George Herbert Shemming

George Herbert Shemming

George ( known as Joe) was born on 30 December 1888 in Saxlingham Nethergate. His parents were William and Marion Agnes( nee Cutts) Shemming. His father was a brick maker and the family lived on Saxlingham Green. There was a brick works and kiln near Saxlingham Thorpe Church, which is near Saxlingham Green.

George’s father William Shemming

George came from a large family. His siblings were;

Emily born 22 August 1878 (she lived with her grandparents as a child). She died in June 1911 and is buried in Saxlingham Churchyard.

Ada A born 1881

William James born 1882

Alfred Cutts born 18 March 1883

Hilda Agnes born 6 October 1884. She died January  1885

Kate Victoria born 1887. She died December 1906

Maurice Arthur born 13 August 1890

Charles Frederick born 7 May 1894

Mabel born 1896

George was baptised in St. Mary’s Church, Saxlingham Nethergate on 2 August 1891 at the same time as his brother Maurice Arthur

The family continued to live on Saxlingham Green. In 1901 William and his sister Emily were living at Woodhouse Farm. She was a servant and he was a brickmaker.

William, George and Charles Shemming

In 1911 Emily was a servant at the Old Hall, Saxlingham, Maurice was an under gamekeeper, Charles was a gardener’s labourer, Alfred was a carpenter and Ada was a parlour maid in Sussex. It is not known where William was or his occupation. In later life he was a baker.

In 1911 was living in Thorpe St. Andrew, Blofield with Charlotte Clarke. Charlotte was a widow and ran a grocery and bakery. George was her boarder and was working for her as a baker.

During the First World War George was in the Royal Field Artillery, Service number, 216225. His service records have not survived so there is no other information available about where he served.

He returned to live in Saxlingham Nethergate and was living there until his marriage in 1924. In the summer of 1924 he married Kate Emma Harvey born 11 December 1889. She originally came from Newton Flotman, Norfolk.

They had two daughters, Peggy born 19 November 1924 and Doris born in 1926.

In 1939 the family were living at 38 Primrose Crescent, Thorpe St. Andrew, Blofield, Norfolk. George was a journeyman baker and his daughter Peggy  as an apprentice dressmaker.

His wife Kate died on 28 July 1942. He continued to live at the same address for the rest of his life.

George with his daughter Doris (Dot), Terry, his grandson, and Dot’s mother-in-law

Dot, Eric, Peggy,with Terry, Dot’s son, and Janet, Peggy’s daughter

George died on 8 December 1966 in Thorpe St. Andrew


England & Wales, Birth, marriage, death index 1837-2005

UK Census Collection

British Army Medal Roll Index cards, 1914-1920

1939 Register-

Norfolk Electoral Rolls-Southern Division Saxlingham Nethergate and Thorpe,  (Absent Voters Lists 1918-1920)

Norfolk, Church of England Diocesan Baptismal Records, Saxlingham Nethergate.

England & Wales, National Probate Calendar 1858-1995

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