All Life is Suffering

James FERGUSON and Faith BARKER have just married on the Shared Tree and await their first child.

William Barker Ferguson, born on this date in 1880, was their fourth child. He lived for eight years and 23 days. Kath attaches a brief note to his record on Filey Genealogy and Connections –

Buried 13 days before older brother Richard and just over one month before his baby sister Jane!

Of the seven children born to the couple, only Jane and brother James Barker the First died in infancy. William Barker, James Barker the Second and Richard died in childhood (before the age of fourteen) and Barker died aged nineteen. Only Ellen, who went by “Nellie”, lived long enough to marry. On census night 1911, Ellen is with her mother at Fern House on The Beach (Foreshore Road), where they take in lodgers. Ellen is 29 and single. She marries Harry SPIVEY the following year. I wonder what memories of William she carried through her life. She was nine when he died.

In loving memory of JAMES FERGUSON, who died August 11 1888, aged 37 years.

Also, FAITH FERGUSON, who died Jan 10 1923, aged 71 years.

Also, sons of the above: WILLIAM BARKER, died Aug 28 1888 aged 8 years,

RICHARD, died Sep 16 1888, aged 14 years,

JAMES BARKER, died Jan 22 1896, aged 14 years.

‘Thy will be done’

NELLIE SPIVEY, died March 24 1951, aged 72 years.

Also of JAMES and JANE, died in infancy

Also of BARKER FERGUSON his son, died May 30 1904, aged 19 years.

Two censuses found Faith keeping a lodging house on Clarence Terrace and two more on Foreshore Road. I don’t know what her circumstances were in 1921. She was living in Church Street when she died. I hope she was not alone.

On FG&C today’s baptised child is “Emily (Amelia)” but there were two girls and, sadly, they had only a short time together. Amelia, born in 1858, married widower Harry DUNN in 1897 and their daughter Florence was born in 1899.

See Normandy.

Annie STAMFORD and her twin brother John were baptised at St Oswald’s on the 5th of July. John was buried eleven days later and was joined all too soon by Annie. Unmarried mother Indiana [MGZH-HSL] gave birth to Elizabeth towards the end of 1860. When the census enumerator called at widow Alice Williamson’s home in King Street on the 7th of April, the child was close to death and unaware that gathered around her were four generations of her family. Great grandmother Alice née WOODHOUSE, grandparents John STAMFORD and Elizabeth née CAPPLEMAN, Aunt Elizabeth Ann Borritt, cousins Mary Elizabeth and Susannah BORRITT – and her mother Indiana. Perhaps the cousins were considered too young to attend Elizabeth’s funeral four days later.

Flight of Fancy 51 · Rock Face

Muston Sands


John Jenkinson NUNN died in Normandy this day, 1944. He was with 43 Recce, Royal Armoured Corps, taking part in Operation Bluecoat following the Landings. His Regiment had been late to the action, not arriving at Sword Beach until the last week in June where their transport ship MV Derrycunihy hit a mine and 183 men were killed, 120 wounded. John may have been a survivor or one of the replacements that brought the unit up to strength in the following weeks. At the beginning of August 43 Recce was engaged in “bitter fighting” between Ondefontaine and Mont Pincon and John may have been killed in the successful capture of that “dominating height”. This source say’s “43 Recce’s next action came on 10 August, in the pursuit towards the River Orne and Falaise.”

John was buried in the area where he fell and reburied about two years later at St Charles de Percy British Cemetery. He is also remembered in St Oswald’s churchyard on a small block of stone added to the grave of his parents, John William and Sophia nee Haxby.


The inscription reads “Tpr. J. NUNN RAC, Son killed in action 5.8.44. Memories keep him ever near.”

He is also remembered on the Filey War Memorial in Murray Street. I have opened a page for him on the Looking at Filey Wiki and will add information soon. Anyone who reads this who has memories or photographs of John might consider sending them to the Fallen Heroes site.

John wasn’t represented on FamilySearch Tree so I spent a couple of hours today making a start on linking the few fragments of pedigree that did exist. John’s middle name is a clear indication that he is descended from the Norfolk Jenks who came to Filey near the beginning of the 18th century and Kath has made the connections.

When the 1939 Register was taken  John’s parents were living at Cromwell Villa, 22 Brooklands, a large red brick property that has been a Youth Club for as long as most people I’ve spoken to can remember. At the beginning of the Second World War Mr. and Mrs. Nunn were employed as  “Club Manager and Stewardess”, and probably “living in”. It may well have been John Jenk’s childhood home so I photographed it this morning.