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Tuesday 11 February 2014

Frederick James, Deborah Elizabeth and Herbert Henry "Duke" Baylis - Maidenhead Advertiser

Memorial to Frederick James Baylis, Deborah Elizabeth Baylis and Herbert Henry "Duke" Baylis, All Saint's Churchyard, Boyne Hill, Maidenhead, Berkshire, England.
"In Loving Memory Of Our Dear Parents And Brother, Frederick James died Dec 27 1895 aged 34 years and Deborah Elizabeth died August 10 1940 Aged 78 years.  Herbert Henry "Duke" Killed In Action in France August 2 1917."
Frederick James Baylis was born in 1862 in Gloucestershire to Frederick George Baylis, a newspaper editor and reporter, and his wife Louisa Lane.
Frederick first appears on the 1871 Census aged nine living with his parents, grandfather William Baylis and younger siblings Edith and Gerald at 4 Jessamine Villas Parliament Street, Littleworth, Gloucestershire.

In 1872 Frederick George Baylis a partner in the Maidenhead Advertiser bought out the other five owners and began the family's association with the paper that remains to this day under Baylis Media Ltd.  In 1873 Bertha Baylis was born and in 1875 Watson, younger siblings to Frederick James Baylis.
By the 1881 Census the family was living at 9 Crawford Rise, Maidenhead, Berkshire, where Frederick is working as a compositor and accountant for his father's paper, the Maidenhead Advertiser.  Three years later in 1884, Frederick married Deborah Elizabeth Drewett in Maidenhead.
A year after their marriage, Frederick and Deborah celebrated the birth of their first child, a son, Gilbert Frederick, closely followed by a daughter Eva Deborah in 1886.  Beatrice Mary was born later in 1888, followed a year later by Herbert Henry in 1889 and Henry Gerald in 1890.
Deborah Elizabeth Drewett was born in 1862 in Maidenhead, Berkshire to George Drewett, landlord of The Swan Inn, High Street, Maidenhead, and his wife Mary Ann Palmer.
Deborah first appears on the 1871 Census aged eight, living with her uncle and aunt, Robert and Charlotte Angel, landlords of The Bull Inn in Warfield, Berkshire.  Living with the Angel family is Deborah's grandmother Ann Drewett.
However by 1881 Deborah is back living with her parents at The Swan Inn in Maidenhead, along with her younger brothers, George a mineral water manufacturer and Henry.
On the 1891 Census, Frederick, Deborah and their children can be found living in Albert Street, Maidenhead, Berkshire where Frederick is listed as a journalist for the Maidenhead Advertiser. 
Just a year later in 1892 Frederick and Deborah welcome another daughter, Kate, into their family.  Sadly just three years later in 1895, Frederick passed away aged just thirty four years.  Deborah was expecting her seventh child at the time of Frederick's passing.  Frederick Watson Baylis was born after his father's death in 1896
The 1901 Census finds the widowed Deborah working as a dressmaker and living at 2 Grenfell Avenue with her children, Gilbert Frederick - a fishmongers assistant, Eva Deborah - a school teacher, Kate and young Frederick.  Henry Gerald Baylis is living with his uncle and aunt Henry and Emma Drewett in Church Street, Alburgh, South Norfolk.  I cannot locate Herbert Henry on the 1901 Census.
Frederick George Baylis passes away on 3rd October 1906 at his home Belmont Lodge in Belmont Road, Maidenhead.  He left control of the Maidenhead Advertiser to his four surviving children Edith, Bertha, Gerald and Watson
In the January of 1911 Beatrice Mary married Arthur Kille, a coal merchant from Clewer, Windsor, Berkshire.
By 1911 Deborah has moved to 3 Raymond Road, Maidenhead, Berkshire along with her married daughter Beatrice and her baby granddaughter Phyllis Deborah Kille.  Still living with Deborah are her daughter Eva who is working as a grocers clerk for the Co Operative, her son Herbert Henry who is working as an assistant antique dealer, Henry Gerald who is working as an iron smith.  Her daughter Kate is working as a drapers clerk and finally young Frederick who is working as an apprentice printer for the Maidenhead Advertiser. 
Corporal Herbert Henry Baylis of the Duke of Edinburgh's Wiltshire Regiment was killed in action on 2nd August 1917 in the Battle of Pilckem Ridge part of the Battle of Passchendaele (the third Ypres campaign which took place between 31st July - 2nd August 1917.  Herbert Henry is commemorated on the Menin Gate Memorial in Ypres, Belgium.
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  1. Well investigated that though I fear Corporal Herbert Henry Baylis is missing somewhere if he is commorated on the Menin Gate

    1. That fact that Corporal Baylis is commemorated on the Menin Gate Memorial means that he has no known grave. However, many of the missing had their names added to personal gravestones all over the country.


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