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William Reynolds Bawden



Full name of worker at H.M. Factory Gretna (and any other names they are known by) : William Reynolds Bawden

Gender: Male

Date and Place of Birth: Illogan, Redruth, Cornwall, 

Date and Place of Death: 1940. New Zealand.

Nationality: British




Childhood: Born into a well known mining family in Illogan, Redruth, Cornwall. He was one of 11 children. His father one of 8 children. His Grandfather (Samuel) was Agent of the Chacewater estate on behalf of Lord Falmouth. His father (Cornelius)  wsa an Assayer/Mine clerk/ Mine accountant at different tumes. 

He was a much travelled mining engineer before WW1. In 1916 he arrived in England from New York, having travelled from Venezuela. It is known that he went, together with his wife Hilda and daughter Jane,  to the Basis Gold and silver mines, Durango, Mexico in 1907. 

William returned to England on 18th June 1916.  1918 finds him living at 68 Eastriggs Road, Dumfriesshire together with Hilda and Jane. 12th March 1920 sees him returning to New York on hi sway to Durangi, Mexico again.

He has returned to England by 1922 where he  and his family are living at 88 Hindes Road, Harrow-on-the Hill, London. 

By 1925 he has moved to Kalapol, Canterbury, New Zealand  where it is assumed he continued  to work at the mines in the area. 


Parents: Cornelius Bawden was born in Kenwyn Parish, Cornwall on 18th September 1835. He died in 1910 at Redruth, Cornwall. 

Sarah Reynolds was born c1841 at Redruth, Cornwall

Parent’s occupations: Cornelius’s Working life was spent in Cornwall. He remained working in the Mining industry all his life being  an Assayer, Mine Clerk and Mine Accountant. 

Schools / universities attended and years of attendance: unknown but is recorded as a member of  the Institution of Mining and Mettalurgy  

Occupation: Mining Engineer also Mine Manager . At Gretna he is recorded as a Chemist. 

Place of residence at Gretna: 68 Vancover Road, Eastriggs

Job title at Gretna: Chemist

Marital status: Married twice.

First Marriage: 30th August 1899 at Tuleigh, Cornwall to Hesperia Annie Teague (born: 5th October 1867, Redruth, Cornwall). She died on 26th November 1900 Following childbirth at Boulder, Kalgoorlie-Boulder City, Western  Australia.  They had had one child.

Second Marriage: 1904 according to the 1911 census. To Ruby Hilda May Hayton. (f/s extract from the Mercury, Tasminia noted the marriage) they had one child.


First Marriage: Esperance Ellen Bawden was born at at Boulder, Kalgoorlie-Boulder City, Western  Australia on 16th Novenber 1900. She died  23rd April 1901. 

Second Marriage: Jean Reynolds Bawden. Born 1905 at Boulder, Kalgoorlie-Boulder City, Western  Australia.  According to the Electrial Rolls she appears to have stayed in New Zealand following the deaths of her parents.


  1. 1907. Arrival: 8th February 1907. Ellis Island, New York.

William Reynolds Bawden. 36yrs.  Engineer. Married.

From: Liverpool. 30th January 1907. Residence place: Redruth

Destination: Basis Gold and Silver Mines. Durango, Mexico

  1. 1907. Hilda May Bawden, 24yrs. 

& Jane Reynolds Bawden. 2yrs.

Contact: Cornelius Bawden. Redruth, Cornwall.

From: Southampton, 6th November 1907

Destination: Durango, Mexico.

  1. Arrival: 1916. 18th June. From: New York.

William R. Bawden. 54 Hibthwaite Road, Harrow. 

Mining Engineer. 46yrs. 

Country of Permanent Res.: Venezuela.

  1. Arrival: 12th March 1920. Ellis Island, New York.

William Reynolds Bawden. Harrow, Middlesex. Married.

Mining Engineer. 49 years. English.

C/o Percy Bennetts. 64 Welldon Cresent, Harrow.

Destination: Durango, Mexico.


Awards/recognitions: non known

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