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Help wanted on the identity of my grandfather xxx KING

Christine Kendell, Wokingham, Berkshire

"I am trying to find out the identity of my grandfather, and wonder if any other members can help. My grandfather's name does not appear on my father's birth certificate or in the parish records. From my mother via one of my father's aunts I know his surname appears to be King but not his first name. As my father was born in 1918, I have wondered if his father died in the war, but without a Christian name there is no way of finding out.

I have looked in the Petty Sessions Record for 1918, but there was nothing there. If he was in the army, would they have waited until his return to take him to the Sessions, in which case should I look at the 1919 records? On the other hand, my grandmother was seventeen when my father was born; if my grandfather was a similar age, would there have been any point in taking him to court, as he would be unlikely to have any spare money? At the time my grandmother was living in Hitchin, Hertfordshire.

I would be interested to know how other members have tackled similar problems.


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