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Frank Bernard GOULDING


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Mary (May) Margaret Louisa WILLIAMS

Frank Bernard GOULDING

  • Born: 2 Nov 1883, Morton, Gainsborough, Lincolnshire, Eng
  • Marriage: Mary (May) Margaret Louisa WILLIAMS about 1914 in Johannesburg, South Africa
  • Died: 13 Aug 1917, 33 10th St, Boksburg North, South Africa at age 33

bullet   Cause of his death was Miner's Phthisis.


bullet  General Notes:

GOULDING, Frank Bernard, Oct-Nov-Dec 1883 Births Lincolnshire Nottinghamshire Vol 7a Page 722
England and Wales, Civil Registration Index: 1837-1983. From this we obtained his birth certificate for 3 Nov 1883 and also his parent's names.

Address in The Book of Common Prayer Church of England was:
Walbrith Road, Morton Nr Gainsborough, Lincolnshire England but in the 1891 survey the address when he was given as Walkerith Rd.

By the 1891 census, he was still living with his family at the village of Morton in the rural Sanitary District of Gainsborough in the Parliamentary Division of West Lindsey and the Ecclesiastical District of St Paul's. I am not sure of whether the form was completed at Walkerith Rd or whether that was their address.

I could not find him in the 1901 census. The remainder of his family appeared to be in Lincolnshire living with his widowed mother.

We have a copies of Wesleyan Methodist Church Quarterly Tickets of Membership March and June 1902 and we assume he was religious.

In April 1905, Frank was an employee at the County Asylum, Radcliffe-on-Trent, Nottinghamshire, England when he was applying for the South African Constabulary. He had been at the Asylum for 9 months having started on 29 July 1904. He was honsest, trustworthy and sober but was rather dull and slow at his work. I believe he is ______ and respectable and he has given me no trouble. He has been an atten rank in this Asylum.

Frank was recruited from England to join the South African Constabulary and was 5 ft 7 tall, 38 inches around the chest, 11 stone (or 10 stone 12 lbs), brown eyes, black hair, sallow complexion, single, a farm labourer, was Church of England, and his mother was his next of kin being Mrs Pickup or Pickur of Walkerith Rd Morton, Gainsborough. Crossed out as his next of kin was an Uncle Mr J Harrison of Charlesworth Lincolnshire. Frank gave two people as his referees, Rev Danks, Morton Gainsborough and Rev H Stauton, County Asylum Raddcliffe on Trent, Notts. He was 21 years and 5 months on 19-4-1905 which is consistent with 3-11-1883 as his birth date.

F B Goulding left Southhamton on 27 May 1905 on route to South Africa. He was 23 single and occupation S A C (South African Constabulary) and was travelling without Goulding relatives to Capetown South Africa with 292 other passengers. The ship was Dunluce Castle official number 118490 Master J L Stainstreet with the Steamship line of Donald Currie and Company. The ship was 11842 square feet and registered tonage of 5105.

There is a South African record in the National Archives Repository ( Public records of the former Transvaal Province and its predecessors as well as magistrates and local authorities) TAB Source SAC Type LEER Volume No 83 System 01 Reference H455 Part 1 for a record of conduct and service of the South African Constabulary for Frank Bernard Goulding starting 1905 and ending 1906. This indicates he was a policeman in Transvaal when he first arrived in 1905. Frank signed on from 18 June 1905 in Heidelburg and was to receive no less than 5 shillingd per day plus rations, clothing and equipment but his arms horse and equipment remained the property of the force. He was a Constable and was transferred to D Mobile Troop on 1 Oct 1905 and he was a smart reliable man. He was discharge after 1 year and 13 days as a Constable on 30 June 1906 at Wakkerstroom.

There is also a record in National Archives Repository ( Public records of the former Transvaal Province and its predecessors as well as magistrates and local authorities) TAB Source LD Type LEER Volume No 1481 System 01 Reference AG3025/07 Part 1 26 Days Vacation Leave - FB Goulding, starting 1907, ending 1907. These documents show he became a 1st Class Warden in Cinderella Prison on 2 July 1906. He went on leave on 22 Aug 1907 until 11 Sept 1907 on full pay. His address on leave appears to be c/o Post Office Barberton. One second class return ticket was applied for from Vogelsfonlien to Barberton at concession rate.

According to his Death Certificate, he married in Johannesburg.

He then probaby worked in the mines possibly Cinderella Mine. My father FBW indicated he worked in the coal mines and that he was in one of the 3D pictures we have. Frank met and married May Williams. Frank Williams said his father died before or shortly after he was born. On FBW's birth certificate on 20 October 1915, his father was an undergorund miner and living at 60 Fifth St Boksburg North. Also it would appear that Frank and Gwilym bought 40 acres south of Cinderella Mine in Transvaal South Africa about 28 March 1916 and Frankie and Frank are mentioned in a letter on 24 September 1916. In January 1918, only Frankie is mentioned in a letter and no Frank. He died of a mining related disease according to the family and this was confirmed by his death documents. There is no death date in the family bible.

There is a South African record in the National Archives Repository ( Public records of the former Transvaal Province and its predecessors as well as magistrates and local authorities) TAB Source MHG Type LEER Volume No 0 System 01 Reference 32890 Part 1 Description Frank Bernard Goulding Starting 1917 and ending 1917 Remarks Surviving spouse Mary Margaret Louisa Goulding (Born) Williams. This will be the application by his wife for his estate. His death cerfificate was in these documents confirming his death as 13 August 1917 at 33 10th St. Boxburg North. He also had an estate of under 300 pounds in moveable property and his wife was paid 35 pound 18 shillings and 5 pence from the estate. His wife was present at his death. His funeral expenses were 17 Pound 17 Shillings by Eastern Funeral Directors operated by J.R. Draper and Co. Of this the Phthisis Board paid 15 pounds.

The National Archives of South Africa Database: All Archives Repositories and National Registers of non-puplic records (NAAIRS) has the following reference: Depot NAB, Source MSCE, Volume No 0, System 01, Reference 3148/1918, Part 1,Description Richards, Mary Margaret Louisa. (Born Williams) (S/S Philip Gentle) (Predeseased Spouse:- Goulding, Frank Bernard, Starting 1918, Ending 1918. This document is a Death Notice for his wife May. It indicates Frank died from Miners' Phthisis 13 August 1917 and so May receivied a monthly allocation of 8 Pound a month from the Phthisis Board of Johannesburg. Pneumoconiosis is a condition caused by deposition of large amounts of particulate matter in the lungs and by tissue reaction to its presence. In coal workers it is caused by coal dust and is also called coal miner's lungs, miner's lung, black phthisis or miner's phthisis.


Frank married Mary (May) Margaret Louisa WILLIAMS, daughter of Gwilym WILLIAMS and Mary MORGAN, about 1914 in Johannesburg, South Africa. (Mary (May) Margaret Louisa WILLIAMS was born on 26 Jul 1891 in West Wallsend, NSW and died on 23 Oct 1918 in Boksburg Hospital, Boksburg, Transvaal now Gauteng, South Africa.)

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