Document – 1921 Census of England

“Document” can be a noun or a verb and, as genealogists, we should be using it as both! Perhaps this week you can share a neat document you’ve found or write about your efforts to document an ancestor. – Amy Johnson-Crow

As a verb, the word DOCUMENT is exactly what I am trying to accomplish by working on compiling our family’s history. As a noun, I am always searching for any and all DOCUMENTS relating to my ancestors’ lives and how they may have left a mark on this world. Sometimes I am lucky, sometimes not.

This past week I received an email that there was a limited-time special for 50% off at Find My Past of the 1921 Census of England & Wales. Never one to pass up a coupon, I thought why not? For me, that worked out to be $ 2.45 USD (about $3.15 CDN) for each image on the Census page.

The first search I tried was for my Grandfather, Walter Edmund Apps who would have been almost 3 years old in 1921. I was lucky and found him and his family living in Greenwich district, sub-district Deptford South.

1921 England Census – Mr. H.E.S Apps

The name of the person responsible for making the return was his father, who of course was my Great-Grandfather, Henry Edmund Samuel APPS.

The columns listed on the 1921 Census were Name and Surname / Relationship to Head / Age / Sex / Marriage or Orphanhood / Birthplace and Nationality / Personal Occupation / Employment / Place of Work / Number and Ages of all Living Children.

  • Henry Edmund Samuel Apps / Head / 34 years + 11 m / Male / Married / Hastings, Sussex, Police Constable, Metropolitan Police/ Peckham Police Station
  • Ethel Rosemary Apps / Wife / Female / 35 years + 4 m / Millwall, London
  • Jack William Apps / Son / Male / Both Parents Alive / 14 years / Deptford, London, Part-time school, Indoor Messenger employed by G.P.O. / Submarine Cable Department, Trinity Street, Woolwich.
  • Henry Ronald Apps / Son / Male / 11 years + 10 m / Camberwell, London, School – whole-time
  • Lilian Dorothy Apps / Daughter / Female 10 years + 8 m / Southwark, London, School – whole-time
  • Nellie Agnes Apps / Daughter / Female / 7 years + 8 m / Southwark, London, School – whole-time
  • Arthur Petrie Apps / Son / Male / 5 years + 10 m / Southwark, London, School – whole-time
  • Walter Edmund Apps / Son / Male / 2 years + 10 m / Southwark, London

Ordering this Census unveiled a couple of pieces of new information for me. First, is the address where the family was living – 52 Kender Street in Deptford, UK. I Googled the home address and it looks to me like the building is still there. The place of work for my Great-Grandfather is listed as the Peckham Police Station, which looks to be still standing as well.

Another couple of places added to my travel bucket list!

Another interesting tidbit was that my Grandfather’s eldest brother, Jack William Apps, at the age of 14 was employed by the GPO as an Indoor Messenger at the Trinity Street Submarine Cable Department in Woolwich. I had no concept of what this all meant, so I did some searching…what was the GPO? The General Post Office. What is a submarine cable? They were communications cables that were laid on the sea bed to carry signals across the oceans. I would then suppose then that he was employed as a messenger to carry those messages once received.

I also found my 2x Great-Grandfather, Thomas Brooks Newitt, aged 74 years + 11 months, living with his sister-in-law (both of them widows). Her name was Martha Jane Newitt – she was listed as a shopkeeper. Also living at this address at the time of the Census were her adult children, Herbert Haynes Newitt & Florence Mary Haynes Newitt (both single).

Overall, I am very pleased with the DOCUMENTS I found at Find My Past. For less than I would have spent on a coffee, I learned a few more interesting facts about my family. According to their website, the fees will “cover the cost of digitising and transcribing the 18,235,242 images created from the records supplied exclusively to us by The National Archives. It means these precious records are accessible, commitment-free, for everyone.”

*I’m participating in Amy Johnson-Crow’s 52 Ancestors Challenge. This was week # 17 (Apr.26 – May 2) DOCUMENT.

  2 comments for “Document – 1921 Census of England

  1. May 2, 2022 at 6:03 am

    Isn’t it fun to learn about the places they lived and the work they did?

    Liked by 2 people

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