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PAGE, Henry Jasper
Henry Jasper Page was born in London in 1888 to James Richard Page and Charlotte Taylor, the youngest of their six children. James was a ‘House Carpenter’ and the family were living in Shoreditch when Henry was born. In the 1891 census Charlotte was working as a Charwoman, while the eldest son, James, gave his occupation as ‘Show Card Maker’. James Richard Page died in 1898, aged seventy, and the family were split up in the 1901 census. The older girls were married, Charlotte was living with her widowed sister, sixteen year year old Louisa was a servant and Henry Jasper, aged thirteen, was in the Boy’s Home, Industrial School in Regent’s Park. A note on the census entry for the school says that “they are London boys sent to the Home from the City Police Courts”, in Henry’s case probably because of the family situation.
Charlotte died in 1908, aged sixty-four, and in 1911 Henry was living with his sister Louisa and her husband and new baby. He gave his occupation as ‘Hat Maker’, a skill he may have been taught in the Home. On Henry’s Pension Records his next-of-kin was given as ‘G. Vary, Guardian’. This person has not been traced nor the details of the guardianship.
Henry Page’s military records transcripts show that he enlisted in the Scottish Horse Yeomanry at Mill Hill, but not in which year. In October 1918 he was with the 2/1st Regiment which had moved to Ireland in April 1918. Presumably going on leave, he travelled on RMS Leinster on the 10th but he did not survive the sinking, nor was his body recovered. His name is recorded on the Hollybrook Memorial in Southampton.