Found on a boat to Lagos

Following up on Friday’s post, I am fairly certain that I have found my grandfather on several of his trips to Nigeria.

The Outbound Passenger Lists at Findmypast showed 4 entries during the 1920′s of H Hedges travelling from Liverpool to Lagos, Nigeria.

I bought some vouchers and looked at the images and this is what I have found:

11th October 1922. Travelled on ship Elmina of the African Steam Ship Co. under master David Evans from Liverpool to Lagos, Nigeria. He travelled 1st Class. His address in the United Kingdom was 68 Walton Street, London. He was age 25 and his occupation was a Proof Reader.

18th June 1924. Travelled on ship Zaria of the British African S.N. Co. under master A. Beith from Liverpool to Lagos, Nigeria. He travelled 1st Class. His address in the United Kingdom was 68 Walton Street, London. He was age 27 and his occupation was a reader.

14th July 1926. Travelled on ship Zaria of the British African S.N. Co. under master A. Beith from Liverpool to Lagos, Nigeria. He travelled 1st Class. His address in the United Kingdom was 68 Walton Street, London. He was age 29 and his occupation was a reader.

8th August 1928. Travelled on ship Appam of the Elder Dempster Line under master A. Beith from Liverpool to Lagos, Nigeria. He travelled 1st Class. His address in the United Kingdom was 41 Rosavelle Road Fulham, London. He was age 31 and his occupation was a Proof Reader.

I know that Henry worked for Crown Agents and was Superintendant of Government Press 3 in Kaduna, Northern Nigeria in 1935, so this would seem to all tie in.

Each trip has an age for Henry and a date. By combining all the dates and ages that I have for him, I can narrow his date of birth down to between 12th October 1896 and 1st April 1897, so this matches my previous est 1897.

Checking the Births, Marriages, Deaths Indexes, there are 2 births of Henry Hedges registered in the Oct-Nov-Dec 1896, Jan-Feb-Mar 1897 and Apr-May-Jun 1897. One registered in St Saviour in Oct-Nov-Dec 1896 has a father John, the other registered in Jan-Feb-Mar in Marylebone 1897 has a father Henry. My grandfather’s father was also Henry, so I think it’s
starting to look very positive.

I have added a couple of new pages on my family tree website for Northern Provinces News and Crown Agents so that I can collect the information online in one place.

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