52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks – Week 6

Today, I am writing about my great grand mother, Jenny Eugene Ude (Jenny Eugene Moyst) aka Eugene. I do not have a picture of her unfortunately, however this is the first shocking death I have come across during my research.

Jenny Eugene Ude was born on 19th Janaury 1901 in Wales.  She was one of seven to Theodore Ude and Anne Ude (formerly Lebender). Her parents were German who had immigrated in USA prior to immigrating to United Kindgom.

Her father, Theodore Ude (aka Louis Ude) passed away in Jan 1909 from Lock Jaw.  The information I have found is that Theodore had a issue with his foot and request some cow manure onto his foot, which led to tetanus and lock jaw.

On 7th May 1927, Eugene married William Ernest at Cardiff Registry.  They had seven child during there marriage.

On 20th April 1957, Jenny Eugene passed due to a pulmonary oedema due to aspirin poisoning.  She took her own life.  See below of the newspaper article taken from the Barry & District, dated 9th May 1957 page 2.

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She was buried on 24th April 1957 at Barry cemetery, Plot T277. Picture of the grave is below.

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That’s it for now.




52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks – Week 5

robert-jpgRobert Maxfield.  This is my grandfather in law (Chris’ grandfather).

Robert Maxfield was born on 7th August 1920 at 5 Ribston Street, Hulme, Chorlton cum Hardy, Lancashire, England to Albert E Maxfield and Sarah E Maxfield (maiden name Steele).

In November 1939, Robert joined the army. Robert infact gave his age as 20, however at the time he was 19.  Looking online, this seems to be that at the time, all men between 20 and 23 were required to register to serve in one of the armed forces.  He was assigned to the 5th border regiment.

In April 1940, Robert finished his training and was posted to Lile, France.  His regiment fell under the control of the 126th infantry brigade.  Robert fought in the Battle for Dunkirk and was evacuated in June 1940.

During the next few years, he was transferred to 126th brigade, 30th border regiment, 30th Manchester Regiment, 21st Independent Para Company.  Robert was discharged from the military on Jan 1947 for being unfit for duty. He did get a exemplary rating from the military.

I have not gone through all the records as of yet and will write a full page about his military history in the near future. However, I have been told that Robert fought in the battle of Arman where he was shot in the head and leg.

Robert married in Isle of Wight (his wife is still living and I am unable to give out her name).

In 1975, Robert Maxfield passed away at his home address from Carcinoma of the Bronchus. He was surrounded by his wife, sons and daughter-in-laws.  His occupation at the time was electrical service mechanic.

Until next time.