Herbert Leonard Pond

Census Address: 1 Tinwell Road
Place of Birth: Stamford
Date of Birth: 1897
Enlistment Address: --
Regiment: --
Service Numbers: --
Place of Death: --
Date Died: --
1 Tinwell Road, Stamford
Rutland Villas, Stamford

Rutland Villas, Stamford

At the time of the census in 1891 and also in 1901 the Pond family lived at No 11 Rutland Villas on the south side of Tinwell Road. By 1911 they had moved just to the east of the Villas to 1 Tinwell Road.

In 1911 the family consisted of parents, Harry and Annie Eliza; 3 sons – Harold (Arthur) 25, Oliver George 24, Herbert Leonard 15 and a daughter Mabel Annie 19. Another child had died. There was also a visitor Emily Thorpe, a florist’s assistant. The baptisms of all the children were recorded on the Stamford Circuit (Methodist). Herbert Leonard, was born in 1895 and baptised in February 1896.

Herbert Leonard’s father had been a Solicitor’s clerk but by 1911 he was working as a rates collector for the Corporation. He was also Clerk of the Markets. Shortly after the census both of the older boys joined the 4th E Anglian Brigade RFA of the Territorial Army. Harold was a Clerk for Messrs Hunt (brewers) and Oliver was a Clerk with Messrs Richardsons (estate agents) having trained as an architect. Presumably they both saw service in WW I although their records have not been found.

Oliver married in Essex in 1914 and probably moved away from Stamford but Harold remained in the town dying aged 40 in 1926. Mabel (who was a shop assistant in 1911) married Charles Rodgers in 1919. Charles had a jeweller’s business at 5 Red Lion Square.

Most unusually, Herbert Leonard is recorded on the census as ‘feeble-minded’ – this information was probably released in error but does suggest that he was unlikely to have served in the War. His father died in 1930 and his mother in 1936 – her address was still 1 Tinwell Road. Mabel and Charles Rodgers then lived at that address and Herbert was living here with them in 1939.

[A ‘Hubert Leonard Pond’ died in 1972 – there were several Pond families in Stamford so this may or may not be Herbert]