hilda eleanor blanche harding born in shanghi approx 1889 father in british navy but can't find his christian name.

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in Genealogy Help by Eleanor Leleu G2G Rookie (160 points)

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This record has her born in London , but doesn’t name parents.

First name(s) Hilda Eleanor Blanche

Last name Harding

Relationship Boarder

Marital status Single

Sex Female

Age 23

Birth year 1888

Birth place London

Occupation Head Of Blouse Refreshment In A Drapers

House name Torbay Hotel

House number -

Street Torquay

Address Torbay Hotel Torquay

Parish Tormoham

County Devon

Country England

Archive reference RG14

Registration district Newton Abbot

Registration district number 272

Enumeration district 9

District number 9

Sub district Torquay

Sub district number 6

Census reference RG14PN12768 RG78PN734 RD272 SD6 ED9 SN137

RG78 code number 734

Piece number 12768

Folio -

Page -

Other household member first name(s) -

Other household member last name -

Record set 1911 Census For England & Wales

Category Census, land & surveys

Subcategory Census

Collections from Great Britain, England

© Findmypast

by Marion Poole G2G Astronaut (1.2m points)
No! I thought so initially but this is a completely different Hilda Blanche Harding - see my answer for details.
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Edit: OK I found her at last

Her birth was registered as Hilda Eleanor Blanch Hardings in Q3 1884 Marylebone, London.

"England and Wales Birth Registration Index, 1837-2008," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:2XLR-K61 : 1 October 2014), Hilda Eleanor B Hardings, 1884; from "England & Wales Births, 1837-2006," database, findmypast (http://www.findmypast.com : 2012); citing Birth Registration, Marylebone, London, England, citing General Register Office, Southport, England

Her immigration record under the surname Leleu has a birth year of 1884 so the 1911 census age is incorrect.

Her parents are proving tricky to find although her mother's maiden name was Jackson. This is probably Hilda with her widowed mother in the 1891 census:

"England and Wales Census, 1891," database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:35ZQ-B6Z : 2 May 2019), Hilda Harding in household of Mary Harding, Marylebone, London, England, United Kingdom; from "1891 England, Scotland and Wales census," database and images, findmypast (http://www.findmypast.com : n.d.); citing PRO RG 12, London county, subdistrict, The National Archives of the UK, Kew, Surrey

“Charles John Newhill Leleu was born at Babbacombe, Devon, on 6 June 1912, the son of John Charles Leleu, a solicitor, and Hilda Blanche Harding, the daughter of Judge Harding of Shanghai. After World War I, during which JC Leleu was decorated for bravery, the family came to Australia and then to Fiji."


I've no idea whether Judge is a name or title. Hilda's modest background would seem to rule out a judge but perhaps someone can resolve it.

Just to prevent other people wasting time (like I did) there is a different Hilda Blanche Harding born to parents Edmund Francis Harding and Rosina Emily Chowne on 17 July 1887 in Dalston, Hackney, London.

She attended Christ's Hospital school and later returned there as a teacher. She appears on the 1911 census in St Helier, Jersey as a teacher so she is definitely not the same Hilda who was working at the Torbay Hotel in 1911 as given by Marion Poole. I note the managing director of the hotel has the same surname as the questioner (!) so this is definitely the Hilda she's interested in.

by Matthew Fletcher G2G6 Pilot (113k points)
edited by Matthew Fletcher

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