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Henry Norris Dryden, I

Also Known As: "Harry"
Birthdate: (79)
Birthplace: Cape Aghulas, Cape Province, South Africa
Death: August 19, 1955 (79)
51 Hely Street, Maitland, Cape Town, Maitland, South Africa (Pulmonary Oedema Emphysema)
Immediate Family:

Son of Alfred Dryden, I and Priscilla Norris Dryden
Husband of Henrietta Christina Dryden
Father of Jessie Priscilla Norris Beckman; Winifred Magdalena Dryden; Henrietta Alice Greyling; Clara Martha Sophia Dryden; Henry Norris Dryden, II and 2 others
Brother of Sarah Dryden; Sophie Hayes; Arthur Dryden; Edward Norris Dryden and Alfred Dryden, III

Occupation: Fireman/Butcher / Carpenter
Managed by: Private User
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About Henry Norris Dryden, I

Source: Henry Norris Dryden I's Estate Papers; Depot: KAB; Source: MOOC; Vol. No.: 6/9/24256; Ref. No.: 1794/57; and FamilySearch.org

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Henry Norris Dryden snr. fought in the Second Anglo-Boer War with the Duke of Edinburgh's Own Volunteer Rifles (Regimental No.1483) and in World War One with the 1st South African Infantry (Service No.: 14395). He was in WW1 from 1917, captured as a Prisoner of War in 1918, and discharged in 1919.

Henry was captured as a POW on either 23 Mar. 1918 or 26 Mar. 1918 (his records held by the Red Cross differ on the exact date of capture, recorded at different times); he was possibly captured at the Battle of St. Quentin (21 - 23 Mar. 1918).

He seems to have been at two POW camps, first at Hammerstein in June 1918 (modern day Czarne, Poland), though that camp seems to have been for Russian POWs; in Nov. 1918 he was at Schneidemühl (modern day Piła, Poland).

Source: SANDF records and Red Cross Archives

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Henry snr. lived the last years of his life with Alfred Dryden; according to Henry's Estate Papers this was at 51 Hely Street, Maitland. Source: Henrietta Lavina Greyling and Henry Norris Dryden snr.'s Estate Papers

The marriage register records Henry's occupation at time of marriage as a Fireman.

Worked as a butcher at the time Henrietta Alice Dryden was born. Source: Henrietta Alice Dryden's Birth Certificate

Henry Norris Dryden snr's Death Notice says he was a retired carpenter.

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Henry Norris Dryden, I's Timeline

1876
January 6, 1876
Cape Aghulas, Cape Province, South Africa

Source of Date: Henrietta Lavina Greyling says he lived to 83 years of age; Henry's Death Notice records his age as being 79

Source of Place: Henry Norris Dryden snr's Death Notice

July 21, 1876
Cape Aghulas, Cape Province, South Africa

Henry Norris Dryden was baptized at Cape L'Agulhas Lighthouse by Rev. W.L. Clementson of "All Saints Church", Bredasdorp.
Sponsors: James and Catherine Orchard
Signed A.L. Clementson M.A., Curate of Bredasdorp

Henry's father, Alfred Dryden, was an Assistant Lighthouse Keeper at Agulhas.

James Orchard, who sponsored Henry's baptisim, was the Chief Lighthouse Keeper. (b.1833-d.1880)

Source: Ancestry24.co.za and Cape Town Archives

Source: KAB DOC 4/1/623 Ref: 5215

1897
December 15, 1897
Age 21
Cape Town, South Africa

Sophie Hayes, nee Dryden, was the attending midwife; she lived at 46 Wright Street.

Source of Information: Henrietta Alice Dryden's Birth Certificate

1897
- 1904
Age 20
South Africa

Worked as a butcher at the time Henrietta Alice Dryden was born; later worked as a farm manager
Source of Information: Henrietta Alice Dryden's Birth Certificate

Henry was still working as a butcher up until at least 1904
Source: Clara Martha Sophia Dryden's baptism certificate

1899
August 13, 1899
Age 23
Cape Town, South Africa
1903
March 21, 1903
Age 27
Cape Town, Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa

Source of Date and Place: Alfred John Norris Dryden's baptism certificate, Ancestry24.co.za

May 3, 1903
Age 27
Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa

Source of Date and Place: Alfred John Norris Dryden's baptism certificate, Ancestry24.co.za

Surname: Dryden
First Names: Alfred John Norris
Baptism Date: 03 May 1903
Declared Date of Birth: 21 March 1903
Fathers First Names: Henry Norris
Fathers Surname: Dryden
Mothers First Names: HC
Abode: Rosmead Avenue Kenilworth
Quality Trade Or Profession: Butcher
Sponsor 1 First Names: JD
Sponsor 1 Surname: Brink
Sponsor 2 First Names: HM
Sponsor 2 Surname: Dryden
Page Number: 755
Entry Number: 2833

By Whom The Ceremony Was Performed: B Guyer
Church Name: St Saviours Claremont
Source: Anglican Church Archives Wits University

1904
July 1, 1904
Age 28
Cape Town, Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa

Source of Date: Clara Martha Sophia Dryden's baptism certificate (Source: Ancestry24.co.za)

Source: Date of Birth can be estimated based on the age and date of death given on her War Memorial:
http://www.cwgc.org/search/casualty_details.aspx?casualty=2540244

August 7, 1904
Age 28
Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa

Source of Date and Place: Ancestry24.co.za

Surname: Dryden
First Names: Clara Martha Sophia
Baptism Date: 07 August 1904
Declared Date of Birth: 01 July 1904
Fathers First Names: Henry Norris
Fathers Surname: Dryden
Mothers First Names: Henrietta Christina
Abode: Claremont
Quality Trade Or Profession: Butcher
Sponsor 1 First Names: Henrietta C.
Sponsor 1 Surname: Dryden
Sponsor 2 First Names: Martha
Sponsor 2 Surname: Brink
Sponsor 3 First Names: John Daniel
Sponsor 3 Surname: Brink
Page Number: 827
Entry Number: 391

By Whom The Ceremony Was Performed: B Guyer
Church Name: St Saviours Claremont
Source: Anglican Church Archives Wits University

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The second Sponsor of Clara Dryden's baptism, Martha Brink, may be either Henrietta Dryden nee Brink's sister, or John Daniel Brink's possible wife, Martha Susan Maria Brink nee Sinden.