Author Topic: Harry Redfern, drowned in The Mere, Alsager, on 13.10.1902  (Read 148 times)

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Harry Redfern, drowned in The Mere, Alsager, on 13.10.1902
« on: Monday 09 November 20 11:56 GMT (UK) »
I'm primarily interested in locating where he was interred, but any other information about him would be helpful.

"The dead body of Harry Redfern, a member of the Imperial Yeomanry, was found in the Mere, Alsager, about seven o'clock last Monday morning. He served in the war in South Africa, and was wounded. He tried to obtain employment in the South African Constabulary, but was unable to do so. Although in fairly comfortable circumstances, he was much depressed after he returned, as he could not obtain work. He was staying with some friends at Alsager, and went out about half-past eight on Sunday night. As he did not return, inquiries were made after him, and his dead body was found as stated. The deceased had been living at Craigydon, Llandudno, for over a year, and had a large circle of friends in the locality."
Llandudno Advertiser, Friday 17th October 1902

H. Redfern served in the Cheshire Company of the Imperial Yeomanry [source: Cheshire Observer, 20.1. & 27.1.1900]. The Cheshire Observer, 3.2.1900, lists him in the 4th Battalion of Stockport men as Bugler Redfern.

I've found some mentions in editions of the Llandudno Advertiser of a Mr, Mrs and Miss Redfern, of Alsager, staying at a guest house in Llandudno, between at least late June and late September 1902, and also a Mr, Mrs and Miss Redfern, of Heckmondwike, Yorkshire, staying at a different Llandudno guest house, for at least the first two weeks of August 1901. These may have no connection with Harry Redfern, but are possibilities, particularly the Alsager family.

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Re: Harry Redfern, drowned in The Mere, Alsager, on 13.10.1902
« Reply #1 on: Monday 09 November 20 12:11 GMT (UK) »
Was he actually Henry?

Deaths Dec 1902   
Redfern    Henry    27   
Congleton    8a   193
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Re: Harry Redfern, drowned in The Mere, Alsager, on 13.10.1902
« Reply #2 on: Monday 09 November 20 12:18 GMT (UK) »
Burial
HENRY REDFERN
Age   27
Burial 16 Oct 1902
Christ Church, Alsager
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Re: Harry Redfern, drowned in The Mere, Alsager, on 13.10.1902
« Reply #3 on: Monday 09 November 20 12:24 GMT (UK) »
groom - yes, I think he was. I was about to edit my post to add that, but you and rosie99 came up trumps. Thank you both very much, and I can now add Alsager to my post-lockdown day trips!

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Re: Harry Redfern, drowned in The Mere, Alsager, on 13.10.1902
« Reply #4 on: Monday 09 November 20 12:52 GMT (UK) »
Confusingly there were two Henry Redferns in South Africa with the Cheshire Yeomanry (1773 and 1792) but only 1773 was the right age:

https://search.findmypast.co.uk/record?id=GBM%2FWO97%2F5751%2F080%2F001&parentid=GBM%2FWO97%2F5751%2F1018916
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Re: Harry Redfern, drowned in The Mere, Alsager, on 13.10.1902
« Reply #5 on: Monday 09 November 20 13:17 GMT (UK) »
Confusingly there were two Henry Redferns in South Africa with the Cheshire Yeomanry (1773 and 1792) but only 1773 was the right age

I saw 1792 Henry, but just H. for 1773. Thank you.

Redfern   H   1773   Private   Source: QSA Medal Rolls
Redfern   Henry   1792   Private   Source: QSA Medal Rolls
https://www.angloboerwar.com/unit-information/imperial-yeomanry-by-company/2297-22nd-company-2nd-battalion