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HENRY JAMES WEAVER & FLORENCE SMALE


Image Henry James Weaver and Florence (nee Smale)
Henry James Weaver and Florence (nee Smale)

Husband: HENRY JAMES WEAVER - [+BIOGRAPHY+] 1 2 3 4 5 6 7
 Great-grandfather
Born:
 3 OCT 1882
 in Curry Rivel, Somerset 8 9 10 11 12 13
Married:
 12 DEC 1915
 in St Andrew's Church, Curry Rivel, Somerset 53 54 55
Died:
 8 SEP 1916
 in France 14 15 16 17 18
Buried:
 SEP 1916
 in Merville Communal Cemetery Extension, Merville, France 26 27 28
Father: WILLIAM HENRY WEAVER
Mother: JANE ARNOLD
Spouses: 
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Wife: FLORENCE SMALE 50 51
 Great-grandmother
Born:
 11 JAN 1888
 in Heathfield, Tavistock, Devon 52
Died:
 18 AUG 1921
 in 22 Ford Street, Tavistock, Devon
Buried:
 20 AUG 1921
 in Plymouth Road Cemetery, Tavistock, Devon
Father: WILLIAM HENRY SMALE
Mother: GRACE MARTIN
Spouses: 
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Children
01> (F): PHYLLIS GRACE WEAVER
 Grandmother
Born:
 18 SEP 1916
 in 22 Ford Street, Tavistock, Devon
Died:
 10 JUN 2005
 in Derriford Hospital, Plymouth, Devon
Spouses: WILLIAM HELLYER GEAKE

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HENRY JAMES WEAVER:
Residence: 1891, Curry Rivel, Somerset 19
Residence: 1901, 27 Melbourne Road, Bristol 20
Residence: 1911, Water Street, Curry Rivel, Somerset 21
Residence: 12 DEC 1915, Curry Rivel, Somerset 22
Residence: AUG 1916, B. Company, 3/1 Bucks, No. 6 Camp Windmill Hill, Ludgershall 23
Residence: 25 AUG 1916, 2/1 Bucks Batt, 55. I.B.D., Rouen, B.E.F., France 24
Residence: 3 SEP 1916, 14. Platoon, D. Company, 2nd Bucks Battalion, B.E.F., France 25
Death caused by: Killed with two others during WWI by a hand grenade accidentally detonating prematurely while resting at the base in France after serving in the trenches. 29 30 31 32 33
Known as: Harry 34
Occupation: 1901, Mason's Labourer 35
Occupation: 1911, Mason's Labourer 36
Occupation: 12 DEC 1915, Labourer 37
Enlistment for WWI: Weymouth, Dorset 38
Theatre of War (WWI): 1916, Western European Theatre 39
Medals: Victory Medal & British War Medal 40 41
Regiment (WWI): 2/1st Bucks Battalion, Oxfordshire and Buckinghamshire Light Infantry 42 43
Will: 16 AUG 1916, Probate granted through the War Office on 31st January 1917. 44
Correspondence: 1916, Note written to Henry's wife advising her of her husband's death. 45
Awards: FEB 1914, N. Cadbury Miniature Rifle Club monthly spoon 46
Served in the trenches: BET 25 AUG AND 3 SEP 1916 47
Memorial: Wooden War Memorial inside St Andrew's Church and stone War Memorial in the centre of the village of Curry Rivel, Somerset 48
Memorial: War Memorial in the town centre of Tavistock, Devon 49

Killed in WWI, Henry James WEAVER is buried in Merville Communal Cemetery Extension in France. His name also appears on the War Memorial in his home town of Curry Rivel in Somerset as well as in Tavistock in Devon, the home of his widow, Florence (nee SMALE).

FLORENCE SMALE:
Death caused by: Meningitis of the brain

Florence is buried in Tavistock Cemetery next to her parents. There is no headstone but the location of the grave is recorded in the cemetery records.


Footnotes

  1. 1901 England Census, Class: RG13; Piece: 2399; Folio: 91; Page: 14.
    Name: Henry Weaver.
  2. England & Wales, Birth Index: 1837-1915.
    Name: Henry James Weaver.
  3. 1891 England Census, Class: RG12; Piece: 1890; Folio 30; Page 8; GSU roll: 6097000.
    Name: Henry J Weaver.
  4. 1911 England & Wales Census, RG number: RG14, Piece: 14335, Reference: RG14PN14335 RG78PN862 RD307 SD2 ED7 SN94.
    WEAVER, Henry Jas.
  5. Marriage Certificate.
    Groom: Henry James Weaver.
  6. England & Wales, Marriage Index: 1837-1915.
    Name: Henry J Weaver.
  7. GRO War Death Army Other Ranks (1914 to 1921).
    Name: WEAVER, Henry J.
  8. 1901 England Census, Class: RG13; Piece: 2399; Folio: 91; Page: 14.
    Age: 18, Estimated Birth Year: abt 1883
    Where born: Curry Rivel, Somerset, England.
  9. England & Wales, Birth Index: 1837-1915.
    Name: Henry James Weaver
    Year of Registration: 1882
    Quarter of Registration: Oct-Nov-Dec
    District: Langport
    County: Somerset
    Volume: 5c
    Page: 403.
  10. 1891 England Census, Class: RG12; Piece: 1890; Folio 30; Page 8; GSU roll: 6097000.
    Age: 8, Estimated Birth Year: abt 1883
    Where born: Curry Rivel, Somerset.
  11. 1911 England & Wales Census, RG number: RG14, Piece: 14335, Reference: RG14PN14335 RG78PN862 RD307 SD2 ED7 SN94.
    Age: 29, Est year of birth: 1882
    Where born: Curry Rivel.
  12. Marriage Certificate.
    Date: December 12th 1915, Age: 33.
  13. Word of Mouth, Family Member.
    3rd October 1882.
  14. UK, Soldiers Died in the Great War, 1914-1919, British and Irish Military Databases. The Naval and Military Press Ltd.
    Name: Henry James Weaver
    Birth Place: Curry Rivel, Somerset
    Residence: Tavistock, Devon
    Death Date: 8 Sep 1916
    Death Location: France & Flanders
    Enlistment Location: Weymouth, Dorset
    Rank: Private
    Regiment: Oxfordshire and Buckinghamshire Light Infantry
    Battalion: 2/1st Bucks Battalion
    Number: 4732
    Type of Casualty: Died
    Theatre of War: Western European Theatre.
  15. Family Correspondence/Document - Private Collection, Original communication from the Director of Graves Registration and Enquiries with attached photograph.
    ...The inscription on the cross in the photograph reads...
    IN LOVING MEMORY OF
    4732 PTE. H.J. WEAVER 2/1 BUCKS BATT.
    ACCIDENTALLY KILLED SEPT. 8 1916.
    INTO THY HANDS.
  16. Commonwealth War Graves Commission.
    Date of Death: 08/09/1916.
  17. Memorial Inscription, Grave in Merville Communal Cemetery Extension, Grave Ref: I.A.10.
    Date of Death: 8TH SEPTEMBER 1916.
  18. GRO War Death Army Other Ranks (1914 to 1921).
    Name: WEAVER, Henry J
    Unit: O.B.L.I. Bks.Bn.
    Rank: Private
    Number: 4732
    Year: 1916
    Volume: I.54
    Page: 156.
  19. 1891 England Census, Class: RG12; Piece: 1890; Folio 30; Page 8; GSU roll: 6097000.
    Name: Henry J Weaver
    Age: 8
    Estimated Birth Year: abt 1883
    Relation: Son
    Father's Name: Henry [should be William Henry Weaver]
    Mother's Name: Jane
    Gender: Male
    Where born: Curry Rivel, Somerset, England
    Civil parish: Curry Rivel
    Ecclesiastical parish: Curry Rivel
    Town: Curry Rivel
    County/Island: Somerset
    Country: England
    Occupation: Scholar
    Registration district: Langport
    Sub-registration district: Curry Rivel
    ED, institution, or vessel: 3

    Household Members: Name Age
    Henry Weaver 42 [should be William Henry Weaver]
    Jane Weaver 44
    Richard A Weaver 16
    Mary A Weaver 12
    Henry J Weaver 8
    Rita F Weaver 2.
  20. 1901 England Census, Class: RG13; Piece: 2399; Folio: 91; Page: 14.
    Name: Henry Weaver
    Age: 18
    Estimated Birth Year: abt 1883
    Relation: Boarder
    Gender: Male
    Where born: Curry Rivel, Somerset, England
    Civil parish: Bristol
    Ecclesiastical parish: Bishopston St Michael and All Angels
    Town: Bristol
    County/Island: Gloucestershire
    Country: England
    Street Address: 27 Melbourne Road
    Occupation: Mason's Labourer
    Registration district: Bristol
    Sub-registration district: Ashley
    ED, institution, or vessel: 12
    Household schedule number: 79

    Household Members: Name Age
    Charles Durham 29
    Louisa Durham 26
    Dennis Durham 2
    Henry Weaver 18
    Mary Holman 66.
  21. 1911 England & Wales Census, RG number: RG14, Piece: 14335, Reference: RG14PN14335 RG78PN862 RD307 SD2 ED7 SN94.
    Name, Relation, Condition/ Yrs married, Sex, Age, Birth Year, Occupation, Where Born
    WEAVER, Henry, Head, Married, M, 62, 1849, Master Bootmaker, Curry Rivel
    WEAVER, Jane, Wife, Married 39 years, F, 65, 1846, At Home, Nuneaton
    WEAVER, Henry Jas, Son, Single, M, 29, 1882, Mason's Labourer, Curry Rivel
    Registration District: Langport
    Sub District: Langport
    Enumeration District: 7
    Parish: Curry Rivel
    Address: Water Street, Curry Rivel,
    County: Somersetshire
    Number of Rooms: 3
    Kind of Building: Cottage.
  22. Marriage Certificate.
    Residence: Curry Rivel.
  23. Family Correspondence/Document - Private Collection, Letter written by Henry to his wife, Florence nee Smale, during World War I.
    (See Henry James Weaver's biography page for a complete transcript of the letter).

    B. Company, 3/1 Bucks,
    No. 6 Camp Windmill Hill,
    Ludgershall.
  24. Ibid., Letter written by Henry to his wife, Florence nee Smale, during World War I.
    (See Henry James Weaver's biography page for a complete transcript of the letter).

    2/1 Bucks Batt,
    55. I.B.D.,
    Rouen,
    B.E.F.,
    France.
  25. Ibid., Letter written by Henry to his wife, Florence nee Smale, during World War I.
    (See Henry James Weaver's biography page for a complete transcript of the letter).

    14. Platoon,
    D. Company,
    2nd Bucks Battalion,
    B.E.F.,
    France.
  26. Ibid., Original communication from the Director of Graves Registration and Enquiries with attached photograph.
    Director of Graves Registration & Enquiries
    Begs to forward as requested a Photograph of the Grave of:-
    Name: Weaver
    Rank and Initials: Pte H.J.
    Regiment: 2/1 Bucks Battn. (Oxf. + Bucks L.I.)
    Position of Grave: Merville Communal Cemetery
    Nearest Railway Station: Merville
    All communications respecting this Photograph should quote the number (8/9321) and be addressed to:-
    Director of Graves Registration and Enquiries,
    War Office,
    Winchester House,
    London, S.W
    Owing to the circumstances in which the photographic work is carried on, the Director regrets that in some cases only rough Photographs can be obtained.
    "COPYRIGHT FULLY RESERVED"

    The inscription on the cross in the photograph reads...
    IN LOVING MEMORY OF
    4732 PTE. H.J. WEAVER 2/1 BUCKS BATT.
    ACCIDENTALLY KILLED SEPT. 8 1916.
    INTO THY HANDS.
  27. Commonwealth War Graves Commission.
    Name: WEAVER
    Initials: H J
    Nationality: United Kingdom
    Rank: Private
    Regiment/Service: Oxford and Bucks Light Infantry
    Unit Text: 2nd/1st Bucks Bn.
    Age: 33
    Date of Death: 08/09/1916
    Service No: 4732
    Additional information: Son of William Henry and Jane Weaver, of Curry Rivel, Taunton; husband of Florence Weaver, of 22, Ford St., Tavistock.
    Casualty Type: Commonwealth War Dead
    Grave/Memorial Reference: I. A. 10.
    Cemetery: MERVILLE COMMUNAL CEMETERY EXTENSION.
  28. Memorial Inscription, Grave in Merville Communal Cemetery Extension, Grave Ref: I.A.10.
    4732 PRIVATE
    H.J. WEAVER
    OXFORD & BUCKS. LIGHT INF.
    8TH SEPTEMBER 1916
    +
    IN LOVING MEMORY OF
    MY DEAR HUSBAND
    FROM HIS SORROWING
    WIFE AND CHILD.
  29. Newspaper/Magazine cutting - unknown source, August 1921. Death notice for Henry's wife, Florence, nee Smale.
    ...Pathos is added to this very sad case bv the fact that Mrs. Weaver's husband, who was a private in the Oxford and Bucks Light Infantry during the war, was killed by a bomb at the base in France just after leaving the trenches for a brief respite...
  30. Word of Mouth, Family Member.
    The story handed down through the family is that, during a rest period back at the base, a bomb or hand grenade was accidentally detonated prematurely in a soldier's hand, killing himself and two others, including Henry.
  31. The Times (Newspaper), Wednesday, Oct 04 1916 - pg. 3; Issue 41289; col A.
    Roll of Honour...
    Losses in the Ranks...
    ACCIDENTALLY KILLED
    OXFORD AND BUCKS L.I. - Litchfield, 2631 J.S.: Mead, 2697 L.-Sgt. W.A.: Weaver, 4732 H.J.
  32. War Diary, The War Diary for 2/1 Battalion Oxfordshire and Buckingham Light Infantry, covering dates: 1915 Sept. - 1918 Feb. (Information supplied by a member of the Great War Forum).
    LE GRAND PACAUT
    3-7
    09/16
    Nil.
    8/09/16
    At noon a Bombing accident occurred, owing to the premature explosion of a Bomb. The Battn. Q.M. LIEUT. D WALLER and the Bombing Officer 2/Lieut. A.J. SMEE 3rd WILTS, attached 2/1 BUCKS Bn. were both wounded. Three other Ranks were killed and 4 other Ranks were wounded.
    9. 10.
    /09/16
    Nil.
  33. The Western Times, Thursday 5 October 1916.
    ROLL OF HONOUR
    West-Country Casualties in the Latest Lists...
    ACCIDENTALLY KILLED.
    Oxford and Bucks L.I. - Weaver. H. J. (Tavistock)...
  34. Family Correspondence/Document - Private Collection, 2 of 3 letters written by Henry to his wife, Florence nee Smale, during World War I in August & September 1916.
    (See Henry James Weaver's biography page for complete transcripts of the letters).

    Henry signed himself as 'Your Ever Loving & Devoted Husband Harry.'
  35. 1901 England Census, Class: RG13; Piece: 2399; Folio: 91; Page: 14.
    Occupation: Mason's Labourer.
  36. 1911 England & Wales Census, RG number: RG14, Piece: 14335, Reference: RG14PN14335 RG78PN862 RD307 SD2 ED7 SN94.
    Occupation: Mason's Labourer.
  37. Marriage Certificate.
    Groom: Labourer.
  38. UK, Soldiers Died in the Great War, 1914-1919, British and Irish Military Databases. The Naval and Military Press Ltd.
    Enlistment Location: Weymouth, Dorset
    Rank: Private
    Regiment: Oxfordshire and Buckinghamshire Light Infantry
    Battalion: 2/1st Bucks Battalion
    Number: 4732.
  39. Ibid., British and Irish Military Databases. The Naval and Military Press Ltd.
    Theatre of War: Western European Theatre.
  40. British Army WWI Medal Rolls Index Cards, 1914-1920, Army Medal Office. WWI Medal Index Cards. In the care of The Western Front Association website.
    Name: Henry J Weaver
    Regiment or Corps: Oxfordshire & Buckinghamshire Light Infantry
    Regimental Number: 4732
    Medals: Victory, British
    Roll: 4106B20
    Page: 4010.
  41. Medals, In the possession of a family member.
    The Victory Medal & British War Medal.
  42. UK, Soldiers Died in the Great War, 1914-1919, British and Irish Military Databases. The Naval and Military Press Ltd.
    Regiment: Oxfordshire and Buckinghamshire Light Infantry
    Battalion: 2/1st Bucks Battalion
    Number: 4732.
  43. Family Correspondence/Document - Private Collection, Original communication from the Director of Graves Registration and Enquiries with attached photograph.
    ...The inscription on the cross in the photograph reads...
    IN LOVING MEMORYOF
    4732 PTE. H.J. WEAVER 2/1 BUCKS BATT.
    ACCIDENTALLY KILLED SEPT. 8 1916.
    INTO THY HANDS.
  44. Ibid., Copy of Will issued by the War Office.
    E/ 247739 / 1. (Accounts 4.)
    The following is a true copy of a Will which was executed by the late No. 4732, Private Henry James Weaver, 2nd/1st Buckinghamshire Battalion, Oxfordshire & Buckinghamshire Light Infantry, while in actual Military Service within the meaning of the Wills Act, 1837, and is therefore recognized as valid by the War Department:-
    13
    WILL
    In the event of my death I give the whole of my property and effects to my Wife, Mrs Florence Weaver, 22, Ford St, Tavistock, Devon.
    (Signature) Henry James Weaver
    Private, No. 4732.
    Res Battn 1st Bucks O & B.L.I.
    Date, 16th August 1916
    Certified
    E Williams [signed]
    for the Assistant Financial Secretary.
    War Office, S.W.,
    31st January 1917.
  45. Ibid., Note written by J M Foster to Florence Weaver, nee Smale, advising her of her husband's death. The note is written in pencil in a hurried fashion and was possibly sent from France.
    Dear Mrs Weaver
    I regret to inform you that your Husband was killed last week
    Burried in a peacefull spot were the other comerads lie and a cross will be vouched to his memory and his grave will be well cared for and may God bless and comfort you
    Yours truly J M Foster.
  46. Family Memorabilia, Miniature Rifle Club HPS monthly silver spoon.
    Inscription on spoon...
    N. Cadbury.
    Miniature Rifle Club.
    -1914-
    February - H. Weaver.
    Monthly Spoon.
  47. Family Correspondence/Document - Private Collection, Letters written by Henry to his wife, Florence nee Smale, during World War I.
    (See Henry James Weaver's biography page for complete transcripts of the letters).

    Letter dated 25th August [1916]...
    "...A lot of my Chums have gone up in the firing line, & I dare say by the time you get this letter I shall be up there too..."

    Letter dated 3rd September 1916...
    "...I must tell you I have been in the Trenches, but of course I must not tell you where I am..."
  48. Somerset Memorial Inscriptions, Wooden War Memorial inside St Andrew's Church and stone War Memorial in the centre of the village of Curry Rivel.
    Year:
    Forenames: Henry
    Surname: WEAVER
    Place: Curry Rivel
    Description: St Andrew
    Denomination: Church of England
    County: Somerset
    Country: England
    Reference: 112-48
    Inscription:
    WAR MEMORIAL in the form of a wooden board on north wall. To the glory of God/ and in honoured memory of the men of Curry Rivel / who gave their lives for freedom, King and country/ in the Great War 1914-1918:/.....Pte: Henry
    WEAVER, O & B.L.I./.....There is another War Memorial in the centre
    of the village, on the main road, about 250 metres south-east of the parish church, in the form of a tall cross with four-stepped base in hamstone, with inset bronze panels. However this gives less information than here, just confined to initials and surnames, omitting forenames, ranks and units. It gives the same people as here...
    Record source: Somerset Memorial Inscriptions (Full)
    Data provider: Somerset & Dorset Family History Society.
  49. Memorial Inscription, War Memorial in the town centre of Tavistock, Devon.
    Weaver H.J.
  50. Marriage Certificate.
    Bride: Florence Smale.
  51. England & Wales, Marriage Index: 1837-1915.
    Name: Florence Smale.
  52. Marriage Certificate.
    Date: December 12th 1915, Age: 27.
  53. Ibid.
    1915 Marriage solemnized at St Andrew's Church in the Parish of Curry Rivel in the County of Somerset
    Date: December 12th 1915
    Groom: Henry James Weaver, Age: 33, Bachelor, Labourer
    Bride: Florence Smale, Age: 27, Spinster,
    Residence: Curry Rivel (both)
    Groom's Father: Harry Weaver [should be William Henry Weaver], Shoemaker
    Bride's Father: William Henry Smale, Groom
    Married in the Parish Church according to the Rites and Ceremonies of the Church of England after banns by me, George W Saunders
    This Marriage was solemnized between us, Henry James Weaver, Florence Smale
    in the Presence of us, Frank Payne, Richard A Weaver
    I, George William Saunders, Vicar of Curry Rivel in the County of Somerset do hereby Certify that this is a true Copy of the Entry No. 43 in the Marriage Register Books of the said Parish Church and that such Register Books are legally in my custody
    Witness my hand, this Twelth day of December 1915
    George W Saunders.
  54. England & Wales, Marriage Index: 1837-1915.
    Name: Henry J Weaver
    Year of Registration: 1915
    Quarter of Registration: Oct-Nov-Dec
    Spouse's Surname: Smale
    District: Langport
    County: Somerset
    Volume: 5c
    Page: 829.
  55. Ibid.
    Name: Florence Smale
    Year of Registration: 1915
    Quarter of Registration: Oct-Nov-Dec
    Spouse's Surname: Weaver
    District: Langport
    County: Somerset
    Volume: 5c
    Page: 829.


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