For today’s blog post I have selected two case papers from the many, sometimes heart-breaking stories that have come to life through the digitisation project of the Middlesex Military Service Appeal Tribunal papers from MH 47.
The two men below have two entirely different reasons for wanting an exemption from military service, each having an impact on the ones that would be left behind.
Henry Charles Hewitt was born on 28 December 1885 in Islington to Thomas and Maria Hewitt (nee Morris). 1 Thomas was a licensed victualler 2 and at the time of Henry’s baptism was living at 304 Holloway Road, in the parish of St James Holloway, Islington. 3
At the time of the 1901 census he is living with his widowed mother Maria and his uncle Charles Hewitt in Finchley. Jumping forward a few years shows Henry marring Hilda Geraldine Powell in 1908 in the registration district of Hendon. 4
Looking at the 1911 census, Henry is living with his wife Hilda and their 69 year old servant Amy Merriman; this gives Henry’s occupation as an actor. 5
- 1. Ancestry.co.uk – Born: Henry C Hewitt, quarter March 1886 Islington 1b 232, Marriage: Thomas Hewitt and Maria Morris, quarter Dec 1884 Islington 1b 377 ^
- 2. A publican or innkeeper ^
- 3. Ancestry.co.uk – Church of England Parish Registers 1754-1906. London, Metropolitan Archives, London. Later this address would become famous as it would be connected with the late record producer Joe Meek. ^
- 4. Ancestry.co.uk - Marriage: Henry Charles Hewitt and Hilda Geraldine quarter Sep 1908 Hendon 3a 664. ^
- 5. The National Archives reference: RG14/7058. ^