This one of my Kingdon military men had been a problem for many years with confusion about which John he was as all I had was a RMLI reference? Preparing my records for posting here made me look again and lo and behold his Devon Militia service records popped up which have proved who he was!
Kingdon, John: Private, #4217, Devon Militia, 4th Battalion, Devonshire Regiment.
Kingdon, John: Private, #11642, Royal Marine Light Infantry, Plymouth Division; ADM 159/150;
Notes: John Kingdon, born in Molland, South Molton, residing in Bishops Nympton, a single Labourer claiming to be age 18 (b.1884) enlisted in the Devon Militia for Attestation in Barnstaple on 23.04.1902; He was declared fit on 24.04.1902 in Exeter & completed 49 days’ enlistment drill before joining the Royal Marines on 17.07.1902; His Military History Sheet records his Father as Henry John Kingdon, Brewery Cottages, Molland, South Molton; The record shows that he has 2 brothers – an older, Albert Henry of Ash Mills, Rose Ash & a younger Thomas Charles living with parents;
There are no further service records available.
I did find ADM records for a John Kingdon born 29.06.1884, with no birthplace, but I cannot find any suitable John Kingdon candidates born in that year in any ancestry records? The nearest John Kingdon birth is however, one born in South Molton in June 1885;
The ADM records in our National Archives state that this John Kingdon joined the RMLI, Plymouth Division on 17.07.1902, served in WW1 & was Discharged to Pension; At the time of his medal issue, this Soldier was serving at the Royal Marine Barracks in Plymouth;
Further research revealed in The British Army Marriage & Death Records, an ‘approved with permission Marriage’ between John Kingdon & Margaret Tooze on 11.10.1919 in Bampton Parish Church, Devon; I presume this permission was given by his Royal Marine Commanding Officer?
Further Notes: Based on this information, subsequent research indicates that this is actually John Kingdon, born 29.06.1885 in Molland, (baptised there 13.12.1885), a son of Henry John Kingdon, a Farm Labourer (b.1857 Shoreditch, London) & Sarah Jane Wright, (b.1860 Rose Ash, Devon), who were married in 1883 in South Molton, Devon; [John Kingdon, for the record, is the Grandson of Henry Kingdon (b.1837 South Molton) & Elizabeth Perryman, (b.1834 Bishops Nympton, Devon), who married 19.05.1857 in Bishopsgate, London];
In the 1891 Census John Kingdon age 5 lives with his parents at Copphall Cottage in Molland, Devon; In the 1901 Census John Kingdon is aged 15, living with parents in Molland, Devon & working as an Agricultural Horse Teamster; I did not locate this John Kingdon in the 1911 Census as he was serving with the RMLI, despite having trawled every Royal Marine location in that Census;
John Kingdon, #11642 Royal Marines, then married Margaret Tooze (b.20.06.1895) in Bampton, Devon on 11.10.1919. They had 5 children up to 1934.
In 1939, John is a General Labourer, they lived at #10, South Molton Road, Tiverton, Devon; I understand that John Kingdon Died & was Buried in Bampton on 20.02.1957 aged 71; His wife Margaret Kingdon Died in Bromsgrove, Worcestershire but was buried in Bampton on 05.09.1982 aged 87;
(His Grandfather b.1837 was the Henry Kingdon who served with the Grenadier Guards for 22 years who’s history had caused us some family research issues, now resolved); (He was the Brother of Kingdon, Albert H: #8162, Private, 1st Battalion, Devonshire Regiment, 1914-1920 WO 372/11; Died in WW1); (Brother of Kingdon, Thomas: Private, #15107, Royal Marine Light Infantry, Plymouth Division);
Awarded the 1914-15 Star, Victory & British War Medals;