My grandfather Harry Oliver, according to the
UK 1901 census, was 12 years of age at the time that the census was
taken....the census data indicates that he was born in Northants
Cottingham....he emmigrated to Windsor Ontario Canada about 1910....joined
the Canadian Army in 1915 and was killed during the Battle of the Somme in
Prior to leaving England he married Eva May
Waite of Northants Daventry sometime in 1908/09....my father William
Arthur Oliver was born in 1910 in Long Buckby....he and his mother Eva
Oliver (Waite) joined Harry in Windsor sometime in 1912....
Do you have access to any records of the birth
of Harry Oliver which would assist me in following the line to his father
and mother and possibly a brother....any help that you can provide would
I also found a reference to the "Barrack Yard"
which I seem to remember was referred to in the 1901 census as the
location where my grandfather lived with his mother and, I believe, a
brother John....where on the Cottingham map was the Barrack Yard located
with respect to Dag Lane, The Cross and High Street?
Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
1 December 2006
Nice to hear from you. I’ve
checked the 1901 Census and it shows Harry Oliver living on Pinfold Bank,
which was a row of cottages on the right hand corner of Corby Road and
Blind Lane it’s marked on the 1887 map as ‘Penfold Bank’.
The 1881 Census shows Sarah
living with her husband Solomon in Blind Lane (possibly the same house
just differently transcribed!). There is also a Thomas Oliver living
nearby who, like Solomon, was born in Drayton, Leicester. Perhaps
For reference, Barrack Yard
ran North East off Corby Road.
Hope this helps, and good luck
with your research.
2 December 2006
Thanks for the quick response....you
information has been most helpful particularly the link to Soloman Oliver
and potentially his father Thomas...I didn't realize that my grandfather
had so many siblings....you have been a great help. Maybe someday we can
get to Cottingham and look around
to letters page