The Mayhew Family Remembering A Boer War Soldier
Following on from the post two days ago, the other photo in my collection with identical writing on the back is this one of the Mayhew family. On the back is written "Mayhew family c.1900 Mother Edna (nee) Edwards". Edna Ellen Edwards was the elder sister of Alice Edwards and the third child of nine children of Harry and Kate Edwards (Nee Durden). She was born on the 30th March 1870 in Birmingham. On the 8th October 1898 she married Frank Martin Mayhew. Frank was a local man, being born in Birmingham in 1873, son of John Smith Mayhew and Caroline Mayhew (Nee Smith). In 1900 their son Harold Clarence was born, named after Edna's eldest brother Harry Clarence who was a colour sergeant killed on 14th May 1900 in the Boer War, and in 1904 the couple had a daughter Doris Edna.
Although it is written on the back c.1900. I think this photo would have been taken around 1906. Little Harold looks about six and Doris about two. In 1911 the family lived at 64 Doris Road, Sparkhill, Birmingham and Frank was working as a travelling salesman in the brass and iron industry. Frank died in 1924 aged 51 and Edna lived another 35 years as a widow until her death in 1959 aged 89. Harold remained unmarried and died in 1976 and although Doris married twice she died without any children aged 89.
I think this rather serious little family photo, typical of the time, was probably taken on a family holiday as the children are holding spades and there is a bucket on the floor. It has captured one tiny moment in their family life, that has now been preserved in the future.
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