View Full Version : Vivian Allport Parkinson in India

11-04-13, 13:16
I am finding this soooo FRUSTRATING. How difficult can it be to locate a man called Vivian!

As far as I know Vivian Allport Parkinson (born 1898 in Durham) signed up in the Durham Light Infantry but then transferred to the Northumberland Fusiliers before transferring to the 'Indian Uattached List'. I understand that he probably was in India with the Indian Defence Force before and during WW1, as his rank encompassed a sort of military/civil service role and for whatever reason (yet to find out) wasnt fit for active service, which was just as well as the DLI took a proper battering in France. He was in Madras, his role during this time, a staff Sergant Instructor, is for further research, so if anyone can point me in a direction I would be very grateful.

I have managed to find Vivian's marriage details on the FIBIS website where he married Alicia Estelle Harvey in 1921, a lady born in India, well actually so was her father....... where would i get a marriage certificate from?

And here comes the questions.......

Where would I find details of any children born and, as important, although I have searched I cannot find details in India or in England of his or Alicia's death. Any clues how I can locate this detail.

Thank you for your time

11-04-13, 13:47
In India, you'll find the British Embassy/Consul quite helpful............just Google for Site address.

Try this one; delhi.enquiry@in.britishcouncil.org

11-04-13, 14:17
The India Office might have the marriage record and baptisms of any children. If so, they may be listed on the familysearch website, although the site is down at the moment, so I can't check


The India Office might also have a military record for him.

Olde Crone Holden
11-04-13, 16:07
A useless piece of information: Vivian was a male name long before it became feminised! (Knights of the Round Table and all that).

It is reasonably popular still, here in Cornwall.


11-04-13, 16:13
Yes, I guess it was.......It was tricky to think of a male going through WW1 with a 'girls' name!!!!
I keep humming 'boy named Sue' when I do the research, which, by the way isnt going very well, I feel the urge to scream at the moment!!!!!!:baffled5wh::baffled5wh:

11-04-13, 20:11
From family search for you

India, Marriages, 1792-1948
Name: Vivian Allport Parkinson
Birth Date: 1890
Age: 31
Spouse's Name: Alicia Estella Harvey
Spouse's Birth Date: 1893
Spouse's Age: 28
Event Date: 18 Jan 1921
Event Place: Madras, Madras, India
Father's Name: Robert Allport Parinson
Spouse's Father's Name: Charles Harvey
Indexing Project (Batch) Number: M00112-5
System Origin: India-EASy
GS Film number: 463305

could try the photo duplication service as mentioned on a thread here

11-04-13, 23:33
https://www.familysearch.org/search/collection/list#page=1&region=ASIA_MIDDLE_EAST Al collections Asia and Middle East


11-04-13, 23:50
Alicia Estella Harvey

birth 23 May 1892 baptism 26 June Trinity Madras India
Father John Charles Harvey (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/FG7C-SXV)
Mother Amelia Henrietta (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/FG7C-SXK)
C75025-9 (http://www.familytreeforum.com/search/record/results//lcount=20&query=+batch_number:C75025-9)


11-04-13, 23:59
John Charles Harvey, Amelia Henrietta
Name Irene Valerie Harvey
Gender Female
Christening Date28 Jan 1894
Christening PlaceShillong, Bengal, India
Birth Date29 Nov 1893
Father's NameJohn Charles Harvey
Mother's NameAmelia Henrietta
Indexing Project (Batch) NumberC39357-7
System OriginIndia-ODM
GS Film number512348


12-04-13, 00:01
and another child https://www.familysearch.org/search/record/results#count=20&query=%2Bsurname%3Aharvey~%20%2Bbirth_place%3AIndi a~%20%2Bfather_givenname%3Acharles~%20%2Bfather_su rname%3Aharvey~&collection_id=1584960


12-04-13, 00:07

thread about the photo duplication service for those marriages and baptisms


12-04-13, 18:32
Thanks that is 'well helpful'!!! I don't know how you do it, I have searched and searched!! Any ideas on where I would look for Vivian's death...Sometimes when I test a site with people I am certain of I get no response!! What am I doing wrong
Stella x x

12-04-13, 18:45
Cant find a death on Familysearch for him.
I think you have to know the site you are searching and to do that practice and lots of use brings the experience.