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Week 43: My ancestor was a baker

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    Week 43: Baker

    This is an opportunity to showcase a baker from your family tree, you might want to offer a short biography and speak about their work eg
    Birth location/date
    Family background
    Where you've found them on the census
    Their workplace/employer
    Any tips on researching this occupation?

    Trades and Occupations - Family Tree Forum

    [Next week: Draper]​

  • #2
    Nancy Heys (nee Watson) my 4x great grandmother was an oatcake baker in Cop Row, Burnley in 1851, her husband James was a handloom weaver but had a grocers. Lancashire oatcakes have all but gone now but were eaten soft when new or when dried and gone hard in a dish known as "stew and hard". They are made from a batter of fine oatmeal with a bit of yeast, and salt. I have had a go at making them and used them like a chapati or a taco.


    • #3
      My grandfather born in 1892 was a baker. He is listed in 1911 as a pastry chef. He managed a bakers shop and my Dad used to live above the bakery, I guess that is why he has such a sweet tooth.

      you had to walk through the bakery to get to the flat above, my brother remembered going there.


      he died when I was only 5 but I remember he made amazing cream horns and Christmas cake.
      Last edited by cbcarolyn; 28-10-22, 20:59.
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      Researching: Luggs, Freeman - Cornwall; Dayman, Hobbs, Heard - Devon; Wilson, Miles - Northants; Brett, Everett, Clark, Allum - Herts/Essex
      Also interested in Proctor, Woodruff


      • #4
        A baker in the Army Service Corps
        My grandfather’s brother Oliver Harry Wilkinson was born on 3rd July 1887 in Tollesbury, Essex. The family moved to Harwich, then to Dovercourt where he married Ethel Elizabeth Felgate in 1910. He is listed on the 1911 census with Ethel as a Baker and Pastry Cook.
        Ethel died in 1914 leaving him with a son, Ernest Raymond. Oliver moved to Ipswich with his parents who looked after Ernest when, in Nov 1915, Oliver, age 28, joined the Army Reserve. He was eventually posted to Army Service Corps as a baker in 1917 and trained with the Reserve Supply Personnel at Bath. He was declared unfit for military duties in March 1917 due to lumbago. (possibly from humping flour sacks??) However, on 5th January 1918, he was sent to Calais to join the 15th Field Bakery.
        15 Field Bakery
        Newspapers of 4 April 1919 reported that there were about 90 men, ages ranging 40 to 50, still employed at this bakery and about 100 who had been serving from before 1916. No move had yet been made to demobilise these men, in spite of repeated applications.

        The Long, Long Trail.

        On 16th December 1918 Oliver was docked 3 days' pay for Improperly making a dough!

        1918 improper dough.jpg Source citation for UK, British Army World War I Service Records, 1914-1920 Ancestry.co.uk

        Despite this, his character reference reads - Very good. A good baker, willing, honest …….

        His last posting was with the 6th Field Bakery at Rouen which went to Germany as part of the Army of Occupation on the Rhine in June 1919. He was demobbed on 21st October 1919.
        The 1921 census lists Oliver as a widower and boarder at 65 London Road, Halesworth, Suffolk. He was a confectioner working for Harris of Halesworth.

        Oliver married again in the September quarter of 1921 to May Elizabeth Robertson at Ipswich.
        On the 1939 Register, he is with his wife May and employed at Ipswich Hospital.

        He died at age 72 in 1959.
        Last edited by Katarzyna; 12-02-23, 16:50.

        My avatar is my mother 1921 - 2012