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Hilda Mary Hardy (Hill)

Birthplace: Reading, Berkshire, United Kingdom
Immediate Family:

Daughter of John Hill - India rubber and Isett Emily Hill
Wife of George Bernard Hardy
Mother of Mary Littleton (Hardy); Joan Mitchell (Hardy); Isett Elizabeth Howard; Patricia Chandler (Hardy); Constance Ena Hardy and 1 other

Managed by: Lucy Bertschinger (Bird)
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About Hilda Mary Hardy

Marriage certificate received

1907 Marriage solemnized at The Parish Church in the Parish of Caversham in the County of Oxfordshire

April 16th 1907

George Bernard Hardy - 29 - Bachelor - Clerk in Holy Orders - 89 Marlborough Road Bedford - Charles Hardy - Gentlemen

Hilda Mary Hill - 26 - Spinster - - Khandala, St Peter's Avenue, Caversham - John Hill - Merchant

Marriage certificate - estimated dispatch 15th July 2008

George Bernard Hardy

Hilda Mary Hill

1907 - Apr/May/Jun - Henley - 3a - 1677

He died on 1st March 1958 at Bromsgrove in Worcestershire leaving Hilda

Mary a widow and £5342 17s 4d (from probate records)

Paul Bird - 13/7/08, from an email to my Father

I have once again taken up the case of George Bernard Hardy. I still have

all my notes from 1992 and these are proving useful. He was born in Hackney

in 1878, went to Cambridge. In the 1901 census he is listed as a boarder in

Cambridge but the college is not named. He obtained a BA in 1901 and then

went on to his first curacy(?) in the parish of Springfield in Chelmsford,

under the diocese of St Albans.

In 1902 Crockford's Clerical Directory he is so listed, as above. Now it is

interesting that this was the year of your Mother's birth and so it may have

been at this point he got involved with Aunt Louise, I have a note that Aunt

L. moved from Wolverhampton to Upminster then on to Grays but not which

year. I do not know which year she first became aware of your Mother as a

potential adoptee.

1907 saw his marriage at Henley to Hilda Mary Hill, so that was following

his Springfield curacy indeed one might presume it to be a celebration of

the completion of it. Certainly by the time of his marriage he was at


In 1925 Crockford's GBH is listed as Wyndham Square, Plymouth in other words

by then he'd moved on, his Essex listings from the same entry are Curate of

Springfield Essex 1901 - 06, St Paul w all SS, Bedford 1906 - 13; St Sav St

Alb 1913 - 15. Now for the period during which your Mother is supposed to

have been removed from an orphange by Aunt Lou GBH was in Bedford, and I

wonder where Aunt Lou took Esther anyway? Did she take her to live in

Wolverhampton, or Essex?

What follows below may be completely unrelated to her but it's a first attempt before the m. cert arrives, after all they did marry at Henley so she may well have been from Caversham, six miles as the crow flies.

1901 census

Address: Khandala, Caversham, Oxon

John Hill - Head - 54 - India Rubber Merchant - Glamorgan, Swansea

Isitt Emily Hill - Wife - 56

Hilda Mary Hill - Daughter - 20

Ellen Hannington - Servant - 28 - Domestic servant

1901 England Census 1901 England Census

Address: Khandala, Caversham,

Name: Hilda Mary Hill

Age: 20

Estimated Birth Year: abt 1881

Relation: Daughter

Father's Name: John

Mother's Name: Isitt Emily

Gender: Female

Where born: Reading, Berkshire, England

Civil Parish: Caversham

Ecclesiastical parish: Caversham St Peter

Town: Caversham

County/Island: Oxfordshire

Country: England

Registration district: Henley

Sub registration district: Caversham

ED, institution, or vessel: 2

Neighbors: View others on page

Household schedule number: 41

Household Members:

Name Age

George L Eyles 52

Ellen Hannington 28

John Hepper 58

Sarah Hepper 60

Hilda Mary Hill 20

Isitt Emily Hill 56

John Hill 54

Charles Lomas 50

Elisa Pacey 18

Source Citation: Class: RG13; Piece: 1371; Folio: 7; Page: 6.

1891 census - via Ancestry

Kenteford Farm, Five Bells, Watchet, Somerset

Robert John Thorne - Head - 45 - Timber merchant & Farmer - Somerset, Crowcombe

Elizabeth B. Thorne - Wife - 44 - London, Islington

Harriet Thorne - Mother - 74 - Living on her own means - Somerset, Nettlecombe

Emily J. Thorne - Motherinlaw - 80 - Living on her own means - Somerset, Watchet

Winifred M. Thorne - Dau - 11 - Scholar - Somerset, Watchet

John Hill - Brother in law - 44 - Chemist - Glamorgan, Swansea

Isett E. Hill - Sister in law - 46 - Somerset, Watchet

Hilda M. Hill - Niece - 10 - Scholar - Berks, Reading

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Hilda Mary Hardy's Timeline

Reading, Berkshire, United Kingdom
Age 27
Age 28
Bedford, Bedfordshire, United Kingdom
Age 29
Bedford, Bedfordshire, United Kingdom
November 1919
Age 38
Plymouth, Devon, United Kingdom
May 1923
Age 42