2nd Lt. Rupert Charles Handley-Ensor

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1880 Jan 1. Born at Rendham in Plomesgate Reg District of Suffolk. Son of a C of E clergyman, George Ensor, who had been born in Ireland.

1881 census ensor

1881 living at Sax Rd, Rendham, Suffolk

1891 living at The Vicarage, Street, Rendham, Aldeburgh

1901 census ensor

1901 living with parents at Vicarage, Heywood, Wilts

1902 BA at Clare College, Cambridge

1904-1905 Curate of St James, Paddington

1904 Nov 12. Assisted at wedding in St James Paddington

1906-1907 Acting Chaplain to the Forces at Aldershot

1907 Jun 4. Married Winifred Eleanor Stevenson-Moore from Isle of Man. Banns read at St Michael, Lambeth, his parish. He read the last lot of Banns himself, so must have been attached to this parish at that time.The date of 5 May 1907 is the date of the third reading of the banns, not the date of the marriage.  The marriage took place in Winifred's parish, and was on 4 June 1907. Kirk Braddan is basically a parish name rather than what I'd call a "real" place name, and it's about two miles out of the centre of Douglas.  The OS Landranger map marks "Braddan Br" (i.e., Braddan Bridge), and just across the bridge on the west side of the river, on the road to Union Mills, there are two churches marked.  The first one is the "old" Kirk Braddan church, the second one, a little to the north, is the "new" Kirk Braddan church.  The old one is apparently still used occasionally for worship, but it is the new one that was officially "the parish church" from 31 August 1876, so unless the original marriage record (which I don't have) contains anything to the contrary, I would assume it's the new one that they would have married at.

Llangattock-Vibon-Avel Church

1908-1909 he was parish priest at Llangattock-vibon-Avel, Monmouth. A rural parish in Monmouthshire. It is located five miles west of Monmouth and some thirteen miles east of Abergavenny,

1908 Their daughter Winifred Barbara was born in Llangattock. He had another daughter Elizabeth who married a Talbot and died in 1995

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1911 census. He is a married clergyman, living at Fairford, the Avenue, Barnet

1912 Apr 12 Leaves UK with his wife on SS Inanda bound for Durban, South Africa.

1914 He is a priest in Durban

1915 Sep 19. A child of his baptised in Durban

1915 Dec 12. There is also a return record in Ancestry's UK incoming shipping collection, with the family arriving back in London from South Africa on 12 December 1915, having boarded at Durban on the S.S. "Ingoma".  

1916 Apr 18 -1917 Vicar of Dunganstown with Redcross in Wexford: licensed as clergyman at church of St Kevins, Dunganstown. The "Redcross" refers to the parish of the same name)

1917 Oct 30. Rupert C Ensor, Reverend, YMCA, landed France. Awarded British War Medal. YMCA were one of the civilian organisations whose workers were granted war medals. He would have been involved the running of one or more of the YMCA huts which provided comforts (physical and spiritual) to the troops, but he would not have a held a commission as an army chaplain.

1918 Nov 12. granted a temporary commission in RAF. RAF Service Record

1918 Dec 25 Became 2nd Lt. Tech Grade B

ensor at court martial 1919

1919 May 24. Acting as a defending officer at a court martial of another RAF officer in Dublin

1919 Sep 15. Technical Branch - 2nd Lt RC Handley-Ensor transferred to the unemployed list

1920 Is on the list of those studying Physics at Trinity College Dublin.

1920 Dec 6 Joins ADRIC with service no 1207

1920 Jan 20. Wounded in the foot in an attack on his residence in Malahide, CO Dublin

1921 Jan 4. Organises F Coy Ball at Dublin Castle

1921 Feb 24. "Permitted to resign"

1921 Sep 28. He organises a concert in Belfast, that has to be cancelled

1921 Nov 16 Active in the Orane movement

1923 May 26 Living at Tullymore Park, Armagh

1926 Takes MB exam at QUB

1932 Jan 29. The medical authorities took issue with him passing himself off as a doctor, but he was not convicted


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1932, Crockford's has a clerical record for him

1936 May 16. Registered LMSSA. Licentiate in Medicine and Surgery of the Society of Apothecaries. He had studied at Queens University Belfast and Guys Hospital.This was a non university qualifying exam for medicine and surgery. The LMSSA was a distinct and sometimes less-esteemed qualification. This diploma slowly became less popular among British medical students, but as recently as 1938 only a half of them qualified with university degrees.The diplomas came to be taken mostly by those who had already qualified in medicine overseas.

1938 Post Office Directory has him as LMSSA living at Flat 2, 1 Lancaster Gate Terrace, London

1938 Aug 21 Booked on a ship leaving UK to go to live in North Borneo, but his name is crossed off and he did not travel

1939 Sep 12. R.N.V.R. The following have been granted temporary commissions in the rank of Surgeon Lieut.-Commdr. R. C. H. Ensor, L.M.S.S.A.

1940 May 21. In the August 1940 Navy List his name appears amongst those removed from the Active List. It records 'Commission Terminated' 21st May 1940.

1941 Mar 24. Leaves UK for Rangoon on SS Staffordshire. Medical Officer. The Japanese took Rangoon a year later in March 1942,

1943. Living at 22 Westbourne St, London in directory

1945 Dec 17 Arrives back in UK on RMS Stirling Castle. Listed as a surgeon who joined the ship at Colombo, and gives his address as 59 Harley St, London

1947. Living at 22 Westbourne St, London

1955 Living at 142 Worple Rd, Wimbledon.

1956 Jan 8. Reported in BMJ. Died in Ilford, Essex

1965 His wife died at Chichester