1899 Walter Edwin Vincent Manns- Born Gloucester (General)

by Jefff @, West London, Middlesex, Saturday, November 17, 2018, 17:38 (561 days ago) @ MPGriffiths

As we already know;

Surname First name(s) Age District Vol Page
Births Mar 1899 (>99%)
Manns Walter Edwin V Gloucester 6a 361

Confirmed by GlosBMD,
Birth Details
Child Surname Child Forename Mother's Former Name Year District Office Register Entry
MANNS Walter Edwin Vincent BROWNING 1898 Gloucester Gloucester, South Hamlet 71 31

Despite extensive searching on various websites for later records that maybe our Walter, I can find none whatsoever apart from perhaps this one ?

Surname First name(s) Mother/Spouse/Age District Vol Page
Marriages Jun 1956 (>99%)
GRINDLE Dorothy M MANNS F.of Dean 7b 677
MANNS Walter E GRINDLE F.of Dean 7b 677

However GlosBMD confirms this is most probably not our man,

Marriage Details
Groom Surname Groom Forename Bride Surname Bride Forename District Parish Building Year Register Entry
MANNS Walter Ernest GRINDLE Dorothy May Forest of Dean Cinderford Woodside St Stephen 1956 5 30

His bride is also rather younger than our Walter would have been;

Surname Given Name Mother District Volume Page Transcriber
Births Dec 1934
Grindle Dorothy M. Grindle Westbury S. 6a 353 Berona

I cannot find this Walter's birth record locally, but did find this one which seems a good possibility,

Surname First name(s) Mother District Vol Page
Births Mar 1932 (>99%)
Manns Walter E Stevens Eastleigh 2c 171


To me this confirms beyond any reasonable doubt that our Walter did not survive WW1.
Given the strikingly similar names etc, it seems almost certain to me that the Army records for William Edwin Vincent Manns do indeed relate to our Walter.

I've seen a few examples of other soldiers whose first names change when written into the Army Records. Altho' they could be deliberate misinformation from the man concerned, I've assumed it's just a clerical error during the excitement and rush of enlisting, and the error remained and was copied in future records.

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