WWI_Postcard_Featherstone_Grimsby

Title:

A WWI Postcard sent from France - FEATHERSTONE of Grimsby

Author: Unknown
Date: An April 2018 scan of an original WWI postcard
Comments:

A fine example of a WWI postcard sent from France to the family back home in Grimsby. (The postmark is particularly fine too.)

My good friend and genealogist, Wendy Parkinson, has kindly provided the following information about the FEATHERSTONE family:

‘Daddy’, George Oliver FEATHERSTONE, was the son of Edward Oliver FEATHERSTONE and was born in Sheffield in April 1877. He was serving with the Royal Flying Corps (the air arm of the British Army) when he sent the postcard from France.

Miss Vera FEATHERSTONE, George’s daughter, was born on 5th August 1914 and would’ve been just two years old when the card was posted on 27th September 1916.

The family home in 1916 was at 32 Highfield Avenue, Grimsby.

Here are further details from Wendy:

In 1901 in Clee (near Grimsby), George Oliver FEATHERSTONE, aged 24, married Clara DICKINSON, aged about 25. Clara was born in Grimsby. George was a foreman plumber. They had the following children:

Doris FEATHERSTONE born in Grimsby on 23rd August 1902.
Ena FEATHERSTONE born in Grimsby on 23rd April 1906.
Vera FEATHERSTONE born in Grimsby on 5th August 1914.
Two other children had died by 1911. In 1911, the family lived in a 6 room house at 280 Willingham Street, Grimsby.

Vera FEATHERSTONE married Sydney L Brown in the 3rd quarter of 1942 in Grimsby.

George Oliver FEATHERSTONE died in Grimsby in March 1951, aged 73.

Clara FEATHERSTONE (née DICKINSON) died in Grimsby in 1953, aged 77.

George Oliver FEATHERSTONE’s military service history:

Attestation date: 9th March 1916, aged 38.
George was promoted to the rank of corporal on 1st December 1917.
The R.F.C. merged with the R.N.A.S. on 1st April 1918 to form the Royal Air Force. George was transferred automatically and retained his rank of corporal.
George was serving in France between 31st March 1916 and 4th March 1919.
George transferred to the R.A.F. reserve on 4th April 1919.
He was discharged from service on 30th April 2020.
In 1921, he was awarded the British War Medal and the Victory Medal.

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