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Family of Thomas Shirley PEACE and Mary Louise SPEED

Husband: Thomas Shirley PEACE (1870-1942)
Wife: Mary Louise SPEED (1882-1929)
Children: Alexander James Morton PEACE
Marriage 28 Mar 1911 Sheffield, Yorkshire West Riding, England

Husband: Thomas Shirley PEACE

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Thomas Shirley PEACE, Grave of Tom and Mary Peace

Name: Thomas Shirley PEACE1,2
Sex: Male
Nickname: Tom
Father: James PEACE (aft1835-1877)
Mother: Elizabeth BOTTOMLEY (1844-1902)
Birth 2 Sep 1870 Rotherham, South West Yorkshire, England2
Residence Sheffield, Yorkshire West Riding, England
14 Hardwick Crescent, Psalter Lane
Census 3 Apr 1881 (age 10) Rotherham, South West Yorkshire, England3
21 Bridgegate
Occupation 3 Apr 1881 (age 10) Scholar; Rotherham, South West Yorkshire, England3
Occupation 1908 (age 37-38) stock & share broker4
Peace T. Shirley, stock & share broker (J.B.&R Roberts)
Residence 1908 (age 37-38) Sheffield, Yorkshire West Riding, England5
64 Marlboro' Road
Census 2 Apr 1911 (age 39) Christchurch, Bournemouth, Hampshire, England6
3 Derby Rd.
Boarder
Occupation 2 Apr 1911 (age 40) Stock Broker, Inverness6
Boarder at Christchurch, Bournemouth, Hampshire, England occupation listed in 1911 census
Occupation btw Aug 1915 and 1942 (age 44-72) Sharebroker (Mary's Birth and Wedding Certs)
Residence 14 Sep 1941 (age 71) Sheffield, Yorkshire West Riding, England
48 Westbourne Road
Previous address: 15 Hardwick Crescent
Death 13 Mar 1942 (age 71)2
Burial Crookes, Sheffield, England
Plot 4396A, Crookes Cemetery, Headland Road

Wife: Mary Louise SPEED

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Mary Louise SPEED, Grave of Tom and Mary Peace

Name: Mary Louise SPEED1,2,7,8
Sex: Female
Nickname: May
Father: Edward SPEED (1834-1892)
Mother: Elizabeth PARISH (1844-1922)
Birth 7 Jul 1882 Claines, Droitwich, Worcs, England1,2
2 Hingham Villas, Droitwich Road, Claines
Father listed as Nursey Manager at same address
Birth c. 1882 Saffron Walden, Essex, England
Census 2 Apr 1911 (age 28) Christchurch, Bournemouth, Hampshire, England6
3 Derby Rd.
Occupation 2 Apr 1911 (age 28) Worcester; Christchurch, Bournemouth, Hampshire, England6
Death 15 May 1929 (age 46)1,2
Cause: blood poisoning, Infected Burn
Lillian Speed looked after the three Peace children (Alec, Patrick & Mary) like a second mother, especially 13 year old Elizabeth Mary Peace

Child 3: Alexander James Morton PEACE

Name: Alexander James Morton PEACE1,2
Sex: Male

Note on Husband: Thomas Shirley PEACE (1) - shared note

Thomas Shirley Peace 28.3.1911 in Sheffield. He had left Rotherham Grammar School to work abroad in Italy and East Africa before returning home to become a stockbroker on Sheffield Stock Exchange. Partner in J B & R Roberts Stock Brokers of Queen Street Chambers.

 

Name in flyleaf of book on Gaelic grammar "Tumash Bean" which means "fair haired Tom"

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Note on Husband: Thomas Shirley PEACE (2)

From Alec his son: "Thomas went to Taranto about 1886/7 and could have been conscripted when he was 18 in 1888, and when the Italians were sending more troops to Massawa in Ethiopia"

"ON looking up the correspondence re Thomas and the Italian army I find an error in their final letter.

They had got the date and name both slightly wrong and were asked to check again.i can find no further lettersand must ask Guy.

We used www.italiamerica.org through their agent in Brussels Nicola Colella in 2003,and I could ask her if she did chase up the correct details."

 

later:

Family name: Peace

Given names: Thomas Shirley

Born: September 2nd, 1870 at Rotherham, England

 

"He said that he went to Taranto, Italy, after leaving school, in about 1886

He was in the Italian Army and went to Massawa in Eritrea and worked on a railway.

 

The above are the only facts that I know.

Family memories say he talked of being an Interpreter for a French firm building a bridge in Taranto harbour.

Rotherham was a steel manufacturing town and could have supplied steel for this project, perhaps giving him a personal contact and reason to go to Taranto.

 

He got to Italy on a cargo ship, which may have carried the steel, and signed-on as Ships Doctor.

In the mid nineteen thirties he saw a newspaper photo of a burning ship in the River Thames and told me that it was the ship that had taken him to Italy. I have not followed this up.

 

I assumed that he was called into the Army when he was 18 but he may have volunteered.

 

In 1940 (following his return to England), he was worried that the English authorities would learn of his Italian army service and intern him as a spy."

 

"My father may have been in the 1888 Leva in Taranto where he was working and went with them to Massawa in Ethiopia"

- Alec jan 2008

 

I guess that this might have been the reason that he shared so little information with his family, about this part of his life. He died 13 March 1942 so probably never got past that fear. - Richard Epworth

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I searched for his passport application for years 1882-1890 without success (via findmypast.com)

Note on Wife: Mary Louise SPEED (1) - shared note

"only one of many children who did not marry well" Monica

Note on Wife: Mary Louise SPEED (2)

"Mary Louise Speed born at Claines, a sub district of the Droitwich reg district, July 7 1882. I dont understand the Barbon place name as the birth was stated to be at 2 Hingham Villas, Droitwich Road, Claines, and father as a Nursery Manager of that address. A home birth, but I suppose they all were " Alec Peace

Sources

1"MyTotalFile.FTW". Text From Source: Date of Import: Sep 22, 1998
2"PeaceSp.FTW". Text From Source: Date of Import: 11 Jan 2003
3"Census 1881 RG11; Piece: 4671 ; Folio: 140; Page: 29". RG11; Piece: 4671. Cit. Date: 3 April 1881.
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Source: Census 1881 RG11; Piece: 4671 ; Folio: 140; Page: 29, Census1881_TomShirleyandElizabethPeace

4"Kelly's Directory of Sheffield & Rotherham 1908". Cit. Date: 1 March 2010.
Text From Source: Peace T. Shirley, stock & share broker (J.B.&R Roberts), h. 64 Marlboro' Road
5Ibid.
6"Census 1911 Christchurch, Bournemouth, Hampshire, UK RG14PN5848". Cit. Date: 2 April 1911.
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Source: Census 1911 Christchurch, Bournemouth, Hampshire, UK RG14PN5848, PEACE TomAndMARY_C1911

7"DonTaylor files of Morley and Speed 1758". Record originated in...
81891 and 1901 census