Roney H.

Private H. Roney  Service number 14171 royal-munster-fusiliers_badge

Regiment Royal Munster Fusiliers

Date of birth 1897

Date of death 23rd October 1918

Age at death  22 years


His Story

RONEY, Henry.   1897 – 1918

Henry was born in 1896 at Hackney the son of George, a French Polisher and his wife Emma.   His parents were married on 17th March 1890 at St. Thomas, Bethnal Green.   George was 25, living at 26 Chapel Street, the son of Henry, a Polisher.   His bride was Emma Amelia Bass a 21 year old Fur Sewer of 9 Chapel Street.    Her father George Walter Bass is shown as a Furrier.   Their witnesses were Samuel Dore and Louisa Lewis.

Emma’s parents were married on 29th July 1861 at Old St. Pancras Church with Frederick Walter shown as a Farrier though later sightings of him show him as a Furrier and his father Frederick is a printer.   He married Emma Jones, daughter of Edward a tailor.   The witnesses were Thomas Hewson Gwynn and Mary Ann Gwynn.   Emma was baptised at St. Pancras church on 28th October 1867 her father shown as a Furrier of Stanmore Street.

In 1871 the Bass family are at 127 Derby Buildings, Wicklow Street, St. Pancras with Frederick using his second name Walter in this census.   He is still a Furrier and boarding with them is a 25 year old Furrier, Alfred Johnson.   Emma is 45 and her daughter now 5 and attending school.   Emma’s mother died in 1878 aged 56.  Sadly her father spent many years in St. Mary Islington workhouse, Cornwallis Road, Upper Holloway until his death in 1910 aged 79 and it is possible his grandchildren had little contact with him.

In 1881 George Roney has left home and is to be found lodging at 90 Leonard Street, Shoreditch working at a Polisher.   In 1891 George Roney 26 and his 22 year old wife Emma now have a 10 month old son George living with them at 34 Edward Street, Bethnal Green but  In 1901 the family have moved to Laburnham Street, Shoreditch with their sons George aged 10, Harry 4 and Alfred aged 1.

In 1911 they are to be found at 5 Triangle Terrace, Hackney where the father George, still a French Polisher is now 46.   His wife Emma is 42, born Islington.   She has now been married for 21 years during which time she has given birth to 9 children, 3 of whom have not survived.    Their eldest son George 20 is a Machine Ruler/Reeler? (packer), Henry at 14 is in the Tin trade (Hand Press).    The younger children are at school – Alfred 11, Ethel 6, Albert 4 whilst baby Archibald is just 11 months old and later to die aged 5 in 1915.

Henry enlisted at Finsbury for the Connaught Rangers as Private 5266 but later transferred to the 3rd Battalion of the Royal Munster Fusiliers, No. 14171.   He served in both regiments at ‘Home’.   His brother Alfred John served in the Royal Navy for 11 months in 1918 and then the Royal Lancashire Regiment No. 3702371 but was discharged on 18th October 1920 as surplus to requirements.

Henry died on 23rd October 1918 aged 21 at Devonport Military Hospital of Influenza.   He was awarded the Victory and British medals which were sent to his parents at 53 North Street, Mare Street, Hackney.   His mother Emma received his effects totalling £22.17s.5d.

His 71 year old mother was still alive in 1939 living with her unmarried son Albert, a Firewood Chopper at 53 Northiam Street, Hackney, the same street where her eldest son George lived with another son, Alfred living close by.   Although Alfred is shown employed as a motor driver, the 1939 register also reveals he is also in the Auxiliary Fire Service (No. 30261).