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"The following is the research of Peter Trent, Stephen Tipler and Steve Bushby on behalf of Ryburgh Remembers and should not be re-produced without their permission. Private Harold Douglas Palmer Comer 20599 1st Btn. Essex Regt. was formerly 17338, Norfolk Regt. KIA 13/8/15 Harold Comer was the son of William Edward and Mary Jane Comer and his birth was registered in the 3rd quarter of 1888. On the 1901 census, we find Harold (born Great Ryburgh) aged 12 living with his older brother Archibald (Archie) Thomas (aged c25) in a Maltings' cottage whilst still at school. By the time of the 1911 census Harold aged 22 is an ironmonger's assistant staying with his eldest brother Sidney William Comer and family at 51 Portland Street Norwich. At this time, Sidney (a Clerk to the Official Receiver in Bankruptcy Norwich) would have been approximately 37 years old, married to Maria with one daughter Freda (Winifred Mary) Comer. Continued ..."
Ryburgh - 06/01/2015
"Harold Comer part 2. Archie Comer was a German PoW during WW1 and married to Clara Pratt, sister to Gerald Pratt who is also named on the Roll of Honour (displayed in St Andrew's Church) of those who served. According to our research so far, it appears that Harold married school teacher Eva Blanche Pope Dunman in the registration district of Christchurch Hampshire in the second quarter of 1915. Eva Blanche Pope Dunman was christened 22/9/1893 Piddletown (also known as Puddletown) Dorset. Eva was the daughter of Theophilus Bartlett and Ellen Dunman. According to the 1891 census Theophilus B Dunman, born Puddletown aged 32 and a Maltster lived at the Masons Arms with his wife Ellen, born Pinford who was aged 20 at the time. Harold and Eva's marriage lasted only a few months as on the 28th July, Harold embarked Avonmouth aboard the Royal Edward heading for Gallipoli. Continued ....."
Ryburgh - 07/01/2015