Person:Frank May (8)

Frank May
m. 24 Jun 1884
  1. William May1884 - 1884
  2. Winifred Kate May1885 - 1950
  3. Louisa May1887 - 1963
  4. Alice Maud Mary May1888 - 1938
  5. Frank May1889 - 1947
  6. Harry Hutchings May1890 - 1956
  7. William Richard May1891 - 1960
  8. Bertram Stanley May1895 - 1975
m. 29 Jan 1945
Facts and Events
Name Frank May
Gender Male
Birth[1] 1 May 1889 Plymouth, Devon, England
Census[2] 5 Apr 1891 Plymouth, Devon, England11 John Street
Census[3] 31 Mar 1901 Plymouth, Devon, EnglandPear Tree Cottage, 21 John Street
Census[6] 29 Sep 1939 Plymouth, Devon, England1 Pear Tree Cottages, John Street
Marriage 29 Jan 1945 Plymouth, Devon, Englandto Elsie Brown
Death[4][5] 4 Jun 1947 Plymouth, Devon, England

Frank May was born on 1st May 1889 at Plymouth in Devon, son of a domestic servant named Louisa Kate May, formerly Harry, and her husband William May, a compositor printer. He appears in the 1891 and 1901 censuses living with his parents and siblings at Pear Tree Cottages, which stood behind 21 John Street in Plymouth. His paternal grandparents lived next door at 19 John Street.

Frank joined the Royal Navy on his seventeenth birthday, 1 May 1906, although he claimed it was his eighteenth birthday. At the time he joined up he was working as an errand boy and he was described as being 5' 4¼" tall with dark hair, grey eyes and a fair complexion. He served in the Navy for thirteen years, serving continuously through the First World War. He left the Navy on 9th April 1919.

Frank returned to Plymouth. He settled down with an Elsie Norsworthy, formerly Brown, who was separated from her husband. Frank and Elsie had a daughter and a son together in the 1920s. At the outbreak of the Second World War they were living at 1 Pear Tree Cottages, where Frank had lived as a child. At this time Frank was working as a general labourer, and also serving as an Air Raid Precautions warden - a role which would be severely tested over the course of the war, with Plymouth being one of the most heavily bombed towns, especially in early 1941.

Frank and Elsie did eventually marry, in 1945. She died the following year, aged 52. Frank survived Elsie by about a year. He died on 4th June 1947, aged 58.

  1. Births index, in General Register Office. England and Wales Civil Registration. (London: General Register Office), Primary quality.

    b. Frank MAY, June Quarter 1889, Plymouth Registration District, Vol. 5b, page 287

  2. General Register Office. The National Archives (TNA): Public Record Office (PRO) RG 12 General Register Office: 1891 Census Schedules, Class RG12; Piece 1726; Folio 14; Page 21, 5 Apr 1891, Primary quality.
    Address11 John Street, Plymouth (Charles), Devon
    Rooms occupied3
    NameRelation to headMarital statusSexAgeImplied birthdateOccupationStatusBirthplace
    William Mayheadmarriedmale301860/1Printers CompositoremployedDevonport, Devon
    Louisa Maywifemarriedfemale331857/8Dartmouth, Devon
    Winnifred Maydaughtersinglefemale61884/5ScholarPlymouth, Devon
    Louisa Maydaughtersinglefemale41886/7ScholarPlymouth, Devon
    Alice Maydaughtersinglefemale31887/8ScholarPlymouth, Devon
    Frank Maysonsinglemale21888/9Plymouth, Devon
    Harry Maysonsinglemale11889/90Plymouth, Devon
  3. General Register Office. The National Archives (TNA): Public Record Office (PRO) RG 13 General Register Office: 1901 Census Schedules, Class RG13; Piece 2103; Folio 11; Page 13, 31 Mar 1901, Primary quality.
    AddressPear Tree Cott[age], 21 John Street, Plymouth, Devon
    Rooms occupied4
    NameRelation to headMarital statusSexAgeImplied birthdateOccupationStatusBirthplace
    William Mayheadmarriedmale401860/1Letterpress PrinterworkerDevonport, Devon
    Louisa Maywifemarriedfemale431857/8Dartmouth, Devon
    Winifred Maydaughterfemale151885/6General Servant (Domestic)workerPlymouth, Devon
    Louisa Maydaughterfemale141886/7General Servant DomesticworkerPlymouth, Devon
    Frank Maysonmale111889/90Plymouth, Devon
    Alice Maydaughterfemale131887/8Plymouth, Devon
    Harry Maysonmale101890/1Plymouth, Devon
    William Maysonmale91891/2Plymouth, Devon
    Bertram Maysonmale61894/5Plymouth, Devon
  4. Deaths index, in General Register Office. England and Wales Civil Registration. (London: General Register Office), Primary quality.

    d. Frank MAY, June Quarter 1947, Plymouth Registration District, Volume 7a, page 621, aged 59 [1887/8]

  5. Principal Probate Registry. National Probate Calendar (Index of Wills and Administrations),1858 onwards. (London: Probate Service), Primary quality.

    MAY Frank of 19 John-street Plymouth died 4 June 1947 Administration London 26 September to Ronald May labourer. Effects £2346 15s. 9d.

  6. General Register Office. 1939 Register, Primary quality.

    Address: 1 Pear Tree Cottages, John Street, Plymouth, Devon
    MAY Frank, male, b. 1 May 1889, married, general labourer A.R.P.
    MAY Elsie, female, b. 30 Apr 1894, married, unpaid domestic duties
    MAY [crossed out and replaced: STOREY] Ruth, female, b. 31 Dec 1922, single, tailoress
    MAY, Ronald, male, b. 1 Nov 1925, single, at school