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George Gaudie Stephenson [s.]

George Gaudie Stephenson was the first child of William George Stephenson & Margaret Jean Gaudie born December 29th, 1869 & christened January 29th 1870 at North Shields, Northumberland.

In 1871 George, his younger sister Gertrude & parents were living at Frank Place, Preston, North Shields where his father was a railway accountant.  With the family was George’s widowed grandmother Margaret Gaudie.

By 1881 the family had moved to 64 Holgate Rd, York & George now had 3 younger sisters.

George was still living at home in 1891 at Holgate Crescent, York & he was now working as a banker’s clerk.  There were 2 younger sisters at home & also grandmother Margaret Gaudie (81).

George married Mary Winifred Eddison on June 1st 1898 at the Parish Church Headingley, Leeds, Yorks.  Witnesses at the wedding were J Eddison, Maud Eddison & WG Stephenson.  George was a bank cashier of York & Mary was a spinster of Headingley.  Mary was christened on August 22nd, 1876 at St George’s, Leeds, the daughter of Mary Best & John Eddison, a land surveyor.   Mary had been born at 2 Osborne Terrace & her christening record shows that she was baptized as Winifred, but had taken her mother’s name later in life.

In 1901 George & Mary were living at 6 Cambridge Crescent, Harrogate & George had become a bank manager by this time.  They had a 2 year old son George Eric B & a daughter Winifred M B who was just one week old at the time of the census.  In the household there was also a monthly sick nurse, a domestic nurse, a cook & a housemaid.

George was still a bank manager in 1911 & he & Mary were still living at 6 Cambridge Crescent, now called The Bank House.  They now had 4 children – George Eric Burdett, Winifred Margaret Burdett, John Keith Burdett (8) & Kathleen Mary Burdett (6).  They employed a housemaid & a cook.

There is a record in the Supplement to the London Gazette of January 29th, 1917 of George being made temporary Captain in the Yorkshire West Riding Volunteer Regiment, 15th Battalion.

According to the London Gazette of November 5th, 1918, son George Eric attended Wellington Cadet College from which he graduated as 2nd Lieutenant on June 31st, 1918.  There is a record of George obtaining his flying certificate taken on a 60G Gipsy Moth at the London Aeroplane Club on July 31st, 1931.  Intriguingly George was listed as ‘Charles’ Eric Burdett but the birth date & place of birth were correct.  George’s address was given as c/o Lloyds Bank Ltd, 6 Pall Mall, London SW1 & his rank & profession was Captain in the Indian Army.   George went on to become a fellow of the Royal Astronomical Society in April 1957 when his address was 124 Duchy Road, Harrogate.  He wrote books on the Chinese Calendar & chronology.

Son John Keith is recorded as a passenger sailing from Madeira to Southampton on the ‘Saxon’ arriving May 27th, 1929.  His profession was given as Indian Army & his address was 6 Pall Mall, London SW1.  John also travelled from Cape Town, South Africa on the ‘Winchester Castle’ which arrived in Southampton on April 20th, 1931.  His address on the ships manifest was 124 Duchy Road, Harrogate.   John obtained his GB Royal Aero Club Aviators’ Certificate on June 14th, 1832 at Hampshire Aeroplane Club & at the time his profession was given as Royal Navy.  On June 20th, 1940 he was ‘mentioned in dispatches’ for ‘daring, resource & devotion to duty in the 2nd Battle of Narvik’ which took place in a Norwegian fiord, whilst serving with HMS Warspite.  After the end of WW2 he was awarded the OBE & when he retired from the Royal Navy he had reached the rank of Commander. 

George died in Oct-December 1946, aged 77, his death being registered at Knaresborough, W. Yorks.

Mary died in December 1954, aged 78, her death being registered at Claro, W. Yorks.

The children of George Gaudie Stephenson & Mary Winifred Eddison were:

s,  George Eric Burdett Stephenson born March 19th, 1899 at York; died Oct-December 1969 at Claro, Yorkshire
s.  Winifred Margaret Burdett Stephenson born March 24th, 1901at Bank House, Harrogate & christened April 25th, 1901 at St Peter’s, Harrogate, Yorkshire; died April-June 1994 at Claro, Yorkshire
s.  John Keith Burdett Stephenson born April 24th, 1902 at Harrogate, Yorkshire
s.  Kathleen Mary Burdett Stephenson born June 10th, 1904 at Harrogate, Yorkshire; died May 1986 at Whitby, Yorks


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