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Arthur Rylands, died 17th February 1901 - a gunner? 2 weeks 5 days ago #78969

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I found two references to his death, but no date of death or place of burial given. Got a copy of the death certificate. FindMy Past has a Boer War record for a Gunner Arthur Rylands. After posting on RootsChat I have the following info on his and his step-relatives' history.

He was born Arthur Edward Ryland at Painswick, Gloucestershire, on the 18th of February, 1872, although the baptism was at King's Norton, Birmingham. His parents were Thomas and Ellen (nee Pride) Ryland - the surname seems to be one of those that changed its spelling at times. Arthur seems to have been Thomas and Ellen's only child.

Thomas appears to have died at Wolverhampton in 1875, and Ellen next married Francis (or Frank) Partridge (born 1835) - with Arthur, they lived at 54 Treharris Street, Roath, Cardiff - and their first child, Francis Edward Partridge was born in 1876, further sons being Albert Henry, Hiram Thomas, and Warrick/Warwick. Arthur Edward continued to use the Rylands surname.

In the 1881 census Frank Partridge's occupation was 'grocer' and in 1891 'dock labourer.' However, the Partridges sometimes used Rylands as their surname, as in this court case:—

....Frank Partridge, 64, labourer, was charged with keeping a disorderly house at 141, Eldon-road, Cardiff, on the 10th of October, and his son, Francis Partridge, 19, a hawker, was charged with assisting in the management. They pleaded not guilty. Mr. Douglas Lewis (instructed by Mr. Morgan Rees) appeared for the prosecution.—Miss Fox, Richmond-road, stated that Frank took the house in the name of Rylands, and the tenancy lasted from July until October.—Police-constables John Cassidy and Edward Hares gave evidence as to watching the house on several occasions, and seeing prostitutes and men enter and leave, and when they entered under the power of a warrant their suspicions were confirmed. They also said that both father and son took part in the management, the former being tenant, and the latter an occupant.—Rylands, according to the older prisoner, was a relative of his, and became the actual tenant. The old man strenuously denied the offence, and supported the assertion of his son that the latter had no more to do with it than his other grown up brothers, who also lived there—The jury found the elder prisoner guilty and the younger not guilty.—A former conviction was put in against Frank, who, on the 1st of April last, was, by the Cardiff stipendiary, fined £10, with the alternative of a month's imprisonment, for a similar offence. Then—it was given in evidence by Police-constable Male—he paid the fine.—Frank was now sentenced to three months' imprisonment. Francis was discharged.
The Weekly Mail, Saturday 20th November 1897

...."There was a deep strain of pathos in connection with a funeral which took place at Cardiff yesterday.
....Father and son were buried together.
....Invalided from the war, Arthur Rylands, the son, only came home to die, passing away at Cardiff Infirmary a few days ago.
....The father died at his residence, Treharris-street, Roath, about the same time, and yesterday they were laid to sleep together."
Evening Express [Cardiff], Friday 22nd February 1901

...."A pathetic interest attached to the burial together of a father and son at Cardiff on Thursday. At the beginning of the war Arthur Rylands, the son, went out to the front, and, after experiencing many hardships and facing many dangers, was invalided home. About a fortnight ago he became a patient at the Cardiff Infirmary, where he died a few days ago. The father, who was lying ill at his home in Treharris-street (off Castle-road), Roath, passed away about the same time, and both father and son were buried in the same grave at the same time."
Portsmouth Evening News, Saturday 23rd February 1901

Contrary to the news reports, Frank, Arthur's step-father, died the following day, 18th February. Arthur died of "Aortic incompetence (1 month)" - heart valve disease, and they were likely to have been buried in Cathays Cemetery, Cardiff.

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