But­lins Red­coats.” We spot­ted an an­swer on our web­site’s fo­rum ( whodoy­ou­thinky­ouaremagazine.com/fo­rum) posted by cooper­ni­cola. “The 1911 census shows the Hun­ters at 47 Clarence Av­enue, Waltham­stow. It states the cou­ple have been mar­ried 22 years and have had 12 chil­dren, one of whom has died.”

Us­ing FreeBMD, cooper­ni­cola found all 11 chil­dren listed in the query, reg­is­tered un­der West Ham. “Check­ing West Ham births from 1885-1911, I found no Gin­nie or Vir­ginia Hun­ters born. There are three Jessies, one Janet and a Daisy J Hunter in the time­frame. How­ever, th­ese can all be ex­cluded as they can be found with other fam­i­lies in the 1901/1911 census.

“Check­ing mar­riages for the older Hunter sib­lings shows three liv­ing away from home. Ge­orge Ed­ward ap­pears to be in the army with 2nd Duke of Welling­ton Regt. His sis­ter, Mary El­iza, is with a younger brother, Wil­liam James, and still sin­gle. How­ever, check­ing FreeBMD, in West Ham, for mar­riages be­tween 1911 and 1920 shows Henry C Hunter mar­ry­ing Jessie EE Fid­gett in June 1919. Could this Jessie be Aunt Gin­nie? She was born Jessie El­iza Ellen in 1899 in Park­ston, Es­sex, so the age would be likely, too.”

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