Staunton Edward Joseph

Edward Joseph ('Ted') Staunton

Second of three sons born to Patrick and Sarah (Byron) Staunton (John Daniel, Edward Joseph, David Patrick). Born 2 August 1890 at Chester-le-Street, Durham. Enlisted in Army in Dublin, 17 February 1912. Rifleman #9949. Served as a regular soldier in the Royal Irish Rifles throughout the 1914-1918 war. Medically discharged 2 April 1918 aged 25 years, 225 days. Was at battles of Mons, the Somme, Ypres and the Aisne, and was proud to be one of the 'Old Contemptibles.' Married Lillian Elizabeth Cook at All Saints Church, Elton, on 17 March 1928. Had issue 1 daughter, Patricia Mary, born 17 March 1931 (Patricia Mary married Martin Yates at All Saints Church, Elton on 12 March 1960. Had issue: Sarah Elizabeth, born 3 January 1966). Died at Elton 26 January 1972.

Above: Elton Hall, near Peterborough, from the air. The Garage House where Ted and Lill Staunton lived is part of the quadrangular structure to the right.


Correspondence

Lowell, April 2, 1919

Dear Uncle

I received your kind and ever welcome letter, I was more than glad to receive it, but I was very sorry to hear of my cousin's death in France. I am also sorry for you and my aunt, I can sympathize with you. I never knew what death was until I lost my mother, and believe me, I have shed many a tear since.

Dear Uncle, you asked me if Uncle Mike had any money, I don't know if he had any or not. I know he owned a two-tenement house and a big piece of land, but we never got a penny out of it. You know, he married again, a woman a good deal younger than he was, and before he married her he signed everything he owned over to her, and then she used him pretty mean. When he died she never sent us word till we saw it in the paper.

Dear Uncle, you asked me for my sister's address. I live with my younger sister, she was left with two little babies when her husband died and my other sister lives across the street, so if you want to drop them a line just send to: Mrs. Margaret Powers, 1 Ames Place, Lowell, Mass., this is the sister I live with. My other sister, Mrs. Abbie Lee, is over every day; direct her letter to the same address and she will get it alright: Mrs. Abbie Lee, 1 Ames Place, Lowell, Mass.

But, Uncle, for my brother's address, I don't know, I have not seen or heard from him since the day mother was buried. He is in Boston, but what part I don't know.

Dear Uncle, if you have any pictures of yourself, my aunt or my cousins, I wish you would send me one, so I think I will close my letter by us all sending you, my aunt and cousins our best love and regards, hoping to hear from you soon. Again, I remain your loving neice, Miss Jennie Barry, 1 Ames Place, Lowell, Mass.


From Jennie Barry to Edward Joseph Staunton

Lowell, Sept. 17, 1934

My Dear Cousin,

I suppose you think I am terrible for not answering your letter but dear cousin I have had a lot of trouble since I received your letter. My only brother died on the 20 of July and was buried on the 21 July. We did not think he was going so quick, he went under two operations and was to go under another operation on Monday July 23 but died the Friday before. His wife was with him in the Hospital till twelve o'clock the night he died, the doctor told her to go home, that he was getting along fine and at 10 minute of two he passed away. They sent her a telegram from the Hospital at 2 in the morning, and you can imagine how she felt when she received it. When my sister and I got there he was dead, I never got such a shock in my life. I never dreamt he would go so quick, but I suppose God knows best. I miss him terrible. My brother and I were always pals since we went to school, but I suppose will have to try and forget, but it is going to be hard for me.

Dear cousin, I wrote a letter to cousin David and also one to cousin Jack Staunton in India and I never got no answer. I hope they are not sick or anything has happened to them. I am still out of work, the places are all shut down here on account of strikes. I don't know what is to become of the people I stayed with, my sister in law, for 8 weeks. She broke up her home where she lived in Boston and moved to a place called Roxbury, she has taken a place and she is going to take roomers. She has a very nice place where she is now, but not as nice a place where she lived before, she had a wonderful place but she said she could not stay there after Dan was gone. She misses him so much. Well, dear cousin, I think I have said enough now, so I will close with my best love to you, cousin Ted, and don't forget little Pat. I remain as ever your loving cousin Jennie Barry, 23 Lawson St., Lowell, Mass. Please excuse writing. Write soon.

Patricia (Staunton) Yates to Evelyn Staunton

The Gate Lodge, Warmington, Peterborough, 22 February 1982.

Dear Aunty Evelyn, I'm afraid we do not seem to know very much about the Staunton family but I have jotted down all Mum (Lillian) can remember.

John Staunton's son (also named John) worked for the G.P.O. telephones in London and I can remember him visiting us on one occasion when I was very small. I remember it because he brought me a huge Easter egg!

Sally (Rayner) used to send to Mum each Christmas, but hasn't done so for the last two years. Mum thinks her husband died some years ago and she might have gone to live with a daughter. Hope this all means sense to you!

I hope everyone in Canada is fit and well. Mum gives me all your news and I know she will be writing to you and telling you about things here. If we can be of any further help please let us know. Take very good care of yourself now. Our love to everyone. God bless, Pat, Martin and Sarah.


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