Corporal Edward Patten Scarborough

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Thank you to Lenka Cathersides for the following research.

Edward Patten Scarborough Birth Registration Transcription © findmypast.co.uk
Edward Patten Scarborough Baptism Certificate © findmypast.co.uk

Edward Patten Scarborough was born on the 6th of November 1879 in Brixton, London to electrical engineer Thomas Patten Scarborough and Sarah Scarborough nee Jones. He was baptised on the 28th of December 1879 at St John the Evangelist’s church in Westminster. At the time of the baptism the family lived at 12 Bythorn Terrace, Brixton, London. Thomas Patten was working as an electrician.

Edward Patten Scarborough 1891 Census © findmypast.co.uk

At the time of the 1891 Census, the family lived at 16 Reaburn Street, Brixton. Thomas was working as an electrical engineer and Sarah was looking after their children: Edward, Thomas and Jane.

Edward’s mother Sarah Scarborough died in 1900 in the Registration District of Lambeth, London.

Edward Patten Scarborough attested in Guildhall, London on the 4th of January 1900 into the H Coy, Infantry Battalion of the City of London Imperial Volunteers (CIV). He attested for one year with the Colours. He was a Private and his attestation service number was 607. At the time of his attestation he was working as an engineer’s assistant. The ‘CIVs’ was a British corps of volunteers during the Second Boer War. Its infantry and mounted infantry divisions were composed of men recruited mainly from existing volunteer regiments in London and Middlesex. Edward Patten had previously belonged to the 4th Volunteer Battalion of the Queen’s Royal West Surrey Regiment.

He had been previously rejected as unfit for Her Majesty’s Service in the Navy on account of defective teeth. It was the rule that a recruit must have sufficient teeth to masticate his food. http://www.historyofdentistry.group/volumes/vol%207%20number%202.pdf

Edward had a dark complexion, brown eyes and hazel hair.

From the 4th of January 1900 to the 19th of January 1900 he served in the home service. From the 20th of January 1900 to the 29th of October 1900 he served in the Second Boer War.

Edward wounded his foot in action at Diamond Hill on the 12th of June 1900. The Battle of Diamond Hill (Donkerhoek) took place on the 11th and 12th of June 1900 during the Second Boer War.

From the 31st of October 1900 to the 31st of December 1900 he served in the home service.

On the 31st of December 1900 Edward Patten Scarborough was discharged as medically unfit for further service. He received the Queen’s South Africa medal.

Edward Patten Scarborough & Rosetta Florence Pegg Wedding Certificate © findmypast.co.uk

Edward Patten Scarborough married Rosetta Florence Pegg, by Banns, on the 14th of April 1906 at St Giles’ Church, Camberwell, London. At the time of their marriage Edward lived at 89 Coldharbour Lane, Camberwell and was working as an electrician. Rosetta Florence lived at 86 Grove Lane, Camberwell. Rosetta was born about 1880 in Camberwell, London to carpenter George Pegg, born about 1847 in Islington, Middlesex and Mary Anne Pegg.

Edward Patten had five children: Margaret Sarah born about 1907; Thomas George born about 1908, both in Deptford, London; Edward born about 1910; Rose L. born in the 3rd quarter of 1912 and Mary J. born in the 4th quarter of 1915, all born in the Registration District of Camberwell, London.

Edward Patten Scarborough 1911 Census © findmypast.co.uk

At the time of the 1911 Census, the family lived at 4 Wyndham Road, Camberwell, London. Edward was a wireman (electrical engineer & contractor) and Rosetta was looking after their children: Margaret, Thomas and Edward. The accommodation had two rooms.

At the outbreak of the WW1 Edward Patten Scarborough re-joined the Army as an ex non-commissioned officer for training purposes. He enlisted in London into the 8th Battalion the Queen’s Royal West Surrey Regiment. He was a Corporal with service number S/1016. At the time of his enlistment he lived in Camberwell, London.

He was with the 8th Battalion the Queen’s Royal West Surrey Regiment at Shoreham and Worthing, and then with the 3rd Battalion at Chatham.

He went to France in June 1916.

At the time of his death he was part of the 1st Battalion the Queen’s Royal West Surrey Regiment.

Edward Patten Scarborough Death Notice © Dorking Advertiser findmypast.co.uk

Edward Patten Scarborough was killed in an action on the 25th of September 1917 in Belgium.

Edward Patten Scarborough Burial Return Form © CWGC.org

His body was exhumed and re-buried at the Hooge Crater Cemetery. His grave reference number is: XI.K.8. He was identified by a pay book and a disc.

Edward Patten Scarborough Medal Roll Index Card © ancestry.co.uk
Edward Patten Scarborough British War Medal and Victory Medal Award Roll © ancestry.co.uk

Edward Patten received the British War and Victory medals.

Edward Patten Scarborough Soldiers Effects © ancestry.co.uk

Edward Patten’s wife Rosetta Florence Scarborough received £3 and 6s on the 18th of February 1918 and a further £8 on the 24th of October 1919 in Soldier’s Effects.

According to the 1918 Kelly’s Directory, Edward Patten’s father Thomas Patten Scarborough was a tobacconist at 21 High Street Buildings in Dorking.

Thomas Patten Scarborough of 21 High Street Buildings, Dorking died on the 9th of February 1928 in the Registration District of Dorking. He left to his wife Mary Eleanor Scarborough and his son Thomas Patten Scarborough £2403, 8s and 4d in the Probate.

Scarborough Family History

Edward Patten’s father Thomas Patten Scarborough was born about 1851 in Chester, Cheshire to brass worker and gas fitter James Scarborough, born about 1828 in Liverpool, Lancashire and Jane Scarborough, born about 1826 in Liverpool, Lancashire. At the time of the 1871 Census, Thomas Patten was working as an electric bell hanger.

Edward Patten’s mother Sarah Jones was born about 1853 in Westminster, Middlesex to gas fitter Edward Jones, born about 1823 in Cheshire and Mary Ann Jones, born about 1823 in Cheshire.

Thomas Patten Scarborough and Sarah Jones married in April 1878 at St John the Evangelist’s church in Westminster, Middlesex. At the time of their marriage the couple lived at Bessborough Gardens in Westminster and Thomas Patten was working as an electrician.

Edward Patten Scarborough had two known siblings: Thomas Patten Scarborough born about 1884 and Jane Scarborough born about 1889, both in Brixton, London.

At the time of the 1901 Census, the widowed Thomas Patten Scarborough lived at 16 Reaburn Street, Lambeth, London. He was working as an electrical engineer. The household further comprised of his children: electrical engineers Edward and Thomas, and Jane. The family was looked after by a housekeeper.

Thomas remarried to Mary Eleanor Brown, by Licence, on the 9th of April 1902 at Birkenhead, Cheshire. Mary Eleanor Brown was born about 1869 in Birkenhead, Cheshire.

Edward Patten Scarborough had three known half siblings: Robert born about 1903; Charles born about 1906 and Gertrude born about 1910, all in Brixton, Lambeth, London.

At the time of the 1911 Census, Edward Patten’s father, electrical engineer, Thomas Patten Scarborough lived at 16 Raeburn Street, Brixton, Lambeth, London. The household further comprised of his wife Mary Eleanor and their children: Robert Patten, Charles Patten and Gertrude Ellen. Mary Eleanor stated that she had given birth to four children of whom three were still alive. The accommodation had six rooms.

Born                            Brixton
Lived                           Camberwell

Son of                         Thomas Patten and Sarah (nee Jones) Scarborough
Husband of                 Rosetta Florence Pegg

Enlisted                       London

Regiment                     1st Battalion, The Queen’s Royal West Surrey Regiment
Number                       S/1106

Date of Death              27th September 1917
Place of Death             Flanders
Cause of Death           Killed in Action

Age                             37

Cemetery                    Hooge Crater Cemetery, Zillebeke, Belgium