NameAlice Maud STANIFORTH , Step G Grandmother
Birth1873, Dartmouth, Devon
Burial23 Dec 1964
FatherSamuel STANIFORTH (~1831-1909)
Birth17 Feb 1865, Hounslow, Middlesex, England
Baptism30 Aug 1867, Hounslow, Middlesex, England
DeathDec 1930
FatherHenry SYMONDSON (SIMMONDS) (1832-1911)
MotherBarbara MILLS (1839-1924)
Marriage7 Apr 1894
ChildrenAlfred Stuart (1895-1971)
 Sidney Gordon (1896-1967)
 Muriel Grace O. (1901-1990)
 Sybil Clara (1907-2004)
 Violet Marcella Joan (1909-1993)
 Charles Alexander (1910-1922)
 Florence B (~1912-~1915)
Notes for Alice Maud STANIFORTH
In the April to June 1873 birth index Alice Maud Staniforth, Totnes district, Devon, volume 5b, page 174

In the 1881 census Ilfracombe civil parish, Devon Barnstable registration district, Ilfracombe at No. 7 Church St.
Sarah Staniforth, head, married, age 50, shopkeeper, born Brixham, Devon.
Daughter Elizabeth Staniforth, age 15, shop assistant, born Dartmouth, Devon.
Son Sidney Staniforth, age 12, born Dartmouth.
Daughter Olive Staniforth age 12, born Dartmouth.
Daughter Alice Staniforth, age 7 born Dartmouth.

In the 1891 census, Chertsey civil and ecclesiastical parish, Surrey at 52 Station Rd.
Samuel H. Staniforth, head, married, age 29, Police Constable born Dartmouth, Devon.
Wife, Ellen N. Staniforth, age 29 born Combe Martin.
Daughter Florence M. Staniforth age 11, born Ilfracombe, Devon.
Son Arthur G? Staniforth age 8, born Ilfracombe.
Son Frank V. Staniforth age 5 born Ilfracombe.
Sister Alice M. Staniforth, single, age 18, dressmaker, born Dartmouth.

In the Surrey Electoral Registers 1936
15 Charlotte Road, Mitcham, Surrey
Alice Maude Symondson
Muriel Symondson
Sybil Clara Symondson

In the London Electoral Registers 1964 and 1965
15 Charlotte Road, Wallington, Mitcham, Surrey
Ann R. Nash [granddaughter]
Violet M. J. Nash [daughter]
Alice M. Symondson [mother]
Muriel Grace O. Symondson [daughter]
In the 1964 entry only Charles W. Nash

In the October to December, 1964 death index, Alice M. Symondson, age 90, Surrey North Eastern district, Surrey, volume 5g, page 595.

Alice Aud Symondson buried on December 23, 1964, Sutton
Notes for Alfred Stuart (Spouse 1)

1865 Alfred Stuart Symondson born in Hounslow, Middlesex, England (now in Greater London) His father Henry Symondson was a Staff Sgt. in the Militia. His mother is Barbara Symondson (nee Mills).

1871 Living 4 Militia Cottage, Isleworth with his parents and 3 brothers.

1881 Living at 25 Lion & Lamb Road with his parents and brothers and sisters. Alfred is a musician P. Staff 4th Middlesex Militia. Later that year he joined the 11th Hussars as a musician, using the name Alfred Stewart Simmonds.

October 1881 to late 1883 - Sometime in this period the Band of the 11th Hussars is posted to Leeds.

1884 June. Married Emily Margaret Lowe at the parish church in Leeds.

1884 July Alfred Henry Percy Simmonds born. Emily’s address is 15 Spring Hill Terrace, Headingly, Leeds.

1888 Constance Elizabeth Simmonds is born in Leeds. Address 2 Armenia Place, Leeds. Baptism gives address as 1 Brunswick Row [Leeds, Yorkshire]

1890 Transfers as a musician to the 3rd Regiment of Foot, Scots Guards, 1st Battalion based in London.

1890 Son Albert Edwin Simmonds is born, he is baptized at Aldershot.

1891 Son Albert Edwin Simmonds dies.

1891 Living at 24 Victoria Model Dwellings, Francis Street, Westminster London, England with Emily and Constance. Percy is in Leeds living with his grandmother, Emily’s mother, Sarah Lowe.

1892 October. Emily Simmonds dies from complications of child birth. Presumably this 4th child does not survive.

1894 Alfred Stuart Symondson marries Alice Maud Staniforth

1895 Son Alfred S. Symondson is born. Now he has two sons whose first name is the same as his, Alfred S. Symondson and Alfred H. Percy Simmonds.

1896 Son Sidney Gordon Symondson is born.

1901 Living in 104 Coleshill Buildings, Westminster last name Symondson with his wife Alice, daughter Constance and sons Stuart (Percy S.) and Gordon (Sidney G). His son A. H. Percy Simmonds is living with his aunt, (Emily’s sister Edith Patience Jewell (nee Lowe)) and his grandmother, Emily’s mother.)

1901 Daughter Muriel Symondson is born.

1904 His son A. H. Percy Simmonds emigrates to Canada and later settles in Keatley, Saskatchewan, Canada.

1907 Daughter Sybil Symondson is born

1908 Daughter Constance Simmonds, married in Guiseley near Leeds.

1909 Daughter Violet Symondson is born

1910 Son Charles Alexander Symondson is born

1911 Probable year of his father Henry’s death.

1911 Living at 104 Coleshill Buildlngs, Pimlico Road, London with wife Alice, sons Stuart, Gordon and Charles as well as daughters Muriel, Sybil and Violet.

1912 Came to Canada with the Scots Guards Band.

1912 Daughter Florence Symondson is born.

1914 Lived at 23 Cambridge Street, Warwick Street, Pimlico, London.

1914 Son Sidney Gordon Symondson in the 11th Hussars band with a rank of Boy.

1915 Death of daughter Florence Symondson.

1915 Summer. Son A. H. Percy Simmonds training with the Canadian Army in England.

1916 June 2 Son A. H. Percy Simmonds badly wounded in France then becomes prisoner of war.

1917 9 days in May and later 29 days in August/September in France with Scots Guards Band.

1919 May 7 discharged from Scots Guards. (He continued to serve after retirement in 1914)

1920 to 1927 Living at 23 Cambridge Street, near Buckingham Palace Road. Listed in the Electoral register Sydney Gordon Symondson (who had also been living here since 2 years earlier) Alfred Stuart Symondson, and after women could vote Alice Maud Symondson is also listed.

1922 Death of son Charles Alexander Symondson.

1928 Son S. Gordon Symondson emigrates to Prince Albert, Saskatchewan, Canada. He probably is unaware his half brother A. H. Percy Simmonds has settled in the same province.

1930 Death of Alfred Stuart Symondson in London.

1937 Son Sydney Gordon and his family return to England

1964 Death of Alice Maude Symondson.


In the 1865 birth index for January to March, Alfred Stuart Symondson Brentford District volume 3a page 49.

His birth certificate states the following:
Registration District Brentford, sub district Isleworth in the County of Middlesex
Born February 17, 1865 Alfred Stuart Symondson
Father Henry Symondson, Staff Sergeant in the 4th Middlesex Militia
Mother Barbara Symondson formerly Mills
Residence Militia Barracks, Isleworth, Heston
Birth Registered February 27, 1845

Parish records Holy Trinity, Hounslow, Baptism August 30, 1867 Alfred Stuart Symondson, parents Henry and Barbara Symondson, born February 17, 1865, abode Hounslow, father’s occupation Band Sergeant of the 4th Middlesex Militia. His brother Sydney Frederick was baptized the same day.

In the 1871 census Henry Simmons living at 4 Militia Cottage, Isleworth civil parish, Brentford District, Holy Trinity parish, Hounslow, Middlesex age 38, born at St Pancras, Middlesex, occupation Staff Sgt. Midx Militia.
Wife Barbara Simmons, age 31 born Heston.
Children Henry John Simmons age 10,
Sydney Fred Simmons age 8,
Alfred Stewart Simmons age 6 and
Herbert George Simmons age 3.

In the 1881 census living at 25 Lion & Lamb Road Heston civil parish, Brentford District, Isleworth sub district.
Henry Simmonds married age 48, born at St. Pancras, Middlesex, occupation Foreman and Clerk? to Brickmaker.
Wife Barbara Simmonds age 40 born Hounslow, Middlesex.
Children Sidney F. Simmonds, unmarried, age 18, born Hounslow, Middlesex, occupation pupil teacher.
Alfred S. Simmonds, age 16, born Hounslow, Middlesex, occupation Musician P. Staff 4th Mx Militia.
Herbert G. Simmonds age 12 born at born Hounslow, Middlesex.
Marcella F. Simmonds age 7, born Hounslow, Middlesex.
Louisa G. Simmonds age 5, born Hounslow, Middlesex.
Amy B. Simmonds age 2, born Hounslow, Middlesex.
Henry J. Simmonds, age 20, born Hounslow, Middlesex, Musician Scots Guards.
[Lion and Lamb Road seems to be an extension or a part of High Street Brentford.]

A marriage for an Alfred Simmonds is listed in the Leeds GRO 1884 June index volume 9b page 639.

In the 1891 census living at 24 Victoria Model Dwellings, Francis Street, Civil Parish: St Margaret and St John The Evangelist Westminster Ecclesiastical parish: St Stephens, London, England.
Alfred S. Simmonds, married, age 26, occupation Musician, 1st Battalion of Scots Guards, born at Hounslow, Middlesex.
Emily M. Simmonds age 24, born at Harewood, Yorkshire.
Daughter Constance E. Simmonds, age 3, born at Leeds, Yorkshire.
[The head of almost every family living in the Victoria Dwellings was a soldier of the Scot Guards or Grenadier Guards. A number of them were musicians. They are also refered to as soldiers married quarters.The next building listed on the census is listed as the Guards Industrial Home 47 Frances Street, which is a school to maintain, educate, and train (up to 17 years of age) for domestic service the daughters of non-commissioned Officers and men of the Guards.]
[Francis Street is behind Westminster Cathedral, not to be confused with Westminster Abbey.]

In the April to June 1894 marriage index Alfred Stuart Symondson St George Hanover Square, London, Middlesex volume 1a page 838, on the same page as Alice Maude Staniforth.

In the 1901 census living at 104 Coleshill Bldgs. Civil Parish St George and Hanover Square, Ecclesiastical Parish St Barnabas, Westminster, London.
Head Alfred Symondson, married, age 36, born at Hounslow, Middlesex, occupation musician (Scots Guards)
Wife Alice Symondson age 27, born at Dartmouth, Devon.
Daughter Constance Symondson, age 13 born at Leeds, Yorkshire.
Son Stuart Symondson age 6 born at Pimlico, London and
son Gordon Symondson age 4 born Pimlico.
[The Coleshill Buildings seem to be located at the corner of Ebury Street and Pimlico Road.They wer built as model dwellings for working class people in 1871.]

London Electoral Registers 1901
Alfred Stuart Symondson, 103 Coleshill Buildings, St. George Hanover Square, Westminster, dwellinghouse

London Electoral Registers 1904
Alfred Stuart Symondson, 104 Coleshill Buildings, St. George Hanover Square, Westminster, dwellinghouse

In the 1911 census living at 104 Coleshill Buildings, Pimlico Road, London.
Alfred Symondson, head, age 43, married, Musician H. M. Scots Guards, born Hounslow, Middlesex.
Wife Alice Symondson, age 36, married 17 years, 6 children born alive, all living, born Dartmouth, Devon.
Son Alfred Symondson, age 16, single, Musician H. M. Scots Guards, born London, Middlesex.
Son Sidney Symondson, age 14, Musical student, born London, Middlesex.
Daughter Muriel Symondson, age 9, born London.
Daughter Sybil Symondson, age 3, born London.
Daughter Violet Symondson, age 2, born London.
Son Alexander Symondson, age 1 born London. They are living in a 3-room tenement

Canadian Passenger lists arrived August 24, 1912 In Montreal aboard the Megantic, which departed from Liverpool. Alfred S. Symondson, age 46, Scots Guards Band, destination Toronto, Ontario. [There were a total of 40 Scots Guards Musicians listed]

London Electoral Registers 1923, 1925, 1927
23 Cambridge Street, Westminster
Alfred Stuart Symondson
Alice Maud Symondson
Sidney Gordon Symondson

London Electoral Registers 1929
Alfred Stuart Symondson
Alfred Stuart Symondson (junr.)
May Florence Symondson [Not sure who May is?]
Helen Bright, Frederick Bright, Gwendoline Annie Mary Gee, Charles Ladbrook and Dorothy Saunders
[No Alice Maude Symondson]

London Electoral Registers 1929
Alfred Stuart Symondson
May Florence Symondson [Not sure who May is?]
Some others
[No Alice Maude Symondson]

Army Form E. 529 Dated October 7, 1881
Regimental Number 9984n Alfred Stuart Simmonds a drummer in the 5th Battalion Ron?: Fusiliers late 4 Middlesex Regiment of Militia is discharged from his Militia Engagement dated January 23, 1880 for the purpose enlisting in Her Majesty’s Regular Forces. The Regimental Number 8523 Scots Guards is added years later to the top of the form.

His attestation papers state the following. Dated October 10, 1881 at Hounslow. Reg No 1958
Name is Alfred Stewart Simmonds.
Born at Heston Parish, Hounslow, Middlesex. Age 16 years 8 months
Occupation is Musician
Enlisted in the 11th Hussars for 12 years
Height 5 feet 7.1 inches. Weight 141 pounds, blue eyes, light brown hair
Church of England

His service papers state the following.

Statement of services with the 11th Hussars [Name given as Alfred Stewart Simmonds alias Alfred Stuart Symondson]
Attested Bandsman October 10, 1881
Appointed trumpeter April 21, 1882
Good conduct pay at 1 February 19, 1887 (1884?)
Reverts to Private at own request and appointed Bandsman April 14, 1888
Good conduct pay at 2 Feb 19, 1889
Appointed Lance Corporal September 19, 1889
Transferred to Scots Guards to serve with elder brother February 7, 1890
Regimental Number: 11th Hussars 1958,
Regimental Number:Scots Guards 8523
Transferred Private February 14, 1890
Re-engaged at London to complete 21 years with the colours October 9, 1893
Good Conduct Pay at 3rd October 10, 1893
Agrees to come under the new rules messing allowance contained in Royal Warrant March 31, 1898
Good Conduct pay at 4th February 18, 1899
Good Conduct pay at 5th October 10, 1902
Permitted to continue in service beyond 21 years October 1, 1902
Elected to draw service pay under conditions ??? as laid down in A.O. 66 of 02 Class 1 Rate 7th April 1, 1904
Granted 6th Good Conduct Badge October 10, 1907
Elected under Army Order 1 of 1918 to draw pension while still serving from August 8, 1914
Discharged May 7, 1919 at London
Home address 23 Cambridge Street, London SW1
Service 37 years 210 days
Pension starting on August 5, 1914 for 33 years 299 days

His Military History Sheet states the following
Stationed at home 10 Oct. 1881 to 21 May 1917 (35 years 224 days)
Stationed in France 22 May 1917 to 30 May, 1917 (9 days)
Stationed at home 31 May, 1917 to 27 Aug, 1917 (89 days)
Stationed British Exp. Force, France 28 Aug, 1917 to 25 Sep 1917 (29 days)
Stationed at home 26 Sept 1917
There is a stamp on this sheet dated 16 Feb 1918. [Perhaps this his end of service]
Next of kin are listed wife Alice Maud, Barbara Simmonds (mother), Henry Simmonds, [this would be his father] Henry Simmonds, Sidney Simmonds, Herbert Simmonds (brothers) ????? Simmonds, Louisa Simmonds, Amy Simmonds (sisters) - (????, Middlesex)
Medal for Long service and Good Conduct 10 April 1908
Marriage [scratched out] Emily Margaret Lowe, parish Church Leeds, 14th, June 1884
Marriage Alice Maude Staniforth, register Office St. ??? ???? Square 7th [or 4th] April, 1894
Certificates of Education 2nd class 6 Nov 1882 [or 1883?]
Children 1st marriage Alfred H. P. born 12 October 1884 [this date is incorrect], Constance E born 22 March, 1888
Children 2nd marriage Alfred S, born 7 Feb 1895, Sidney C? Born 9 May, 1896, Muriel G. O. born 3 Sep, 1901, Sybil born 9 Aug, 1907, Violet M. J. 5 Feb, 1909, Charles A. born 20 Feb, 1910.

Continuation sheet states he was discharged on termination of second period of engagement 7 5 19 (37 years 210 days service)

Listing in the October to December 1930 death index, Alfred S. Symondson, age 65, Chelsea district, London, volume 1a, page 425.

His medal card states
Alfred S. Symondson, S. Gds [regiment] Pte [Rank] 8523 [Regimental No.]
Victory Medal and British Medal Roll SG/104 B8 page 1076
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